We Forgot to Move to the Suburbs

“It’s a great location for a young couple, walking distance to downtown, to bus routes, bars and restaurants. The perfect STARTER home” That was how our house was sold to us as a newlywed couple in their twenties. 18 years and 2 kids later, we’re still here and not planning on moving any time soon. […]

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Sneezing Season

“You’re allergic to trees?!” they say incredulously. “And grass. And dust. And flowers. And just nature in general. I need a bubble,” I joke, trying to play it off. Because it does sound ridiculous and a little wimpy and like I’m just trying to make excuses to get out of camping. Which, yes, I am […]

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What Pride Means to Me

My name is Alexander Levi, I’m a twenty-nine year old queer transman and this is my queer experience, what pride means to me and what I hope for the future of the 2SLGBTQ* community. Before I start, I’d like to acknowledge that I am a settler on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional lands of the […]

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Why it Took me so Long to Realize that I’m Actually a Lesbian

Barbie and Ken. Tarzan and Jane. I mean, even the Grinch had a hetero love story with Martha Mae Whovier. Media representation and my personal socialization impacted me to believe that I would also have a hetero love story. Turns out, I don’t love being hetero at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. But we […]

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Happy PRIDE Month and National indigenous History Month!

We are very excited to be celebrating Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month this June! Alternating each week, we’re featuring a blog from a guest writer either about their experience as an Indigenous person or as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. National Indigenous History Month celebrates and acknowledges Indigenous history across Canada. Residential […]

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Know Thy Tropes

Let’s talk about tropes. We love them. We hate them. Whether the author sticks to them or subverts them, they are the foundation of every bestseller. Tropes are common (potentially cliche) plot or rhetorical devices in books or television. Examples include, but are not limited to, enemies to lovers, the chosen one, girl/boy next door, […]

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Misconceptions of Massage From a Massage Therapist

I get a lot of weird comments from people when I tell them I am a massage therapist. I have been called a “masseuse” which essentially means a sex worker. I have been asked why I like to rub people down. I also get people who straight up ask me to give them a massage, […]

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Independent Bookstores Have Always Been There For Me

Independent bookstores have always been there for me, whether I’m busy or not. When the first lockdown started, I was one of the lucky people who could stay home and did so for over two months. My biggest work and personal commitments stopped virtually overnight and, like for everyone else, that sudden shift was bizarre […]

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A Not-So-Friendly Guide to Group Photos

So I was zoomin’ with some friends the other night, and I wanted to take a picture to prove to the world that I still have friends (I swear I do). I asked them to smile, snapped the picture, then promptly uploaded it to my Insta story, tagging each of my friends. As they each […]

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It’s the Little Things

It’s been a stressful few weeks. Ontario has entered its third wave and millionth shut-down (or “emergency brake,” if you’re trying to be pedantic), vaccine estimates are sporadic, and it’s currently final paper season. I’m tired, a bit overworked, and definitely overwhelmed. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the anxiety and bad news, […]

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