herizons spring 2019 issue On Stands Now
Taking on the Woo-Woo

Lindsay Wong was a year ahead of me in secondary school and lived a few blocks down the hill in a sprawling neighbourhood of large but generic homes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. I met her through my best friend at the time.

In her darkly comic memoir, The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family, Wong dubbed the suburb where we lived “Pot Mountain” because of the meth labs and marijuana grow-ops that surrounded us.

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Tuning in to Time's Up  by Cindy Filipenko

Before there was Time’s Up, the U.S. movement addressing gender inequality in the entertainment industry, Across the Board had begun its campaign for greater gender parity in the Canadian music industry.

Founded in the spring of 2017 by music industry veterans Joanne Setterington and Keely Kemp, Across the Board is pushing for half of all seats on the boards of critical Canadian music organizations to be filled by women. After all, the music industry’s boards advocate on behalf of all artists, about half of whom are women.


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.


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Judy Rebick
6(1)(A) All the Way!
by Judy Rebick

If you thought that Indigenous women won equal rights to Indigenous men under the Indian Act in 1985 when Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force, you’d be wrong.

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Calling Out Sexpats
by Joanna Chiu

Growing up in a Vancouver suburb with a very diverse population, I remember a few racist taunts on the playground, but they were few and far between.

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Millennial Burout and Me
by Ayesha Mian Akram

When I turned 30 last year, I had mixed emotions: pride at my accomplishments, sorrow at leaving behind my carefree youth (#adulting) and apprehension about what was to come. But most of all, I felt exhausted.

As a millennial, I am part of...