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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • a person of the world: Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman

    by Jude MacDonald | Nov 25, 2005

    Her life spanned much of the twentieth century. She was a citizen, an advocate and an internationalist who wanted a more equitable society. She was a privileged woman whose mother presented her with Virginia Woolf’s Room of One's Own as a wedding gift. She struggled within the confines of the rules and roles imposed by family, gender and obligation. Through it all, Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman was her own woman. read more

  • Mary May Simon, Canada’s first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs

    by Sierra Bacquie | Nov 11, 2005

    She studied at home because she couldn’t go to regular school as a child. Mary Simon went on to build an impressive list of accomplishments, all carried out with a commitment to advocating on behalf of the native people of Canada’s North. read more

  • Welcoming Governor General Michaëlle Jean

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 29, 2005

    On August 4, 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced he had selected 48-year-old Michaëlle Jean to succeed Adrienne Clarkson as Canada’s Governor General. It was an inspired, historic and, at the time, controversial choice. Jean – a broadcast journalist from Quebec, whose family came to this country as refugees when she was ten – would become the first Black person and the first Black woman to hold the vice-regal position. read more

  • acts of war, acts of peace, acting for equality

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 21, 2005

    Since she was a teenager in strife-ridden Sri Lanka, Toronto’s Regi David has worked for peace, and to ensure women’s rights. More than once, she’s risked her life because of her commitment. “I could think of no better role model for any woman.” read more

  • more profiles of peaceful women

    by Sierra Bacquie | Aug 4, 2005

    “It’s about a thousand acts around the world to create change. It’s about recognizing the community development work done by women, which is not often recognized.” This week: what Landon Pearson, Doreen Spence, Julia Morton-Marr and Kama Steliga have done to receive this honour. read more

  • profiles of peaceful women

    by Sierra Bacquie | Aug 3, 2005

    This week, read about the lives of Louise Arbour, Akua Benjamin, Marjorie Hodgson and Muriel Duckworth. Learn what they’ve been doing to make the world a better place. Next week: Kama Steliga, Landon Pearson, Doreen Spence, Julia Morton-Marr and Maude Barlow.  read more

  • remembering World War Two’s women in white caps: sister, nurse

    by Lucie Pépin | May 6, 2005

    During the course of the war, these heroines, aged between 24 and 26, served their country with steadfast courage. These brave women, commissioned officers, contributed in their own way to the liberation of Europe. 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