The Unrealistic Portrayal of Teenagers in Movies and Shows

Elizabeth Grimes

If you say that you haven’t found yourself mirroring the amazing glamorous lives of the people you see on screen, then you’re lying. We’ve all wanted to be smart like Rory Gilmore, rich like Blair Waldorf, or adventurous like the Pogues and live the same as so many other popular characters. From the millions of TV shows and movies available to watch, some really stand out and make a large impact on our generation. Teen-oriented series have grown to be incredibly popular over the last few decades. These media can have amazing plotlines, actors, and representation, but very few do a good job of illustrating realistic teenage lives. 

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Why Elon Musk Deserves to be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Tyler Wang

Elon Musk is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021. Is this a bad thing? Many of the world’s critics think so. The Guardian opens its piece on Musk with the following: 

“Time magazine’s decision to make Tesla billionaire Elon Musk its person of the year for 2021 has been criticized because of his attitude to tax, opposition to unions and playing down the dangers of Covid.” – The Guardian “Naming Elon Musk person of the year is Time’s ‘worst choice ever’, say critics.”

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Grammy Nominations and Predictions

By Michael Goussios

From ABBA to Olivia Rodrigo, this year’s Grammy nominees range from music veterans to industry newcomers. Such a wide selection of artists has sparked a lot of speculation as to who will take home these coveted awards. As far as the top four categories go (Best New Artist, Song, Record, and Album of the Year), there are many strong contenders. I will be going over the nominees and my predictions which artists will score big on music’s biggest night!

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Movie Review: House of Gucci

By Ben King

6/10

“Father, son, and house of Gucci”, proclaims Lady Gaga in the very first trailer for Universal’s House Of Gucci, a true crime biographical drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. The instantly iconic – and memeable line from Gaga cemented the film as one of the most anticipated releases of 2021. With big names attached to the project (Ridley Scott, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino), House Of Gucci looked to be a delectable thanksgiving treat. Alas, the film committed the biggest cardinal sin in Hollywood history – being a bore. 

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The 2021 Communal Fatigue

By Kiyari Kufat

Can you believe that 2021 is finally over? It seems it was either a really great year or a terrible year for most people. However your year was, I’m sure it was far from normal. The past few years have been pretty crazy, but this one has been especially stressful and by the end of it most of us were feeling pretty drained. There are several possible reasons for this communal fatigue, some of which are clearly related to COVID.

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What is the Definition of a Good Year?

By Armin Najmaie

By the time you are reading this, it is probably already the new year, and you have left 2021 behind.  But just for a moment, I would like for you to look back at that past year. On New Year’s Eve, I remember thinking to myself: “2021 could not possibly be any worse than 2020.” Well, I guess I was right…Or was I?  

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Vaccination Obligation: Do We Have to Share our Status?

By Abigail Brown

With almost everything closing again and the new Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, it’s getting more and more dangerous to not be vaccinated. Not necessarily in the sense that you might get sick, but more in the sense that it’s too controversial to keep your vaccination status a secret.

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Vaping is Not Cool

   Disclaimer – I’m going to remain anonymous to protect my well-being, especially since I’m not graduating any time soon. Also, despite this being an opinion piece, I don’t intend to slander anyone in particular, but rather use this opportunity to share some valuable information on this harmful, and potentially deadly practice. 

         “Vaping is not cool,” is written in bold, black letters on a colourful sign situated above the empty space separating the boys’ and girls’ washrooms on the first floor near the main entrance. Why am I starting off this piece with a heavy emphasis on this sign, do you ask? Well, dear reader, one of the most ironic parts of this school, that I’ve personally noticed, is having a sign that speaks nothing but the truth in front of washrooms filled with high schoolers who disappointingly choose to deny it. I’m not referring to everyone who uses the downstairs, and even upstairs washrooms, only the people who deliberately attempt to ruin their health in secret, as a result of peer pressure and the will to be “cool.” 

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Diversity ≠ Inclusivity

By Remington Ross

As a society, we love to throw around the words ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusivity’ interchangeably. Although these words share similar meanings, they are in fact different. An educational conversation with Stephanie Croisiere (she/her), Anti-Racism Diversity and Inclusion Lead, from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, helped me realize how we need to change our day-to-day vocabulary.

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Taylor Swift: Overhyped?

By Eden Nath

The infamous Taylor Swift has stolen people’s hearts ever since her debut as a 17-year-old country artist. She’s come a long way in her music career, and her fame hasn’t died down- in fact, it’s growing. Like every other celebrity with fame, she has her haters; I personally know lots of people who haven’t really listened to any of her music, who believe that she’s not a good artist, or who believe she’s overhyped. But I believe the exact opposite, and before you come at me, hear me out.

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