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It's hard to believe its been five years since Grandy died. That is 1,826 days since my maternal

grandmother, Betty Anne Chapman, lost her 16 year battle to ALS. My Grandy was an extremely large part of my childhood. Some of my earliest memories take place in her Toront...

I love to talk. Ever since my mouth first learned to form words I’ve been spewing them at an alarming rate. As a child, my parents lovingly called me “donkey,” after the character in Shrek, who never shuts up. However, as I grew, and developed my voice, my beloved gran...

When I decided to go to boarding school in Canada I never considered my choice to be safer than going to school in the United States. However, following the news of yet another school shooting in the United States this past Wednesday, being a student in the US is incre...

From the moment I learned to walk, my parents put me on skis. We've always been a skiing family, a tradition my mom carried over from her own childhood. Every Friday night from December to April we would pack up and drive two hours north to spend the weekend skiing. Sk...

The first time sexism revealed itself in my life, I was six years old. In Kindergarten, it was playground tradition for the boys to play kickball at lunch. From a young age I was rather confident, and I didn't think twice about joining the game. I stepped into the line...

Dear Sir, 

You don't know me, how could you. I am just one of the 3.7 billion women in the world. I am a mere speck in ebbs and flows of the Earth. But I am here to take issue with an action you seem to believe is okay. Catcalling. The act of catcalling has become alarm...

There are many things I never thought I'd do. Winter camping is certainly one of them. Don't get me wrong, I love winter, and I love camping (it's hard not to when you're raised in an outdoorsy Canadian family), but I never had any interest in combining the two. Althou...

New Years has come and gone. We must now wait another year for the fancy parties, champagne, fireworks, and the plethora of social media captions stating, "new year, new me." Now we must embark on the journey back to reality, with the added weight of the promises we've...

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