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Heather is a lifestyle and entertainment writer, living it up on the west coast. Travel, music and film are her favourite jams. More of her stories can be found at thelasessions.com.

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Love Outnumbers Hate: Trying To Make Sense Of The U.S. Gun Debate

(60) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 10:17 AM

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A sign at a candle light vigil in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif


I grew up in a home where firearms were present. My dad is an avid hunter so he had guns...

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Canadian Talent Honoured At Star-Studded L.A. Soiree

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:39 AM

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Los Angeles is looking a little shinier and feeling a little buzzier this week as we are close to the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. While Oscar parties are popping up in all the usual Hollywood haunts, the only soiree...

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Giving LA Foster Youth A Sense of Home

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 1:46 PM

When my husband and I decided to move to Los Angeles last spring, I distinctly remember a colleague of mine asking why we would want to live there. LA, as he put it, was the loneliest city in the world. From the moment we settled on Venice as our new...

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Stop Praising Jennifer Lawrence For Being A B*tch

(59) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:25 AM

Stars, they're just like us! Every time I see another headline about Jennifer Lawrence, J. Law, or whatever fangirl-induced nickname she's going by these days, I'm reminded of that ridiculous Us Weekly column that's been around since the dawn of time. Look, Meryl isn't wearing make-up! She's just like us!...

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Helpless But Not Hopeless In The Wake Of The Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:11 AM

I went to see a film with my husband last night and I couldn't shake this feeling of guilt. We rode to the theatre, silently and listlessly gazing out the window as our Uber driver fiddled with the radio, neither one of us picking up our phone to see if...

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I Took A 'Sound Bath' In The Middle Of A Desert

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:56 PM

There's something strange and mystical about the desert that can draw you in like a thirsty traveler to an abundant oasis. The climate is almost perfect at certain points of the year, while the dead of summer could result in just that -- death. Natural environments capable of creating extreme...

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Let's Stop Body Shaming Skinny Girls

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 7:16 AM

With the rise of the #nomakeupselfie hashtag and the frequency of celebrities sharing their unedited photo-shoot proofs with millions of Instagram followers, it's clear the public loves to rally behind so-called realness.

The act of holding famous folks accountable for fading out a few blemishes or digitally...

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Why We Should Sympathize With the Exposed Ashley Madison Users

(46) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 8:37 AM

As the news cycle continues to churn out a lively discussion among people infuriated by the millions targeted in the Ashley Madison privacy breach, many commenters seem to call for the accountability of its users. "About time a group that really cares about 'family values' took decisive action,"...

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This Is Why Everyone Loves Amy Schumer

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 11:16 PM

Don't call it a comeback or a renaissance or the rise of the female comic. Funny women have been around for years. Radner, Tomlin, Notaro, DeGeneres, the list goes on. But the number of newcomers dominating the genre and repping for the "fairer "sex has proven that not only have...

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Let's Stop Labelling Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:06 PM

We humans have an innate desire to define things, don't we? To make sense of what we don't understand or to apply status to things we'll inevitably aspire to be. Let's slap a label on something to determine it's perceived value, purpose or meaning. It's how we categorize and compartmentalize...

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Love in the Time of Uber

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:12 PM

I recently re-located to Los Angeles from Vancouver and have become somewhat reliant on Uber to get, um, everywhere. Naturally, my interaction with the multitude of drivers I encounter each day has become quite loose, as getting into a strangers car can be somewhat of an intimate experience. Every driver...

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Take a Whimsical Hike in the Hollywood Hills

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 5:12 PM

I'm always drawn to cities that have easy access to nature. Having lived in Vancouver for the past 13 years -- steps away from the ocean -- I don't think I could exist in a proper concrete jungle, despite my urbanite tendencies.

Los Angeles is a lot like Vancouver, although...

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Playboy Magazine Needs More Style and Less Sex

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 10:45 PM

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I am not a millennial, although my affinity for Lena Dunham and SnapChat might suggest otherwise. The year I came screaming into the world dances delicately on the cusp of gen X and this demo, but my tastes and values usually align more...

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The Paradise I Don't Want to Tell You About

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:48 AM

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As I sit down to write this, I immediately begin to debate with myself: Do I really want to disclose the beauty of this place, or do I protect it and keep it under my hat? Like a seasoned poker player might protect...

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In 2014, Why Do We Still Censor Nipples?

(11) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 11:38 AM

I have them. You have them. There's nothing foreign or particularly shocking about them. So why, in 2014, are we still faced with so much controversy over the nipple?
 
Recently, while clicking onto my Instagram app, I was met with a stern "warning" for posting inappropriate content. Confused,...

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Should Couples Be Allowed to Crowdfund Their Adoption?

(52) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 10:42 PM

The topic of getting knocked up is popular among my peers, and has been for a while, given I recently entered the latter half of my 30s. Are you going to do it? When are you going to do it? You better hurry and get to it. Just a few...

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Why An All-Female 'Ghostbusters' Cast Is A Bad Idea

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:52 PM

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With Halloween fast approaching, reruns of ghoulish classics have been playing on loop on the movie channels. I'm not big on horror flicks, but I'd hardly classify Bill Murray blowing up a marshmallow man as nightmare-inducing, so I...

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'Dallas Buyers Club' About 'Living For The First Time': Screenwriter

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:47 PM

I met Craig Borten briefly on the red carpet of the world premiere of "Dallas Buyers Club" during the Toronto International Film Festival last year. I was mashed in with media on one side of the velvet rope while he and co-screenwriter Melisa Wallack walked the carpet alongside...

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VIFF 2014: 'Noble' Shows Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:42 PM

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Dubliner Christina Noble (Deirdre O'Kane) narrowly escapes poverty after surviving a tumultuous childhood. As a girl, she would busk in bars to help care for her mother and siblings, something her abusive father (Liam Cunningham) was incapable of. Eventually she lands in the...

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VIFF 2014: 'October Gale' Is A Balanced Film With Complex Characters

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:37 PM

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Toronto-based doctor Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson) is mourning the loss of her husband (Callum Keith Rennie) and retreats to their family cottage in Georgian Bay, Ontario to process what has happened. Having never ventured to the remote island alone, she quickly familiarizes herself...

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