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So, Canada celebrated 150 since since confederation last weekend. Living in the capital, this is something we’ve been talking about for YEARS and I had gotten a little tired of it all. (Especially since, in my opinion, if your going to celebrate 150 years for a whole year, at least start on July 1 and …
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Everybody can succeed, all you need is to believe

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on Everybody can succeed, all you need is to believe)

It used to be that I would get home from school, get myself a snack and switch on the TV. In elementary school, especially after my sister started high school and we no longer got home at the same time, the TV was mine and I could choose what I wanted. And what I usually …
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Thanks to Jack, Dad and Gord

August 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on Thanks to Jack, Dad and Gord)

Five years since Jack Layton died, a year since we buried my father, a few days after watching Gord Downie perform his last concert in his hometown, some lessons that I’ve learned from these men: Always wear sunscreen. By the end of his life, my father had nine separate moles removed because of skin cancer. …
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That’s what I’m here for

August 20th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana - (Comments Off on That’s what I’m here for)

I would never call myself a huge fan of the Tragically Hip. I owned one or two of their albums, I liked their singles,  I’ve never seen them play live. There was a time in Ottawa when it was almost hard to avoid it. But it feels like I’ve known who the are forever. And …
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Revisiting

August 19th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Personal - (Comments Off on Revisiting)

We took the opportunity we had this week – me not working, Joe off work, the kid on a break week from her many camps – and took a drive up the 401. We stayed in Belleville for two nights and spend a morning at Sandbanks Provincial Park. It was a lovely, short trip that …
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I read the news today, oh boy

January 20th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Issues | Ottawa - (Comments Off on I read the news today, oh boy)

I have been feeling sick to my stomach almost all day. I took a nap this morning and when I woke up there was a message from Joe asking whether I had seen what was going on at Postmedia. Mergers, layoffs. Very bad news. You see, I stopped being a journalist a long time ago. …
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Tomorrow morning Justin Trudeau is being sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. It was not something I foresaw when I started working on the NDP campaign at the end of August. Actually, at the time I don’t know what I expected. I know I expected a minority right up until the moment Peter Mansbridge …
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It’s all over, the next part starts now. We have a new Prime Minister. So far he’s held a press conference, talked to the public in a public space and walked in the front door of Parliament, so change does appear to be coming. I have to be optimistic that he’ll stand by the promises he …
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GOTV

October 18th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #MommyScholar | Canadiana | Issues - (Comments Off on GOTV)

Alrighty folks. It’s just about that time. In about 12 hours polls will be open across the country and people will be heading to vote. I have been working long hours and long weeks since late August and I’m exhausted – just think of the people who started right when the writ dropped! You know …
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Distressed

October 7th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Issues | Personal - (Comments Off on Distressed)

I would have to be stupid, or incredible naive, to think that racism doesn’t exist in this country. I mean, the last residential school closed in 1996. I was 15 by that time and I had never been told about this brutal part of our history. We have First Nations reserves that haven’t had running …
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