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Worst Camping Trip Ever.

We woke up on a Saturday morning in June wondering what the hell to do. We had a rare empty schedule for the weekend. Then, in what was surely a temporary loss of all reason, I suggested taking our two and four year old boys on their very first overnight camping trip. Did we have all the requisite camping gear? No. Did we have a campsite booked? Nope. Was there a high likelihood of rainfall on the ...

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My Year of Having It All, Part Two

So, how did it go? Well, I did it all: I worked my ass off. I was inventive and creative, my campaigns smashed company records and won awards. I got pregnant again, and had my second baby four months after the end of my contract. We saved money, threw fattened payments at our mortgage and bought a shiny, new, upgraded SUV to fit my burgeoning family. In addition to his own full time+ career, my h ...

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My Year of Having It All, Part One

The year was 2013. I was 28 years old, and I was about to have it all. … A few months before my oldest son turned one, an interesting proposal arrived in my inbox. Before giving birth to him, I completed a one year work contract, filling in on a maternity leave. Four months into the contract, I wound up pregnant (surprise!), with an expected due date a few days after my contract was up. (Who said ...

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Boys Want Equality Too

Not that I’ve had a particular preference either way, but in the past, whenever I thought of what my future child would look like or be… I envisioned a girl. I once saw an itty bitty baby t-shirt that read, “Future Princess”, with “Princess” crossed out, and replaced by “President”. In my head, it seemed obvious that I’d have a girl one day, so I filed that t-shirt in the back of my head under “Cl ...

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Canadian Exports to Kenya

I just saw the awful news that world-renowned Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Mark Wainberg passed away. In working for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), I was honoured to have met him several years ago. I remember thinking he was smaller in stature than I thought he would be. This was probably a simple subconscious misjudgment I made because of his incredibly large contribution ...