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A cultural shaming intertwined with harassment

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The Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government has come under scrutiny with harassment accusations that have come forward in the House of Assembly. Both Eddie Joyce and Dale Kirby have been removed from the Liberal caucus and cabinet on paid leave while under investigation for harassment. Though that conversation has been at the forefront of many political venues, another unnecessary statement has been intertwined within the discussion of harassment and elected officials. Rather than showing concern for the possible victims of abuse, or wondering why is happening behind the red curtain of the House- the public has shamed the Newfoundland government for having a historically unacceptable bullying behaviour. Of course, past politicians have used aggressive means to secure different political moves…

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News Round Up: June

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Debbie Hanlon and the advertisement fail Councillor Hanlon put out some questionable ads for her Real Estate business recently. Though the politician has come under scrutiny for the offensive nature of the strange ads, she is also facing serious online bullying and harassment in response to her marketing choices. Of course, as a public figure Hanlon should have been more conscious of her decisions but no one deserves to be bullied and named called in such a hateful manner. No behaviour ever deserves such a negative outlash. However, let’s consider the real story on hand:  Hanlon thought her realty signs were a great marketing advert. Have you seen them? Aside from the extremely offensive messaging, it’s just an awful advertisement.…

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Be Careful With Bees

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As May ended, the town of Bay Bulls, located about twenty minutes outside of Newfoundland’s capital city had a bit of unusual request for residents: pardon your weeds and feed the bees. Dads and lawn boys throughout Bay Bulls must have rejoiced with the town’s rhyming announcement because it meant keeping the lawnmower in the shed and letting dandelions on your lawn grow in hopes of attracting bees and providing them with a free meal and some Newfoundland hospitality after a long winter. Ashley Wakeham, the Assistant Town Clerk for Bay Bulls said that this campaign stemmed from a Facebook post by local business Pat’s Plants and Gardens. “One of our Councillors Joan Luby suggested we should send this out…

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Okay St. John’s, Now Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé Dance Party Set for June 23

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Ladies, grab your “Freakum Dress” and leave your man at home; or let him play the “’03 Clyde” to your “Bonnie” and take him along if he appreciates the musical stylings of Queen Bey because Club One and FreeForm Events are hosting Flawless: The Beyoncé Dance Party. The third annual event will take place on Saturday, June 23 featuring the music of DJ Slaylist. The event which according to Facebook, is “[y]our annual reminder that you. are. #flawless.” and is one night only in honor of the music and cultural impact of Beyoncé. FreeForm Events isn’t just in the business of bringing people together to dance to Beyoncé, they are also a “full-service event company delivering customized events to communities…

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Saxx Underwear Challenges the Status Quo With New Campaign

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In mid-April, an email from SAXX underwear appeared in my inbox and instead of advertising the newest styles for summer, the subject line read “A note from our CEO”. The body of the email spoke about the underwear’s innovative “Ballpark Pouch” and the problems facing the planet and the people who were doing something about it. However, what did it all mean? The underwear company that launched a decade ago and exceeded 75% growth in revenue annually for the last five years has recently launched their #nostatusquo campaign. According to the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, Braden Hoeppner, SAXX wants to do more than just provide the world’s most comfortable underwear to men. “Our planet and society face many challenges today…

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