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herizons SPRING 2017 | VOLUME 30 NO. 4

news
WOMEN’S MARCH RALLIES MILLIONS           6
by Niranjana Iyer
RECYCLING PIONEER MILLY ZANTOW         10
by Elise Moser
OVARIAN PSYCOS HIT THE ROAD         11
by Amanda Le Rougetel
THE VEILED INFLUENCE OF NUNS         14
by Renée Bondy

features
WATER WISDOM                     16
Time to Heed Maude Barlow’s Clarion Call
Water is a feminist issue. It is not only the source of life
on planet Earth, it is also an environmental-justice and
Indigenous issue, as more than 70 First Nations live
with permanent boil-water advisories in Canada. No one
knows water like Maude Barlow, whose book Boiling
Point is sounding the alarm bell on this urgent issue.
by Irene D’Souza

MARCHING TOWARDS EQUALITY           21
Since its first female recruits graduated in 1975, the
RCMP has been rife with sexual harassment, bullying
and discrimination against women. Bonnie Reilly
Schmidt has written an account of the national police
force’s ongoing resistance to accepting women as equals
and it’s shameful history of sexual harassment.
by Barbara Janusz

KATHERENA VERMETTE: NEVER LOOK AWAY   24
Katherena Vermette’s novel The Break is a monumental
thriller that takes place in Winnipeg’s North End. Not
since Beatrice Culleton Mosionier’s In Search of April
Raintree has Canadian fiction had such fully rendered
female Indigenous characters.
by Shawna Dempsey

arts & culture

MUSIC REVIEWS .                     32

Big Boy by Charlotte Cardin, Tourist in This Town
by Allison Crutchfield
by Cindy Filipenko

SPRING MUST-READS .                 33
Five Roses, by Alice Zorn; Barbara the Slut and Other
People, by Lauren Holmes; Dawning of a New Garden,
by Tara Nanayakkara; When We Are Bold: Women
Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right, edited by
Rachel M.Vincent; Memory Serves: Oratories,
by Lee Maracle; Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the
Bush, by Carole Shields and Patrick Crowe;About Canada:
Women’s Rights, by Penni Mitchell; We Were Once
Feminists: From Riot Grrl to Covergirl®, the  Buying and
Selling of a Political Movement, by Andi Zeisler

POETRY SNAPSHOT .                 41
Burning the Midnight Dream, by Louise Bernice Halfe;
How Festive the Ambulance, by Kim Fu; Heaven’s Thieves,
by Sue Sinclair
by Mariianne Mays

FILM REVIEWS .                     42
Queen of Katwe, directed by Mira Nair; Two Soft Things,
Two Hard Things, directed by Mark Kenneth Woods and
Michael Yerxa
by Maureen Medved

OSCAR OF BETWEEN .                 45
In Conversation with Betsy Warland
Writer and teacher Betsy Warland has written a complicated
memoir, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas. As
you’ll see, it’s a genre that needs complicating.
by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

columns
PENNI MITCHELL .                       5
Feminist Media Antidote to Fake News
SUSAN G. COLE .                     15
Is Feminism Off Course?
JOANNA CHIU .                     29
Choking on Oilsands
LYN COCKBURN .                    48
Shtunks, Bawbags and Shmegegges


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news
IUD TOO OFTEN STANDS FOR PAIN . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
by Sharon Kashani
TUNISIAN REVOLUTION DOC ON WOMEN. . . . . . . . 7
by Amanda Le Rougetel
PARENT DEDICATED HER LIFE TO FAIRNESS . . . . 8
by Shree Mulay
TIME TO EMPOWER INDIGENOUS GIRLS . . . . . . . . 11
by Christine Peets
FASHIONING FOOTWEAR POLITICS . . . . . . . . . . . .13
by Renée Bondy
TORTURE BILL REJECTED BY COMMITTEE . . . . .  14
by Debra Huron

features
SIZING UP WEIGHT BIAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Fat discrimination in the workplace means that decisions
about whether people are hired and how much
they are paid are influenced by how closely they conform
to society’s notions of ideal body size. Meet the women
fighting to make size discrimination a basis for human
rights protection across Canada.
by Sharon Haywood

MOBILIZING AGAINST MARITAL RAPE IN INDIA . .. 21
While more than 100 countries have criminalized marital
rape, India is still debating the issue. A new momentum
driven by women, is increasing public support for criminalizing
rape within marriage and it’s getting the attention
of government.
by Pallavi Bhattacharya

THE BALLET LIBERATION MOVEMENT .. . . . . .. . . 24
For centuries, ballet has limited itself to themes of
heterosexual love danced almost exclusively by wafer-thin
Caucasian dancers. That’s all changing, as artistic
directors in dance companies around the world are
diversifying what audiences see on the stage.
by Andi Schwartz

arts & culture

MUSIC REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
I’m Alone, No You’re Not by Joseph; All the Bridges by Liz
Stringer; At Swim by Lisa Hannigan; Nasar by Turkwaz Band;
We.Animals. by Lila Rose

WINTER READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda; Flannery by Lisa
Moore; The Hunter and The Wild Girl by Pauline Holdstock;
Moving Parts by Lana Pesch; A Road Unforeseen: Women
Fight the Islamic State by Meredeth Tax; A Two-Spirit
Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by
Ma-Nee Chacaby; Cracked: How Telephone Operators Took on
Canada’s Largest Corporation … and Won! by Joan Roberts;
Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies,
Yuppies and Physicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and
Bad Policy by Courtney Jung; At the Limits of Terror: Women
of Colour on Terror edited by Suvendrini Perera and Sherene
H. Razack; All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister; Forever
Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada edited by D. Meme
Lavell-Harvard and Jennifer Brant; Big Pharma, Women and
the Labour of Love by Thea Cacchioni.

POETRY SNAPSHOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
All the Gold Hurts My Mouth by Katherine Leyton; Alive
New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis; The Unlit Path
Behind the House by Margo Wheaton
by Mariianne Mays

FILM REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
All this Panic, directed by Jenny Gage and Thomas
Betterton; Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,
directed by Ada Ushpiz
Reviews by Maureen Medved
HANDSOME ALICE EMBOLDENS THESPIANS . . . . . . 46
Calgary’s Handsome Alice Theatre is dedicated to exploring
the expression of female voices and female experiences.
by Victoria Bailey

columns
PENNI MITCHELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Female Politicians Take on Trolls
SUSAN G. COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 15
Misogyny Trumps Liberal Democracy
JOANNA CHIU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Chinese Homebuyers Unfairly Targeted