spring 2018 cover herizons On Stands Now
The Love and Rage of Lido Pimienta

It’s doubtful that the founders of the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize—launched a decade ago to honour Canadian artists who produce albums of distinction— ever imagined that it would one day be claimed by a performer whose album had only been released online and who, eschewing the country’s official languages, had purposefully recorded the work in her native Spanish.

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How Rape Kits Have Failed Women  by Andrea Quinlan

Ever since it was first dubbed “Ontario’s most successful rapist trap” in a Toronto Star article in 1984, the sexual assault evidence kit has been heralded as a tool to improve survivors’ access to care and justice. However, there is growing evidence that sexual assault kits rarely works in survivors’ interests.


Sexual Assault: Where Do We Go From Here?  by Janet Nicol

The Jian Ghomeshi trial last year touched off a national debate about the legal rights of women who have experienced sexual violence.  As a result, legal experts and activists are now calling for a host of legal reforms, changes to justice protocols and greater support for women’s crisis centres.


Last Rights: Women and Assisted Dying  by Jocelyn Downie

In the early 1990s, Sue Rodriguez challenged Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition on assisted dying. The 42-year-old, who was living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fought for the right to end her life at a time of her choosing with the aid of a physician. She believed the ban infringed on her right to liberty and security of the person as well as her right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and her equality rights.


Commentary
Indigenous women, charter of rights and freedoms, canada 150
End All Sexism in the Indian Act
by Penni Mitchell

There is a Cheyene saying, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

Look around. It’s been 150 years since British colonies drew up the British North America Act to lay the groundwork for their nation, and...


Handmaid's Tale TV Series
Gilead Revisited
by Linda Silver Dranoff

Viewers shuddered as they watched The Handmaid’s Tale, the 10-part TV series inspired by Margaret’s Atwood’s dystopian horror story. They saw women suddenly deprived of their jobs, their money and their freedom to...


Ayuesha Mian Akram Guest Column
Refashioning Fashion
by Ayesha Mian Akram

As a Muslim woman who practices hijab—the wearing of modest clothing and covering my hair—I spend a lot of time navigating. I navigate the politics of being a Muslim woman in Canada and the politics of finding modest, yet
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feminist humour, manspreading, male privilege
The Scourge of Manspreading
by Lyn Cockburn

I’m supposedly a funny feminist. Even my psychiatrist said, “You are really funny. Why don’t you do stand-up comedy?”

“Anxiety,” I said, omitting the “that’s bloody well why I’m here...