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  • Reviews

    Regent Park Film Festival, community cinema from distant lands

    by Frances Rooney | Nov 5, 2008

    For decades, Toronto’s Regent Park has been considered one of the toughest neighborhoods in Canada. In 2003,a student teacher who had recently arrived from India lived just up the street from The Park. She had a pretty clear idea of the realities of her students’ lives. With the support of others, she founded the Regent Park Film Festival. The festival brings the world to Regent Park and puts The Park in the world. This year, it runs from today to Saturday November 8, 2008. read more

  • People

    Rita MacNeil, “I’m no rabble-rouser”

    by Frances Rooney | Oct 20, 2008

    For decades, many Canadians thought of Rita MacNeil as their own gentle, shy, legendary singer songwriter. Then, last August, recently declassified documents from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed that, in the early 1970s, she was part of a group that the RCMP infiltrated and spied on. The group? Women. Whooo, scary!  read more

  • Reviews

    exploitation in Canada: human trafficking, exotic dance and temporary visas

    by Jenna Owsianik | Oct 8, 2008

    The majority of temporary workers are labourers and nannies. Visas for truck drivers, factory workers, cleaners and food services have risen significantly during the past two years. Yet, over the last few years, the plight of exotic dancers has been a focus in the House of Commons. According to Janet Dench, executive director of Canadian Council for Refugees, “Parliamentary time would be better used to address the broader problem of the exploitation of non-citizens in Canada.” read more

  • News

    the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering: catch a Wave of Resistance, October 11–13, 2008

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Oct 1, 2008

    On the weekend before Canada’s federal election, young feminist women will get together in Montreal. Participants are expected to come from every province and territory, and represent a wide diversity of experiences and backgrounds. Waves of Resistance is “a call to young women from all over Canada to meet each other and see that they are not alone, and that feminism is not only pertinent but vital to our generation.” Registration is allowed until the first day of the conference. read more

  • People

    part one of choice in Canada: access to abortions

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Sep 16, 2008

    Beyond recent bills, beyond Henry Morgentaler – beyond all the rhetoric for and against choice – many women still face huge barriers when it comes to getting safe abortion procedures in this country. “There is an assumption that, as long as we’ve got the legislation, the work is done.” It is the wrong assumption to make. read more

  • Reviews

    stacked: Emergency Librarian, celebrating the history of a radical feminist Canadian periodical

    by Frances Rooney | Sep 1, 2008

    In 1973, Sherrill Cheda, Phyllis Yaffe and Barbara Clubb thought it was odd that most librarians were women, but most people who ran libraries were men. They decided to publish something that would take women seriously. In Emergency Librarian, lesbians, women with disabilities, and women of colour wrote articles and had their books reviewed. And library workers wrote about how to break the glass ceiling. Snap! read more

  • News

    report: homeless women in Canada

    by Sierra Bacquie | Aug 22, 2008

    Two recent reports shed new and disturbing light on the unique circumstances and particular hardships faced by homeless women in Canada. Rarely is the public given the insight into the specifics of homeless women’s daily lives that these documents provide. read more

  • Ideas

    report from the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women: all things (not) being equal

    Jul 25, 2008

    Facts and figures from the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. News for those who think women have reached equality. News for those who think the status of women has not improved. read more

  • Reviews

    a museum of the future?: Canadian Human Rights Museum

    by Marianne Cerilli | Jul 18, 2008

    It will take strong and steady efforts and real resources for Canada to change current conditions, securing social and economic rights now and in the future. The museum will soon start to choose staff and a board of trustees. This important group of people will determine if it can become a viable way to improve human rights. read more

  • News

    living with violence: a national report on domestic abuse in Afghanistan, Global Rights: Partners for Justice

    by Diya Nijhowne and Lauryn Oates | Jul 4, 2008

    The high levels of violence taking place within Afghan households indicates an environment in which women are valued less than men. Situating domestic violence within an international human rights framework is important: it shifts responsibility for responding to domestic violence away from a moral or charitable act of individuals and converts it into also being a binding legal obligation of the government.  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