CBC Internship

Photo credit: ShareGrid, unsplash.com Below are mini-features I have produced for CBC Montreal. Montreal artist and body hair activist graces magazine cover to spread message of self-love | CBC News Entrepreneur network helps immigrants start their businesses before they land in Montreal | CBC News Clothes, hot water and fresh bannock: Indigenous homeless people supportedContinue reading “CBC Internship”

For Indigenous people, cultural safety means medical safety

Photo credit: Spencer Colby | Article originally published in The Pigeon. Joyce Echaquan was surrounded by all the familiar features of a healthcare environment. She lay in a motorized bed wearing a teal gown, the walls were a soft beige, and the beeps of medical machinery faintly filled the air. The racist phrases said byContinue reading “For Indigenous people, cultural safety means medical safety”

Are satellites the future of the Internet in rural Canada?

Originally published in The Concordian | Photo credit: SpaceX, Unsplash.com Trudeau announces $600 million project to connect rural Canada to broadband The federal government is offering telecommunication companies subsidized access to a network of low-orbit satellites in an effort to increase broadband availability across the country, but questions remain over whether this will be aContinue reading “Are satellites the future of the Internet in rural Canada?”

The magic of Mama Ouy’s kitchen

Originally published in The Link | Photo Credit: Tom Lundy It was a chilly afternoon in the St-Laurent borough of Montreal. The community was quiet, the sky still undecided over whether it wanted to rain.  For many people, this would have been a perfect afternoon for movies and tea. But at Mama Ouy’s, Heany KuyContinue reading “The magic of Mama Ouy’s kitchen”

How psychedelics are a game-changer for dying Canadians

Photo credit: Amelia Rankine. This article was originally published in the The Pigeon. This article discusses topics relating to depression, anxiety, and end-of-life care. It may be triggering to some readers. In August 2020, four terminally-ill patients were granted permission to use psychedelic therapy in Canada. They were given psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component of what are popularlyContinue reading “How psychedelics are a game-changer for dying Canadians”

Fundraisers are moving online as the pandemic causes safety concerns

Originally published in The Concordian | Photo courtesy of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Canada Every October the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada hosts a walk in Montreal to raise money and awareness for blood cancer. It usually takes place in Parc Jean-Drapeau.  But this year, the park will be quiet.  On Oct.Continue reading “Fundraisers are moving online as the pandemic causes safety concerns”

Mental health needs to be part of the conversation about long-term care

This story was originally published in The Fulcrum | Photo credit: Georg Arthur Pflueger, unsplash.com Long-term care is one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. The high death toll in long-term care homes, lack of proper action from many of these places, and—as was the case west of Montreal—the literal abandonment of long-termContinue reading “Mental health needs to be part of the conversation about long-term care”

How Lea Kabiljo is bringing empathy into art education

It was the last interview that really got her. Lea Kabiljo was driving with one of the people she most admires, visiting important places from this person’s life. This was the third of three interviews, rounding out to eight hours of total recorded conversation.  Lea was to write a profile about her subject for oneContinue reading “How Lea Kabiljo is bringing empathy into art education”

Online Shaming Will Only Reinforce the Sentiment Among Anti-Maskers

Originally published in The Fulcrum | Photo credit: Macau Photo Agency, unsplash.com Shame! Shame! Shame! Such is the chant of the Twitter mob against those who do not wear masks. And I appreciate the sentiment. To prance around mask-less is, without a doubt, a sucky thing to do. Especially when some very smart people—some mightContinue reading “Online Shaming Will Only Reinforce the Sentiment Among Anti-Maskers”

COVID-19 could be worsening Canada’s mental health, but key data are missing

This article was originally published on the SWCC Blog | Photo credit: Serkan Göktay, pexels.com The number of Canadians expressing increased levels of anxiety and depression has quadrupled since the arrival of COVID-19, according to a recent report by Mental Health Research Canada. Ontario responded by making therapy free for people with anxiety or depression. Minister of Health ChristineContinue reading “COVID-19 could be worsening Canada’s mental health, but key data are missing”