It's been far too long, lovely readers. I have spent my summer entertaining friends, family and the occasional freelance assignment.
Looking for a new coffee table book? “O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years” explores themes of diversity, culture and growth. The book includes contributions from major political figures such as ex-Gouverner General Michaëlle Jean and the Director of Ottawa's Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Allison Fisher. A portion of the book’s proceeds go towards the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which enables underserved youth to make personal and community-oriented changes by means of the arts.
Though the 2018 federal budget’s focus on gender equality is being praised by some, others are writing this year’s budget off as symbolic Liberal feminism. “This budget is bold. What the Liberals did, is that they made the next two years or year-and-a-half about social issues. I, as a whole, like it,” says Erica Ifill, co-host of the Bad + Bitchy podcast and founder of Not In My Colour. “They’re making strides, but it didn’t go far enough in certain areas.”
Though Black History Month has come to an end, the conversation is just getting started. I reached out to several Black public figures to ask them to contribute "reminders" concerning issues that mattered to them, which I have compiled into a list. If you're white, much like me, all I ask of you is to listen and perhaps learn from the advice, experiences and perspectives of these influential figures.
Looking for a fresh spot to spend New Year's Eve? An Italian-inspired newcomer to The Glebe’s bustling restaurant scene is quickly gaining the respect of local foodies. Though Orto Trattoria has only been open for a little over a month, it has received accolades on Trip Advisor and Google Reviews.
On his way to catch a flight to New York City, Canadian-raised international supermodel Adonis Bosso calls me to chat about the release of his first independent single, “Jungle.” He describes the song as social commentary on life, as the 27-year-old has experienced it. “I feel like life is a jungle. It’s kind of about my time in New York, trying to make it, trying to make a name for myself,” says Bosso.
My final week in New York City flew by so fast, that I barely had time to catch my breath. My partner came to the big apple for a week-long vacation in the city before heading back to Canada's capital with me. We spent the gloomier days visiting cultural landmarks, such as the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and days with good weather were reserved for early morning talkshows and strolls through Central Park.
New York is totally unpredictable. It will both shatter and exceed all of your expectations, and the best thing you can do is simply ride the waves. The jaded passersby and sense of emotional disconnect suddenly make a whole lot of sense. If you get too caught up on the highs or lows, you will lack perspective.
The scenic cityscape rushing by, as the subway passes through the Brooklyn Bridge, is a great visual representation of how busy these past two weeks have been, for reasons mostly unrelated to work.
Last week was insanely busy, what with an event to cover on Monday, the writeup due the following day and my midterm review anticipated for Thursday. In order to rest up for work, after grabbing a quick bite at the dinning hall, I spent most of my evenings in bed with my beloved partner that has yet to fail me, Netflix – aside from that time they figured out I was cheating on them with their French twin via VPN, but those days are long gone.