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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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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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Private Council Meetings should be Tightly Restricted

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Every week, before the regular council meeting, there’s another, secret meeting. There’s no press, no public agenda, and no public record of what decisions were made. At first that sounds suspicious. But, they say, City Council has deal with personnel issues or ongoing negotiations that need privacy. Fair enough!

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When times are tough, you have a $34K party

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When times are tough, you do without. I have faced many financial constraints in my lifetime. I have banked over 15 years in retail experience, half of that while holding two Degrees. I have wrangled my way out of my student debt. I have suffered through maternity leave with a biweekly $75 deposited into my bank. So I know what it’s like to be working hard and doing without. Heck even now, I am working three jobs, ignoring having more children and have been snipping portions of my cheque in preparation for Christmas. When I say I’m preparing for the holiday season, I am not talking massive xbox and Iphone purchases, I need money to travel to Ontario for my…

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News Round Up: Muskrat Falls

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In response to the Muskrat Falls protest and the methylmercury levels, St. John’s East MP Nick Whalen tweeted “That is ridiculous. Just measure MeHg levels, eat less fish while MeHg levels are too high, and compensate.” Wait a second, did a white rich guy just tell a community of people how to face a problem? Did he suggest something that is not a solution and would be considered ridiculous if this was his home? Did a white guy just stand up in a position of power and completely dismiss a very serious situation that is affecting a great portion of his province? No WAY. Man, I don’t remember the last time a white guy ignored the problems of others while…

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