Snail mail

My first pen pal was my grandma’s dog, Amigo. He wrote me stories on little scraps of birchbark about his life in the backyard: Digging holes, chasing squirrels, and accompanying my grandma on her walks. He asked me about what I was learning in school, what life was like in […]

Do it yourself, together

There’s no place like home, especially when you’re too young to go to any music venues. This is often the case with punk and its associated DIY scene, where many of their musicians and fans are teenagers and young adults. In places with bustling DIY scenes like Boston or Philadelphia, […]

Secret gardens

There are two seasons in Montreal: Winter and construction, or so goes the decades-old adage uttered by so many bitter locals. Save for its all-too-short summer, the city can often feel like a harsh and even inhospitable place to live. Given that its human residents often feel beaten down by […]

Toward healing, with help

I grew up as an athlete, playing competitive basketball and soccer on school and community teams. I never thought much about my body or what I ate until I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in 2015 while playing basketball. During the rehabilitation process after my knee surgery, I committed […]

Putting pen to paper

The New York Times headline glared out on my screen. The words reflected a phenomenon all too common on many progressive, university communities across North America. “News or ‘Trauma Porn’?,” it began. “Student Journalists Face Blowback on Campus.”  The Nov. 14, 2019 article by Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith, and Kate Taylor […]

(Re)claiming our space

McGill is known for having a large community of international students and frequently cites this fact as a badge of diversity and inclusivity. However, for many, McGill can be an isolating environment. Students of colour, immigrants, and marginalized identities are still forced to bear the burden of building infrastructures of […]