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Good Sport Sexism by Lyn Cockburn
Submitted by Penni Mitchell on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 07:32
With Kathleen Wynne now the premier of Ontario, women head six of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial legislatures. Wynne joins B.C.’s Christy Clark, Alberta’s Alison Redford, Quebec’s Pauline Marois, Newfoundland’s Kathy Dunderdale and Nunavut’s Eva Aariak.
Birthplace Revisited by Joanna Chiu
Submitted by Penni Mitchell on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 10:12
I’ve recently relocated to Hong Kong, where I write for a local newspaper and travel around China as a freelancer. Living in one of the most unequal places in the world has been a remarkable experience.
Hong Kong still feels eerily like a British colony where many Caucasians receive cushy expat packages and live in resplendent homes up in the hills. Their skin tones are synonymous with elegance—a situation that fuels the lucrative sales of skinwhitening products across Asia.
Can We Thrive Without Our Bookstores? by Susan G. Cole
Submitted by Penni Mitchell on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 07:58
Many of us here in Toronto are in shock over the closing of the Toronto Women’s Bookstore in November. After 39 years and many different operating paradigms—collectives, partnerships, single owners, non-profit and for-profit arrangements—the store, one of the most influential of its kind in North America, could not compete with big box operations like Indigo and e-tailers such as Amazon.