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    peaceAfghan women and security

    by Jude MacDonald | February 6, 2008

    While there are a few historical references to women, gender, females and girls in the 90-page report by the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan, how the current situation affects them is not seriously explored. Neither is what Canada can do about it. As the political parties debate about our involvement, there is one unanswered question: How central an issue do we really consider the future of women there to be?  read more

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  • June 20: summer solstice

    by Pat Hacker

    Summer solstice, on June 20, is the midpoint of the year; it’s the longest day and shortest night. Summer solstice is the time of divine and earthly power joined together; of the sun's brilliant energy at its zenith, and the earth at her fullness. Midsummer’s eve is when the faeries dance, the fires are lit and past sorrows are sent away. It is a night for love to be spent dancing and singing, eating fruits and cake and drinking ale. Happy summer! read more