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  • December 10: Human Rights Day

    Dec 2, 1998

    Proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) and celebrated annually, Human Rights Day is in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Unfortunately for women, the years have shown that human rights in law alone won’t achieve women’s rights. Canada’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is helping put forward the cause of women in a human rights context. read more

  • women marching against violence: Take Back the Night

    Sep 25, 1998

    Take Back The Night is an annual night devoted to the will to name and end the acts and causes of violence against women. The event started unofficially in Belgium in 1976 at an International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women and has since blossomed into events all around the world. It is important that Take Back The Night continue to investigate its history to keep it a visible, accessible part of society. read more

  • September 22: fall equinox

    by Pat Hacker | Sep 17, 1998

    All religious traditions seem to have legends about going into the underworld to return again – a symbolic theme of death and rebirth that appears in a lot of popular films, too. The most famous and loved myth of the fall equinox and autumn season is that of Demeter and Persephone. One of devotion, faith, determination and sisterhood, it is a story about women. It is also the best way to understand why we have winter. read more

  • laundry: count blessins

    Aug 28, 1998

    The evolution of washing clothing is quite amazing and when it comes to housework, the personal really is the political. This feature has two themes we can all relate to: doing laundry and taking pleasure in our accomplishments, be they modes or great, and begs the questions, whose work is it anyway? And why has it become such a battleground of the sexes? read more

  • August 2: Lammas celebration

    by Pat Hacker | Jul 29, 1998

    What could be sweeter? Like all pagan beliefs and practices, the Celtic celebration of Lammas on August 2 revels in the abundance and the first harvest of summer. It is also a time to remember that not all peoples of the world experience the abundance that we in the west do. read more

  • the feminist bookmobile: CORA

    by Andrea Trudel | May 29, 1998

    If you lived in Southern Ontario in 1974, your summer days may have been enlivened with a visit from CORA, the bright red converted school bus that barreled through 31 towns with Judith Quinlan, Boo Watson and Ellan Woodsworth behind the wheel. Named after pioneer suffragist and writer E. Cora Hind, this travelling library, bookstore and women’s resource centre was the real deal on wheels. read more

  • March 20: spring equinox

    by Pat Hacker | Mar 13, 1998

    Can’t wait for spring to arrive? In the northern hemisphere, March and April mark the earliest time young animals could be born after the winter of gestation and survive the weather conditions. In ancient Greek terms, it is when Persephone returns from the underworld to be reunited with her mother, Demeter, and her sisters, and the promise of the growing herbs and grains is fulfilled. Through ritual, let’s make the connection between our bodies, the universe, and friends. read more

  • February 2: Imbolc – Groundhog Day

    by Pat Hacker | Feb 2, 1998

    Groundhog Day, is the modern version of St. Brigid’s Day and Imbolc (or Candlemas). A time of intuition and looking forward, it is held that the groundhog comes out of her hole and looks for her shadow. If she sees it, she knows there will be six weeks more of winter. The spirit of life is born at the winter solstice when the sun begins its gradual return. In February, at Imbolc, the earth, the physical, has its first experience of life stirring deep within, waiting to appear in the spring. read more

  • poet, novelist: Elizabeth Smart

    by DG Graham | Jan 20, 1998

    Elizabeth Smart’s now-famous love novel, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept, could have sent her off on a brilliant writing career. However, in the fact of strong social and familial resistance, she focused on raising four children as a single mother. She supported her children without the help of their father, whom she still passionately loved, creating a new paradigm for the boundlessness of love. 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