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Terri Coles

Freelance Writer and Editor

Terri is a freelance writer, editor, and social media strategist with a particular focus on health, parenting, animal, and women's stories. She lives with her husband, infant son, and two cats in Toronto.
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The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Roasting Challenge (Challenger's Meal)

When I found out that this week's challenge would require me to roast all of my food, I had to get creative to incorporate my gluten-free grain of choice, quinoa. For my dish I drew inspiration from two different recipes and worked in some of our main ingredients to create something healthy and delicious. I settled on a yogurt-marinated chicken, and took a chance on roasted quinoa (as opposed to the usual stovetop method of cooking).
03/11/2014 06:17 EDT

Don't Let the Olympic Games Deny LGBT Athletes Basic Human Rights

While LGBT people in Canada and the United States certainly still face important struggles in attaining equal rights and protection from discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation, their peers in Russia are dealing with a dangerous erosion of their freedom and safety. Though homosexuality has not been illegal in Russia since 1993, in recent years officials have denied permits for Pride parades and intimidated and arrested LGBT activists in the country. In June of 2013, the country passed a new law stating that "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" aimed at minors was now banned.
01/17/2014 12:13 EST
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The Main Ingredients III: Holiday Side Dish (Challenger's Meal)

I prefer hot weather, so I'm always a bit sad when winter gets closer. I do, however, have one consolation prize: soup. It probably wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that soup is my favourite thing to eat. As a result, I've gotten pretty good at making it, and I can throw together a basic vegetable soup without much thought or trouble; so that's what we're doing this week!
12/25/2013 03:10 EST

Don't Use Rosie the Riveter to Sell Me a Mop

Rosie the Riveter: it's hard to think of a feminist image that is more iconic than this one. A recent ad shows a model dressed in the gear we associate with Rosie, but not looking fierce and determined and inviting us to the gun show. Instead, she's got that patented advertising Satisfied Mom Smile on her face, secure in the knowledge that she's got the Swiffer in her arms to help with the housework.
06/04/2013 12:25 EDT
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How to Honour Morgentaler's Memory? By Continuing His Work

It is encouraging that Canadian women feel so certain of their reproductive freedom that they are comfortable, but we can't allow comfort to become complacency. Dr. Morgentaler fought to help women obtain the rights over their own bodies that they deserved. Let's honour his memory by keeping his activism moving. Young Canadians might be surprised to learn that it was just a quarter of a century ago that abortion was fully legalized in this country, thanks in significant part to the efforts of Dr. Morgentaler. And so a history lesson is in order, in order for us to appreciate just how recently the rights we assume as irreversible were granted.
05/30/2013 12:24 EDT

The Mother I Am Is Different Than the Mother I Thought I'd Be

I'm starting to accept that all the research in the world can't prepare you for the day-to-day realities of parenting, and that the parent you hope to be isn't necessarily the parent you will be when you are faced with the child you end up with -- who is, after all, an individual in his or her own right. What matters is that I am the right mother for him, and he is the perfect child for me.
05/09/2013 08:14 EDT

Don't Hold Your Breath for Gender Equality - It's 228 Years Away

Want to start an argument? Ask friends and acquaintances for their thoughts on the gender gap in pay in Canada, and watch how many of them argue that it just doesn't exist. However, data from several sources have shown, over and over again, that there is a real gap between what men earn and what women earn for comparable work. I don't have a solution for all of this; I wish I did. I am still trying to figure these things out for my own family, and I know it's not easy. What we can do is start making changes in our own homes: throw out the old, outdated gender expectations, let go of the resentment about who brings in what.
04/26/2013 11:52 EDT

What All Boys Should Be Told About Rehtaeh Parsons

In November 2011, when Rehtaeh Parsons was 15, she went with a friend to a party. Her mother said she was raped by four boys. I've seen a common refrain expressed online: "What are we teaching our kids?" It's a good question to ask when four young men allegedly felt that they had the right to do whatever they liked to a girl
04/10/2013 02:51 EDT