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I am proud: Canada is a leader in advancing Gender Equality

The Government of Canada under Justin Trudeau has done something amazing for women and our whole society. The report is well worth the read. It says: The knowledge-based economy demands a skilled, adaptable and diversified workforce to support Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity. All Canadians should have the opportunity to make choices about their education based on their …

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We need a national women’s group in Canada now

We need a new National Women’s Group. In Canada. Now. In 2001 our federal government closed the most important organization for the advancement of women in Canada. For 30 years the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) (founded in 1972) played a unifying role for the feminist movement in Canada. Its strength was in …

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New female premier of Alberta brings in most powerful law

As a lawyer, I know that THE most powerful laws are those guaranteeing democracy. The BIGGEST barrier to democracy is corporate and union and “rich people” funding politicians. This is because in our system you can actually (through media) buy yourself into being elected. This is wrong. Premier Rachel Notley as her first act as leader introduced …

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Hostile sexualized environment in military

I just read an article about a new report by a former judge (Marie Deschamps) about the Canadian military. Having done conflict resolution work in “military-type” (or frankly all hierarchical) organizations I can say that hostile and sexualized environments are not rare. What is most important to see is WHY these cultures thrive. It has much to do with POWER …

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Who are the women in Canadian politics?

Revisiting the Rise of Women in Canadian Politics Grace Lore PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, UBC Researcher, Editor womensuffrage.org (reprinted with permission) Between November 2008 when Eva Aariak, the only woman elected to Nunavut’s 19-member legislature was sworn in as premier and January 2013 when Kathleen Wynne became premier of Ontario after taking over …

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New report show teen girls still suffering

Girls Action Foundation just published a report showing that Canadian girls still grapple with self-harm, violence, harassment and negative body image. Apparently teen girls are using more drugs and alcohol than they have in the past decade. Girls aged 10-14 are 14 times more  likley than boys to end up in hospital for trying to commit suicide. …

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