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Heather Magee

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Heather Magee is a digital strategist and freelance writer, currently living in Los Angeles. More of her stories can be found at thelasessions.com.
Teaching Tolerance In Small Town

Teaching Tolerance In Small Town B.C.

My hometown wasn't a particularly tolerant place when I grew up there. Squamish in the 1990s was a logging town of roughly ten thousand people, often referred to as the "McDonald's pit stop on the way to Whistler." Despite being less than an hour away from a diverse and progressive urban center, many of the kids I grew up with didn't have access to experiences that might expand a young person's view of the world. And many of the ones who did seemingly weren't interested.
05/19/2017 10:37 EDT
Sex Sells, But Hate Doesn't Have

Sex Sells, But Hate Doesn't Have To

Social media has become a hotbed for divisive political discussion, especially over the past year. I used to love scanning my Twitter feed, quickly consuming my daily headlines, until it became engulfed with trolls and bad grammar.
03/20/2017 01:34 EDT
Unwinding Under A Million Stars On Colombia's Isla

Unwinding Under A Million Stars On Colombia's Isla Coralina

Representing a tiny piece of an expansive puzzle of islands, Coralina is part of the Islas del Rosario archipelago, 100 kilometers from Cartagena. Made up entirely of coral and mangroves, its delicate appearance compelled me to tiptoe gently upon it, as if to prevent a piece of this paradise from breaking away and slipping into the sea.
02/06/2017 04:10 EST
Add This Caribbean City To Your 2017 Travel

Add This Caribbean City To Your 2017 Travel List

Arriving in Cartagena the day the government signed a historic peace deal with FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) heightened both my excitement and anxiety about choosing Colombia for a winter getaway.
12/30/2016 10:04 EST
Hey America: Living In Canada Is A Privilege, Not A Consolation

Hey America: Living In Canada Is A Privilege, Not A Consolation Prize

With the U.S. election less than a week away, the number of people threatening to migrate north should Donald Trump land in the White House are multiplying. I guess we should feel flattered that our American neighbours consider us a suitable alternative. Yet, I can't help but feel like a jilted lover reduced to sloppy seconds.
11/04/2016 05:36 EDT
Last Minute Halloween Costumes For Lazy-Ass

Last Minute Halloween Costumes For Lazy-Ass People

As my tickle trunk of costumes has grown over the years, my desire to be creative has dwindled. Why spend a hundred bucks or more on a costume that will undoubtedly end up wrecked and reeking of booze by the end of the night?
10/31/2016 09:29 EDT
Backdoor Journalists Like Me Are Beating Media At Their Own

Backdoor Journalists Like Me Are Beating Media At Their Own Game

When I explained to a journalist standing next to me on the red carpet, about to interview such-and-such star at a premiere, that I was a freelancer covering the event on my own dime, he was a bit dumbfounded. "Ah, so you're a backdoor journalist, then," he concluded. As much as the label bothered me, he was right.
10/19/2016 03:57 EDT
Women Can And Should Unapologetically Ask For What They're

Women Can And Should Unapologetically Ask For What They're Worth

This is where I see the shift in narrative taking place. It's not a matter of whether or not women are capable of succeeding in whatever field they choose. That's not the debate anymore. It's about women understanding what they're worth and feeling OK about asking for it.
08/02/2016 02:04 EDT
Love Outnumbers Hate: Trying To Make Sense Of The U.S. Gun

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

The solution to ending the senseless violence that continues to rock the U.S. is a simple one; a nation-wide ban on assault rifles. Period. I completely appreciate why some people are protective of the right to own a firearm.... Again, I grew up around firearms and in no way am I anti-gun. But... these are weapons that have no place in an otherwise safe and civil society.
06/21/2016 10:17 EDT
Giving LA Foster Youth A Sense of

Giving LA Foster Youth A Sense of Home

In Los Angeles County alone, there are 35,000 youth in foster care right now. At age 18 or 21, state and federal support abruptly ends and the youth who aren't adopted are ejected out of the foster system, many without the support of family or any community networks to help them make a successful transition into adulthood. Many of these young people are smart, driven, kind and articulate, determined to lead fulfilling, productive lives. Something as simple as the kindness of strangers getting together to set up their first pad can go a long way in helping these kids realize their potential.
02/01/2016 02:46 EST
Stop Praising Jennifer Lawrence For Being A

Stop Praising Jennifer Lawrence For Being A B*tch

I've always found it interesting how J. Law's star power would go up the more immature and crass she behaved during public appearances and interviews, but I never felt compelled to write about it. Until a clip of her reaction to a struggling journalist surfaced this week following Sunday's Golden Globes.
01/18/2016 11:25 EST
I Took A 'Sound Bath' In The Middle Of A

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

Situated on top of a geometric vortex, the Integratron was built in the 1960s by aerospace engineer George Van Tassel who claimed the idea to build it was inspired by communications he had received from extra-terrestrial life. Its energy is said to be capable of cell rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.
11/10/2015 02:57 EST
Let's Stop Body Shaming Skinny

Let's Stop Body Shaming Skinny Girls

I have a beautiful network of girlfriends, each unique in her shape, size and sex appeal. Some of them are naturally thin. Some of them are incredibly fit. Some of them even struggle to put weight on. Does that mean they deserve a little public jeering because they don't struggle to maintain a certain dress size?
11/03/2015 08:16 EST
Why We Should Sympathize With the Exposed Ashley Madison

Why We Should Sympathize With the Exposed Ashley Madison Users

Let's be clear -- no one who signed up for Ashley Madison has committed a crime or participated in illegal activity. Shouldn't we be channelling our outrage towards a group of hackers for taking it upon themselves to determine what's immoral and what's appropriate conduct on the Internet? Using cyber-terrorism as a tool to shame people who may not navigate by the same moral compass as you is not only the ultimate breach in privacy; it's an attack on net neutrality. Imposing fear on people for how they behave online is just as repressive as restricting certain behaviours and content in the first place.
08/20/2015 08:37 EDT
This Is Why Everyone Loves Amy

This Is Why Everyone Loves Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer. Comedy Central darling, subject of dozens of viral videos and the star of this summers box office hit <em>Trainwreck</em> seems to be everyone's favourite funny girl. But why do we love her?
08/16/2015 10:31 EDT
Let's Stop Labelling

Let's Stop Labelling Ourselves

We humans have an innate desire to define things, don't we? Let's slap a label on something to determine it's perceived value, purpose or meaning. It's how we categorize and compartmentalize our surroundings. People, too.
06/12/2015 01:06 EDT
Love in the Time of

Love in the Time of Uber

Would you leverage your Uber app to find your soul mate? Or at the very least, your next Friday night guy or gal? After all, the first thing the app asks for is your "pickup location" which sounds suspiciously close to a dating app if you ask me.
05/29/2015 05:12 EDT