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How to Get More Women Elected

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March on St. John’s asked me to write a short piece about how we can best support progressive women candidates in elections. When I won my seat on council in September 2017, I was fortunate enough to have a dedicated team around me. If you’re thinking about running, the biggest piece of advice I have is to surround yourself with people who care about you and who hope for your success. If you want to help a candidate get elected, be one of those people. The provincial and federal elections are coming up, and it’s never too early to start planning for a future election at any level. As they say, run early and run often! Here are 10 things…

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What’s up with Muskrat Falls ?

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When the Muskrat Falls operation started, it was a point of pride. A project on our own land, for the people by the people. It gave a big middle finger to the original Churchill Falls project, while also creating jobs and energy right here at home. At the time we were covered in oil money. Newfoundlanders were bursting at the seams with “nationalism” – there was oil to be found in them there oceans, and we we riding its tail to the bank. Whether or not, how we went about it was correct, we were pumped to be a “have” province. Bout time. We were due. Politicians took advantage of this confidence, they recognized our giddiness and decided to use…

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SALT of the Earth: The Shop with True Meaning

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When Emily Evans purchased her home, the previous owners simply asked her to refer to one of the rooms as The Shop. Evans and her childhood friend Lauren Saunders took the request one step further and turned the room into a dream, a clothing line called The Shop, SALT to honour the space. “That’s where the name comes from. It was a convenience store run by the grandmother,” said Evans of the location. The Shop, SALT is a Newfoundland based clothing company designed and operated by the two friends. “We wanted to design clothes growing up as kids. Lauren has this story she loves about us designing Barbie clothes as kids,” said Evans. “I still have our first Barbie dress. We dreamed of…

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Figgyduff Dory: wearable celebrations of small town Newfoundland

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Figgy Duff is a pudding made of molasses found right in the middle of a traditional Newfoundland Jigg’s dinner, as well as a local folk rock band. While, Dory is a fishing boat and one letter away from Janalyn Petten’s mom’s maiden name. The two words combined make Figgyduff Dory, Petten’s own interpretation of the inspiration she finds surrounding her. It’s a online clothing company ran out of Port de Grave, which Petten operates on her own. It features artistic graphics backed by well-known Newfoundland sayings, rural NL town, familiar landmarks and wordplay.  “I’ve been sketching clothing since I was about 12-years-and I’ve always been obsessed with graphic tees. I was a total sucker for the t-shirt section at Bluenotes back in…

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Women and STEM: It just makes good business sense

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As someone in the tech and entrepreneurial field, Sarah Murphy can speak volumes about the importance of women in business. The VP of Growth at Harbr.com in Halifax is proud to work for a company that considers diversity to be an important aspect. “The company I’m with now maintains gender parity and it’s a priority. It’s been a value of that company since the beginning,” said Murphy. “They are committed to that and encourage more women into tech spaces. That’s a passion for me. I’m supportive of companies who are conscious about hiring.” Sarah Murphy When it comes to tech, Murphy presses women to think outside of the typical STEM box and consider such spaces for employment engagement. “There are so…

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