Publications

Putting me to work.

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Image by Thought Catalog

There are a number of women on TikTok who give thousands of followers necessary PSAs and helpful advice. While some have created their accounts with the intention to help viewers, others have a broad style with a video or two that happens to educate in an unapologetic and real way.

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Can you hear the wails of extroverts everywhere? 
At week four of social distancing, quarantine, isolation - whatever you want to call it - there are plenty of people missing social interaction with their favourite people. Luckily, we live in an age that capitalizes on our digital connection. What we once blamed for distractions, we are now honouring for keeping lines of communication.

A Man Looking at his Tablet Device

The journalism industry has developed multiple streams of income for reporters to deliver timely and professional news to its community. From advertising in print, to digital subscriptions, sponsored content, and hosting events, publications have changed their business models to keep up with the digitalization of journalism. The most recent solution to the industry’s spiral offers the exact opposite of this pattern — non-profit journalism.

Newspaper

Her Campus - Jan.7.2020.

Dear Kaylen Ward,

We’ve heard about the bushfires in Australia, we’ve posted about it on our social media, and we’ve watched some celebrities pledge money to the effort. And now, we’ve heard about you. 

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My social media timelines are divided between “new year, new me”, unprompted essays about why new year’s resolutions are useless, and manifestations for the future.

So which camp do I fall into? In some ways, all of them.

New year, new you? Sure — if you’re willing to put in the work. 

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Ward Verschaeve says he knew he belonged to the water from a young age. He grew up swimming in any pool he could find, joined competitive swim clubs to perfect his skill, and scoped several university swim teams before accepting his offer to Carleton University in Grade 12.

While swimming is an undeniable part of Verschaeve’s life, he hesitated to bring another element of himself to Carleton’s swimming facilities: his sexuality.

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From Green Room, to PPL, to Babylon, Ottawa is home to a number of nightclubs, waiting for you to explore. But what if you could get paid to party? What if clocking in to work meant listening to the Top 40, dancing with other 20-something-year-olds, and pouring Ciroc on the birthday girl?

Well, this is the reality for one of Ottawa’s many party promoters. 

Partying

Are you feeling the pressure of Christmas season? Are you useless with DIY? Did you miss out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have too much pride to wait for Boxing Day? Well, there are some great gifts you don’t need to spend hours find in-store or online searching for that your friends and family are sure to love and appreciate.

Gift Wrapped

Four men in their fourth year of study at Carleton University have turned their house into a Movember movement. Reducing their bountiful beards to their baby-faced templates, these friends have lived under the same roof since their second year of university and aim to increase the discussion about men’s health in popular media and their campus.

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Her Campus - Nov. 20. 2019.

Jaedon McColl, a fourth-year civil engineering student with a minor in disability studies, has participated in Movember for four years. Sporting a green baseball cap with a French mustache stitched above the brim, McColl walked me through his Movember journey.

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When Liv Kirkwood sent her cat, Hazel, to keep her grandmother company after her grandfather’s death, she did not know she would end up with six more.

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Photos of Ottawa's climate strike, from Carleton University's campus, to Parliament Hill.

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Has debuting a new hairstyle ever met you with a double-take? How about a complete failure to recognize you?

As a black woman, I bet my fellow black women can't nod their heads any faster. While this is usually cause to roll our eyes, at this point in time, we’re celebrating this pattern. 

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An Ottawa veterinarian predicts mobile practices will gain popularity in Ottawa to serve pets better in the future. 

Mike Mossop, who works for the Mobile Veterinary Services of Ottawa, started Treatwell Pet Care to care for pets in the comfort of their own homes. While his target client was young professionals, he has worked for a wide range of pet owners since establishing his practice in October 2018.

Sleeping Dogs

This years Women’s March focused on ending gender based violence and issues experienced by Indigenous women and girls. Marches were held across North America. Despite cold weather exceeding -24 C, hundreds marched in Ottawa Saturday, January 19, 2018. 


Follow Women's March Ottawa spokesperson, Ved Shimpi, on her journey. 

Street Protest

The end of a significant friendship is not an easy hurdle to overcome, but it’s not impossible. Here are some ways to make the best out of a messy friendship breakup.

Long Beautiful Braids

Disclaimer: It is true that not everything is about race. However, it would be foolish to disregard the public’s consensus on the dynamics of race – especially when they contribute to the outcomes of a social issue or an act of injustice in the criminal justice system itself.

Stylish African American

I do not remember when it began, but I do remember why I finally stopped enduring it. The jokes about my taste for indie and alternative rock, the way I spoke, and the people with whom I associated, accumulated with each passing year. By the time I graduated high school, the name ‘Oreo’ was imbedded into my mind more than my grade eleven functions course.

Studio Photography of a Model

The Charlatan - Aug.26.2017.

With tuition, housing costs, and food to consider, many Canadian college and university students must complete their undergrad alongside a part-time job.

Tiling a Roof

The Charlatan - Aug.18.2017.

Failing to set time aside to indulge in necessary leisure activities can lead to mental and physical limitations, and even burn-out. But, self-care methods can manifest in several ways.

Meditating

The Charlatan - Feb.15.2017.

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.”

Woman on Window Sill

The Charlatan - Feb.2.2017.

Rising tuition costs are causing more Canadian university students to become “sugar babies” to pay off student debt, according to Seeking Arrangement, a service that allows “sugar daddies” to pay for “mutually beneficial” relationships with a sugar baby.

But these finance-assisting and gift-giving relationships can come with a risk.

Couple Leaning Against Reel

The Charlatan - Jan.17.2017.

A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study found about 17 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15-29—roughly 1.1 million Canadians—are victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking.

Stressed Man

Broadview - Mar.9.2021

It was 11:09 p.m. when she texted me: “You know when I said I was light-headed and that I always ask for help after it’s too late?”

As her youth leader at church, it was my job to mentor her. When I asked her how I could help, she told me she swallowed three handfuls of Prozac.

Woman on Window Sill