Good bye, Winter.

For all its slipperiness, cold, and inconvenience, winter is a beautiful season here in Toronto, Canada. On days when the snow flutters down in beautifully chunky snowflakes that drift slowly across my vision, I feel at peace. Snowfalls are not always accompanied by frigid weather, contrary to popular belief. Snow is an effective insulator that…

Political Apathy and Children in Charge

Today I watched the Question Period at the House of Commons for the first time. This is an event held every weekday where parliament members ask each other questions about current federal issues, policies, etc. (at least that’s what it’s supposed to be). I’m very disappointed. Never in my life have a watched a group…

An Ode to Medical School Applicants

Medical school applications are notoriously difficult. Many people underestimate the trials and tribulations applicants must undergo to be considered for such a prestigious and groveling professional school.  Last week, I spent some time with a friend who is preparing for his medical school interviews. We went through a list of exercise questions to ascertain his effectiveness…

What’s in a name?

As many immigrants will agree, it can be frustrating to have a first name that is difficult to pronounce for speakers in your new country. Second generation immigrants can also encounter this frustration, perhaps more frequently because they may or may not be fluent in their parents’ native tongue. For some people, the solution is to…