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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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Flanker’s Newfoundland Dictory has swelled the language

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What does a scuff, a gunny, and the act of  twacking have in common? They are all entries in Garry Cranford’s The Flanker Dictionary of Newfoundland and a part of our everyday language. Only in Newfoundland and Labrador can your child’s school supplies demand a scribbler. While the birth of a new born baby is welcomed with an upsit cake and not bad like means close resembling. What does Tib’s Eve mean and is it exclusive to Newfoundland and Labrador ? It’s interesting to discover that your everyday vocabulary may not be recognized off the island. Did you know mainlanders call vamps slippers? Or that a streel is not common knowledge outside the province? Or sapping wet is not the…

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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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Figgyduff Dory: wearable celebrations of small town Newfoundland

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Figgy Duff is a pudding made of molasses found right in the middle of a traditional Newfoundland Jigg’s dinner, as well as a local folk rock band. While, Dory is a fishing boat and one letter away from Janalyn Petten’s mom’s maiden name. The two words combined make Figgyduff Dory, Petten’s own interpretation of the inspiration she finds surrounding her. It’s a online clothing company ran out of Port de Grave, which Petten operates on her own. It features artistic graphics backed by well-known Newfoundland sayings, rural NL town, familiar landmarks and wordplay.  “I’ve been sketching clothing since I was about 12-years-and I’ve always been obsessed with graphic tees. I was a total sucker for the t-shirt section at Bluenotes back in…

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