The time I ditched a creep in Victoria, B.C. By the time my brother told me he had a change-of-plans I had already booked my flight to Victoria, B.C. So instead of spending a few days at his place, I would spend one night at the Ocean Island … Continue reading Travelling with a Vagina
A Lame Personal Essay On this day, New Years Eve, 2017 (soon to be 2018 [i.e. AD]) a 25 year-old (or so she would have you believe) woman cries in her room avoiding her family. But wait… it gets better. Her family has done nothing but shower her with food, drink, love and presents and … Continue reading Touch of Madness
At the end of a long day in spring 2016, I came home to the youth hostel (where I lived at the time) and a friend offered me the sandwich he had made himself for lunch. It was an experience. I was so moved by this sandwich that I grabbed a piece of paper and … Continue reading POEM: The Best Sandwich of my Life
In photojournalism we are taught not to manipulate the image to the point where the photo's colours are wrong, or details are left out— but sometimes the light has other plans. The photos in this series have not undergone any colour manipulation. This is just what happens in the dark. This … Continue reading It’s the light that lies.
Nation branding expert, Dr. Hume Johnson, talks about ‘rebranding’ her country. “Reputation is becoming the new currency for nations in the 21st century,” said Jamaican scholar Dr. Hume Johnson. She was the guest speaker at Jamaica’s 55th Independence Day celebration, hosted by the Jamaican Association of Montreal (JAM). The event took place at Oscar … Continue reading Changing how the world sees Jamaica.
Summary: Troubled teen, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), learns that his visions are actually reality when they lead him to a parallel universe. He teams up with the gunslinger from his visions named Roland (Idris Elba), who is the last of his kind. The two of them join forces to stop The Man in Black (Matthew … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Dark Tower- Typical Hollywood blockbuster
Canadian beef farmers are boycotting A&W for its “Better Beef” or “Raised Without” campaign. A&W responded to consumers’ demand for more ethical and sustainable beef by changing its suppliers to only those that raise livestock without the use of hormones or steroids. This means only two Canadian companies would fit the criteria. The rest of … Continue reading A&W’s marketing campaign is steering Canadian beef farmers away.
It’s 2017. Out of every ten acts at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, approximately seven are male and three are female. Where are all the ladies at? Some comediennes and their supporters have been able to start all-women comedy shows in communities where these shows are sustainable. Big-city centres like Montreal and Toronto … Continue reading Are women funny yet?
Judge moved a sexual assault case sentence to September, and said she will not drag this case out any further. The accused is being charged with sexual assault. Three victims came forth in March 2012, they were minors when the abuse allegedly took place. The victims’ names and all information that could be traced back … Continue reading Sentencing in sexual assault case postponed for the last time, says judge.
To me, journalism is the craft of factual storytelling. When done well the reader should walk away with an informed opinion. When done poorly the reader walks away with the writer’s opinion. They serve the public by providing access to knowledge, and writing the lessons of today for the historians of tomorrow. There are … Continue reading LETTER TO THE PROF: Why I want to be a journalist.
Jean Bernard stepped downstage to play his solo scene for the final round of Improv Survivor, a competitive improv game, at Théâtre Sainte Catherine, where players are eliminated by audience vote. The crowd had seen him play all night, and they scored him favourably in all of his scenes. How could they resist his charm … Continue reading The Actor’s Journey; Jean Bernard from a stable career in IT to the artist’s life.
“Multiculturalism” was the word of the day at Canada’s 150th birthday parade in Montreal. Early arrivers near the parade’s starting point were asked, “What can Canada be the most proud of on its 150th birthday?” Before the parade began, Helena Zhao, 40, was helping her fellow dancers get ready to perform in the parade. … Continue reading What are Canadians proud of?