by Katherine Abbass Once Molly had explained to me her ancestry, things started making more sense. I knew there were freshwater leeches and saltwater leeches and that they, unlike snakes, really were slimy to the touch. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor, of course; medical history tells us that leeches were used to extract blood from patients. The sensation isn’t even too bad. … Continue reading Before It Was A Needle
by Christopher Berger Like it or not, we’re faced with the need to curate our sources of information. In one sense, we are blessed with innumerable, easily accessed media for news. But as anyone who has spent any time online will know, an overwhelming majority of it is, frankly, garbage. We are therefore compelled to be selective. Twitter and Facebook are good cases in point … Continue reading What’s in the News?
by Nicholas Siennicki She might have looked back, just then, for a second. She might have, but she didn’t. A part of her told her to do it, just to tear back her eyes and feel that rush, that excitement, that spirit that still lingered heavy in the air. It would be just the way it was it seemed to tell her, it would be … Continue reading Welcome Home.
by Srosh Hassan Hasan Minhaj had me struggling to find the right words. The Daily Show’s iconic comic tells an incredibly well-woven story about being a Muslim in America in his newest Netflix Comedy Special, Homecoming King. With unbelievable humor, he walks us through his childhood, growing up in a South Asian home, cleverly integrating the subject of racism, and what it means to play … Continue reading The New Brown America (Playing Your Cards and Taking Your Seat)
by Christopher Berger George Grant’s Lament for a Nation remains a seminal treatment of the state of the Canadian national identity more than four and a half decades after its initial publication. Perhaps even timelier now in the twenty-first century in light of events following its first appearance, Grant’s book addresses the highly controversial and divisive issue of Canadian nationalism in an age in which … Continue reading Canadian Modernity and Its Discontents
by Chris Berger This year, 2017, marks the sesquicentennial of Canada’s founding. With Canada Day upon us, you’re probably busy planning weekend camping trips and backyard barbecues. Me being me, however, I’m using the occasion to fill any time not spent prepping for the aforementioned parties with my nose buried in books about the birth of Canada and its continuing trials and debates. Perhaps now … Continue reading Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th
by Ben Kostiuk I recently spent my Saturday attending the Cappsule Tribe Conference at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton on May 28th. Despite my cynical reservations, as it describes itself as an “un-conference” and “Millennial as ****,” this networking and entrepreneurial connected me with similarly driven people and changed my attitude towards building a resume and achieving future ambitions. Indeed, too often I look for … Continue reading Thoughts From Cappsule Tribe’s UnConference: Defining & Measuring Success
by Nicholas Siennicki “Have you been able to establish a connection to Earth?” “Negative Captain.” “I’m inclined to believe what the Old Man is saying.” “Understood, Captain. What is our next course of action?” “I… I don’t know.” Silence on the other line. The Captain sniffed softly to himself as he rolled back his eyes. “I thought things were different.” “Would you like me to … Continue reading The Blackest Bloom (Part 2/2)
by Chris Berger Think of the word politics. And then, think of a typical conversation about politics: on the LRT, in the kitchen at home, at the bar, on TV, or (gods give us strength) online. Does the word “civility” come to mind? I’d sincerely hope it does, but I also understand and sympathize if it does not. It’s something frequently talked about, but the … Continue reading Making Do With Mere Civility
by Nicholas Amadeus Siennicki The Captain stood in front of the bridge doors for a second, rubbing a dirt-caked hand across his gleaming forehead. He took two long breaths in, and stepped towards the soundless doors as they slipped open. “What’s the situation?” He said as he made his way to his chair, flicking some soil from under his habitually dirty nails. He sat down … Continue reading The Blackest Bloom (Part 1/2)