Mamma Mia! at The Isabel Bader Theatre

In the midst of a long, biting winter, I found myself whisked away in a mediterranean dream to a time before AirBNB, Cher’s Dancing Queen, and genetic testing. My flights of fancy were made real thanks to a spectacular performance of Mamma Mia! at The Isabel Bader Theatre. Produced by the Victoria College Drama Society and directed by Ronan Mallovy, the cast is brimming with personality and actors who bring the energy of ABBA classics alive.

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La valeur de la créativité dans les arts libéraux

Les cours de français à Glendon valorisent avant tout l’orthographe, la syntaxe et la grammaire; on veut absolument perfectionner ses compétences en argumentation, on veut exprimer clairement les idées tirées d’un texte. Ce sont les idées de quelqu’un d’autre. Pour plusieurs étudiants, y compris moi-même, cet aspect des études françaises est pénible. J’ai entendu parler d’étudiants dont la confiance en leurs capacités linguistiques baisse énormément au cours de leurs études à Glendon. Avant de quitter Glendon, suivez mes conseils. Ne passez pas toutes vos études sans savoir la valeur de vos créations et de votre français unique.

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La Finlande : championne de l’éducation

Peu d’étudiants ontariens qui souhaitent enseigner savent que la Finlande est réputée pour avoir l’un des meilleurs systèmes d’éducation au monde, surtout aux niveaux élémentaire et secondaire.

            Le pays scandinave obtient, depuis plusieurs décennies, d’excellents résultats scolaires au niveau national et mondial. En outre, le taux d’élèves qui obtiennent leur diplôme d’études secondaires est de 99,7 % (HuffPost Québec).

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Paella

Paella has become quite popular even in the U.S. and Canada in recent years and for that reason I thought I’d share with you a recipe I’ve used a number of times when I’ve wanted to make the dish myself. This recipe has been adapted from

Why Self-Care is More Than Just Mindless Capitalism

“Self-care.” It has been a buzzword for a few years now, often mocked and just as often used unironically. Self-care has entered our modern day lexicon, but what is it exactly? Is it aromatherapy? Books on meditation? Drinking enough kombucha to bring probiotic balance to your gut? Or perhaps it’s bath bombs, journals in loopy cursive saying “Embrace Your Dreams,” or escaping to a ski resort. What do all of these things have in common?

Wintering Out Your Health

“Healthy” and “winter” aren’t always the most synonymous words when it comes to living in a relatively cold part of the world. I’ve almost gotten sick twice over these past few months, and the long nights and icy wind don’t necessarily help me to feel upbeat, energetic, or really just myself. So, for those who’ve felt the brunt of winter lethargy and dry sinuses, here’s a short list of things you should try to help yourself out:

Café Turc

La jeune serveuse, une fausse blonde, me demande : « Vous avez fait votre choix? ». Elle a l’air impatiente et indifférente à la fois.
— Juste un café, lui dis-je. Noir. Sans crème.
— Juste un seul?

The Problem with Prequels: A response to The Crimes of Grindelwald

I grew up with the Harry Potter books and movies, and for a long time, as someone who loves to write, considered Rowling one of my inspirations. There are lots of things she does well, and credit is earned where credit is due. However, it seems that recently she has been rubbing a lot of her fans the wrong way. Although there are several reasons for this, the one I’m focusing on stems from a trap into which many creative individuals have fallen: making bad prequels. (I should mention, this will involve spoilers for the Fantastic Beasts movies.)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse Review

There are certain moments in life that just stand out. These moments may be happy, sad, loud, quiet, intense, or reflective. What they have in common is how they manage to bury themselves into our minds and to utterly redefine us, sometimes immediately. For me, some of these moments take the form of cinematic experiences. Such experiences include my first exposures to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sense & Sensibility, Toy Story, Raiders of the Lost Ark, There Will Be Blood, and, more recently, Moonlight. These movies all came along suddenly and without warning, broke me apart, built me back up, and simply sent me reeling. In December of 2018, yet another film worked such magic on me.

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