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Disarming Military Misogyny  by Penni Mitchell
Disarming Military Misogyny

Disarming Military Misogyny

Military misogyny is having a moment.

In January, General Jonathan Vance retired as defence chief of the Canadian Armed Forces just as allegations of sexual misconduct against him became public, and his replacement, Admiral Art McDonald, stepped down the following month after it was reported that he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Vance and McDonald were Trudeau appointees, which meant that the issue was not just an internal problem, or a women’s problem, but a political minefield.

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Beyond Black Representation  by Cheryl Thompson
Beyond Black Representation

Beyond Black Representation

In January 2021, the acclaimed African American actor Cicely Tyson died at the age of 96. Her 1972 film Sounder, about the plight of a Black sharecropping couple and their children’s fight for opportunity amid a blatantly racist Depression-era town, was one of the first films I saw as a child.

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Speaking Indigenously  by Lianne Leddy
Speaking Indigenously

Speaking Indigenously

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented changes to our lives, the restrictions we continue to face have led to many challenges such as social isolation, mental health struggles and childcare issues.

I have a lot to be grateful for, and I am reminded of that often. One of my main challenges during the pandemic has been not being able to visit my family in Elliot Lake and Serpent River First Nation. Surprisingly, though, despite my physical separation from my homeland, the pandemic brought me closer to it virtually.

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Dodging Bullets and MeToo  by Kate Sloan
Dodging Bullets and MeToo

Dodging Bullets and MeToo

I was shocked when a woman came forward online to describe the ways in which her ex had abused and assaulted her. I was shocked because her ex was, at the time, my good friend.

After I heard her story, I went through a cavalcade of emotions, beginning with denial (“How could this be true? He’s never abused me!”), moving through depression (“If this is true, anyone might secretly be an abuser”) and finally, ending with acceptance.

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