• Society

    Should cancel culture be #cancelled?

    In the past decade, the media has not been easy on popular influencers and celebrities. Old mistakes or tweets that would have gone unnoticed 10 years ago are now resurfacing as evidence to ‘cancel’ people from social media or their careers. Critics of cancel culture denote these call outs to mob mentality, evoked by the “overly sensitive” Generation Z and millennials. In terms of politics, some critics address cancel culture as a censorship tactic to silence political enemies rather than an approach for healthy debate. As part of the older Generation Z population, Ciarra Ramsaywack does not think current youth are to blame for being overly sensitive. She says that…

  • Society

    The return to “normal”

    Lockdown restrictions are easing, more Canadians are becoming fully vaccinated, non-essential services are reopening and gradually, people are meeting each other in person after being isolated since March 2020. For the first time in a while, lockdown measures are not being extended by another two weeks. There is finally a sense of hope.  Recent University of Toronto graduate Nievana Judisthir is excited to start her life again and is already making plans to transition into post-pandemic life. Her main goals are to attend Centennial College’s human resources program and to travel to the United States. “I’m excited to get my life back on track. I want to meet new people…

  • School

    The impact of virtual learning on marginalized students

    The side effects of moving in and out of lockdown has exposed a growing issue for marginalized youth in the Canadian education system. While most at risk in terms of health and well-being, these students had to quickly adapt to a transition to virtual classrooms and juggle challenges such as economic hardship, cultural pressures and finding access to technology. A study by Wilfred Laurier University found that students most affected by online classes and isolation are those who identify as racialized or Indigenous, newcomers or individuals from disabled populations.  These groups suffer from an achievement gap, in which there is a significant learning loss compared to students living in high-income…

  • Creative

    Growth

    We were told to stay down and keep to ourselves Planted in toxic soil Watered by poisonous words and bruised by jealous hands. We were told we could only grow here, Locked behind our glass homes Hoping that the world would appear as beautiful If we could pretend to see it But never touch it. But we are not the same, we are not less than or more We resist, we are opportunists. We don’t know where to go So we took our roots and left Pushing for flowers even on desert land We are wild and untamed. We will not be afraid to chase the sun in an awkward…