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She’s not fit but let’s make the best of her

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Winter is hard upon us with many more months to come. Sure Sheila’s Brush seems like miles away just yet. As much as we hate to think about the cold and snow greeting us every morning, it’s here to stay. While waiting for the cold to pass, there is plenty to do in St. John’s, if you’re a local or out for a jaunt. Treat yo self Head to The Rocket Bakery for some sweet eats. It’s hard to get all geared up and head out for the day, but a chocolate eclair at the end of the trek makes it a lot easier to face the dreaded car scrap and shovelling.   Be a Tourist Head to Middle Cove…

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The integrity of art in NL culture

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It’s hard sometimes in art to not have overlapping themes. Common artistic tendencies may even be more evident through Newfoundland and Labrador, as we tend to celebrate our traditions through creative pieces. Commonalitues are more evident in sellable minute souvenirs form. As you wander the streets of downtown St. John’s each storefront has a miniature form of Jelly Bean Row for sale. From mummer statues to bottles of screech to placards stating “stay where you’re at til I comes where yer to.” – it’s obvious that we enjoy sharing our cultural practices through art. As Newfoundlanders we are a bit constrained by our reoccurring themes and that’s expected from any such a place. It’s what you do with those pieces of…

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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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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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