An Open Critique of Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Filed under Feminism, Global Politics, Queer Issues   ·   March 20th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Dear Mrs. Trudeau, By now, the reality of your Women’s Day Instagram post, where you showcase your husband’s activism, has reached hundreds of thousands of people, and the backlash has been swift and brutal. It is not my intention to approach this with anger, or contempt; but rather with this letter I attempt to educate […]

Event preview: Women resist!

Filed under Events   ·   March 10th, 2017   ·   0 comments

On March 11th from 6–9pm, the Canadian chapter of the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) along with a number of its allied and member organizations will be hosting “Indigenous and Working Class Women Resist State-Sanctioned Violence”, an evening of performances, speakers, sharing, and food at the Grandview Calvary Baptist Church (1803 E 1st Ave), […]

Speech Given at Portal Park, February 5th, 2017, at the Stand Against the Ban Rally

Filed under Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   March 8th, 2017   ·   0 comments

As-salamu alaykum, peace be upon you all, friends, comrades. Today I stand here in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack in Quebec. I stand here with the victims of Trump’s ban, and with all the victims of Trump’s America. I stand here in solidarity with all those who live their lives in fear, […]

How Your Partying Alienates Your Friends Who Live With Disabilities or Chronic Health Issues

Filed under Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   March 4th, 2017   ·   0 comments

I’m the type of person who gets great joy from  spending time with friends, it’s a way to relax and decompress particularly after a long week. In theory, I like the idea of partying, and going out dancing as a way of letting loose. But because of the way parties are or what going out […]

12 tangible things people can do right now to help stop BC’s opioid crisis

Filed under Activism, Vancouver Politics   ·   February 20th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Last year, the British Columbia Coroner’s office reported that 914 people in BC passed away as a result of the opioid crisis. Today, those numbers are continuing to climb. In 2016, fentanyl was detected in more than a third of overdose deaths in British Columbia. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic that is 50 to […]

Indigenous and settler students hold UBC president accountable for reinstatement of Furlong

Filed under Campus, Decolonization   ·   February 15th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Dear Dr. Santa Ono, We are writing this letter to demonstrate our opposition to the reinstatement of John Furlong as the keynote speaker at the University of British Columbia’s upcoming 18th Annual ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast on February 28, 2017. As both Indigenous and settler students studying at UBC on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional […]

UBC’s Second Chance to Stand for Justice: the 2017 BDS Referendum

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   February 13th, 2017   ·   0 comments
By

Two years have passed. In the past two years the world has been marked by attacks, peace deals, attempted and successful coups, tragic diasporas, referendums and elections. Often times change has been for the worse, yet sometimes for the better. Those who have been following the Middle Eastern vicissitudes may agree with me that the […]

sticks and stones can break your bones but words words words…

Filed under Campus, Humour   ·   February 8th, 2017   ·   0 comments
By

I’m kind of apprehensive about writing this, and posting it anywhere public, but here I go anyway: “Freedom of speech” is kind of overrated. I hope that declaration was both reductionist and sensationalist enough that at least three of you will stick around long enough to hate-read this and hear me out. The English philosopher […]

Sex Work in Canada

Filed under Feminism   ·   February 6th, 2017   ·   0 comments

In a 2014 report written by Canadian Conservative MP Joy Smith, the ardent anti-sex work activist suggests “…prostitution dehumanizes and degrades individuals and reduces them to a commodity to be bought and sold.” Smith’s misguided statement is reflective of a larger political discussion that has emerged in Canada over the past several years, revolving around […]