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news
BC PROTESTERS VOW TO CONTINUE
DAM PROTEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

by Jackie McVicar

TRUDEAU GAINS CURRENCY WITH WOMEN . . . . . 7

BETWEEN ALLAH AND ME AND
EVERYONE ELSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

by Amanda Le Rougetel

WOMEN TAKE ON ONLINE HARASSMENT
IN BANGKOK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

by Laurel Tuohy

READING BETWEEN THE LINES AT
BOOK CLUBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

by Renée Bondy
 

features
WOMEN LOUD AND PROUD IN INDIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
From discrimination against children of lesbian mothers to the
horror of “corrective rape,” LGBT women in India face multiple
forms of injustice. And they are demanding greater rights.
by Pallavi Bhattacharya

DIVERSE UNIVERSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Nalo Hopkinson and the Politics of Science Fiction
Acclaimed novelist Nalo Hopkinson is a luminary in the science
fiction community. The Jamaica-born author, who lived in
Toronto for more than 30 years, has just published Living with
Hominids,her much-awaited book of short stories. She shares
her thoughts on the need for more inclusivity in science fiction.
by Niranjana Iyer

SAVING RUSSIA’S ONLY RAPE CRISIS CENTRE . . . . . . 21
In Russia, as is the case in most countries, rape victims are
routinely belittled by police and ignored by the legal system.
Now, the country’s only rape crisis centre is teetering on the
verge of closure.
by Emma Carter

HOW CANADA’S PRISONS ARE FAILING WOMEN . . . 24
An impassioned essay by the executive director of the
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies calls for
an end to the practice of segregation as a form of punishment
in prisons and asks that, as a society, we examine
the reasons we incarcerate people in the first place.
by Kim Pate

arts & culture
MUSIC REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………………. . 33
Good Clean Fun by Rosie & The Riveters; Art Angels by
Grimes; Year of the Horse by
Madison Violet
by Cindy Filipenko

SPRING READING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Matrons and Madams by Sharon Johnston; Hysteric by Nelly Arcan;
The Things I Heard About You by Alex Leslie; “I Hate Feminists!”:
December 6, 1989 and Its Aftermath by Melissa Blais; Stone Mattress
by Margaret Atwood; Street Angel by Maggie Dominic; Mothers,
Mothering and Motherhood across Cultural Differences edited by Andrea
O’Reilly; Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes; After Birth by
Elisa Albert; Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham; Missoula: Rape
and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer; Our Chemical
Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health, edited by Dayna
Nadine Scott; Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of
Happiness by Melanie Notkin; From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel
Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra by Maria Noriega
Rachwal; My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

POETRY SNAPSHOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont; Talking to the Diaspora
by Lee Maracle
by Mariianne Mays

FILM AND TV REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
The Ninth Floor, directed by Mira Shum
Review by Evelyn C. White
Transparent, created by Jill Solowy
Review by Maureen Medved
 

columns
PENNI MITCHELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 5
The Sisterhood of We-believers
SUSAN G. COLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Reasonable Doubts About the Justice System
AYESHA MIAN AKRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . . . . . . . 31
Refashioning Fashion.
LYN COCKBURN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . 48
Burning Desires


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news
$15 Minimum Wage Campaign Rises Up in B.C. ……....  6
by Janet Nicol

Nelliegrams
Women Sue over Abortion, Harassment in the RCMP...... 6

Women’s Radio Station Casualty of Taliban ……………  7

Writer Fights Online Harassment ………………………….   8

Ontario Seeks to Close Wage Gap ……………………….    9

Memorabilia Freewheeling Freedom…………………………10
by Renée Bondy

Film Takes on Beauty Standards ………………………..    11
by Amanda Le Rougetel

features
A New Policy Agenda for Women ………………………..   12
Six Ways to Kickstart Equality and Fairness
Herizons asked feminist legal expert Shelagh Day to
come up with a brief list of reforms that could kick-start
the next feminist policy agenda in Canada.
by Shelagh Day

A Call to Action
Indigenous Allies Seek Change………………………………16
From the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous
women, to the calls for action in the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission final report, expectations are
running high that Canada’s new government will take
meaningful action to reverse the violence, poverty and
inequal education faced by many Indigenous people.
by Lianne Leddy

What a Feminist Foreign Policy Looks Like…………….. 18
Human security or military strength—which ismore
important when it comes to creating a modern and
progressive foreign policy?The founder of The University
of Winnipeg Institute for International Women’s Rights
discusses why feminist  principles should form a critical
part of Canada’s foreign policy.
by Marilou McPhedran

Oh No It’s a Girl!
The Positively Sexist Things People Still
Say about Raising Daughters…………………………………… 24

It starts with comments from strangers in the street.
Next, sexism gets a boost from other parents who laud the 
mythological benefits of boy babies over girls. The author
recounts her own experiences and calls on responsible
adults to stop sex stereotypes about raising daughters.
by Deborah Ostrovsky

arts & culture
Music Reviews ……………………………………………. 33
Dig in Deep by Bonnie Raitt; 25 by Adele; Picking
Up the Pieces
by Jewel
by Cindy Filipenko

Winter Reading …………………………………………….. 34
Outsiders Still: Why Women Journalists Love—and
Leave—Their Newspaper Careers
by Vivian Smith;
Fallen: A Trauma, a Marriage and the Transformative
Power of Music
by Kara Stanley;
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better: A Woman’s Guide to
Coping with Life
by Monica Heisey;
Adoption and Mothering edited by Frances J. Latchford
Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick;
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters; New York
1, Tel Aviv 0
by Shelly Oria;
Boy Lost in Wild by Brenda Hasiuk;
Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle;
Anansesem: Telling Stories and Storytelling African
Maternal Pedagogies
by Adwoa Ntozake Onuora;
Laundry Lines: A Memoir in Stories and Poems by
Ann Elizabeth Carson; Along a River: The First
French-Canadian Women
by Jan Noel

Artist in Profile ………………………………………..….. 40
Di Brandt’s Freedom Quest
by Mariianne Mays

Film Review ………………………………………………... 46
Dreamcatcher, directed by Kim Longinotto
Review by Maureen Medved

Poetry Snapshot ………………………………………….. 47
Twoism by Ali Blythe;
There Are No Solid Gold Dancers Anymore
by Adrienne Weiss;
Frayed Opus for Strings and Wind Instruments
by Ulrikka Gernes (translated by P.Friesen and P. Brask)
by Mariianne Mays

columns
Penni Mitchell ……………………………………………….5
A New Feminist Agenda
Cherry Smilie ……………………………………………….23
Why Collectivity Matters
Susan Cole …………………………………………………. 31
What is a Terrorist?
Joanna Chiu ………………………………………………...39
Pay Gap Starts Early
Lyn Cockburn ……………………………………………….48
Taking Down Online Sexists