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  • Reviews

    the arts: Ladies Sasquatch cross Canada!

    by Jude MacDonald | Apr 9, 2009

    From Hamilton to Winnipeg to Lethbridge to Peterborough, Allyson Mitchell’s monstrous entourage does its bit for the Deep Lez cause. Her ladies display what has been described as a feral sexuality, one blending feminist theory with fun fur you want to pet. Who wouldn’t want to join them? read more

  • Ideas

    the Jane Doe decade

    by Moira Farr | Mar 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

  • People

    Marie-Anne Lagimodière, née Gaboury

    by Frances Rooney | Feb 16, 2009

    Just in time for Manitoba’s Louis Riel Day, a new biography explores his grandmother’s life and significance. Author Maggie Siggins writes, “It’s been said that in Marie-Anne’s latter years she and her favourite grandchild, Louis Riel, were very close. No wonder. They were kindred spirits.” How this historical figure has been remembered shows us a lot about how shared memory changes over time, and what the limits of history can be. What can you do to keep the past and its people alive? read more

  • People

    legacy: room for Miss Lou, Harbourfront’s living tribute to a cultural icon

    by Sierra Bacquie | Feb 12, 2009

    Miss Lou’s Room is a dynamic remembrance of the great Jamaican icon, whose influence is felt around the world, with a particular resonance in Toronto. Miss Lou’s is a strong presence in the space at Harbourfront that bears her name. The personal nature of the comments in the visitors’ book makes clear the depth of the impact that Louise Bennett-Coverley had on so many now-grown children. The room itself piques the senses of the youngsters who now come to the space for an afternoon storytelling. read more

  • People

    artist: Dora de Pédery-Hunt, November 16, 1913–September 29, 2008

    by Frances Rooney | Jan 6, 2009

    On October 18, 1929, Canada recognized that women are persons. In 1979, Dora de Pédery-Hunt designed the Persons Case medallion. She said of her design, “The subject of this medal is celebration! Celebration of Canadian women becoming ‘persons’, of joy and delight that at least one great step was taken.” According to Clara Hargittay, de Pédery-Hunt “was instrumental in introducing the ancient art of medal sculpture to Canada.” Think you have never seen her work? Think again. read more

  • Reviews

    sometimes a rose is a campaign

    by Patricia Enborg | Dec 22, 2008

    An organized call for a national action plan to end violence against women is almost 20 years old. How far has Canada progressed in almost 20 years? According to Heidi Rathjen, who was an engineering student at the École Polytechnique in 1989, “We obviously still have a long way to go.” As a result, the YWCA relaunched its Rose Button Campaign this year. Raising awareness is not enough. It’s time for real action. read more

  • Ideas

    the arts: where she is standing, getting, showing, and keeping feminist artwork in galleries, archives, universities and elsewhere

    by Jude MacDonald | Dec 12, 2008

    On December 3 and 4, 2008, a two-day symposium addressed “issues, contradictions and paradoxes around the exhibition, acquisition, and preservation of feminist artwork by Ontario public art galleries.” Words fail to do the energy of the discussion justice. Still, it’s worth a try. The symposium inspired a new appreciation for process – the getting there – and how it continues for women who are in, making, showing and looking at art. As it does for feminism elsewhere. read more

  • People

    grandmothers to grandmothers

    by Frances Rooney | Dec 1, 2008

    On March 7, 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched its Grandmothers Campaign to respond to Africa’s AIDS epidemic. Today, there are 220 Grandmother groups with more than 8,000 members in Canada. They work to support “grandmothers from Africa, who have humbled us with their super-human responses to unbearable sorrow and hardship” – women who nurse their dying adult children, and raise grandchildren with little help. “A continent in tatters was being stitched back together by grandmothers.” read more

  • News

    remaining RebELLES

    by Patricia Enborg | Nov 24, 2008

    The idea was to attract feminists with different political views, identities, cultures and languages, then to discuss ways to reinforce the young feminists’ movement. “All of the things that we are still fighting for in terms of being equal and in terms of having fair services or fair anything, we need a movement and a generation to carry it on,” said Jessica Yee. At the end of Toujours RebELLES, participants created a document meant to take their actions and concerns into the future. read more

  • Reviews

    Toujours RebELLES from the inside

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Nov 19, 2008

    Writer, student and Miss G___ activist Sarah Ghabrial reports from the floor of October’s Waves of Resistance conference in Quebec. According to the manifesto created during the event, “Our struggle is not over. We will be post-feminists when we have post-patriarchy.” According to Elsa Beaulieu, one of the conference organizers, “Our struggles and our solidarity are local, national, and global.” read more


  • Seasonal Feature

  • April 1994: the night raid at Kingston’s Prison for Women

    by Sierra Bacquie

    There was supposed to be a new approach to the Correctional Service of Canada’s relationship to female offenders, who were promised responsible choices, respect, dignity, supportive environments, and shared responsibility. But on the night of April 26, eight women experienced humiliation, degradation, raw fear and trauma at the hands of an all-male emergency team. How did this happen? What has changed since?  read more