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Samantha Pinter-Thompson

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Samantha Pinter-Thompson is a post-secondary student and writer. She is currently pursuing a degree in international history at the London School of Economics and has previously studied broadcast and online journalism at BCIT. Outside of her academic life Samantha also has a background in the performing arts and is passionate about musicals, politics and TV game shows.
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Dogs Aren't Property, They're Family

At different points they could express happiness, sadness, loneliness, excitement and even anxiety. Dogs are also very intelligent creatures that know and understand what is going on around them. One of our dogs could tell we would be going on vacation whenever we brought out our suitcases and would start sulking a day in advance. It must be appreciated that dogs are smart and emotional beings.
01/03/2017 07:31 EST
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Don't Feel Guilty About Watching Reality TV

There are those who argue that reality shows are an affront to culture, but if it is something that is enjoyable and brings people together, I would argue it is not something we should feel guilty about. In today's divided world we should be looking for more things to unite people, which is why reality TV should be brought into the open.
07/13/2016 04:14 EDT
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What People Don't Tell You About Moving Abroad

When I tell people about picking up my life and moving abroad permanently I am often greeted with a similar response: something along the lines of "you're so brave" or "I could never do that." While leaving Canada, where I was born and raised, and moving to England on my own was certainly a daunting prospect, I don't consider myself brave.
04/05/2016 04:32 EDT
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You Don't Understand Vegetarianism

Here's a crash course: vegans do not consume any animal products. Vegetarians consume animal products that can be obtained without killing an animal (such as eggs and dairy), but do not eat any meat or fish. Pescetarians eat a diet almost identical to those of vegetarians, with the addition of seafood.
09/04/2015 08:11 EDT
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Why You Don't Actually Hate Musicals

Sunday night marked the Tony Awards, Broadway's annual love letter to itself. As a self-described musical theatre nerd, this night is one I countdown to all year. But the event reminded me how musical theatre has a particularly poor reputation outside of the theatre community.
06/08/2015 05:28 EDT
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How the Mad Men Finale Mirrors Real Life

After seven seasons of cable television glory, AMC's Mad Men ended not with a bang but with a whimper. However, the series finale gave viewers an authentic, if unwelcome dose of reality. In real life, there are far more open endings than clean breaks and the final episode understates the incredible rarity of getting to say a proper goodbye. It may not have been as gratifying as being given explanations and closures for every loose end, but Mad Men's conclusion, or lack thereof, delivered what Hollywood seldom does -- honesty.
05/19/2015 12:58 EDT