A Publication of St. Thomas University Journalism

A CITIZEN’S LESSON IN LOSS

By SHERRY HAN Last summer, Fan Yi, 23, was sworn in with a group of new Canadian citizens, holding her fist to her chest as she recited the country’s anthem. “Oh Canada, our home and native land.” With the melodious Canadian National Anthem in her ears, the judge congratulated the new Canadians. However, Yi needed to screw up her… … Keep Reading

‘IT’S EASIER TO BE HAPPY’

By HADEEL IBRAHIM Jennifer Wiebe speaks in images. She describes events in snapshots that illustrate and add feeling and texture to what she’s trying to convey. She chooses those words carefully and her low voice rises only in rare moments. Someone meeting Wiebe for the first time wouldn’t be surprised to learn she is a… … Keep Reading

ABOUT THESE STORIES

Most of us have encountered checkpoints in our lives, moments when we meet something on the road that causes us to pause, and find either a way past, or a different route altogether. That idea is what binds together this series, that includes stories of a white buffalo, a life changing trip to sin city,… … Keep Reading

LOST AND FOUND

By NATHALIE STURGEON I became a “child in care” when I was six. That was when my biological mother turned me over to the government. I remember gripping my backpack and feeling more than lost, as if I was stumbling through a dense forest at night without a flashlight. I stayed lost for five years. Then… … Keep Reading

STEPS ON TRANSITION ROAD

BY BEN CROUSE Harper MacAngus studied his alarm clock for the fourteenth time that night. If he were able to fall asleep right this second, he would be able to squeeze in three hours and twenty-six minutes of sleep. Sleep did not come. Anxiety, nausea and headaches kept him awake well past his self-prescribed bedtime.… … Keep Reading

A SOUVENIR FROM SIN CITY

BY SHAWN GOFF I pulled back the bolt of the Mosin-Nagant and held my breath. I squeezed the trigger as the rifle sprang back into my shoulder, and smoke seeped from the end of the barrel into my nostrils. As I repositioned my feet, hundreds of bullet casings rattled on the floor of Battlefield Las… … Keep Reading

FROM ZERO TO HERO

By FERNANDA DAMIANI My father doesn’t believe in luck. He has never believed in destiny or giving yourself over to the fates. He believes in hard work and deliberate action. And he isn’t afraid to cut his losses and start over. Hugo Damiani is 52. He began his journey in a small town in Brazil, and… … Keep Reading

MIND OVER MATTER

By CODY PETERS It happened late one night at a retail store where I was working. We were running behind and I was trying to catch up. I was in a cooler organizing big boxes of produce. I had been doing this job for a year and never had an issue. That night, I had nearly… … Keep Reading

DROPPING INTO HAPPINESS

By MAGGIE McLEAN Janelle Dupuis thought she was pursuing her passion. People always told her how much talent she had for photography, so she thought it was a natural next step to apply to Mackenzie College in Moncton, New Brunswick. “Tuition was $25,000 or something like that, and you had to buy an expensive camera,”… … Keep Reading

REPORTING A MIRACLE

By DAVID BARDWELL Neal White found his voice as a writer and journalist when a white buffalo was born just outside the small town of Beloit, Wisconsin. The call came in on a summer afternoon in 1994. “I was with the [Beloit Daily News] in Wisconsin,” White recalls. “I’d just been promoted to city editor… … Keep Reading

CLEAR MIND, BIG HEART

BY NATHAN DeLONG Mandy Richard is dressed neatly and wears thick glasses over her brown eyes below her dark hair with blondish highlights. The 25-year-old’s smile lights up the room. Today, she’s quietly celebrating two years – and counting – of sobriety. The third-year communications and public policy student at St. Thomas University in Fredericton,… … Keep Reading

CHANGING LIVES ABROAD

BY KATHERINE MOREHOUSE Mark Rideout stood at the head of his class, looking at the horde of rambunctious kids around him. He didn’t think he could have the patience and attitude it took to handle a room full of children, but after teaching abroad for a month, things changed. He’s gone from feeling overwhelmed to… … Keep Reading

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