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  • the arts: Ladies Sasquatch cross Canada!

    by Jude MacDonald | Apr 9, 2009

    From Hamilton to Winnipeg to Lethbridge to Peterborough, Allyson Mitchell’s monstrous entourage does its bit for the Deep Lez cause. Her ladies display what has been described as a feral sexuality, one blending feminist theory with fun fur you want to pet. Who wouldn’t want to join them? read more

  • sometimes a rose is a campaign

    by Patricia Enborg | Dec 22, 2008

    An organized call for a national action plan to end violence against women is almost 20 years old. How far has Canada progressed in almost 20 years? According to Heidi Rathjen, who was an engineering student at the École Polytechnique in 1989, “We obviously still have a long way to go.” As a result, the YWCA relaunched its Rose Button Campaign this year. Raising awareness is not enough. It’s time for real action. read more

  • Toujours RebELLES from the inside

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Nov 19, 2008

    Writer, student and Miss G___ activist Sarah Ghabrial reports from the floor of October’s Waves of Resistance conference in Quebec. According to the manifesto created during the event, “Our struggle is not over. We will be post-feminists when we have post-patriarchy.” According to Elsa Beaulieu, one of the conference organizers, “Our struggles and our solidarity are local, national, and global.” read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Beautiful: Margaret Cho, biting comedy stands up on new tour

    by May Lui | Apr 16, 2008

    Race, gender, sexual orientation and politics. Oh, and dirty words. Lots of dirty words. Margaret Cho breaks down the stereotypes, takes down the phobes, and builds a case for specialty shuttle buses from gay bars at midnight. But does a change in audience mean that some of the material misfires? read more

  • the education of Miss G__

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Feb 20, 2008

    Three years ago, a hopeful group of university students from Ontario thought they had an obviously great idea – introduce Women’s and Gender Studies in high school. The province greeted them with enthusiasm. Time passed. Nothing happened with the curriculum. So, for Valentine’s Day there was an organized action called No More Miss Nice G__! Here’s a recap of the cheeky groundswell to get women on course. Of course! read more

  • feisty, intelligent, must-read Canadian feminist bloggers, an incomplete beginning

    by May Lui | Dec 13, 2007

    There are so many blogs to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Before it launched, regular contributor May Lui checked out the scene, and reported on some of the highlights that stood out for her. 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