No Lifeguards on Duty: Life’s A Beach At Bloordale Beach

In January, I went on a trip to the beach. Except this beach had no sparkling ocean and no coastline at all. The closest body of water was Lake Ontario, which is located one hour by foot. As I scavenged through the shoreless terrain, I was stomping through rough gravel with my Blundstones rather than…

A Simple Christmas: Capping Off 2020 with Songs and Snowstorms

There will always be that year where Christmas and New Years look a little bit different. Safe to say it's been so for everyone. With an impending Boxing Day lockdown, I was fortunate to be happily holed up with my boyfriend, opening gifts on Christmas morning in front of our 2-foot tree. Fast-forward to today,…

Uncovering Bishop’s Block: How Artifacts Reveal Rich Histories

I took a walk this past Monday to Adelaide Street, west of University Ave. to find a stylish red-bricked building, relatively buried within the surrounding high-rises. With thousands of artifacts excavated from its original location, Bishop's Block demonstrates the value in how objects reveal the dynamic histories of a particular place. Exterior of Bishop's Block,…

The Story of Canada’s Black Railway Porters

As white people including myself who are privileged in a society that's a direct product of racist and colonialist practices and biases, must hold ourselves accountable and recognize oppression faced by Canada's Black community. This means listening to and elevating narratives told by Black storytellers about how racialized Canadians withstood and fought back against racist…