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2020 Issue — Truth: A Letter to Readers

What does "truth" mean to us?
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Use Your Imagination!

Bertin’s greatest strength as an author is his imaginative empathy. Anyone who has memories or relationships they’d rather forget will feel a little less ashamed after reading this book.
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Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being

Sometimes, a question is more meaningful than an answer.
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The Black Hole

When my obsession with a local band turned into an intrusive, all-consuming fantasy about one of the musicians — a state I later learned is called “limerence” — I was forced to reflect on my family of origin and come to terms with my abandonment issues.
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Mental Health in the Workplace: How Communications Professionals Get By

How are mental health issues impacting Canadian communicators? This white paper looks at mental health and illness in the communications industry and offers best practices for safeguarding mental wellness for communicators and organizations.
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Blind Eye

For most of my life, I’ve been trying to come to terms with my dido’s alcoholism. Why did he never apologize? Could things have been different? What would I say to him? There are no quick and easy answers to any of those questions. Forgiveness takes time.
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Well, Actually: How Teachers Can Hold Mansplaining Accountable in the Classroom

Have you been in a class with a mansplainer? Here's how teachers have the power to stop it.
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Music Streaming is Both Good and Terrible for the Music Industry

Have you seen songs streamed millions of times on services like Spotify? You may think the artists make a lot of money this way, but that's not the case.
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Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones

The world is in a period of political uncertainty. What can we learn from David Moscrop's recent book?
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Seven Minutes

How do you grieve the loss of someone who is still alive? In "Seven Minutes," the author explores her own stages of grief and how she is trying to come to terms with the loss of her brother to addiction.
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Sorting Out Success

Video games often take years and large teams to make. But a few Winnipeg developers created a game prototype over a weekend that got discovered by one of YouTube's biggest personalities and his millions of viewers.
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I Love Astrology, Don’t @ Me

Sarah Jane Martin is tired of living a lie. The burden of shame is too heavy to bear. It's time she comes out with the truth: she loves astrology.
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Honest Inspiration

When does inspiration become plagiarism? Winnipeg comic book artists share how their answers impact their work.
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You Better Believe It

How do lies gets accepted as truth? "You Better Believe It" uses the persuasive power of click bait, a textbook, and rhetoric to examine how we decide what is true and how we can so easily get it wrong.
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Your Body is an Instrument

At 13, Harley Much received an email from her dance studio director requiring her to lose weight to join a competitive class that she qualified for during an audition. Nearly 10 years later, Harley opens up about her battle with an eating disorder. What are dance studios doing to help or harm the way dancers view their bodies?
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Building Bridges with Newcomers: Tactics for Communicators to Reach Winnipeg’s Growing Immigrant Communities

In the past twelve years, more than 100,000 people immigrated to Winnipeg. Learn tactics for meeting the needs of a more diverse Winnipeg.
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Leap of Faith: Winnipeg’s UFO Community

Delve deep into the world of UFOs. Learn about the conspiracy theories, the stories, the first-hand accounts, the photographic evidence — all of it.
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Punchline

Knock knock. Who's there? Louis C.K. Louis C.K. who? Louis C.K. performing in Winnipeg dug up old trauma, divided a community, and changed my relationship to comedy forever.
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Hit the Road Jake

A life filled with constant change and multiple international moves isn't easy on anyone, especially when you're fighting against your own nature. I don't know how I would have made it without windows and rabbits.
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More than Just Us

I don't talk about this outside a therapist's offices. My high school relationship was four years of abuse, manipulation and gaslighting. It's taken me six years to talk about.
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Please Forgive Me… and Be Sure to Like, Favourite, and Subscribe.

The "YouTube apology video" has emerged as a genre as YouTubers, like Logan Paul, attempt to mitigate the outrage they've caused — but is it effective? To find out, I got PR consultants to help analyze and evaluate four infamous YouTube apology videos.
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Nameless Voices

over 10,000 children in CFS care. Three people who have aged out of the system tell their truths and shed light on where the system needs to improve.
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Forget Me Not

Mary Elash was hard working and caring, but also stubborn. She became more stubborn when she got dementia.
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Voice Amplified: Finding Strength in Winnipeg’s Slam Poetry Scene

In coffee shops and downtown warehouses a community of writers transform trauma into art. A former spoken-word artist revisits the empowering yet controversial world of slam poetry.
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The Philippine Dream

My family and I immigrated to Canada in 2001. I believed that I could follow my dreams and work to become a writer. I didn't understand that as a first-generation Filipino immigrant, my future wasn't completely up to me.
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Surrendering Acceptance: Faith and Self-Discovery

After being told that people like me aren't welcomed in the church and might be going to hell, I was left to struggle for self-acceptance, grapple with my faith, and grieve the loss of my community.
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Big and Strong

I starved. I worked out. I picked myself apart in the mirror. But at what cost? The cost of friendships? Family time? My health? I thought I had control over my life, but body dysmorphia ended up controlling me for years.
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(IM)MIGRANT: Dancing my way home

When I was seven I left the culture and life I knew to immigrate to Canada with my parents. Getting involved in cultural dance helped me reconnect with the roots I thought I lost.
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Beneath the Surface

A tattoo can represent a million things, but for Taylor Medeiros, her tattoos represent a new life.
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Multi-Level Manipulation

Financially free entrepreneurs are winners. Everyone else is a loser — at least, that's what they told me.
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Four Cultures, One City: a look into different dance groups in Winnipeg

Dancing is not just about jumps, stomps, and steps — it's much more than that. It's about dreams, potential, and togetherness. Follow four different dance groups in Winnipeg to see how each culture is expressed through dance.
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Gay For Cosplay

Cosplay means different things for different people. For some, it can act as a creative outlet or a place to make lifelong friends. For those in the LGBT2SQ+ community, cosplay can be a welcoming and safe space to explore who you want to be, inside and out.
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He Breathed the Same Air

Robin Shaw battled chronic lung disease for all 19 years of his life. After he passed away in 2016, his mother Monica and twin Logan are grieving and making sure Robin is remembered.
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Expensive Pipes: St. Andrews’ new wastewater system may shock homeowners

Outraged. Confused. Unheard. South St. Andrews’ homeowners say they feel all these things — about a sewer system. Or, about the way the sewer system came to be. Around 1,800 properties will pay thousands each to hook up to a wastewater system that many don’t want.
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Nutrition for the Masses: Writing Effectively about Nutritional Research for the Public

Nutritional research is difficult to write about. Learn how to communicate responsibly about nutrition through three case studies.
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Dancing Home

What is it like for a Canadian-Ukrainian dancer to perform in Ukraine? For one dancer, it felt like coming home.
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Addicted to ASMR

Can ASMR videos help an addict overcome depression and anxiety? Fresh out of rehab, our author explores his journey from breakdown to recovery.
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943 Stories

Each year, 943 children are diagnosed with cancer in Canada. These are four stories of the perseverance, loss, and love these children and their families have experienced.
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Scale

After a young man unwillingly throws up 4,000 calories worth of food, he realizes he has an eating disorder. Follow him as he grapples with this realization and works toward recovery.
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Adult Children

Every family has skeletons in the closet. Sometimes the closet is a shelf in a van-turned-home for seven people and sometimes that skeleton is eating half a loaf of bread for dinner. What really happens to kids when their parents have a mental illness?
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A Mother or a Man

Gender equality is strongly promoted in Canada today, but the experiences of child-free women indicate that women are still not equal to men.
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The Benefits of Building Long-Term Relationships With Influencers

Do you want to take advantage of a new wave of influencer marketing that will help strengthen your brand? Here’s how to do it.
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How Infomercials Led to an Onion Salad on my Counter

“BuT iNfOmErCiAlS aRe FuLl Of LiEs AnD cRaP!” you say. Yet they exist. They must work, right? Do they only sell crap? It’s time to put them to the test. Come on a tour of the infomercial universe, starting with Vince's nuts.
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How Building an Editing PC Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

Having the appropriate computer for your workload is just as important as having the right gear. It may be easier to buy a pre-built computer from Apple or another manufacturer, but is it worth your money?
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Like to Strike

Can the internet be used to create tangible change? Or does it only encourage people to tweet hashtags from the comfort of their couches? Manitoba Youth for Climate Action is an activist group in Winnipeg, using social media to engage with other activists who are worried about their future. But how does it translate into offline change?
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

After years of prayer and soul-searching, I decided to live my truth for everyone to see. "Dear God, I'm gay, please watch over me."
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Living a Truth and a Lie

How can you be gay and straight at the same time? See how a not-so-closeted boy kept his sexuality a secret from his family.
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I was a teenage punk rock legend: a revisionist personal history

Live fast. Die young. Be home for supper and get your homework done. These are the highlights of my punk rock adolescence. As inaccurate as these memories are, they are mine.
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The Places I’ve Never Been

When Sarah's intrusive thoughts became unbearable, she isolated herself from their triggers, including her family.
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After the Closet

Coming out is hard, a lot harder than we sometimes let on. As much progress as the LGBT2SQ+ community has made in the last decade, the fear, anxiety, and pressure is all too real. We need normalization. Let's talk about coming out.
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No Real Introverts

How summer camp, chaotic schools, and a four-letter Myers-Briggs acronym lead to years of me seeing people — including myself — narrowly as either stereotypical introverts or extroverts.
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Aliens on Earth

Three generations of the Rodriguez family now call Canada home. While the journey here from Guatemala was challenging, this family persevered and established their new lives. Despite being Canadian citizens, they still face racism — most recently on a trip to Texas.
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I Am a Mother

Sharon, Lynn, and Miranda each made the decision to place their babies for adoption. Here, they discuss the consequences of that decision, and what it has meant for the rest of their lives.
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Letters I Never Sent

Why do we write letters without the intention of sending them? Nestled between Manitoba's north and south Highway 75 is Union Point Church. Inside it live two notebooks that hundreds of people have written in, but few have seen — until now.
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2020 Vision

When Tyler Sneesby — DJ Hunnicutt and part owner of The Good Will — rapidly started losing his vision, he was forced to rediscover his identity.
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The Road Here: Chile 1973

When Gen. Augusto Pinochet overthrows Chile's president in a violent right-wing coup, Communist Party member Teruel Carrasco's life trajectory takes a 180. Everyone has a path stretching generations behind them — this one leads to me.
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The Dark Side of the Video Game Community

Many people have experienced harassment while playing video games online, so what should companies do about it?
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