Gene-Editing; Saving the World, or Killing It?

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Imagine a world where disease is non-existent, and everyone is in perfect health. However in this world, everyone looks the same, acts the same, and are virtually all-around identical. Editing DNA with modern technologies raises too many ethical questions, which is why I believe that gene editing for diseases, that are not terminal, should be illegal. 

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You Are Beautiful.

By Caitlin Chung

A little girl, about 8 years old, walks into a dance studio for her very first ballet class. She’s wearing pink tights, leather ballet slippers, and a skintight black leotard. Her hair is combed back into a slick bun on the back of her head. Despite her clean appearance, she’s uncomfortable wearing something so revealing, and her head throbs a little from the awkward pulls of isolated strands of hair and dozens of bobby pins stabbed into her scalp. Yet, she is still excited, excited to feel like one of those beautiful ballerinas she admires on TV. 

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The Blue Checkmark: TikTok and the Personification of Capitalism

By Zayn Rashid

I’m sure that many of those reading this article are TikTok users who have at least once checked the comments on a popular video to see it flooded with blue checkmarks and corporate logos. Over the course of the past decade or so, the vast majority of customer-facing corporations have built, or have attempted to build, some form of social media presence in the hope of maintaining online relevance and expanding their market to younger generations. It’s a given that at some point, with TikTok having become one of the biggest online platforms, corporations were going to come ruin the fun, though this time in a form that we’ve never seen before. Continue reading The Blue Checkmark: TikTok and the Personification of Capitalism

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Review and A Protest

By Sathya Siva

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

– To Kill A Mockingbird, 1960

I first read Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, a couple of months ago. For those who aren’t familiar with the award-winning story, it was first published in 1960 and has since become one of the great classics of American literature. 

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is a great reason to leave your home and watch it!!

By Natasha Kangrga

Homecoming, Far From Home, and now No Way Home. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? This movie has captured $260 million over the weekend after its initial release, it set record breaking ticket sales, and ranks as the second largest North-American opening in box office history. But is it all that good? 

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Oxford High School Mass shooting: Who is to Blame?

By Lochlin Emmerson

On November 30th, 2021, a 15-year-old student named Ethan Crumbley opened fire in Oxford High School, the school of which he attended. He killed four of his classmates and injured eight others. It is believed that Ethan fired upwards of 15 shots while walking the halls and tugging on classroom door knobs. Ethan fired the first shots in the hallway as students were traveling to their next class, putting hundreds in harm’s way. Although, within five minutes of the first shots being fired, Ethan was placed in police custody. Subsequently, news broke that Ethan’s parents are going to be charged. Usually, parents of shooters are completely unaware of their child’s actions or intent, but this time, it was different. 

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Should We Trust the Grammys?

By Emma Manesis

The Grammys are widely known as music’s “biggest night”. A highly coveted event that brings together some of music’s biggest names for a massive red carpet, showcasing incredible looks and performances, all in one night. With the 64th annual Grammy nominations recently announced, it got me thinking about just how much interest we put into this organization. The Grammy Awards appear to always be an exciting time. We’ve been trained to believe in their value from decades of forceful advertising, to the point where we even care about the fashion worn at these Awards. Despite its appearance as an enjoyable night recognizing some of our favourite artists, how trustworthy and fair are the Grammys?
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Wear Your $*#%*!* Mask !!!

By Eden Nath & Jessie Wang

We all know the strict protocols given by the city of Toronto about masks and social distancing. So why is it so difficult for some people to respect and obey these simple, straightforward rules? We have encountered many situations where students are refusing to wear their masks, to the extent that it’s making others very uncomfortable, leading to emails to the principal. Why won’t these individuals do their part to help keep our community safe?

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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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