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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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There is no humour in verbal assault

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Disrespect is not a punchline. I’m not really sure how many more times it can be said before the inconsiderate, insensitive morons of the world understand that their behaviour is nothing short of despicable. Two days ago, NTV’s Heather Gillis was on Signal Hill and was the victim of – yet another – verbal assault when three simpletons yelled “FHRITP” in Gillis’ direction. This is not the first incident of FHRITP that has happened in our city, and worse, it’s not the first time Gillis has been the victim of this verbal violence. Before you cry “melodrama,” it needs to be understood that yelling this phrase at anyone, much less someone who is in the public eye at the time…

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Clean up campaign finance

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I’ve long felt that money plays too big a role in St. John’s politics. My experience running for a councillor-at-large seat has shown me that a lot of voters in St John’s agree. wh Most of us understand the dangers of political donations. Donations undermine democratic accountability. Elected representatives should be equally accountable to everyone, but if their political fortunes depend on a few wealthy and interested donors, those donors voices’ will be heard far louder than yours. Donations raise concerns about corruption—justified or not. When a major donor gets a contract or a zoning change, it’s hard to help wondering if something is crooked. Donations also make political campaigns more expensive: if successful candidates start putting signs on every…

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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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Yoga on George

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I’ve attempted some weird moves on George Street over the years from breaking out the robot to leading the entire dancefloor into an impromptu “Macarena” dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” but one move I have never attempted (to my recollection) on the street or in one of its twenty-four bars is a downward dog. That all changed this past Saturday when I took my mat and joined some fellow yogis for Yoga on George. The event, which coincided with the 33rd annual George Street Festival was a complimentary yoga class hosted by lululemon St. John’s who celebrated the grand opening of their store last year with a community yoga class right in the middle of George. Before the…

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