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Maria Calleja

Freelance journalist, educator and street photographer

I have studied International Politics and later my Masters in International Development Education. My work has been published in the Vancouver Republic and the Mississauga News. My blog is at My blogs chronicle my travels to Asia and my perspective on International Politics and Canadian life. My NGO work has included contributions to the NGO Development and Peace. My street photography has also been show at a local Toronto gallery.
To Leave Or To Remain In The

To Leave Or To Remain In The EU?

I have been in London for about a month now, and I cannot ignore a feeling of tension and a darkness brought on by the referendum that will decide if Britain stays in the European Union or leaves it entirely.
06/23/2016 09:26 EDT
I've Learned To Make Peace With My Body - Sort

I've Learned To Make Peace With My Body - Sort Of

I considered my own body issues again recently when I read about Amy Schumer's last sketch where she is trying to buy larger sized clothes at the store. The clerk is alarmed and she is ushered out into a cow pasture where Lena Dunham was sent months earlier when she too asked for a larger size.
05/17/2016 05:41 EDT
The Qualified Welcoming of Syrian

The Qualified Welcoming of Syrian Refugees

The responses of individuals and countries to the Syrian Refugee Crisis has been a bit of an informal test on the level of humanity within individuals and nations. Even though outwardly Canada seems to have embraced the incoming refugees, I think some people have forgotten the compassion and despair that was felt when the image of Alan Kurdi's lifeless body, was seared into our collective unconscious.
02/10/2016 12:36 EST
Trump Is Hiding Behind The First

Trump Is Hiding Behind The First Amendment

Suddenly, I became aware that this comment thread had opened a window for me into the American ideal of freedom and how virulently many Americans support the First Amendment without any consideration of the violence that hate speech causes. I realized that the concepts of inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism that I had studied were not the first things on these people's minds. I began to think that these concepts didn't figure into their equation at all.
12/30/2015 11:16 EST