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  • Miyoko Ohtake

    by Ruth Brown Johnson | Nov 29, 2000

    In 1942, after Japan entered World War Two, the Canadian government passed the War Measures Act, stripping 20,000 Japanese Canadians of their property and forcibly moving them to internment camps where they were confined until after the War had ended. All this to allay fears of any Japanese spies or secret agents living in Canada. read more

  • December 6, 2006: remembering the lost, honouring the living

    by Patricia Enborg | Nov 21, 2000

    On December 6 each year, Canadians remember 14 women murdered in 1989. Seventeen years later, violence against women remains a prominent social problem. There is a need to take a global view of domestic violence, and to treat it as a major public health issue. Finally, this is starting to happen. Montreal recently hosted the first international conference on Violence Against Women. read more

  • union activist: Grace Hartman

    by Ann Farrell | Nov 17, 2000

    The first woman president of a major national union, Grace Hartman was a wife, mother and woman who started as a labourer in a carpet factory and rose up to lead the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) from 1975 to 1983. She fought for pay equity and never lost sight of the multiple roles that she and other women played at work and in the home. read more

  • Lottie Betts Tushingham

    by Christina Bates | Nov 17, 2000

    “Can you type?” Women have been asked the question for decades when applying for a job. Lottie Betts Tushingham could type, and she was proud of it! In 1923, 3,000 fans swamped Toronto’s Massey Hall to see it with their own eyes. Here is her wonderful story. read more

  • Captain Molly Kool

    by Allison Brewer | Nov 7, 2000

    Many women and girls sail recreationally or competitively. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some went to be with their captain husbands, and some buckled under the pressure of solitude, boredom, bad weather, mutiny and shipwreck. Unlike New Brunswick’s Molly Kool, the first North American woman to be a ticketed sea captain who rose to the challenge of living at sea. Going out to sea was all in a day’s work. read more

  • Lt. Col. Shirley M. Robinson, CD(Retired)-Nurse

    by Carolyn Gossage | Nov 6, 2000

    After 30 years of highly distinguished service as a senior Nursing Officer and Administrator in Canada’s Armed Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Shirley Robinson’s retirement in 1984 could easily have been time to rest on her hard-won laurels. Instead, it evolved into a 15-year period of entrenchment ensuring that equal opportunities for women in the military became more than just policy. read more

  • paralympian: Joanne Kelly

    by Michelle Ballentine | Oct 5, 2000

    Every game has its boundaries and every player her position. Physical disability does not take our choices from us; it only limits them. Meet Joanne Kelly, mother, elite athlete, paralympian and friend who has been a key player on the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team for five years straight. Who said only men have balls?! read more

  • youth worker: Almas Rajwani-Rawji

    by Penney Kome | Sep 14, 2000

    There were only 1,200 Ismaili Muslims in Calgary when she arrived in 1978, compared to about 8,500 in the year 2000. Now, there are about 30,000 across Canada – mostly in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. And, because the local communities have set up programs to bring their people out of troubled areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, more Ismailis arrive every year, and Almas Rajwani-Rawji is there to welcome them. read more

  • politician: Grace MacInnis

    by Ann Farrell | Aug 25, 2000

    In Canada, we celebrate Labour Day as we have since it was made official in 1894. We honour the paid and unpaid work of women by featuring Grace MacInnis. The sole woman Member of Parliament from 1968–1972, while refusing to call herself a feminist, Grace earned a reputation as a fighter for both women’s equality and consumer rights, as well as for being an eloquent defender of the poor and elderly. She also did at home what she advocated publicly – shared housework, a feat in itself. read more

  • Mary Ella Dignam

    Aug 8, 2000

    Canada’s arts and crafts movement pioneer and founder of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, Mary Ella Dignam, single-handedly broke the mould when she devoted her life to both her family and her art. read more

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  • Seasonal Feature

  • March 20: spring equinox

    by Pat Hacker

    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