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Good Friday: I Know the City Getting Ready

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It’s Good Friday, and if you are a good Newfoundlander then you know what you will be eating on today, fish. I am not a good Newfoundlander, or at least I wasn’t. That is, I didn’t eat fish or anything from the sea. All that changed at a friend’s birthday nearly two years ago at the St. John’s Fish Exchange Kitchen & Wet Bar when I took the plunge. Ironically, I didn’t order fish, (I had chicken tacos) but I ended up trying a piece that the birthday girl was too full and too busy mingling with her guests to finish.   Shortly after this “exchange” with fish, I ate it again, this time as part of the 2016 St.…

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News Highlights of 2017

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 The Land protectors of Labrador  After the Muskrat Falls project launched, the land protectors of Labrador demanded consideration for the raised levels of methylmercury found in food sources due to the project. By the end of that year, Premier Ball stated all decisions going forward would have scientific backing and an advisory committee would be put in place. Nalcor did lower water levels, but not by a significant amount in fear of riverbank erosion. Land protectors have expressed their disappointment in the process. The government issued an inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project due to its hefty multi-billion dollar bill, and protectors have stated that the inquiry has not kept their food sources safe. This has been a two-year long…

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Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All?

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A job in retail has all but crushed my Christmas spirit. Twelve years of working in the mall and you really get to see the worst in people. (There are only so many Ms. Von Middleagedrichbitch who are buying enough “40% off the Holiday Collection” clothes to outfit a village that you can deal with.) I was reminded of this again just a few weeks ago on Black Friday, (which is a part of American culture that has made its way up North that I would gladly return for a full refund if I could). That evening, my already Grinchy sized heart likely shrunk three sizes by seeing what felt like uber greed and commercialism. (Please note that I too…

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Dear Robin Short

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I have to give you credit for having a set of balls because it’s a very sticky situation to crap on Newfoundland and Labrador. We come out with pitchforks and torches a blazing. I don’t have a tendency to generalize any group of people, but I gotta say we are the most defensive province in the country. Reasonably so, because since confederation there has been an arrogance that steamed over us from the mainland. A sense of superiority from the upper echelons who reminded us of our lack of money and were backed by a federal government who has a tendency to forget we even exist and a country that believes we lack intelligence and education. It’s been a tough…

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Bias what bias – A story of a complacent woke woman

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I consider myself a feminist, and I have for quite some time. I protested the Snelgrove verdict, I regularly have difficult conversations with people about gender inequality, and I take notice of the “minor,” yet impactful, injustices that I (and women everywhere) experience every single day. I’m proud to say that I stand for something, and I’m proud to make a contribution to the cause in my own small way. I think sometimes we let our strong moral compasses (and the fact that we’re already “woke”) cloud our judgement, and it’s important to reflect on our thoughts and actions and examine them for ingrained discriminatory beliefs/behaviour. This past week I was reminded of my own biases and internal misogyny and,…

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