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Monica Bassili writes a weekly column for

Reflections on the Demise of the Elizabethan Age | Monica Bassilli

A century before Queen Elizabeth took power, her predecessors pillages Turtle Island (North America) and attempted to exterminate the Indigenous population. Through colonial violence, Residential Schools, the Indian Act, the reserve system, and the government departments dedicated to “managing” Indigenous peoples, Britain’s impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada persists today. With this in mind, any meaningful government changes following Her Majesty’s death must place Indigenous leaders, chiefs, scholars, and workers at the forefront of change.

On Monday, September 19th, 2022, the national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth in Canada, please spend your time thinking beyond Britain’s boundaries. Think of Ireland. Think of Palestine. Think of Indigenous peoples. There is no shortage of pain and despair found in Britain’s brutal colonial and imperial history. Please, have these challenging conversations and reflect deeply on the news media emerging today on the praise and love adorned to the Queen. 

Bassili, Monica writes a weekly column for

Pain, Trauma, and Sexual Violence | Monica Bassili

For instance, as per a 2013 study on sexual violence in Egypt, 99.3 percent of women and girls experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes. The country’s majority Muslim population seldom entertains skimpy Western clothing. Further, Egyptian women are not “asking for it” or causing their subjugation. With this in mind, why is sexual violence prevalent worldwide? What are the causes of sexual violence against women?

Bassili, Monica writes a weekly column for

Let it Be | Monica Bassili

Now that this challenging relationship has matured, and my mother and I exchange regular phone calls, I have learnt an important lesson: let it be. No matter how many questions or the answers I demand, nothing will change the reality of what has happened. I do not pity my mother; I am not angry with her, I am not disappointed or frustrated, and I am content. I am proud of my mother and am at peace knowing she is living her best life.

Letting it be, however, does not mean ceasing to ask essential questions. After all, without asking questions and opening your mind to new ideas, you risk staying the same, in a state of mediocre satisfaction. I know I can develop these questions without harbouring resentment or anger towards my mother. For this reason, letting it be is not ignorance but rather a deep understanding that knowledge is everywhere. 

Bassili, Monica writes a weekly column for

Canada, Land of the Identity Crisis | Monica Bassili

Canada is called the “mosaic,” including diverse cultures and identities, yet, this mosaic eerily resembles the United States melting pot. Contrary to national narratives on multiculturalism in Canada, one of the most successful tactics in succeeding personally and professionally is to assimilate. But assimilate into what? 

Mather Fox: columnist with LCCMedia

Till Debt Separates Us | Mather Fox

I am excited to share my story and hope it will inspire you to take the right action and help you clear your debt. In 2009 I shared a townhouse with a roommate, and below is the list of my monthly bills back then: 

Rent plus house bills, i.e., electricity, water, and gas, were $2000 a month shared with a roommate.
Car loan monthly payments of $500
Car-related expenses, including gas and car insurance, $500
Food and miscellaneous $500
Credit card minimum monthly payment of $100 
Line of credit minimum monthly payment $100

Yoleen Naidoo writes a weekly column with | Empowering Teens

What Happens If I Make a Mistake in Life | Yoleen Naidoo

For you to live this valuable life, you must believe in yourself. Accept that you can make bad decisions.  Accept that you get another chance.  Accept that you will do better next time and if not, you will be given another chance.  Work hard in life and grow.  Never forget we live in a world of GRACE which means we get another chance. Grace gives us the chance to start again without a past.  Leave the past, let it go, forgive yourself and move on.   

Wild Saskatoon Berry Pie | Adeline Panamaroff

Saskatoon berry pie is the best in my book.

They can also be thoroughly mixed with rhubarb, which is cooked along with the berries in the above recipe. This mix of fruits gives the pie a tangy edge. 

Both picking these berries, and making the pies, have been a summer ritual for me for many years.

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