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Health and Well-being: How Muskrat Falls has affected Land Protectors

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When Nunatsiavut Inuk researcher Jessica Penney  was deciding where to conduct her field work for her Masters, she didn’t have to look far, she simply had to turn to her family. Though raised in Iqaluit, Penney’s family live in Newfoundland and Labrador and are directly impacted by the Muskrat Falls project. “For me it was going back to the community. I didn’t grow up in Labrador and I wanted to know how Muskrat Falls was affecting them,” said the student. Penney is currently completing her Masters of Science in Global Health at the University of Glasgow and conducted research on the ground in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer past. Penney focused on how the project impacts the health and well-being…

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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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Hold onto your wigs: Bob the Drag Queen is coming to town.

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Bob the Drag Queen will soon enter through the Holy Heart Theatre purse first and change the lives of many Newfoundlanders forever, making us even more fabulous. Bob’s Crazy Black Lady – A Stand- Up Spectacle will take stage on November 15 to a full house, which sold out almost immediately. “I have never been to Newfoundland and unfortunately with drag shows, you roll in town and then leave but wow, thank you,” said the queen of the sell out. The drag scene has been growing in St. John’s and Bob, crowned queen of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8, will help amp up the entertainment. The drag queen is well known for her comedic performances and charming confidence. “They say fake…

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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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More women elected into The Nunatsiavut Assembly

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On September 18 The Nunatsiavut Assembly swore in five AngajukKât and two Inuit corporation chairs to the Nunatsiavut Assembly, with adding four more women to the government this year. In May, four women Ordinary Members were also elected. One of those women, Charlotte Wolfrey of Rigolet, a Labrador community of about 300 residents became AngajukKât for the second time. “It’s like a mayor of the inuit communities of Labrador,” explained Wolfrey of the position. “They have the power to make their own laws, like any other city.” Charlotte Wolfrey (Photo Credit here) The Nunatsiavut Assembly practices traditional style of government. “Traditional means there is a consensus government. Inuit talked things out instead of voting,” said Wolfrey. “We talked until we…

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