My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada

Last Sunday I was in Montreal. One of the main goals of my trip was to attend the Pride Parade for the first time ever! Downtown was packed!  Hundreds of people came from all the nations and backgrounds, heterosexual couples from all ages and religions.  There was an elderly  East Asian couple standing behind me … Continue reading My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada

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One Day In Our Far Away Island by Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg, Brazil/Israel

At the age of sixteen, I moved to a boarding school in Canada. As a boarding school ‘graduate,’ I might guess that one of the two options came to your mind when I say I went to a boarding school: either my parents hate me or I am extremely rich. Or both. Fortunately, neither of … Continue reading One Day In Our Far Away Island by Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg, Brazil/Israel

‘Choose Being Pro-Peace’ by Iris Fisher, Canada

It’s hard to believe we continue to have wars and fight over land, religion and power in the 21st century, despite what we have learned from history books and what our ancestors went through; despite the evils of wars and sufferings of innocent people. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for decades.  What’s worse is … Continue reading ‘Choose Being Pro-Peace’ by Iris Fisher, Canada

‘Childhood in War’ by Iris Fisher, Canada

To the politicians and leaders responsible for the ongoing war in Israel/Gaza: Did you have a good childhood? Have you not become the person you are today due to your upbringing; how you were raised, nurtured, supported, cared for and loved? Think as far back as you can.  Think of the laughs, the cuddles, the … Continue reading ‘Childhood in War’ by Iris Fisher, Canada