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.

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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

(17) 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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Digital Divide: Canada's Poorest Sacrifice Basic Needs To Get Connected

(111) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:35 AM

Yuji Toyozato clutches his ringing phone and panics. He has no idea how to answer it.

How could he be so stupid? He’s owned the thing for two damned months, but still feels like a baby holding a grown-up’s toy. As the ringtone becomes louder, his anxiety mounts. Green...

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Will Rob Ford Give "Crack Heads" a Better Name?

(47) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 6:55 AM

Rob Ford does not look like a stereotypical crack smoker.

He's white and has money.

While there's nothing incongruous about a big powerful Caucasian guy who gets "hammered on the Danforth," (drinking from a Tim Hortons cup no less) it's considerably more shocking to see him hitting a...

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We Need a Conversation, Not a Revolution Russell Brand

(12) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Once in a while, my parents would break the cardinal rule to not talk politics over dinner. One night before a Conservative friend came over, they warned me that though he and mommy might seem like they were fighting, they were really just "discussing." It was hard for 10-year-old me...

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Women Don't Poop, And Other Myths We Let Men Believe

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 8:25 AM

When I was in high school, my friends and I convinced a group of guys at our school that we didn't poop.

C'mon, stop blushing. We're all adults here.

It wasn't hard for them to believe. At that age we were so made-up, perfumed and powdered that, biology aside, it...

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Focus On Your Own Sexuality -- Not Miley's

(66) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 7:33 AM

A lot of brainpower has gone into dissecting whether Miley Cyrus is sexually empowered or not.

Wow, she's really getting, er, intimate with that wrecking ball. Yeah, but that's her choice as a liberated woman! Nuh-uh *finger wags*. The male puppeteers controlling showbiz know sex sells. Oh puh-lease -- she's...

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Don't Let Google Kill Talk About Death

(15) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 8:09 AM

My dad has always joked with me about death.

When he'd leave the house and I'd say, "See you soon!" he'd respond, "If I don't die!" with a chuckle.

But before you wonder where child protection was, hear me out.

My father is a Buddhist, and has spent a lot...

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From Sochi to "Blurred Lines": Why Boycotts Are Bullshit

(44) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Like most thinking people, I have a complicated relationship with Robin Thicke's racy summer anthem Blurred Lines. Love that bassline. Hey-hey-hate the lyrics and video.

But I won't stop listening to it. And neither should you.

The problem with boycotts is they can often have the reverse of the intended...

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