I’d like to see the stigma survivors of sexual violence face reduced if not obliterated in ten years. That’s a reasonable time frame for people who may have only been recently made aware of what survivors go through and how painful the process of seeking justice can be to reflect and commit to change. I want them to be able to report to the police without suffering through further trauma the brutal reporting process can inflict. I don’t want to hear someone talk about sexual harassment or assault who finishes every sentence with, “But other people have it worse,” in an effort to minimize their own pain before anyone else can.
A lot can happen in ten years, so it’s nearly impossible to predict how different things will be in the future. All we can say for certain is that change is inevitable and I hope that it’s positive for the most part. My main concern is regarding climate change and how we approach that issue. I can only hope we’ve progressed to the point where we can operate as a sustainable and healthy society for the sake of the planet that we call home.
After embarking on an online shopping spree for new summer apparel, I realized how important body positivity and diverse representation is in today’s media climate. In the next 10 years, I hope to see a change in representation of different body types throughout the media. More brands should follow the body positivity movement that has been promoted by companies such as Aerie and Seventeen Magazine. Both companies refuse to alter images of their models, which promotes self-confidence and encourages audiences to love who they are on the inside and the outside.
Word just came out that the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League) will be ceasing operations as of May 1, 2019. I’d like to women become a mainstream phenomenon that fans will pack arenas for, not only in hockey but all sports. I want women to be comfortable playing any sport with other women and enjoy their time doing so. Ten years from now, women should not be forced to sit on the sidelines at a sporting event, but be able to participate in any major event that they want to play in.
I would like to see the pricing of Toronto housing go down for the sake of everyone who will be looking to rent/purchase in the next decade. It seems the Greater Toronto Area is becoming inaccessible, with many unable to afford life in the area. As I was born and raised 15 minutes away from downtown Toronto, I hope that myself and others like me will be able to stay in our hometowns when it comes time to settle down. It’s probably wishful thinking, but one can hope (and hope that this coming decade will see Canadian basketball succeed in the Olympics).
As the decade went on, minority voices grew more and more prominent within the media. Despite the clear improvement in this area, there is a lot more work that needs to be done. By the end of the next decade, I hope that the voices of women, people of colour, Indigenous people and the LGBTQ+ community are heard consistently across media of all types. The stories that they have to tell are ones that need to be heard by the general public.
We did a terrible job of capitalizing on the incredible opportunity that the Space Race gave us. In ten years, I’d like to see humans set foot on Mars — and I’d like someone other than Elon Musk to bankroll it. A crowd-funded space program that all of us have access to, as well as a way to make the Red Planet habitable in a sustainable manner that doesn’t collapse under our over-consumption, would be an incredible achievement.
I was born a couple years after the Blue Jays won the World Series in back-to-back years, so I’m hoping the next decade will bring Toronto sports a championship it desperately needs. Sure the Agros and TFC have brought home banners, but that for me isn’t significant enough. I’m ready for Kawhi (he’s re-signing) to lead the Raptors to a title, I’m ready for John Tavares to bring a Cup home and I’m ready for Vlad Guerrero Jr. to help the Blue Jays bring a World Series home again.