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The rise of OnlyFans: how Canadian sex workers are going digital

OnlyFans may have become a trendy topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rapidly-growing site emphasizes how the sex work industry is evolving. While some services can’t be substituted with an online experience, avenues like OnlyFans allow workers to exercise greater control over their bodies and their sexualities from the comfort of their own homes.

What my stay-at-home mom taught me about work

For some women in Canada, parenting isn't just an employment gap.

Lessons from Angkong: Learning from my family’s press freedom battles

For World Press Freedom Day, this writer looks back at his family's legacy, their belief in the power of a free and independent press, and the powerful opponents that tested them.

9 Canadian graduates on COVID-19, missed milestones, and collective grief

One year later, the class of 2020 still doesn’t feel like it’s really graduated. Between endless lockdowns, stagnant job markets, and confusing financial aid, last year's graduates say things are still uncertain.

Queer Muslims are finding joy and celebration for their second Ramadan indoors

From veganizing traditional meals to hosting virtual meditation circles, queer Muslims in Toronto are figuring out what Ramadan means to them—and finding a loving community along the way.

Twitch meets drag as Toronto performers showcase their art

How one tattoo artist’s streaming channel is keeping local drag alive

How Janis Irwin became Alberta’s ‘ML Gay’

The Edmonton MLA on provincial politics, self-care, and the upcoming election.

The stories we tell ourselves: In conversation with Harold R. Johnson

‘we create fictions and then we declare them natural, normal, and necessary,' said the former crown prosecutor.

The casualties of contraceptive care

Getting my IUD was dehumanizing, but so is Canada’s entire medical system.

Online thrift stores let Canadian consumers find sustainable fashion from home

As Canadians turn to online shopping, local thrifting accounts adapt to new demands

A new cohort of Canadian teachers reflect on teaching during COVID-19

Canada’s newest teachers juggle online learning and student success

Canada’s alt-right pipeline

How young Canadians are indoctrinated into online right-wing extremism

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.

‘A game changer’: Virtual strip clubs are here to stay

From the comfort of home on Nov. 27, dozens of people joined a Zoom call to attend the Strap House—a new, virtual strip club.

Two young runners give back in fundraiser for single parents

19-year-olds Jack Amos and Joe Robertson raise over $12,000 in a 500-kilometre run of Vancouver Island.

Exiled in triplicate

Surrounded by beaches and wintering birds, it's hard to reconcile my peaceful surroundings with the heavy thoughts reverberating in my head.

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified my quarter-life crisis

I’m still learning to remember that whenever it feels like the end of the world, it’s not.

How one bookstore’s efforts are helping Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ artists weather the pandemic through community

Glad Day Bookshop, an independent bookseller in the middle of downtown Toronto’s "Gay Village,” is providing financial support to artists who face serious economic difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making friends with Big Lonely Doug

On a sun-splashed, blue-skied Saturday last month, Alex asked me on a spontaneous trip to see Big Lonely Doug. I had heard about Big Lonely Doug, but didn’t know the extent of its history or what made the tree so unique.

Breaking barriers: playing lacrosse as an Indigenous woman

Growing up on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, lacrosse surrounded Fawn Porter. The game is inextricably tied to her nation's identity and heritage. To her, it seemed a no-brainer that she would eventually have a stick in her hand.

Maple leaf forever? The divisive legacy of Canadian flags

As Canada changes from a fiercely British colony to one defined by multiculturalism, and tries to face its troubling colonial past, many wonder if Canada’s flags still symbolize the people they were meant to represent.

After organizing two rallies for Black lives this summer, Vanessa Simon no longer feels alone

Vanessa Simon, a Victoria university student, organized a last-minute rally in support of Black lives this June. The all-day event gathered hundreds of people. Three months later, Simon reflects on how activism has helped her build community.

Faith Fundal on growing up, coming out, and tuning in

Fundal, a CBC Prince George journalist, sat down with The Pigeon to talk about the June launch of their podcast, "They & Us" and what it means for non-binary Canadians to be represented on air.

Canada’s first Indigenized art therapy program is supporting cultural healing in Indigenous communities

WHEAT is the only therapeutic arts training centre in central Canada that provides diplomas and certificate programs in expressive arts and art therapy. This month, the institute has welcomed its first cohort of students as part of the first Indigenized expressive arts therapy program in the country, which introduces participants to Anishinaabe culture, tradition, and art as a form of healing.

I went to Amsterdam in the middle of the pandemic: My trip, in photos

In August, The Pigeon's photo editor Spencer Colby visited The Netherlands. In photos, here's how COVID-19 is changing international travel for Canadians abroad.

Fried chicken connected these families to their roots. Now, they’re using it to build community in Canada

The Kims and the Jungs own Korean fried chicken restaurants on different sides of the country, but they have two things in common—a love for their culture’s food, and a goal to share it with other Canadians.

How tattooing helps cancer survivors regain control of their bodies

Kyla Gutsche is a medical tattoo artist and owner of Cosmetic Transformations in Peterborough, Ont. Her small business provides permanent makeup services to disguise unwanted scars. Breast cancer scarring can threaten a woman’s body and her sense of self-control. Tattooing over the wound is one way to regain that power.

On Vancouver Island, online Pride celebrations are shaping youth access

For young Vancouver Island residents who aren't 'out' about their LGBTQ2S+ identity and don't have access to transport, it's nearly impossible to attend Pride events in secret. As a result of COVID-19, the ability to discreetly access Pride events online can make participating in the local LGBTQ2S+ community more accessible for youth.

Siloed in Suburbia: Reflecting on isolation and our relationship to land

My family moved to Calgary in 2016 and settled in Sherwood, a small suburb in the northwest corner of the city. At the time, our neighbourhood didn't feel like a neighbourhood at all: we were one of two families on the entire street, and the other houses were either wooden skeletons or empty shells standing solemnly with “For Sale” signs out front.

For trans people in New Brunswick, inclusive health care isn’t guaranteed

Clinic 554 is currently the only health centre in New Brunswick where trans people know they can go to receive informed, inclusive care. Now that it’s closing, they’re being forced to contend with a medical system they say doesn’t prioritize them.

lululemon’s SeaWheeze goes virtual: the future of road races

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered all major in-person sporting events, the running community saw no exception. This year, some major races, like lululemon’s SeaWheeze, are going virtual instead. The organizers moved the party completely online, offering both a half marathon and a 10km race.

National Acadian Day represents culture, community, and a struggle for recognition

There are over 29,000 Acadians living in New Brunswick alone. But for some Acadians, it’s hard living in major cities like Fredericton. While New Brunswick prides itself on being Canada’s only bilingual province, with both French- and English-language inhabitants, behind the province’s dual history lies a story of deportation and alienation.

Faced with camp closures, Ontario sisters connect kids online

For many day camps in Ontario, operating in-person activities isn’t worth the risk. To protect the health of employees and campers, some camps decided to offer their programming completely online this season. Sisters Ruth Bryce and Rebekah Dillman, who were both set to run camps this season, faced the summer’s uncertainty together.

The Psychology of Sorry: Why Canadians can’t stop apologizing

As a Canadian, I’m no stranger to the stereotype of how the word ‘Sorry’ dominates our vocabulary. Politeness has become the dominating characteristic of Canada’s global reputation, but in many ways the stereotype is true. Our culture is so apologetic that the word seems to have lost its meaning. It’s reached the point where the automatic response to any scenario is an apology, even if it’s unnecessary. So where does the need to apologize come from?

Inside Ben Wezeman’s year-long running journey for breast cancer awareness

In the summer of 2019, Wezeman’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, doctors found her cancer early, and after two treatments she’s in remission. After Wezeman rediscovered his love for running on that December morning in 2019, he started a GoFundMe on Jan. 6 with the hopes of raising money for cancer research.

The past, present, and future of Canadian English: What our accent tells us about being Canadian

To anyone outside of the two countries, the difference between a Canadian and American accent is non-existent. To the average non-Canadian, the pronunciation of “about” as “aboot” is the only Canadianism they know. Then enters Canadian English. This unique dialect separates Canada from the US, but many Canadians will tell you that they don’t always notice the difference.

The rise of OnlyFans: how Canadian sex workers are going digital

OnlyFans may have become a trendy topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rapidly-growing site emphasizes how the sex work industry is evolving. While some services can’t be substituted with an online experience, avenues like OnlyFans allow workers to exercise greater control over their bodies and their sexualities from the comfort of their own homes.

Thunder Bay’s premiere drag venue for LGBTQ2S+ residents faces closure

With COVID-19 forcing countless Ontario businesses to shutter, one of Thunder Bay’s safest spaces is facing closure.