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    keepers of the light

    by Sierra Bacquie | Dec 8, 2006

    The Inuit have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment, the highest cost of living, the lowest levels of formal education and housing quality, and one of the highest suicide rates in the world. A national organization – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada – sees a way to improve the situation. In October, released a report to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and other relevant federal departments. read more

  • People

    “out there” is us: Severn Cullis-Suzuki

    by Frances Rooney | Nov 28, 2006

    In kindergarten, she sold lemonade to save old-growth forests. At 13, she spoke at a United Nations conference about the fate of the earth. Her commitment to this world being a sustainable place to live hasn’t slowed down since then. How Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s feisty spirit might just inspire you to go do something to save our planet, too. read more

  • People

    artist, activist, spirit of the North: Susan Aglukark

    by Frances Rooney | Oct 20, 2006

    She is a singer, songwriter and entertainer. She is also a tireless advocate for Inuit and other Aboriginal people. Susan Aglukark speaks, sings and participates tirelessly in local, provincial, national and international gatherings, conferences and summits in her work to improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples. The 2006 theme for Women’s History Month is Aboriginal Women: The Journey Forward. Susan Aglukark is a wholehearted mentor and participant in that journey.  read more

  • People

    knowing the danger signs

    by Patricia Enborg | Oct 10, 2006

    “... life is beautiful and we can have a wonderful life,” says Doreen, whose daughter, Kelly-Anne, thought she needed to be more respectful and considerate of her boyfriend. In return, he killed Kelly-Anne. Now, Doreen is committed to teaching women how to leave someone who is controlling, jealous, threatening, violent or verbally abusive. “I can take what happened to Kelly-Anne and put it into a purpose, to help somebody else. Maybe other lives can be saved.” read more

  • News

    Aboriginal women: the journey forward: Women's History Month 2006

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 29, 2006

    On September 29, 2006, The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development joined Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada , and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to launch the second phase of a national consultation process on the issue of the division of matrimonial real property on reserves. Currently, women on reserves have no legal claim on matrimonial property if they separate from their husbands. read more

  • Reviews

    Murdoch v. Murdoch and family property law in Canada

    Jul 7, 2006

    Certain cases become the catalyst for significant and far-reaching developments in the law and law reform. Murdoch v. Murdoch is one such case. A ranch woman from Alberta, Irene Murdoch was involved in a claim to share in the family ranch that she and her husband had built up. The failure of that claim was a personal disappointment to her and became the inspiration for a major public movement for property law reform. read more

  • People

    the case for women in law: Shirley Greenberg

    by Moira Farr | Jul 7, 2006

    Today's female law students and lawyers can take for granted better treatment, and healthy numbers in their ranks. But Greenberg knows that juggling career and family life continues to be a challenge. Still, there's been much change since 1973, when men's shouts drowned her out at the University of Ottawa. Now she's the school's largest benefactor. read more

  • News

    some dignity and redress for Humiliation Day

    by May Lui | Jun 20, 2006

    On July 1, 1923, the Chinese Exclusion Act was put into law. From that day forward, while many other Canadians celebrated Dominion Day (now Canada Day), it would be known by some as Humiliation Day. On June 22, 2006, the government acknowledged this wrong, apologized for past policies, and compensated victims. July 1 is now a new kind of celebration. read more

  • Ideas

    what’s green on top

    by Janet Somerville | May 10, 2006

    Three extremely cool women are leading a conspiracy to sweeten the very air in downtown Toronto. They’re going to make city life more liveable for butterflies and songbirds. They plan to ease the burden on Toronto's storm sewers. And they're going to temper the summer heat and the winter cold for hundreds of people who live in a gracefully shaped, flat-topped, salmony-orange building on Ontario Street, one of the city’s oldest roads. read more

  • Reviews

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

    by Sierra Bacquie | Apr 24, 2006

    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