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MUN grad off to fight Ebola

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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Tint of Ink recently sat down with AJ Willis, epidemiologist and graduate of Memorial University’s Masters of Public Health program to talk Doctors Without Borders, Africa and Ebola. Tint of Ink: You are originally from Ontario. Where were you born and when did you come to Newfoundland? AJ: I was born in Sarnia, Ontario and moved here in 2008. Tint: What is your education? AJ: I have a Bachelor of Arts and Science in International Development and Biology from the University of Guelph and I graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with my Masters of Public Health in 2009. Tint: When did you first join Doctors Without Borders? AJ: In 2012. I did 10 months in Northern Nigeria working mostly…

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I am not a girl anymore

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The title says it all. Within the past few weeks, I’ve thought about it, and acted; I came out as transgender to my friends and family. I now know that that was the biggest mistake of my life. The happiest I’ve been in the past year since I’ve come out, first as genderfluid, then as demiboy, then finally trans, was a day when I was carrying groceries. I was dressed in a button-up and a t-shirt, baggy jeans and a beanie. I had just cut my hair short. I had a cough, so my voice was gruff and deep. But sickness didn’t bother me; the entire day I was barraged by strangers calling me things like ‘he’ and ‘sir’ and…

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Right Brain/Left Brain: Which side are you?

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While this question is a little misleading – we actually use both sides of the brain to take in, process and interpret information in our daily lives – each of us would likely characterize ourselves as being predominantly one or the other. Do you prefer checklists, strict timelines and organized workflow? Or do you prefer flexibility in how you approach a project and have difficulty sticking to one project at a time? The difference in these two situations is the difference between which side of your brain you use more predominantly. Our brain’s are divided into two hemispheres to create efficiency. Each side of the brain is responsible for it’s own set of tasks that work in concert with the…

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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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