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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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All My Friends Are Waste(rs)?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends. I love them despite the fact that I often have trouble making plans with them, and even when they can’t see the truth; that Taylor Swift is a snake. I love them despite our differences but that doesn’t mean that they sometimes disappoint me (and surely I, them). A lot of my friends here in St. John’s (and I suspect many of the city’s residents) do not recycle and I do not get it. For as long as I can remember, recycling has been a part of my life. Does anyone remember the sketch that used to air during Sesame Street on CBC back in the day? From what I remember it…

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