#MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide

This week, May 7-13, was Canadian Mental Health Association's (CMHA) annual Mental Health Week. I have dedicated the month of May to covering topics around mental health and mental wellness. #MentalHealthMay  for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf is popular literature by Ntozake Shange. While I have not read the book yet, I was … Continue reading #MentalHealthMay: For colored girls who have considered suicide

Missing women, missing news, missing action

This post is dedicated to commemorating the more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada as we celebrate International Women's Day this coming Thursday, March 8. The disappearance and murder of dozens of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been regarded as one of Canada’s largest news stories from the first … Continue reading Missing women, missing news, missing action

“Black Like Who?”: The earasure of Blackness in Canada

Canada has long been a land of conflict on the basis of race and racism. From the historical mistreatment of our First Nations to Quebec nationalism and the invisible existence of the Canadian “Other,”1 racial conflict has been an unfortunate part of our nation's history. According to census 2011, Black Canadians were the third largest visible … Continue reading “Black Like Who?”: The earasure of Blackness in Canada

Disposable phone chargers: A social expirement?

Is this a social experiment? Some kind of joke? Is it already April Fools? Or, someone really and truly, from the bottom of their heart, believed that what the world needed was a disposable phone charger? A disposable phone charger. I refuse to link to their website, but it is real. You can now buy a … Continue reading Disposable phone chargers: A social expirement?

The attention economy and the ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’

In today's episode of Corporate America Foolishness, H&M, a retail company beloved for its trendy clothing, has come under scrutiny for using a black child to model a sweatshirt sporting the phrase 'coolest monkey in the jungle.' In today's political climate...             My initial reaction was, now they are trolling us. This … Continue reading The attention economy and the ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’

I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re:  Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

A few weeks ago, I came across a thought-provoking New York Times' article on LinkedIn: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting. Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, has banned almost all electronic devices during her classes and research seminars. Her rationale for … Continue reading I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re:  Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

The impact of poverty on education for youth living in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto

Research across multiple disciplines have identified the impact of poverty on the lives youth, including but not limited to, educational achievement, school dropout rates, deviant behavior, wellbeing, and social mobility. According to Hulchanski’s 2007 report, there is a growing divide between high- and low-income neighborhoods in Toronto— each neighborhood providing different access to physical infrastructures … Continue reading The impact of poverty on education for youth living in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto