Our Canada: Untethered | By Mahsa Toghrai

A student of mine once asked me why I applied to work as an instructional aide—a cross between a TA and a tutor for International students in the English department—and I told her it was because I’ve been where she is. With broken words and meaning conveyed more through gestures and expressions than language, she asked me what I meant. “This isn’t my first language,” I … Continue reading Our Canada: Untethered | By Mahsa Toghrai

Review: Tap Dancing and Political Incorrectness in ‘Book of Mormon’ | By Mahsa Toghrai

It’s really no surprise that a musical by the creators of “South Park”, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, features a song sending a less-than-flattering message to God (“Hasa Diga Eebowai”–does not translate to “no worries for the rest of your days”), what is surprising that such a musical has won nine Tony Awards since its debut in 2011. But such is the story of Book of Mormon–featured now at … Continue reading Review: Tap Dancing and Political Incorrectness in ‘Book of Mormon’ | By Mahsa Toghrai

Review: Flashdancing at the Jube | By Mahsa Toghrai

Who doesn’t recognize the iconic image of Jennifer Beale getting drenched by a bucket of water in the classic 1983 film, Flashdance? That is Flashdance: The Musical‘s greatest asset and biggest handicap; both the arguably-classic tale of a struggling young artist yearning to break free and the classic film have rendered the musical anything but flashy, so the burden lies on director Sergio Trujillo and his young … Continue reading Review: Flashdancing at the Jube | By Mahsa Toghrai

Need Convincing to Travel or Study Abroad?? | By Mahsa Toghrai

Walking around campus, it seems like everybody is talking about travelling and studying abroad but not everybody manages to follow through. Here are some testimonials to convince you, if you’re still on the fence: “Getting to spend my first two Reading Weeks in Ecuador and Guatemala as part of the Residence Services’ Global Service Learning program perfectly combined my wanderlust, my love for volunteerism, and … Continue reading Need Convincing to Travel or Study Abroad?? | By Mahsa Toghrai

Interested in International Affairs? Check it. | By Dave Jones

For students, it’s often difficult to become involved in organizations or attend events that are actually engaging. Excuse my cynicism, but somewhere deep down; you all know what I’m talking about. For those of us interested in international relations, it proves to be even more difficult. Or so I thought. And then I stumbled onto the Canadian International Council and attended a few events. I’ve … Continue reading Interested in International Affairs? Check it. | By Dave Jones

Elections, Appointments and Dismissals | Dave Jones

We had quite the news cycle yesterday. With Mark Carney jumping (on a) ship and heading to England, three by-elections and Toronto’s Rob Ford being dismissed, it was probably one of the most interesting domestic news days this year. Now that the dust has settled, let’s briefly recap everything. The bumbling, ”how-did-he-get-elected” Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has been dismissed from office and barred from … Continue reading Elections, Appointments and Dismissals | Dave Jones

More Violence in the Middle East | By Dave Jones

The situation in Gaza is escalating quickly, and threatens to further complicate an increasingly confusing reality in the Middle East. The IDF, responding to relentless rocket attacks from Gaza, which reached a fever pitch this week, retaliated with airstrikes on key Hamas rocket installations as well as the targeted killing of Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the military head of Hamas. There have been casualties on both sides, … Continue reading More Violence in the Middle East | By Dave Jones

Why I Wear A Poppy | By Dave Jones

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The ugliest is a person who thinks nothing is worth fighting and dying for and lets  others better and braver protect him.”  –  General Rick Hillier   The days leading up to Remembrance Day are always rife with controversy over wearing a poppy. I thought I would add my thoughts to the discussion. Every … Continue reading Why I Wear A Poppy | By Dave Jones

A Brief, Scattered Election Recap | By Dave Jones

With Obama’s re-election, there seems to be a certain view that things are only going to get better from here. Respectfully, I would have to disagree.  While Obama was likely a better choice for the average American, there seems to be signals that the market isn’t happy, and isn’t looking forward to continued legislative deadlock over economic policy. The Dow Jones, NASDAQ and S&P 500 … Continue reading A Brief, Scattered Election Recap | By Dave Jones

Aboriginal Involvement in Alberta’s Oilsands | By Dave Jones

This weekend, me and some other Wanderers, Finbarr Timbers and Navneet Khinda, were lucky enough to visit Fort McMurray as part of the University of Alberta Oilsands Delegation. The trip featured a tour of Suncor’s Steepbank mine as well as a visit to the first partially reclaimed tailings pond. In addition to that, we listened to a variety of stakeholders discuss issues surrounding development. We … Continue reading Aboriginal Involvement in Alberta’s Oilsands | By Dave Jones