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Letting go of a dying friendship
Feb04

Letting go of a dying friendship

  By: Sasha Dhesi Recently an old classmate sent me a private message to wish me a happy birthday. The message reminded me of how I felt when our friendship petered out. We had a similar sense of humour and shared mutual interests, but as time went on, we found that although we still enjoyed each other’s company, we weren’t running in the same social or professional circles, and fell out of touch. I struggled with losing her,...

Saying goodbye to your furry friend It’s okay to mourn the loss of your pet
Feb04

Saying goodbye to your furry friend It’s okay to mourn the loss of your pet

  By: Jennifer La Grassa Last week, I locked myself in a bathroom stall on the second floor of the student center and cried. I had just gotten off the phone with my best friend who incoherently informed me through her uncontrollable sobbing that she had to put her dog, Daisy, down later that night. The combination of hearing her breaking down on the other end and the memories that flashed through my head of all that Daisy had been...

A death in the family
Feb04

A death in the family

  Earlier this month I lost my grandpa to pneumonia. Gramps was 88 years old. He saved all his money for his children and spent most of his life living alone. He used to have Coffee, a Pomeranian who ran his apartment. I wish I could say he lived a good life, but the sad truth is I don’t know. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, he was later moved to a retirement home. To see him deteriorate to the point of being...

Why bad television makes for a good time
Jan21

Why bad television makes for a good time

On Saturday nights, you can typically find my roommate/best friend and I studying at home. This past Saturday was no different. But as we diligently worked away and dutifully sipped our coffee, a blip presented itself in our routine. She sent me a link to a four-minute video from this season’s The Bachelor. I hit the play button even though I knew it was a bad idea. I knew that, if I pressed that play button, I would effectively be...

Not yours to fetishize A personal essay on the appropriation and fetishization of Asian culture in North American society
Jan14

Not yours to fetishize A personal essay on the appropriation and fetishization of Asian culture in North American society

I’ve noticed a startling trend on Instagram recently. My blonde-haired, blue-eyed white friend began posting selfies of herself with a Sailor Moon necklace, Hello Kitty stationary and various other Asian artifacts from my childhood. While it goes without question that interests and hobbies transcend race, what alarmed me were the comments under these photos. Friends of all races and ethnicities commented about how “cute,” “cultured”...

Je suis Franco-Ontarienne
Nov26

Je suis Franco-Ontarienne

By: Helene Caron The tragic events in Paris had many frantically looking for friends and family currently in the cité des lumières and prompted a number of us to post “Je suis Paris” on our Facebook page out of solidarity. However, our links with France may be much closer than we think and I’m not referring to the latest events. I’m going way, way back. In early 17th century, Samuel de Champlain officially met a Huron-Wendaat chief in...