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  • Ideas

    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

  • People

    nation builder: Martha Johanna Keski Antila

    by Lila Laakso | Aug 13, 1998

    Nation-building can mean the undertaking of major national projects, like building the railway, food production, mining and lumbering. There’s another kind of nation-builder – mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and citizen. read more

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    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

  • People

    entrepreneur: Rose Fortune

    Jul 17, 1998

    Rose Fortune goes down in mid-19th century history as one of Nova Scotia’s outstanding personalities. A real go-getter, she ran the Cartage Company of Annapolis Royal – a wheelbarrow service between the town dock and the hotels – and became the town’s self-appointed police officer. read more

  • People

    Nova Scotia singer: Portia White

    Jul 9, 1998

    Portia White, when asked what made it possible for her to have a singing career, said “First you dream.” This is the name of a new play about Portia White, the Nova Scotia-born contralto, about to open in Halifax-Dartmouth at Eastern Front Theatre. Portia White was a gifted singer who combined a love of singing on the concert stage with a career as a teacher to gain renown as having one of Canada’s finest voices. She gained fame in the late 1930s and 40s, singing in recital halls. read more

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    writer: Nellie Letitia Mooney McClung

    by DG Graham | Jun 5, 1998

    “Never retreat, never explain, never apologize – get the thing done and let them howl.” Nellie McClung not only said that, she acted on it. Nellie McClung has been described as epitomizing the first wave of feminism in Canada. She represented female factory workers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and founded the Winnipeg Political Equality League responsible for winning the vote for women in Western Canada in 1916. Manitoba was the first province in Canada to do so. read more

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    Japanese dressmakers

    by DG Graham | Jun 1, 1998

    Very few Canadians know much about the history of the Japanese in Canada, or the important role Japanese women played. They virtually started their own industry using and developing skills that they brought from Japan. They knew these skills could lead them to independence here. Now – with mechanization and cheap, exploited labour in Canada and around the world – these skills have all but disappeared, but for a time the Japanese were the dressmaking industry in British Columbia. read more

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    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

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    activist: Gloria Greenfield

    by Frances Rooney | May 22, 1998

    Do we ever see the ripple effect of our actions? In 1970 – the year the Royal Commission on the Status of Women reported – there were no shelters for battered women. No attention was paid to women’s health issues. There weren’t supportive places for women writers to meet. Then, Gloria Greenfield – a modest, hard-working Vancouver, British Columbia, woman – spearheaded the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore and the first fully residential transition house – changing the quality of women’s lives forever. read more

  • People

    writer: Evelyn Lau

    by DG Graham | May 15, 1998

    Evelyn Lau published the book, “The Diary of Evelyn Lau,” when she was 18. It documents the two years she spent on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, as a drug addict and teenage prostitute. The book explored the realities of a world on our streets that many Canadians had never thought about. Sixteen years after her book was published, young women and men still struggle with addiction and sexual exploitation. How can they break the cycle? How can we? 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