by Tatyana B.Image: Kareem Hayes / Unsplash It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is a momentous obstacle that the world has struggled to overcome. Case numbers have fluctuated, unemployment rates have risen, and government regulations have changed repeatedly. Emotions such as frustration, greif, anger, and hopelessness have been painfully unavoidable. These emotions can be overwhelming, leading many to feel the need to place … Continue reading COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: Hate Amid Pandemic
by AkinaImage: arizonaguardian / Flickr It is indisputable that the future of the Republican Party is uncertain after the end of Donald Trump’s presidency on the 20th of January this year. The exit of the former president left the Republican Party at a crossroads on whether Republicans should stay committed to Trump, or withdraw due to how far he has strayed from standard conservatism. A … Continue reading Is a GOP Split Inevitable or Is Trump’s Grip on the Party Too Strong?
by Heeya FirdausImage: The American Bazaar Mere days after the cherished Sikh festival, “Vaisakhi”, four members of the Sikh community lost their lives to a shooting in Indianapolis that left eight dead and several others injured. The shooting occurred on April 15th when the gunman entered a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The devastating incident was a massive blow to the Sikh community as they once … Continue reading Why the Indianapolis Shooting Reopened Old Wounds for the Sikh Community.
by Lara ChoyImage: Nico Smit / Unsplash It’s a chilly pandemic winter and three very different Torontonians secretly share in the same struggle. A recently unemployed server rushes down the sidewalk with spare cash from his roommate to pay for a few groceries. He passes a small apartment, where a single mother begins skipping meals to feed her two young children after remote learning eliminates … Continue reading WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT
by Yug YadavaImage: Liza Pooor / Unsplash On August 20, 2020, Alexei Navalny was hospitalized in Siberia, Russia after he reported pain when boarding a plane. This pain was later to be revealed as an effect of the nerve agent, Novichok—the same poison used by the Russian officials under Vladimir Putin to eliminate Navalny as he was Russia’s political opposition leader and a “threat” to … Continue reading The Biden Administration Must Push Harder for Navalny’s Release
by Jessie JinImage: Mike Gifford / Flickr From the appalling anti-black, racism-motivated murder in College Park to the violent attack on an elderly Asian woman just a few days ago (as of this writing), the United States has reached an all-time high in hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League claimed that 3566 “extremist propaganda incidents” occurred in 2020, a considerable increase from the 2704 recorded in … Continue reading Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.
by Monique Kasonga Image: Clint Budd / Flickr When you look down at your phone, what do you think of? Do you think of all the happy memories that you’ve had it with you for, or all the important information that it holds? For most people living in the Western world, the answer is yes. However, what the technological consumer community seems to lack is … Continue reading Do we all have blood on our hands? An Ongoing crisis: Cobalt Mining
by Lara ChoyImage credit: Jerk IX / Flickr As terrible stories seem to spill out from the United States into Canadian news cycles, we console ourselves with “at least we’re not the States.” We seem to be saying that even more recently, but the smug tone and sense of cultural superiority remains the same. Sure, we have our own problems, but in comparison to the … Continue reading Alt-Right, Northward
by Chris Pratt Image: Edward Maurer/Flickr When the number of Alberta’s COVID-19 cases rose in the fall, the United Conservative Party (UCP) government emphasized the importance of personal responsibility in both combating the virus spread and flattening the curve. Hospitalization and ICU rates mounted, nevertheless. This eventually led to the enactment of mandatory restrictions, though the growing case numbers of the second wave were already … Continue reading The Hawaii Scandal: Canadian Politicians Travelling Abroad During COVID-19
by Kristin Cho Photo Credit: Michael Veltman Although hate crimes are not a new concept in society, they have become more prominent through the use of media. As many people know, hate crimes—motivated by biases like preconceived negative stigma—are offenses that affect the security of individuals, communities and societies though threats, assault and sometimes even murder. They are known to inflict the most psychological distress, … Continue reading Why Hate Crimes Have Been Rising in the U.S. in 2020