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14 Oct, 2017

Weekend reading: October 14 edition

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The average American home has $7,000 worth of unused belongings. This app helps you let go: https://t.co/H3G0q5dDAK pic.twitter.com/qxpN2NnMEn — Fast Company (@FastCompany) October 14, 2017 Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?, nytimes.com How I brought a powerful sexual harasser down, theglobeandmail.com Why Canada needs a tax on sugary drinks — […]

09 Oct, 2017

Weekend reading: the Thanksgiving edition

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Does anyone want aspic on their Thanksgiving Day table? Yes, some do https://t.co/hCdHHAcG6u From @Jana_Pruden pic.twitter.com/DN1QxKuSx6 — The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 8, 2017 Dark side of the chicken: How did white meat take over North America?, cbc.ca/radio The religious and nationalist origins of Canadian Thanksgiving, thestar.com Toronto Is Throwing A Free 5,000-Person Thanksgiving […]

30 Sep, 2017

Weekend reading: September 30

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

More and more museums are popping up that seem to be designed around snapping the perfect Instagram photo https://t.co/3PzOtubiWO — WIRED (@WIRED) September 30, 2017 Reddit Limits Noxious Content by Giving Trolls Fewer Places to Gather, nytimes.com Good riddance to the thong! After decades of discomfort, women have finally cracked, telegraph.co.uk #CutYourChains: Sitting Down To […]

23 Sep, 2017

Weekend reading: September 23 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Come together. Celebrate. Witness. Ottawa. Join us for #ThisisOttawa Project @ottawacity hall on Sept 28: https://t.co/f02cq3y7U1 @N_Product pic.twitter.com/iPFhwlANYX — United Way Ottawa (@UnitedWayOttawa) September 19, 2017 From Sex Object to Gritty Woman: The Evolution of Women in Stock Photos, nytimes.com How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food, nytimes.com Booze, benches, bathrooms; a simple […]

16 Sep, 2017

Weekend reading: September 16 edition

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New listing! Gorgeous riverfront living in family home with view of dwntown Ottawa. Well engineered wood construction pic.twitter.com/mCX1PQlltw — Blair Crawford (@GetBAC) September 14, 2017 The Ever-Changing Business of ‘Anti-Aging’, nytimes.com Corduroy History: The McRib of Clothing, tedium.co How Not to Raise a Ray of Sunshine, nytimes.com The end of young love: Dating is in […]


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