Posts by Shannon Slade

In defence of Dartmouth

  Halifax’s rebranding campaign has been in the news a lot lately, particularly in regards to the controversy over efforts to introduce the “HALIFAX” logo to a number of locations across the harbour in Dartmouth. I know Dartmouth can be a bit of a mystery to many come-from-away campus dwellers, so I thought I’d take…

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Sex sells

I’m generally not surprised when I hear about some new way in which the media is trying to objectify women. The industry generally lives and dies by the idea that sex sells, and hey, it’s true—they wouldn’t do some of the gross things they do if the public wasn’t responding to it. But this week,…

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Don’t Rain on My Holiday Parade

December is my favorite month of the year; as ridiculously corny as it sounds, it is a magical time of the year for me. Obviously it’s a special time for most children, but this charm fades for many people as adulthood comes upon them. Not me, though. I love the holiday season. I love the…

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Because It’s 2015—Not 1968

During the election, Justin Trudeau promised that his cabinet would be 50% women. He recently made good on that promise. Asked why this was a priority at a press conference, his response was… (Dramatic pause) “Because it’s 2015.” Needless to say, the internet broke. If my Facebook feed is to be believed, this was the…

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Carrying the torch

  I’m generally not one for getting terribly invested in celebrating holidays. I’m really into Halloween and Christmas, but when it comes to Canada Day, Natal Day or New Year’s Eve, I’m generally found in the house, avoiding the crowds and not taking part. It’s not that I don’t support Canada, Halifax, or calendars flipping…

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Divine Love

Halloween is a magical time of year. They say it is when the veil between the earthly and spiritual realm is at its weakest, and thus it is far easier to divine the future. I love reading about love divination rituals. Aside from being great fun, they offer a fascinating window into the eras in…

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

  Ghosts are awesome. How is that for a thesis statement? I’ve had a chance to read the ghost story published this week, and I’ve got to admit, it has me a little giddy with excitement. I love all things involving ghosts—movies, books, art—but nothing is more fun than supposedly true ghost stories. That’s one…

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No, I Don’t Want Your Pamphlet

It was Friday night, it finally felt like fall, and I was off to a late night showing of Scream. I was in such a good mood, strutting down the street like one of those “life is my high!” dancers in Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ video. This was my night. When I got to Spring Garden Road…

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Video game review: Until Dawn (PS4)

Until Dawn, the latest offering from Supermassive Games, is billed as an “interactive drama survival horror video game.” You play as a group of teenagers who have returned to a remote cabin somewhere south of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary. It’s the anniversary of the tragic disappearance of two of their friends. Unsurprisingly to anyone…

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Keep your ‘compliments’ to yourself

  It was a warm day, and I was feeling good about myself. I put on some tight pants, knee-high boots and a low-cut shirt with my boobs pushed up. I looked in the mirror and thought, “I look fucking fantastic.” (Let me say just this once: I dress for myself. Sometimes that means a…

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