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

Entries by Angelina Chapin

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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How Socks Can Help Solve Homelessness

(6) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:53 AM

It's winter in Canada, which means the middle class becomes so cold that it starts to feel sympathy for the homeless. We start to imagine what it might be like to be caught in the jaws of this cold snap without a Canada Goose parka or long johns. It's a...

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Why You're Making the Wrong Kind of New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 5:58 PM

In my first year of university, I made a poster with a quotation from Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw: "As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the...

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Why CBC Should Keep the Q Archives

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 5:51 PM

The Fifth Estate documentary about Jian Ghomeshi opens with the now-disgraced host reciting his trademark refrain: "Well hi there." His raspy voice is no longer Canada's comforting morning soundtrack. It's a chilling reminder of a duplicitous man who charmed Barbara Walters in public and allegedly choked...

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Without Men, Feminism Can't Stop Violence Against Women

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:21 PM

After Marc Lépine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique, his actions fuelled a rejuvenated feminist movement across Canada.

Before he committed the murders in a classroom in 1989, he told the men to leave. In a suicide note he blamed feminists for ruining his life....

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Don't Call the Conversation About Sexual Assault Pointless

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Online, over the phone and around dinner tables, Canadians are turning the problem of sexual assault around like a Rubik's Cube in an effort to make sense of why 90 per cent of all sex assaults go unreported. Why only one in four of the...

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The Jian Ghomeshi Story Turned Us into Social Media Fools

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 10:31 PM

On Monday morning, my Facebook feed read like a verbal walk of shame. Groggy and hungover from knee-jerk reaction, the shame set in. "And I realize all the info isn't in but I gotta apologize to every person I know for my initial reaction to this story." "Less than an...

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Facebook's Egg Freezing Is What Women Want

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Last week, the tech industry shocked North America. It wasn't with an app that knows when you're out of toilet paper or an iPhone that turns into an iron. It shocked us with news that Facebook now covers up to $20,000 in egg freezing expenses, a lead Apple will start...

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Dear North America, You're Not As Great As You Think

(114) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Last week, Iranian-American scholar Reza Aslan taught all North Americans a lesson: don't generalize when it comes to regions of the world you know nothing about. In an interview with CNN, Aslan destroyed Bill Maher's two cents that the Muslim world "has too much in common with ISIS."...

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Why Your Best Ideas Come in the Shower

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:19 AM

The end of summer is marked by the turning of Facebook statuses. Gone is the wave of posts that read like love letters to the sea. "After two weeks of looking at the ocean, just as I realize where I actually am, and what I might honestly feel, and what...

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No Parent Should Have to Choose Between Groceries and Back-to-School Clothes

(81) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Mercy Osagie ended her kids' first day of school lying on her couch in tears. The 38-year-old who moved to Toronto from Nigeria 13 years ago is still waiting for a Permanent Resident Card, but that night her cheeks were wet with a different worry: back-to-school expenses had left her...

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Putting My Grandpa into Respite Care Doesn't Feel Like Relief

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:29 AM

In August, we're putting my 92-year-old grandpa into respite care for the first time. And I should feel relieved. Since 2001, he has lived in our family's Ottawa home. Over the past seven or so years, we've developed a system of care: When Mom or Dad goes away, the other...

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Why Rich and Poor Neighbours Don't Get Along

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:47 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 | 9:35 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 | 9:23 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 | 9:15 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 | 10:30 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 | 2:34 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 | 11:06 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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