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Transgender in Newfoundland

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Being a person whose gender does not match their physical sex is never easy. Not only do trans* people often face crippling anxiety and dysphoria about their bodies, but they also often have to struggle to ‘present’ to the world in a body in which they do not belong. Dressing as, acting as, and calling themselves the wrong gender to better suit the public’s comfort. Often, they do not even tell their own families for fear of hearing tired, worn-out, often horridly discomforting jokes and slurs. But what about their comfort? What about their sense of belonging and safety? Many trans* individuals are called selfish, unnatural and even gross when they simply try to feel more comfortable with themselves by…

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Close-Up: Dan Earle

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  Dan Earle has been shooting for almost three years. The St. John’s photographer came upon the art almost by accident.   “It started off as a whim and quickly became a hobby and then into a source of income but I shoot almost exclusively for pleasure,” said Earle. “I find it gives me something to focus on and helps blow off steam or just relax in general.”   There is a lot of technique, education and practice behind photography, just because a person has a big camera does not necessarily mean they are suddenly an artist. “I originally didn’t have any technique at all. So I decided one day to buy a camera and ended up sitting down in…

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Opinion: Why Newfoundland may be the first province to see Ebola

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  Is Newfoundland and Labrador at risk of seeing a case of Ebola? No. Nor is the rest of Canada. But, if there were to be a case in the great white north, there is a good chance it would be here in Newfoundland. Ok, so why? Newfoundland is a popular place for airplanes making international flights to stop and refuel. If there was a flight coming from Western African headed somewhere in North America, there is a fair chance they would stop for fuel on the rock. If anyone on that flight became symptomatic, they would have to be quarantined where they landed. And that means here. If a patient were to land anywhere in the province and be…

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Newfoundlanders to watch this NHL season

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  Teddy Purcell, Edmonton Oilers – St. John’s Teddy Purcell begins his first season with the Edmonton Oilers after spending parts of three years with the LA Kings and the past five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Purcell really came into his own in the 2011 playoffs scoring 17 points in 18 games for the Bolts. His production has tailed off a bit since, but he is certain to get plenty of ice-time with the Oilers and already has three points through the first two games of the season. Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres – St. John’s A former star for the St. John’s Fog Devils, Luke Adam is perhaps the best hockey player to come out of Newfoundland in…

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Renegotiating your life in your 30’s

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  A friend once told me “Enjoy yourself. That’s what your 20’s are for. Your 30’s are to learn the lessons. Your 40’s are to pay for the drinks.” Okay, admittedly this “friend” is Carrie Bradshaw and I’m quoting a Sex and the City movie. But as I was pondering over my own life as an adult it seemed to become a more relevant quote. A number of years ago I made a realization that contrary to my youthful narcissism, I didn’t know everything there was to know. Nor were my defining character traits so firmly set in stone as I had thought. Shocking, I know. Life is an ever evolving journey and you’re never limited to strictly defining yourself…

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