Balancing College & Work Life: How To Stay Organized Between It All

Between balancing a part-time job, keeping up with university and fulfilling volunteer obligations, it is easy to lose track and fall behind. After two years, I finally found a system that works for me to stay organized and on top of my readings and work. To begin with, before school starts I plan my schedule…

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Healthcare Gaslighting: The System That Abandoned Me

“Healthcare gaslighting” is a new term that has emerged into many dictionaries. I am sure we have all heard of doctors undermining their patients’ pain and worries by brushing them aside. Many women have come forward to share their experiences with doctors not believing their pain. Nonetheless, I am sure this happens with men too.…

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Helpful Tips for the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a month filled with joy, family time, and precious moments to reflect on non-materialistic things for Muslims across the world. While people such as the sick, children, the elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women menstruating etc. are exempted from fasting, an often overlooked issue is how alienating this month can be for…

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Femicide In Canada: Enough Is Enough

Femicide is described as “the killing of one or more females, primarily by males because they are female. It represents the extreme end of violence and discrimination against women and girls.” The Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability website states that: “One woman or girl is killed every other day, on average, somewhere in…

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Doug Ford’s New Changes to OSAP Are Unacceptable

(Featured Image: The Standard) The premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, recently made changes to OSAP (the Ontario Student Assistance Program). If post-secondary education was not hard enough financially for many students and families, the recent changes have discarded free tuition grants, replacing it with 10% off our tuition. When the news first erupted, the only…

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Why Universities Need To Improve Their Mental Health Services

Frosh week, orientation, figuring out your way around campus is something many of us have gone through in our first year of post-secondary education. When the excitement of university acceptance and campus tours die down, and months seem to pass by like weeks, finally lets into what many students will mask. Finals season has just…

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The “F” Word: Feminism in Pakistan

Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country — Islam itself has given Muslim women many rights and so has Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), but why does the nation fear feminism so much? When the word feminism is even uttered many roll their eyes, but such people have only have seen and…

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Aasia Bibi’s Acquittal & Pakistan’s Treatment Toward Minorities

Pakistan’s flag consists of two colors: green and white. The green in the flag represents Islam and the majority which is Muslims, and the white stripes represent religious minorities. When I first found out about the meaning behind my home country’s flag, it gave me a good laugh because Pakistan, for the most part, allowed for…

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The Discourse of Mental Health in the South-Asian & Muslim Community

(Featured Art: Ben the Illustrator) Often when people reveal that they are battling mental health issues in the SA/Muslim community, they are greeted with suggestions like “you should pray more” — which is nothing but a slap to the face. Don’t get me wrong, religion has helped a lot of people who are dealing with…

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