Angelina Chapin
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Angelina Chapin is a blogs editor at The Huffington Post and a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen. She has written for BuzzFeed, Maclean's and Maisonneuve and worked as a reporter for Canadian Business magazine.

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Canada Is Great Because We Don't Brag About Being Great

(87) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 10:30 AM

Last week cemented Canada's status as an international darling. Our country topped the New York Times' list of the "52 Places to Go in 2017" and was lauded in the Guardian for being one of the only nations that touts...

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CBC Needs To Get Rid Of 'Q,' Not Hire A New Host

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 11:14 AM

Last week, the CBC announced a new host for its arts and culture show "q," in an attempt to keep the flailing program alive. Tom Power, who already has multiple shows on CBC Radio 2, will be the second person in less than 16 months tasked with an impossible mission:...

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Schools Should Teach The Horrific Details Of Sexual Assault

(20) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 8:30 AM

I still remember the anti-smoking and anti-drunk-driving campaigns my schools burned into my memory almost two decades ago.

When I was around 10 years old, a presenter showed us tar-covered pig lungs, hung like black pieces of pastrami in a butcher's shop. He told us that even one puff...

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'All Lives Matter' Is A Gross Attempt To Protect White Privilege

(125) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 3:55 PM

On Tuesday, an all-star baseball game in San Diego became political. While singing the Canadian national anthem, one member of the homegrown quartet The Tenors changed the lyrics to include "All Lives Matter" while holding a sign with the same slogan. The catchphrase is an adversarial response to the Black...

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Trudeau Proves Parliament Is Still An Alpha Male's Show

(127) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:34 AM

Last week, a House of Commons vote turned into a nerdy spoof on a WWE show. Political Smackdown! Every Wednesday on CPAC! Yes, I'm talking about #elbowgate, featuring an impatient Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marching across the floor to drag a stalling Tory whip to his seat, elbowing NDP member...

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The Sexism Marcia Clark Faced During The O.J. Trial Exists In Courtrooms Today

(39) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:43 AM

The most interesting part of American Crime Story, the TV series chronicling the O.J. Simpson trial, was the way it revealed how mid-90s views on race and gender shaped the outcome of this case.

Throughout the trial, lead prosecutor Marcia Clark was a target for sexism. Everything from her hair...

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The Ghomeshi Trial Changed Public Opinion About Victims of Sexual Assault

(51) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 7:47 PM

The decision today in the Ghomeshi case is a depressing read. Not only did Judge William Horkins find the former radio star not guilty on all five charges, which included sexual assault and choking to overcome resistance, but his verdict reinforced the myths that women who misremember details,...

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Canada's Legal System Could Fail Jian Ghomeshi's Accusers

(81) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 8:20 AM

One of Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trials starts on Monday, but those expecting a conviction may very well be disappointed. While 15 women have come forward with allegations of sexual violence, four to the police, the cases of he said she, she, she, she, (and maybe even she,...

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Uber is Not Good or Bad -- It's Inevitable

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 10:29 AM

The debate over Uber in Canada has shifted into high gear amid the launch of a new shuttle service in Toronto and more intense protests by taxi drivers. The company challenges many people's established political beliefs.

Some liberals loathe how it skirts regulation and threatens taxi...

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Why Restaurants Need to Ditch Tipping

(9) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Christmas may come early for Ontario servers. A bill that bans management from taking a cut of their employees' tips is set to become law. On the surface, it seems like a good idea. Why should money-grubbing management get a portion of the tips that waitstaff and cooks earn from...

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Debates Post-Paris Attacks Are Necessary, Not Disrespectful

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Half an hour after the Paris attacks, an Arab-American colleague of mine tweeted about how the Beirut ISIL bombing that happened a day earlier was largely ignored by the Western world.

His indictment caught me off guard. Wasn't it disrespectful to the dead and about-to-die to...

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How Quotas Help Solve Income Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 2:00 PM

On Sunday, a CBC panel about gender balance in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet took a strange turn. The editor-in-chief of the Walrus, Jonathan Kay, said he thinks employers need to look beyond women or people of colour and focus on candidates from low-income backgrounds. In a

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The Double Standard Around Justin Trudeau's Looks Is Just Fine

(51) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 9:12 AM

This week, the world learned something very important about Canada: our incoming prime minister is a hottie.

After Trudeau's surprise majority win, the international media turned into a bachelorette party at Chippendales. NBC called him Canada's "Boxing, Strip-Teasing New PM," and E! called him a "Smoking-Hot...

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'Women's Issues' Aren't Confined to Lefty Feminists

(26) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:47 PM

A big talking point this federal election campaign has been whether or not to talk about "women's issues." Last month, Stephen Harper refused to participate in a debate proposed by a group of women's organizations, which in turn led NDP leader Thomas Mulcair to bail. Up for Debate,...

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A Stupid Tweet Shouldn't Haunt Us Forever

(29) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Every person who didn't grow up with the internet has at some point turned to a friend and said "I'm so glad [insert social media network] wasn't around when I was in high school." I didn't get Facebook until my last year of university, after I cleared the phase in...

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White People, Stop Being Defensive About Privilege

(199) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Canadians can usually rely on the U.S. to prove discrimination still thrives in 2015, but last week, Ottawa gave our Southern neighbour a run for its racism. Last Monday night, a downtown mural honouring Sandra Bland, the black woman who committed suicide in a Texas jail, was defaced...

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Uber Delivers My Lunch But Many Poor Canadians Still Can't Afford the Web

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Imagine your life without a smartphone or computer. Yes, you'd miss the more trivial things -- not being able to take a spontaneous selfie or post to Facebook. But those would give way to bigger inconveniences: How do I apply for this job? Print a government form? Find basic information...

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Dear America: Some Canadian Advice About Gay Marriage

(88) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 11:54 PM

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in America last week and the gay community is finally on a collective honeymoon. While many celebrated at Pride festivals and on social media, the critics have already emerged.

And no, I'm not just referring to Senator Ted Cruz, who called the...

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Women Should Thank Tim Hunt and Gen. Tom Lawson For Their Sexist Comments

(13) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:07 PM

In recent weeks, working women have been stung hard by soundbites from the mouths of men. First came Tim Hunt, the Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist who announced "his trouble with girls" at the World Conference of Science Journalists. "Three things happen when they are in the lab," he...

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Parents Have the Most to Learn From Caitlyn Jenner

(12) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover set the Internet on fire last week. And the debates continue to burn. Along with emotional responses to the Olympian formerly known as Bruce, there are discussions on privilege (what about trans people of colour?), consonants (why didn't she choose "Kaitlyn"?),

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