Jaclyn Pahl

About Jaclyn Pahl

Jaclyn Pahl is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English Literature and Cinema Studies. She joined the OWP as a Junior Correspondent in September 2020, and became a Senior Correspondent in January 2021. She is passionate about culture and politics.

United Kingdom And New Zealand Loosen Restrictions On Queer Men Donating Blood: Unravelling Complex History Or Fortifying Stigma?

On Monday, 14 December 2020, the United Kingdom and New Zealand announced new rules regarding blood donor eligibility, including looser rules for men who have sex with men (MSM). In both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the new rules represent a shift toward behaviour-based policies, rather than identity-based policies. […]

Could The Coronavirus Pandemic Be The Death Of Canadian Independent Movie Theatres? 1

The coronavirus pandemic has left no industry unscathed, but its consequences for the entertainment industry are extremely profound and far-reaching. Independent and low-budget entertainment entities suffer the most under the economic burden of the pandemic, as they often have little wealth to fall back on, and few expenditures to cut. […]

Scotland Becomes First Country To Make Menstrual Products Free

Scotland has recently passed a bill to make menstrual hygiene products universally available to those who need them. This makes the country the first in the world to have done so. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill requires local authorities in specified public places to ensure that anyone who […]

An array of cloth menstrual pads in various dyed colors.

OxyContin Manufacturer Purdue Pleads Guilty To Charges Amid National Opioid Epidemic

On Tuesday, 24 November 2020, OxyContin Manufacturer Purdue Pharma pled guilty to three criminal charges in federal court. This marks the first time the company has admitted to its contribution to the pervasive abuse of the drug. OxyContin is the brandname for Oxycodone, a synthetic opioid medication used for moderate […]

Changing Geographies: The Legacy Of Redlining And The Myth Of Prosperity In America’s Suburbs

Poverty, pollution, and access to health care are challenges traditionally associated with city living. However, a closer inspection of America’s neighborhoods reveals that these issues transcend geographic categorization and are prevalent even in ostensibly prosperous suburbia. Nassau County, located in Long Island, New York, is home to 1.4 million people. Its […]

Protests In Poland Over New Abortion Ban Turn Violent

Police have used pepper spray against hundreds of people in Warsaw protesting a recent ruling that almost completely bans abortions. Protesters were stationed outside the home of Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski following a ruling from the Constitutional Court that declared abortions in the case of fetal deformities illegal. Protests […]

The Detrimental Impact Of Suburban Sprawl On The Environment

Suburban sprawl is a major contributor to climate change. Often overlooked in discussions of environmental deterioration, suburban sprawl is a North American land development pattern characterized by low-density, unrestricted suburban growth stretching out from metropolitan centers into previously untouched rural land. A single new development or neighborhood does not make […]

Two Supreme Court Justices Oppose Marriage Quality

Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito expressed a desire to overturn marriage quality in a four-page opinion released on Monday, 5 October. The two justices previously expressed dissenting opinions during the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the historic 2015 ruling that guaranteed sex-same marriage under the Fourteenth Amendment to […]

How At-Risk Are American Abortion Rights?

President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sparked questions about whether a court with a conservative majority could re-assess issues like abortion rights. Abortion is a historically divisive topic, mythologized in American political ideology […]

American Wildfires Were A Century In The Making

Wildfires are raging a path of violent destruction through the American West. California alone has seen more than 2.5 million acres burned, while roughly 5 million acres have burned across several states. Officials in Oregon have warned the public to expect a “mass fatality incident,” prompting roughly 40,000 to flee […]