Angelina Chapin
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Angelina Chapin is the blog editor for Huffington Post Canada. She has worked as a reporter for Canadian Business and as an associate editor at Progress magazine in Halifax. She's also written for Maclean's, the Ottawa Citizen, Metro, and the European Journalism Centre website.

Entries by Angelina Chapin

Why Rich and Poor Neighbours Don't Get Along

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Before I even walked through the door of a Toronto apartment earlier this month, I decided not to rent it. It wasn't a crumbling walk-up or a rotting deck that turned me off. It was the building manager. On the steps outside, the young man bragged about how he had...

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Stop Telling Poor Women Not To Have Kids

(65) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:35 AM

The fact that there's finally a rom-com about abortion is wonderful. "Obvious Child", starring comedian Jenny Slate, depicts a world where the procedure is more like a trip to the dentist than a life-ruiner. For many upper-middle class women such as myself, the undramatic portrayal is a welcome reality. We...

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Brazil's Most Important Matches Aren't at the World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 8:23 AM

In perfect fulfillment of gender stereotypes, I don't watch sports.

Not into the hockey thing. Can't get jazzed about curling. I'll watch a little tennis because I used to play, but the French Open usually passes without my knowing (or caring).

I'm immunized against World Cup fever.

But while...

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Why You Shouldn't Tell The Homeless To 'Get A Job'

(28) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 8:15 AM

I was carpooling to work when we passed a homeless man with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. "Get a job!" belted one of my colleagues out the window, who up until that point I had had a crush on. We were a bunch of white, middle-class...

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Don't Care About Surveillance? You're Probably White and Middle Class

(52) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 9:30 AM

I'll admit it: I have to force myself to care about government surveillance. Intellectually, I get why it's important. The growing power imbalance between government and citizen is messed up. The databases are potential cesspools of discrimination. We'd live in a better world if corporations didn't turn over...

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Don't Want Wi-Fi in Parks? Don't Use It

(39) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 1:34 AM

One of the worst things you can say to an urban, middle-class member of generation x/y is "there's no Wi-Fi here." I once lugged my computer to a Toronto café only to have the barista tell me that on weekends, they disconnect the router so people can live the slow...

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Stop Telling Women to "Man Up" at Work

(21) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 10:06 AM

When the Ottawa Citizen asked me to be a columnist, my first response was pride. My second response, after the adrenalin wore off, was complete and utter insecurity.

I sat across from a male friend at brunch, picked sadly at some smoked salmon and asked "why me?" There were smarter...

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Women's Book Clubs Shouldn't Be Wine Clubs

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:34 AM

I am the tiger mom of writing clubs. When I first joined one a few years ago, I quickly realized it was more of an excuse for friends to catch up than a writers' workshop. So I did what any self-respecting workaholic would: made the club more intense. When I...

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Sweet Jesus: Why Religious People Make Better Volunteers

(14) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:23 AM

It was a few hours into our mission, after the temperature had dropped to around minus 20 and my toes went numb, that I started to think of Amit Robson as a saint.

On a February afternoon I and the two other volunteers huddled near the van door. Our group...

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To End Rape Culture, Men Must Be Men

(26) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:35 AM

My high school boyfriend once asked if he could tell his friends we'd had sex. We hadn't yet, but after six months or so his crew was getting antsy. I imagined them in dank basements in between sips of Colt 45 beer asking, "Dude, what's taking so long? Don't you...

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Work-Life Balance Advice Is BS

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Here's a cautionary tale about work-life balance.

My first year out of university, I almost declined an assignment from the alt-weekly I dreamed of working for. They had published a few stories I pitched, and begun giving me ideas they thought up in story meetings. I was building momentum....

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Facebook Ruins Our Memories

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:45 AM

I wish I could be alive for my funeral. The narcissist in me wants to watch a bunch of people to celebrate the wonderful person I was, preferably while a slide show of my greatest achievements plays alongside Madonna's "Like a Prayer."

And then Facebook presented a simpler solution. In...

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The Olympics Ignore Russia's Hunger Games

(21) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 10:27 PM

When I think of the Olympics, I think of the comedian Louis C.K. He has a bit about a friend's country bumpkin cousin visiting New York City for the first time. "We pass a homeless guy and she sees him," he says. "I mean we all passed him...

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Want to Motivate Poor People? Give Them Money

(12) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:59 PM

 

Poverty is a hot topic right now. Unfortunately that conversation includes people such as Kevin O'Leary, who thinks "it's fantastic" that 85 rich people hold the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. "It's fantastic" is something you say about a delicious canapé...

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If You Hate HBO's 'Girls', You're Missing the Point

(11) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:03 AM

 

When I feel low, I sometimes watch the opening scene from the first season of HBO's Girls. The main character's parents tell her she's cut off over dinner, and Hannah's incredulous reaction to the idea she should pay her own way only two years after college, paired...

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'Her': Why We Could All Fall in Love With Robots

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 9:46 PM

I was the first to say robots could not make good romantic companions. Lovers? Sure. There's ample proof machines can get that job done. But love -- I want-to-spend-the-foreseeable-future-with-you and will-even-spend-time-with-your-family-just-to-please-you love? Nah. And then Spike Jonze ruined everything.

I was more than ready to hate Her, the movie about...

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Why Men Are Less Sexually Fluid Than Women

(83) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 7:37 AM

The most heartbreaking scene in Blue Is the Warmest Colour comes when the female couple meets in a café after their savage breakup. They make small talk that builds to Emma asking Adèle if she is seeing anyone: "And no boyfriend? Girlfriend?"

Though that moment is by no means the...

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Math Programs Should Be More Like Tiger Moms

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 11:20 PM

My earliest memory of math class involves bunnies. I was around seven and attending an alternative school. A couple of classmates and I spent a few weeks in the hall cutting little Foo Foos from pink paper and gluing them to the wall in a triangular shape. We were supposed...

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Ford Nation Should Stop Listening To Its Heart

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 7:11 AM

I'm very defensive of Barack Obama.

I agree with his agenda to reform U.S. health care, immigration, the minimum wage and education. I also thought the Iraq war should end. But if I'm really honest about why I feel the mama bear instinct every time someone criticizes him, it's because...

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Masculinity Is Not a Dirty Word

(98) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:23 AM

One of my first thoughts when I started liberal arts college was: Where are all the dudes? In high school, they whistled at me in the hall. They blasted Jay-Z from their cars. They wore tank tops to showcase their biceps.

On campus I felt like I had fallen down...

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