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Stop asking me ‘what about men?’ 

Men…

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Everyone who follows my blog knows that my best work is written in rage, or port. But Christmas has gone now so no more port.
Well, at least I still have rage. So back to that.

Recently I have been getting increasingly frustrated with ‘whataboutery’ every single time I write or speak about women or girls.
For those of you who don’t know what that word means, ‘whataboutery’ is when someone responds to a difficult issue or question with a counter issue or question that completely derails the conversation.

Example:
Mai: My research focussed on the murder of women in Yemen
Randomer: uh, this is a bit sexist. What about the murder of men in Yemen? Don’t you care about men?


Example 2:
Pam: I’m really upset with you for stealing from my purse
Mel: What about that time you stole from the local shop? You’re not innocent…

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

A day to reflect on how slavery affected and shaped the world. It is a day to remember the atrocities that happened. In remembering we honour those who were harmed and killed by a brutal system that did not value human life, a system that viewed black lives as lesser. The effects of the slave trade are still felt throughout our society today and we need to take a look at today’s society because we still have a long way to go in regards to how we enslave individuals in our modern world.

Below is a tidbit of information of how the slave trade affected one of my major ethnic backgrounds.

More than 2 million slaves were sent from the Bight of Benin to the New World, and among them were many from Benin and Togo’s major ethnic groups. The Adja, Mina, Ewe and Fon groups of this region were the third-most enslaved groups sent to the New World. (www.ancestry.com)

I have a hope for the ancestors of the people who were enslaved by the cruel human trade that was legitimized for a long time by racist set of views, that have no place governing anything on our earth. My hope is for them to rise up and realize their worth. To rise and claim their space and no long make apologies or space for negativity that cuts into who they are a a person.

For more information on this day of remembrance please visit    http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/

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My journey with fit bit.

I finally settled. I chose a fit bit charge hr 2. When I say settled I mean I finally found and tested and chose what I wanted.

It’s small enough for my needs and has all the amazing features I was looking for.

Fit bit is very user friendly and it’s software it always improving. I can change my bands based on colour and texture (sport band/leather).

I’ve had my current fibit for almost a year and am still loving it! 

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My love affair has come to an end? or Deva Curl, it’s me not you…

I have spent a great many years refining my curls. I found the Deva Curl method and products fell in love and have refused to use anything else. Much to the deteriment of my scalp. I always thought I must just have dandruff, eczema, and an itchy scalp it’s just me.

After years of Deva Curl and a wise friend saying maybe your allergic. I spoke with my stylist and went over my allergies and Deva Curl has ingredients (rosemary) I am allergic to hence my poor scalp condition. Also maybe I should have clued in considering I can’t use Aveda Rosemary Mint products and my culinary issues using rosemary.

Now I will say this Deva Curl is amazing and I love the products and their method. I will probably die staying true to the Deva Curl method. BUT alas I will be trying a new shampoo and conditioner and mask. I’ll stuck with the Deva Curl styling products for now and avoid my scalp (fingers crossed). 

Deva Curl, I love you !♡

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Canadian Census

It’s back! The long form census has graced us with its presence once again. Harper’s gone, data is in.

Data geeks rejoice.

The census that Harper abolished is back. Information is once again free to flow from us to our government to shape our country.

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Fitbit

So I love my fitbit BUT I traded it in. I had bought the fitbit blaze and it was great but I could get the fitbit charge hr for $80.00 less and the only things I lose are the ability to choose my activity on the screen (which I wasn’t using) and reading my text messages and using the music controls on my phone  (which I wasn’t using). So I returned the blaze. It was also very large and sat awkwardly on my wrist. I also found it heavy and often bumped it into things. I think the blaze is kind of “Man” sized or for people with large wrists.

I am suprised at how happy I am with my descision to return and “downgrade” my fitbit BUT I truly don’t think I was making use of all of the options and I can always upgrade if I change my mind!

So 30 days on fitbit hooked me, I love the apps and and information it gives me and extremely happy with my new fitbit charge hr.

More Posts to come on my fitbit journey!

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Overnight Summer Camps – Alberta

I absolutely loved summer camp as a child and although we were religious. I never attended religious summer camps.

As a parent, when I set out to find camps for my child, I was surprised to find out the religious summer camps far outnumbered the secular camps.

So I’ve put together a list of secular camps for kids in Alberta to enjoy.

Camp Warwa

This camp has a special place in my heart because it’s my childhood camp and one of the summer camps I sent my daughter to. It’s located just 45 mins from Edmonton and is on Lac St.Anne.

It focus is on the outdoors and giving kids those outdoor experiences that can’t be experienced in the city.

Outdoor experiences for kids Gr. 1 – Gr.12. Different themed camps to cover a ton of kids different interests. From zip lining & canoeing to horseback riding & Archery and so much more. You can individualize your experience by choosing a camp option that best suits you.

For more information check out their website by clicking on the title link above

Badland Science Camp @ Tyrell Museum

Camp fYrefly (Edmonton & Calgary)

LGBTQ Camp for kids

Camp he ho ha

Camp for Kids and Adults with disabilities giving them the opportunity to experience a summer camp with all of the support they need.

ACCA Youth Camp

This is a camp with a unique focus on co-operatives and how they run. While you preteen or teen is having a blast just outside Nordegg. They are also learning about how a co-operative works and what it means to be part of a co-operative. K attended this camp twice. The program progresses as the kids age and there is a grad banquet after attending the camp in a lower level for at least one year.

 

Camp YoWoChAs

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp

Specialized hockey camp for kids.

Centre for Outdoor Education – Summer Adventure Camp

Camp Adventure

Wild Horse Mountain Ranch

Horse back riding camp for people who love horses and want to learn all the ins and outs of riding and horse care.

Tim Horton Children’s Camp

Camp for economically disadvantaged children aged 9-12. This camp has opportunities for kids throughout Canada and you can attend camp in any province. But the location in Alberta is in Kananaskis Country. It’s called Tim Horton Children’s Ranch. Experience life in the Canadian Rockies. Explore local trails on horseback.

For more information on any of the above camps, check out their website by clicking on the title link above!

Here’s to summer camp, new adventures, new friends and independence!

Happy Camping!

~If you know of any other secular overnight summer camps, please leave me a comment as I am always excited to add to my list or if any of the above camps are not truly secular and you wish to let me know please do so in the comments section as well!