Topic: point of view from cbc newfoundland and labrador

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Will I be my Valentine? Feb. 14 is not just for couples

Contributor Monica Walsh suggests doing something special for yourself on Valentine's Day. A holiday that celebrates love and chocolate can't be all that bad.
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'Where do you belong?' In Newfoundland, that's a sticky concept indeed

Contributor Monica Kidd writes that she's living in Alberta and is now firmly in the fifth stage of the Newfoundland life cycle: working on the mainland, trying to get home out of it. 
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In the midst of adversity, NE Avalon health-care workers continue to show heart

For better or for worse, writes Ainsley Hawthorn, she had an insider's view of one of our hospitals during the recent state of emergency, and was truly moved by what she experienced.
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Shut 'er down: We need to change our priorities about snow clearing

When snowfalls go over the 30-centimetre mark, St. John's needs to face reality and just shut down for a while, writes columnist Edward Riche.
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He loved being 'crooked': I remember the day I rubbed John Crosbie's belly

When Wanita Bates moved to St. John's in 1996, she fell in love with the people, the accents, and the unique Newfoundland vernacular. So much so, she and her business partners created a line of T-shirts with some of those words and sayings.
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I moved from coding to writing, and found the magic in between

Hundreds of years ago, Leonardo da Vinci knew that the arts and sciences are both better when they come together. Contributor Prajwala Dixit writes that we can still learn from that experience today.
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Snowmageddon has come and gone. Let's hope metro St. John's learns the right lessons

A record-breaking snowstorm gave us a glimpse of how things could be different in St. John's, writes Paris Marx.
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Bartering in the blizzard: How a neighbourhood managed before the stores reopened

When Andie Bulman found herself out of butter after the blizzard, she got in touch with neighbours. And something kind of magical happened.
Food

Winter got you down? Comfort food is a great solution

Now's a good time to embrace hibernation, take a break from the resolutions, writes Andie Bulman, and make some comfort food.
Analysis

Why free trade is John Crosbie's greatest national legacy

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, who will deliver a eulogy at John Crosbie's funeral Thursday, once sparred with the longtime St. John's politician over trade with the Americans. Crosbie helped bring him around.
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I'm new to Canada, and here's why I'm terrified of falling on ice 

Lots of international workers and students are in Newfoundland and Labrador, and their health-care situation is more precarious than citizens assume, writes Santiago Guzmán.
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When every January is dry: The surprising appeal of living without alcohol

Do you really need to have beer, wine or a cocktail to have a good time? Not at all, writes Ainsley Hawthorn.
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Thanks for the hygge, Denmark, but we've been cosy for generations

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have coziness down to a science. If we had a word for it, like the Danish, we'd have it perfected, writes Amanda Stellisano.
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At 17, I became a sex worker. Here's why I decided to leave the trade

There are lots of reasons someone might get into the sex trade, but sometimes, it's hard to get out. A young woman shares her story.
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We lost our most powerful, gentle voice: Remembering the storyteller Larry Dohey

To hear more than a thousand people belt out the Ode to Newfoundland to honour a mild-mannered archivist the way one might expect crowds to sing for a fallen rock star was a moment anyone who was there will never forget, writes Anthony Germain.
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I'm a skeptic and not a believer, but my heart belongs to Christmas

Columnist Edward Riche may be tough on politicians, but he's soft on the Christmas season.
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Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way: with drunken mayhem

Quality time with family and friends, peaceful evenings under a twinkling tree, writes Ainsley Hawthorn, are these the activities that come to mind when you think of an old-fashioned Christmas?
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The fandom menace: Why I won't let toxic Star Wars fans take me to the dark side

For the last two years the Star Wars community has been divided over this new Disney era for the franchise, writes Geoff Bartlett, mostly thanks to perhaps the most divisive film in its history, 2017's The Last Jedi.
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Dare to not compare: Ignore those end-of-decade lists and measure things for yourself

December and January are filled with posts and articles encouraging us to reflect on the current year and to plan for the year ahead. This is supposed to inspire us to set goals and resolutions and make all kinds of changes in our lives.
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Kind at Christmas, and kind of broke: Here's my plan for less holiday stress

If you're working extra hours to earn money to pay for things you feel obliged to give to people, you're not alone. Monica Walsh is aiming for a kinder, more satisfying experience.
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What wheelchair basketball taught me about life and my disability

"Wheelchair basketball has taught me to look at things differently. Be open to trying new things. Appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into a craft."

Bruised ego and elbows — how I learned to love sledge hockey, the hard way

Meg Roberts goes sledge-to-sledge with Paralympian Liam Hickey on the eve of a major tournament.
Humour

Forget about the 'deep state'; N.L.'s problem is something else: the shallow state

'Shallow state' believes that beneath the veneer and pretence of governance in Newfoundland and Labrador no one is controlling anything, writes Edward Riche.
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Splat! Paintball is fun and healthy — and safer than you think

When a handful of the fearless from local newsrooms got together for a friendly game of paintball, it reminded Mike Moore about why it's such a good sport to get involved with.
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Mexican by birth, here by choice: I finished school, and I'm sticking around

Contributor Santiago Guzmán is proud to call himself a 'Newfoundlander by choice.'
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There's a wolf in the kitchen: We need to change how Ottawa transfers money

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the proverbial Canadian wolf is not just at the door. Canadians need a new federalism that works for everyone, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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Unchained: I didn't move back to Newfoundland to eat at Denny's

Why do chains flourish while beloved local spots close or sell? Contributor Gabby Peyton takes a look at the local love affair with branded food.
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Grudge match in the oilpatch: Decarbonizers versus double-downers

As a debate rages between decarbonizing and increasing oil production, contributor Larry Short writes that neither options end well for N.L.
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Alberta, I get it, you're mad. We've been here before, and we're here to help

If we disagree about who should be in government, writes Raymond Critch, we're here to help.
Satire

The salmon diaries: Notes from a particular cabinet minister's journal

From weird calls and pink froth — to the nuisances at the Ceeb — columnist Edward Riche imagines what a provincial minister's diary entries might've said of late.
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Kinda skeety, and not OK: 'Skeet' is a word that's mean and hurtful, and we can do better

It’s about a word that cuts right through me and makes me cringe, writes Monica Walsh, who challenges those who think “skeet” is just a townie word that does no harm.
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The horror movie community in N.L. is bigger — and scarier — than you think

Horror is the most fun genre, contributor Andie Bulman writes, and Newfoundland and Labrador is filled with filmmakers.
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'Why did you move here?' A former mainlander ponders the most incredulous question

The question is always accompanied with the most incredulous tone, Martine Blue writes, as if I had moved to a fire anthill, or a hard labour prison camp.   
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I'd thought I'd seen it all as an addict. Bell Island showed me there's light in the darkness

Stephen Miller is a former opiate addict. Read his take on one community's resilience and work to tackle mental health and addictions problems.
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Church attendance is diminishing as multiculturalism is rising, and that's no coincidence

People are also leaving religion for reasons that are rooted in idealism, rather than discouragement, writes Ainsley Hawthorn.
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A doctor was mocked by a judge for his accent. I hope you can relate

An Alberta judge’s critique of a forensic pathologist’s dropping of Hs and mispronouncing vowels hurt deeply, and does not bode well for Canada’s proud heritage of pluralism, writes physician Boluwaji Ogunyemi.
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Before anyone goes to Ottawa, we need to get our own house in order

Last week, Bob Hallett argued it's time for Ottawa to help N.L. and to right a historical wrong. Former premier Brian Peckford has a different view.
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They took me into their homes, cabins and sheds: Growth and gratitude in an N.L. decade

Mimi Sheriff came to St. John's as a graduate student. Ten years on, she writes, she has found a comfortable sense of belonging.
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Here's why Ottawa has a moral obligation to save N.L. from the fiscal cliff

A miracle is not going to arrive to pay for the ruinous debt of Muskrat Falls, writes Bob Hallett. Instead, he writes, we should talk about an impossible choice — and why Canada can avoid it and right a historical wrong.
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Jackhammers, away! City maintenance may be necessary, but it's killed my hearing

The sounds of the great outdoors are not all sweetness and light, writes columnist Edward Riche, who wonders why St. John's does not enforce its own noise bylaw.
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Tragedy in Pouch Cove: A sister remembers an icy disaster that killed her brother

Early one morning in March 2001, we looked in awe at the sheets of ice that had filled the harbour. It was the last time, writes Jenna Elliott, I would see my brother alive.
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This election, ask politicians how they will improve your quality of life

Politicians want you to concentrate on spending promises, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates. She says voters should focus on outcomes, not dollars.
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Why I left the lawn until later: A father reflects on miscarriage, loss and grief

For about two weeks, Andrew Waterman and his pregnant wife were full of joy, oblivious to a miserable fact: their child's heartbeat had stopped.
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Louder than a thousand words: Race, reactions and speaking from the heart

Columnist Prajwala Dixit didn't have the same gut reaction to those Justin Trudeau brownface images that many melanin-rich Canadians did, but she writes that doesn't mean their emotions are irrelevant.
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N.L. youth are leading the way on climate change activism

It's a Friday morning in May, and the streets of St. John's are an incredible sight. Hundreds of youths, rejecting their oil-based economy and classes for the day, march down the street with signs and megaphones.
Opinion

The offshore oil industry has offered a lot. Let's talk about where we go next

In an opinion column for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador, Noia chair Mark Collett asks if the province is all in for the oil industry or content to stand on the sidelines.
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Don't be afraid to speak up against powerful people. Democracy and the economy depend on it

Being afraid to speak truth to power is a pervasive problem, writes Terry Hussey, who says Newfoundland and Labrador needs candid, open talk more than ever.
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Wedding crashers: How a trip to Port Rexton led to an invite and a band booking

For CBC journalist Jen White and her husband, their most recent trip might just take the (wedding) cake.
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Miss manners? You bet I do! Why we need more civility everywhere we go

Manners used to matter. Come to think of it, they've always mattered, writes Wanita Bates.
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Let's be unconventional: Why we need a convention on democratic reform

Time and again, Newfoundland and Labrador has suffered from botched projects and boondoggles. It’s time to find bold solutions, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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How careless: What I didn't do on my summer vacation

Two weeks with the screens largely turned off left columnist Edward Riche feeling relaxed, and more optimistic about life. Then he remembered why it's crucial to stay informed.
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Looking for the heart of Newfoundland? It's in the gut — of Quidi Vidi

Newfoundland hospitality? It's in our best interests to keep that up, writes Mimi Sheriff.
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Hey, autocorrect and spellcheck. We gotta talk

The words that gets autocorrected and spellchecked have a lot to say about us, writes Prajwala Dixit.
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After the PM's campaigning, let's look at that whopping gap in unemployment rates

Justin Trudeau's stop in St. John's was all about an election that doesn't seem to matter much in Newfoundland and Labrador, writes columnist Terry Hussey, who can't blame voters here for not being captivated.
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Sayonora, Tokyo: A Newfoundlander leaves the sushi behind to move back home

Now that the CBC's Adam Walsh has returned home to St. John's from Tokyo, he looks at the differences between the two cities and cultures.
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We need to talk about old political myths and subsidized transport

In a guest column, Oceanex executive chairman Sid Hynes takes on the federal subsidies provided to his competitor, the Crown-funded Marine Atlantic.
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I'm a party pooper, and I say N.L. is a climate change villain

We're cheating our way out of paying a fair share in carbon taxes, and the Liberals' strategy isn't enough, writes columnist Andie Bulman.
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What's keeping Google and Amazon from spying on you? Here's why a digital charter matters

Ever get creeped out by ads for products you've just emailed to a friend? That's where Canada's new digital charter could help.
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How can our tourism industry flourish if you can't get here from there?

Newfoundland and Labrador is getting a lot right with tourism, but there’s a massive problem with air connections, says columnist Edward Riche.
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Anti-social media: Would it really kill you to put down that phone? 

Some describe their phone as a useful tool they use to stay connected. In fact, writes Wanita Bates, it's your bossy, whiny and demanding companion. 
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Going to the straight pride parade? Me neither

Equality is about ensuring others aren't forced to do without all of the same rights and privileges that you have, writes Dwayne Tuck.
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And then they came for the professors: Why we need to pay attention to post-secondary funding

The Ivory Tower is showing its rough spots. Columnist Lori Lee Oates looks at the harm of consecutive cuts to post-secondary education.
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An open letter to N.L.'s high school grads: Think twice about jumping ship

Emily Bland wanted to "escape" N.L. the second she left high school. But, she writes, staying at home is one of the best decisions she's ever made — and she argues it could be yours, too.
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Is true decolonization possible if we are still a dominion?

The release of the report into missing and murdered Indigenous women raises broader questions about truly severing colonial ties, writes Prajwala Dixit.
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Rum runners: Folks, let's keep our wits about this screech-in nonsense

A recent blowup over screech-ins makes columnist Edward Riche wonder if you want a tradition, all you have to do is declare one.
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'You're just like your father': How hockey holds this dad and daughter together

Some things have changed over the years but for Dwan Street and her father Roy, hockey has been a constant.
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There's a gap in our mental health services. I have an idea that can work

Having watched people in crisis struggle to find meaningful help, contributor Andrea White lays out a proposal for a new approach for people who feel overwhelmed.
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From 3 to 30: Here's a recipe for NDP success in 2023

The New Democratic Party made a surprise showing in May’s general election. If they make some strategic changes, writes Terry Hussey, they could actually win the next one.
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Dear new government: Some advice from a pragmatic voter

There’s a saying that if you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. That’s good advice for MHAs about to take their seats, writes Mimi Sheriff.
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The global economy could transform N.L. Just ask Jake Doyle

Newfoundland and Labrador needs to learn a few key economic lessons. One place to start is Republic of Doyle, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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I struck a moose on the highway, and my life is better for it

After she collided with a moose on the highway, Cherie Wheeler walked away without a scratch — but that doesn't mean that nothing changed for her.
Satire

Condolences for the casualties of minority rule in N.L.

What do we lose in a minority government? Perhaps a few patronage appointments, writes Edward Riche.
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Don't knock people who like to walk — literally

The sad fact is that pedestrians are still second-class citizens, writes Elizabeth Yeoman.
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Promises, promises: Where will the money come for these last-minute pledges?

At this late stage in the campaign, we should view any major announcement as nothing more than theatre, writes Terry Hussey.
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I pay taxes, obey laws and give back to our province — but in this election I can't vote

Permanent residents contribute to the social, cultural and economic landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador, but we will not have a say on Thursday, writes Prajwala Dixit.

Hey Google, am I parenting OK? A new mom catches her breath

Navigating parenthood is tricky, and you might want to put the phone down. An illustrated essay by Katie Rowe.

Let's hear it for the nans: Here's why we all need a (grand) Mother's Day

Be grateful to your nan. You may have her to thank for your very survival, writes Ainsley Hawthorn.
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If you want to know about arts funding, think of the tiniest slice of pie you've ever seen

There are good reasons why I helped launch an arts funding campaign, writes playwright Robert Chafe.
Analysis

​​​​​​​'Skategate': How the Liberals got a free ticket to a campaign controversy

The skating club in Marystown got a grant it never asked for, and questions still swirl over how exactly Liberal insiders got tickets to a Kaetlyn Osmond celebration, writes Anthony Germain.
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Our government is not serving us. It's time to get serious about democratic reform

Putting people over party is just one critical way we can bring our democratic institutions up to date, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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Hey politicians! Here's some free advice on getting young people (and others) to vote

N.L. had the worst turnout in its electoral history in 2015. Andie Bulman says politicians can avoid a repeat by looking at what's happened in Prince Edward Island.
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My life as a closet smoker: How I hid the truth from the ones I loved, and me as well

Even after her father had a heart attack, Gail Myles continued to smoke. In a powerful Point of View column, she reveals the path that got her to quit for good.
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My first grown-up job was CEO: Why I decided to leap off the beaten path

Everything was falling in place for a solid career in accounting, and I knew in my gut I had to make another decision, writes Emily Bland.
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Just tell me the truth, candidates. We can handle it

Don't try to sell us on some half-baked marketing slogan. Tell us a story about a future that makes sense, writes Terry Hussey.
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Public libraries left alone in the proposed budget — but here's why that's not as good as it sounds

Same ol' operating budget, same ol' problems, writes Stephanie Tobin.

Inuk in the city: My experience moving from a rural community to St. John's

The realization that I was about 1,400 kilometres away from home hit me harder than I expected, writes Tyler Mugford.
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After a zombie budget and the stink of Muskrat Falls, we need a new job description for premier

The first requirement: must be willing not to relocate. A new column from Edward Riche
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Did I make the right call? Moving from Newfoundland to Texas and back again

After finding love, a way of life and deep connections in Texas, Luke Quinton made the fateful decision to move back home. He found more than he expected on his return.
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I was never a car guy, but here's why I fell in love with one

I may stand about 4'8" but I feel like I'm towering over traffic when I'm in this 4x4, writes Paul David Power.
Opinion

Electioneering aside, it's time to alter the political DNA in N.L.

With a provincial election on the horizon, columnist Prajwala Dixit wonders how diverse the slate of candidates will be.
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Over a cliff in a clown car: Rethinking Confederation, while watching the chaos of Brexit

Seventy years after Newfoundland joined Canada, Edward Riche shares his notes on how confederations come together and are ripped apart.
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That time I flew to an icebreaker buried in ice in the Strait of Belle Isle

From the air, the icebreaker that has become a lifeline to some coastal communities looks like a red mitten that's been lost in the snow, writes Meg Roberts.
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So, migraines … turns out a lot of people get them, eh?

When Stephanie Tobin wrote a column about suffering from migraines, she had no idea so many people would respond.
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In the shadow of Mount Cashel: The tipping point of disillusionment with the Catholic Church

Mount Cashel marked the beginning of an estrangement for many former churchgoers, writes Ainsley Hawthorn.
Satire

Paranoid? Not at all. A letter from the perfect candidate to be the new privacy czar

We've been paying to give away our privacy for years, after all. Enjoy a little satire from commentator Edward Riche.
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Stage managers always have it together. Here's how you can, too

Stage managers have to have it all together or the show will fail. Here's how you can use their skills and strategies in your own daily productions.
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How a spy pen and a shocking court case show technology will always outpace the law

Ryan Jarvis took videos of his young, female students using a spy pen. Why did it his case have to go all the way to the Supreme Court for a conviction?
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We need our ancestors: Lessons I've learned in cemeteries and the homes of strangers

A journey of discovery revealed my ancestors and I are connected, no matter how long ago they walked on the earth, writes Wanita Bates.
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I may look 'fine,' but I'm dealing with depression and anxiety — the gift that keeps on taking

I might be wearing the mask of appearing OK. It's a skill many of us have developed, writes Dwayne Tuck.
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I've hit a wall. And I may not get over it

Paul David Power's play Crippled was invited for a run in San Francisco. But U.S. border authorities wouldn't let it in the country.