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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Debates Post-Paris Attacks Are Necessary, Not Disrespectful

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:00 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 | 3:00 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

(55) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 10:12 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 | 1:47 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

(31) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 10:46 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

(261) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 9:59 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

(6) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:23 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

(92) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:54 AM

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

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 2:07 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 | 2:10 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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The Problem With The "Wife Bonus" Is That It Fuels Sexism

(131) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 4:05 PM

By now, someone has popped their head over a cubicle or cornered you at a dinner party to ask if you've heard about the "wife bonus." The garbage term was exposed to the masses by social researcher Wednesday Martin, who wrote the soon-to-be-released memoir called "Primates of Park...

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The Selfie Stick Will Ruin Your Vacation

(22) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:15 PM

If you've travelled in 2015, you know selfie sticks have replaced fanny packs and Tilley hats as the most sought-after tourist paraphernalia. I recently returned from Istanbul, and the sound of vendors yelling "Selfie! Selfie! Selfie!" is more memorable than the call to prayer that fills the city

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Married to PTSD: Veterans' Spouses Whose Home Lives Are Battlefields

(20) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Jenifer Migneault comforts her husband veteran Claude Rainville after she tried to speak with Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, after attending a Commons veterans committee in Ottawa, Thursday May 29, 2014. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)
This piece originally appeared in
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Judgy Women Are the Enemies of Feminism

(42) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 6:09 PM

The most interesting part of Mad Men, now in its final season, is the tense dynamic between the show's two female leads. Peggy and Joan should have reason to bond -- they both climbed their way from clerical work in the 60s-era advertising industry to positions of power usually reserved...

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Your Facebook Profile Is Making Me Depressed

(16) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Facebook regularly turns me into a jealous mess. Everyone in my network seems to have either a book deal, an award or an article in the New Yorker (I currently have none of those things). On Facebook, people seem to have the energy to shotgun beers on Friday night (I...

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Why a $7000 Benefit Is An Insult to Veterans' Families

(17) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:31 PM

This week, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) announced a proposed benefit of $7,238 for family members caring for severely ill or injured veterans. You'd think Jenifer Migneault, the wife of a man who suffers from PTSD, would be celebrating. But she's not.

The 42-year-old Quebecois woman is known in...

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How the Internet Ruined Me for International Women's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:26 PM

*This blog appeared March 6 in the Ottawa Citizen

This year, I'm not feeling especially connected to International Women's Day. No, I'm not a misogynist who thinks women get a touch too emotional during that time of the month to deserve equal pay. I love that on previous Women's Days...

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'The Dress' Proves We Hate People Different From Us

(8) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Last night, the colour of a dress seduced the Internet. Yes, it was a cool optical illusion. Yes, other than Victoria's Secret Swim Special there wasn't much on TV that night. But the real reason the dress continues to captivate our attention is because humans love to form groups based...

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Scolding Anti-Vaxxers Won't Change Their Minds

(75) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Many Canadians fist-pumped when they heard CBC host Anna Maria Tremonti eviscerate an anti-vaxxer on Monday's The Current.

Darlene Tindall, a 39-year-old Sudbury mom, yoga instructor and energy medicine practitioner was a prime target for ridicule. In a soothing voice, she spoke about chakras, anecdotal evidence that vaccines...

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Coming to Work Sick Is a Disease

(9) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Last week, I went to work sick. I'm battling my second cold in a month and felt I had already overplayed my work-from-home card. I didn't want to e-mail yet another iteration of "I'm walking mucus" to my boss, press refresh 1,000 times and neurotically analyze the response ("does 'sure'...

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