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St. Joes. The bane of our existence as soon as we graduate high school. Just kidding, that place is pretty cool.

St. Joes is the place you discovered strawberry sunshine smoothies from Booster Juice, where your hate for the colour gold started and where the library is a place where no voice can ever be heard.

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It's hard to explain to someone that you're from Barrhaven. This suburb has a lot of stigma around it, and we get it.

The joys of living in a suburb. Where every piece of land slowly but surely gets turned into some sort of shopping centre. And Barrhaven is no exception. We've been blessed with... well, a Costco. And we're pretty happy about it but like any other place in the world, there are many struggles that come along with being from Barrhaven. So here are 17 things that some of us have or had struggled with while living in Barrhaven:

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Orleans (or "Or-lay-on"). It's that suburb on the east side of the city with the silver church and Place D'Orleans Shopping Centre (which proudly got an H&M before Rideau Centre). To some, it's "Bore-leans."

Whatever you may call it, Orleans has been through a lot over the years. Innes Road has come a long way since its days as farmland (seriously, what happened up there) and we also had two sinkholes swallow the cars in our community over the past few years. Oh, and we also got the first Mandarin in Ottawa, so we have been blessed with that, too.

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Whether we choose to admit it or not, we're all keeping up with the Kardashians in some way or the other. We follow them on Instagram, watch their Snapchat stories, and go crazy over their famous Lip Kits. We all have questions - what makes their waists so tiny? Their makeup so perfect? How can we do it too?

While this isn't a guide to show you how to look like a Kardashian, this will show you how relatable they are. Believe it or not, sometimes the Kardashians really do react to situations just the way we do - virtual app downloads aside.

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Downtown Ottawa - you may not know how good you have it. From unique coffee shops, to treating the canal like your personal skating rink, to always knowing the fastest way to get to the Rideau Centre, nobody knows the Ottawa core like you do. As more of your friends are moving closer into your neighbourhood to be closer to work and school, they know to always come to you for advice - who better to ask than you?

In the mood to reminisce? Here are 10 telltale signs you grew up in downtown Ottawa.

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