MINI OP-ED| Where Have the Children Gone?

The Trump administration has pulled one of its most successful vanishing acts to date—they have disappeared the migrant children from their parents. To date, the children remain missing. Trump may argue that family separation is the price of flaunting rules at the border, but he is not one to speak as he continues to obfuscate the tenets of natural justice in his struggle to avoid the Russia investigation, and to preserve his presidency.  I’m quite sure his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke at least a moral rule, as well as campaign finance laws. Continue reading “MINI OP-ED| Where Have the Children Gone?”

OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn

I am a bystander trapped in time along with millions of others. It’s Heather Heyer’s memory that keeps us here. It is the very worst version of Groundhog Day, without the happy ending. Yes, it’s been one year since that Saturday afternoon when I first heard the news, saw the footage on YouTube. Big strong men aren’t supposed to cry, but there are exceptions. Continue reading “OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn”

OPINION | I Started Out as a Child: No pardons for Bill Cosby

I had a different relationship with Cosby than perhaps most. I first met him when I was an 8-year-old listening in on his conversation between Noah and God. Cosby went on to teach me how not to run track and field, and how to play “Buck, Buck”. His comedy records brought me and my friend Jon to tears of laughter each time we heard his voice. We loved Cosby. He was funny, black, and parent approved. Continue reading “OPINION | I Started Out as a Child: No pardons for Bill Cosby”

OPINION | “Does Anyone Know, Where the Love of God Goes when the Waves turn the Minutes to Hours?”

In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government unilaterally decided that Japanese Canadians posed a threat to national security. Under the War Measures Act, the roundup began as Japanese Canadians were stripped of their homes and business, and sent to internment camps, thus beginning one of Canada’s darkest periods in its relatively short history as a nation.

My university film theory teacher was such an internee. Although never discussed at length, as he taught us about Kuleshov and Eisenstein, he was also teaching us about his life, and resilience.

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OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have now left the Singapore summit, and with their departure, a silence fills in the anticipation and the apprehension of the meeting. Both leaders were supposedly looking for something, but it is uncertain whether it was peace.

From a political point of view, the summit was a success for both leaders. Let’s be clear, Trump was not the first to propose a sit-down, but he was the most pugnacious, and the least criticized when the idea was proposed. Was he looking for an end to tensions between North Korea and the world at large or a photo opportunity to boost his poll numbers? Continue reading “OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?”