What the pandemic means for international students

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Sabrina Almeida Immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced during a webinar this week that Canada has issued 56,000 first stage approvals for study permit applications. This...

Who is really responsible for the second wave of COVID-19?

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The sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario has many worried about whether a second lockdown is coming sooner than we...

What’s wrong with the question ‘where are you from’?

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Sabrina Almeida It’s a question that I have asked and been asked a zillion times. On the surface it seems harmless enough. Prompted by natural curiosity...

Why visible minorities are concerned about racial profiling by police

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Sabrina Almeida A friend shared a disturbing encounter he had with police a couple of months ago. The family was dropping their son back to...

The Indian obsession with skin colour

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Sabrina Almeida As the world collectively examines its racial bias, it is time to revisit our own deep-rooted ‘colour’ prejudices as well.  The Indian obsession...

The pandemic forces us to take care home issues seriously

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Sabrina Almeida Part of a news headline ‘Should long-term-care homes be ‘old-person storage’ or places to live?’ put the horrific situation uncovered by the pandemic...

The pandemic’s effect on suicide must be taken seriously

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Sabrina Almeida A few weeks ago, news of a friend’s death was posted on Facebook.  The family’s devastation over her sudden demise was evident in...

Why some parents want their kids back in school

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Sabrina Almeida The announcement of Ontario’s school reopening plans had a mixed response among parents with kids in the elementary section. While some were relieved...

Aren’t anti-maskers being selfish?

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Sabrina Almeida While masks (or face coverings) are mandatory in indoor public spaces in Ontario and many other jurisdictions, not everyone complies. I am not...

Why young adults must take the coronavirus seriously

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Sabrina Almeida Premier Doug Ford made a strong appeal to young Ontarians to follow public health guidelines with respect to the coronavirus. The plea came...

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