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One particular February 14th, I found myself wedged against the wall of a crowded subway car in the midst of a small life crisis.

In one hand, I held a greeting card decorated with curlicued writing and watercolor flowers. The inside was blank. Balancing on the crook of my elbow…


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A brunette with perfect winged eyeliner gestures to a single clothing rack beside her. I only wear 32 items of clothing, she tells the camera proudly. All year.

The ensuing video consists of short clips of her modelling each item. A pair of tan culottes from Everlane. A single set…


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As vaccinations roll out, my concerns about the pandemic have gradually started to ease. For the first time, I can imagine a world in which we can go to concerts again and throw parties and sip on draft beers in crowded bars. Man, I miss draft beer.

But as my…


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In my first year out of university, I lived in a student neighborhood. It wasn’t intentional — in fact, I didn’t know enough about the city to know which neighborhoods were for students.

It worked out, because I still felt like a university student. I was freshly 23, fairly broke…


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We’re coming up to a year since the first Covid-19 lockdown, which means it’s also been nearly a year since I was laid off. …


I’ve only been a vegetarian for a couple years, but already, I’m so accustomed to living without meat. It’s funny how quickly it happened.

There are a handful of meals I miss sometimes. A steaming bowl of pork belly ramen in a rich, meaty broth. A toasted bacon avocado sandwich…


If there is one itty bitty silver lining to everything happening right now, it’s that we are seeing more people engaging in social justice, especially online. And they’re taking concrete action. …


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When I was an activist, I got used to being told I was wrong.

We were doing anti-sexual violence work on our university campus, and it felt like all the forces in the world were working to shut down our efforts. Our cause was straightforward. …


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I can remember the first time I felt it — the itch to shop. It was in fifth grade, when my friend Kaitlin strolled onto the playground in a brand new pink floral rain jacket and matching hoodie. …


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Out of the hundreds of endless meetings throughout my early career, there is one that will forever remain cemented in my mind.

It was back when I was an assistant for an executive. The purpose of the meeting was to hand off accounts from the top executives to lower level…

Kelsey Gilchrist

Toronto-based writer and marketing specialist. I write about equality, activism, and culture.

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