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  • “Our judicial system is still weighed down by myths and stereotypes about women. The concept of ‘no means no’ is still a problem.” | image: Shary Boyle

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    the Jane Doe decade

    by Moira Farr | March 25, 2009

    In March 2009, the University of Ottawa held a conference called Sexual Assault Law, Practice and Activism in a Post-Jane Doe Era. It marked the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking case of Jane Doe v. the Metropolitan Toronto police. The conference also celebrated the work of the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé. As a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, she helped shape landmark equality-rights rulings.  read more

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  • November 11: Remembrance Day

    by Carolyn Gossage

    During World War One, women contributed significantly to the war effort on the home front in Canada. They laboured on farms, in offices and in factories. They filled jobs of men who enlisted, and took on new jobs in factories manufacturing war goods. They headed and kept families fed and clothed. By 1917, there were over 35,000 women working in munitions factories in Quebec and Ontario. But they weren’t allowed to wear pants on the job. read more