2017 has witnessed the “rise of the right”. In numerous elections across the globe, far-right political leaders have come extremely close to securing top executive positions. The political landscape is riddled with demagoguery and cries for populism, for the closing of borders and the end of free trade. What gives? Ultimately the rise of the… Read More The Right Wing’s Scapegoat
For those who are not chronic Netflix binge-watchers, “Dear White People” is a (fairly) new series depicting the various narratives of a group of Black students at an Ivy League school. The show is directed by Justin Simien, and based on his movie of the same name. Ever since the first trailer for the show… Read More (Spoilers) Is Netflix’s “Dear White People” Divisive?
In the November 3rd edition of his “Letter from Africa” column, Sola Odunfa discusses how the Nigerian senate has re-opened talks to reintegrate history in Nigerian schools. The subject had been obliterated from curriculums during Babangida’s leadership as the latter dismissed history as having “no market value” (Odunfa 2016). While Odunfa does not explicitly tackle… Read More Is History Passé?
By now the majority of Canadians are aware of the fiery destruction ravaging Fort McMurray, so I will spare you the details. Unfortunately, it is predicted that the fires could continue burning for months. It will take immense time, effort, and money to rebuild Fort McMurray and the surrounding affected areas. It is therefore time… Read More Fort McMurray Relief
I took up fishkeeping as a hobby two years ago. At the time, I became randomly fixated on getting a pet goldfish. As with every project I take up, I needed to start with research. During my search I came across online fishkeeping forums and I realised I had no idea what was necessary to… Read More 3 things fishkeeping has taught me about the environment
Did the triangle trade ever really end? Excerpt of the book Blood and Earth, by Kevin Bales. Source: Your Phone Was Made By Slaves: A Primer on the Secret Economy
“Alberta braces for the longest economic slump since 1980s”, warns this Globe and Mail article. The article’s title illustrates two realities of the Albertan economy: that it is currently not in great shape, but also that this is not the first time it has faced a similar economic downturn. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent… Read More Throwback Thursday: Riding the Tornado
By the title of this article, you may be ardently hopeful (or more likely extremely skeptical) that I have found an Utopian solution to make the world a more equal place to live, thus exclaiming “equality is a piece of cake”! I guess to be more specific, I should say equality is like a piece… Read More Equality is a Piece of Cake
This article is in response to Scott Gilmore’s “The hard truth about remote communities” published on the Macleans.ca website Following the shootings that occurred in the rural, northern Saskatchewan town of LaLoche, Scott Gilmore argued that the shooting was related to the socioeconomic hardships that tend to plague rural towns. While painting a general picture… Read More City-dwellers by choice or by force?
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Disney Orlando castle at night. By Veryhuman (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Most of my peers grew up with Disney animated movies. They watched the classics — The Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast… I didn’t. To this day, I’ve seen a grand total of two Disney animations: Dumbo and The Many…