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OTTAWA—Halloween used to be a children’s candy blowout that spanned a couple of days. Nowadays, festivities have become bigger than Christmas in some circles, with costume shops and lawn decorations popping up all over the place a month before the big event. It also generates more hype in the millennial adult population than among the youngsters, who are now encouraged to have family parties instead of door to door outings. According to Statistics Canada, despite national population growth,

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The problem with appropriation of cultural appropriation

By Sheila Copps      

When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.

Given the broad brush that can even paint Halloween in a negative light, it appears this debate will continue for years to come, writes Sheila Copps. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay
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