Leila El Shennawy

Leila is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised staff writer at the Pigeon covering central Canada. She is also the copy editor of the Charlatan, Carleton University's student newspaper, and formerly ran the paper's op-ed section for two years. She is currently in her fourth year of Carleton's journalism program, minoring in Canadian studies. Follow Leila on Twitter @leilaelshennawy.
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Photo essay: Ottawa skateboarders talk mental health and combatting stereotypes

Among the unlikely effects of the pandemic is a surge in skateboarding. The Pigeon spoke with skateboarders in Ottawa about skating during the pandemic and defying stereotypes.

Postal union VP says the Epoch Times could ‘lead to xenophobia’ if allowed to continue delivering materials

One of Canada’s postal worker unions didn’t succeed in preventing deliveries of this controversial paper, but maintains it puts workers at risk of anti-Asian racism.

COVID-19 will have a lasting economic impact on Canadian women

Canadian economists worry the pandemic—and the "she-cession" it caused—is toppling women’s progress in the labour force.

Why are young journalists filled with self-doubt?

Campus journalism plays an invaluable role in local media, but some young reporters are feeling the effects of imposter syndrome.

Colonial institutions

After the final recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) were released in December of 2015, universities in Ontario scrambled to respond. Canadian post-secondary...

In the name of safety: What go-karting, niqab bans, and Quebec’s Bill 62 have in common

As Quebec approaches the third anniversary of its ban on face coverings—often referred to as its "niqab ban"—Muslim women in the province are wryly noting the government’s recent change in opinion when it comes to face coverings in light of the global pandemic.

‘It’s labour intense. It’s emotional’: In Ontario, parents of children with developmental disabilities face back-to-school challenges

Choosing between online and in-person schooling can be especially difficult for parents of children with developmental disabilities who are considering a return to the classroom during COVID-19. Sensory issues with mask-wearing, the need for movement within the classroom, and difficulty understanding physical distancing could affect a parent’s decision to send their child to school.