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Childcare Debate: When should it be a public cost?

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In November, Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary of St. John’s put forward a suggestion for free after hours daycare for public meetings. What seemed like a simple and very cheap request for accessible public meetings, turned into an uproar. The public did not like the idea of paying for the council’s day care needs, and those in favour of the vote saw it as an opportunity for the public, not themselves. With such a controversial issue, will it become a consideration in the future? “That’s dead in the water now. There was a lot of controversy from a lot of men and women too because they said they weren’t offered that opportunity. I went to bat on it and it didn’t…

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Hunt for the Great Hot Chocolate: Jumping Bean

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You all thought I forgot about my personal hunt for this fine capital’s best Hot Chocolate. Well, my very few readers, turns out I had not forgotten but I did other important things. I ate a lot of cheese, I hit some Netflix series hard, finished off a few books, mom’ed it up and worked. So pretty busy, I bet you all feel like fools now and pity my first world schedule with deep empathy.

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Caught off guard for International Women’s Day…again

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Every year International Women’s Day always catches me off guard and grabs me by surprise. Where did you come from? I wasn’t prepared. I have so much pride, spirit and energy invested in the women’s movement and I wasn’t even ready. I had no witty memes for social media, no power ballads to sing to my kid on the way to work, no pictures of me being independent, strong and awesome. My Facebook page stood still and blank waiting to be filled with ferocious “I am woman, hear me roar” anecdotes, and I had not even done my research.

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Shopping local: Baby Products

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I love baby showers. I love watching soon to be moms discover their babies for the first time through other people’s support. Their eyes light up when they grasp the tiniest pair of shoes. Sometimes I think to myself “they have no freaking idea what is about to go down and it’s going to be awesome.” Because there is no way to prepare anyone for becoming a parent, but the baby shower is small sign of support to let the mom and dad know, they got this, they are not alone and it’s going to be the best thing ever. Plus look how small those socks are? There is no need to break the bank and hit up Toys R…

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Balancing feminism and motherhood

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I have always identified myself as a feminist. My mother taught me the importance of choice and told me to raise my voice in every situation. She led me to believe that my existence is not defined by my gender but rather by how I give back, how sympathetic I could be and what kind of impact I could make. I now hold her teachings as truth and try to abide by those morals every day. However, when I became a mother, I found the social norms set upon me made me struggle with the dual identities. Feminism pushed on classic motherhood and mothering pushed against my feminist roots. For me, it’s all about the freedom to choose and suddenly,…

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