Final thoughts on 2020 with Chet Baker and a Christmas snow storm.

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It’s Christmas morning in Scarborough, 1:40am, as I merge onto the westbound ramp at Kennedy and 401. There’s nothing profound about this moment, other than the fact that it’s been a year like no other in modern history. The day marks the near-end of a hellish year that has left everyone around the world feeling exhausted, anxious, and more or less suffocated from the nonstop onslaught of terrible news.

Unsurprisingly, it’s snowing. A lot. I’m driving through a storm on my way home and what should take about thirty minutes is easily going to take about an hour and some…

To call it a bad idea would be a gross understatement

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In January of 2015, I had the unique opportunity to complete a mini teaching practicum completely out of my subject area at a middle school. This practicum was only a month long and fell between two larger 4-month assignments as a requirement for my teacher education program. What I dreaded most, however, was being placed in a middle school — a land of pre-teen angst and confusion that called back to my own time of being between the ages of 11 and 13 (in other words, they were not my fondest memories).

I was pleasantly surprised, however, when the experience…

“I ask myself if I am afraid of my roots. Yes, I am.”

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I lie awake as the blackness of night dissolves into the dim blue of dawn; annoyed by the birdsong, held captive by life’s numerous varieties of heartbreak. A crisis. It seems as though I undergo a new one each day, often a combination of a few at once. Crisis of time. Crisis of identity. Crisis of faith. The list is exhausting.

The mention of return evokes an immediate flight response, the only excitement arriving in the brand of unadulterated anger. Fight or flight. Fight to flight. Fly. Flee. Flown.

A cousin’s wedding. Two cousins’ weddings. Possibly a third. Your aunt…

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The year is 2020. There is a seemingly perpetual cloud of gloom that appears to hang over the world. At times, it seems to also find a way to linger with us indoors as we attempt to stay safe shuttered in our homes.

Depending on your trusted source of news, you may have subscribed to one or more of a variety of versions of how this all began. Whether it was concocted in a Chinese laboratory, whether it was all along the Chinese government’s attempt to gain substantial economic advantage over the world, if it came from 5G radiation, or…

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A world-class public education system requires world-class leadership. The current Ontario Conservative government has shown that their interests lie elsewhere.

The contract negotiations between the province of Ontario and its teachers have been at a standstill since late 2019. Since then, they have been unsuccessful in coming to an agreement and this has led to teachers engaging in rotating strikes and walkouts throughout different boards across the province.

The contention between the two groups have to do with increasing class sizes, lack of educational funding and resources, and the introduction of mandatory e-learning requirements for high school graduations. …

What constitutes for conventional these days?

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While catching up the other day with a friend over a late brunch, we proceeded to do what millennials do best — peruse Instagram together. This divergence into the vast social media void was, however, more purposeful than most others.

It began from a conversation about well-known content creators (Creatives, as we will lovingly call them) and about their respective journeys. …

From Donald Trump to Meghan Markle, 2020 is already all about change.

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The year is 2020, and more than just marking the start of a new year, it also marks the beginning of a new decade — and it has started with a bang (quite literally).

News cycles that occur early in the year are significant because they begin to establish a tone and can either make or break collective societal morale. It is almost inevitable that most stories covered in news cycles early in the year are almost forgotten by the end the time Christmas holidays come around.

In truth, this is because so much of what happens in January of…

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Ontario’s PC Premier Doug Ford (elected June 7, 2018) can be described as a stout figure, undeniably bold, and ready to get down to business. It should perhaps come as no surprise that he is clearly priming the province of Ontario to take the same stance.

This has become more apparent in recent months as he has worked vigilantly (may also be read: vehemently) to find and effectively eliminate “inefficiencies” within provincial infrastructure. …

Altered excerpt of “AFTER WORDS” from By Bodies of Water by Naveed A. Khan

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When I was younger, my mother would always tell me one particular thing right before I would leave the house: she would request that I tolerate others. To hold my tongue and not speak out or fight back if anyone spoke badly about where I am from or the religion I practice.

This especially became a concern after 9/11. “Always remember the colour of your skin,” she would remind me. “This country looks down on us. They always have. They always will.” …

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Writer’s block — that demonic curse that befalls all writers alike at some point in life. The lucky few escape unscathed, while the not so lucky drudge through it until they break from its grasp. Some others never do.

What is writer’s block, you ask? It’s creative incapacitation; a slow and cancerous distortion and deconstruction of talent and imagination; an existential crisis that causes physical pain by just breathing and existing; all at once a dangerous state of grand delusion and also the very lack thereof.

Some say that it’s really when a writer’s muse is on strike or the…

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