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news
FEMINIST NEWS AGENCY IN
TURKEY TARGETED …………………………….. 6

by Dario Sabaghi
JOB FUNDS FOR ANTI-ABORTION
GROUPS HALTED ………………………………… 8

by Penni Mitchell
HONOURING WENDY ROBBINS ……………..   11
by Jennifer Brayton
MEMORABILIA: THE MEANING OF MAKEUP .14
by Renée Bondy

features
THE HOUSE THAT BEV BUILT………………… 16
Creating an Intentional Community of Women
Two years ago, Beverly Suek created the kind of
living community she dreamed of. She bought a
large house in Winnipeg’s South End and started an
intentional community with four other women. It is
more than housing—the concept involves creating
a respectful environment where housemates are
supportive of one another.
by Beverly Suek

TAKING ON SEXISM AT CITY HALL…………... 20
Female city councillors routinely endure sexist
language, frequent interruptions and other behaviour
that undermines their authority. To improve the
gender relations climate, a number of Canadian cities
are taking steps to diversify the decision-makers at
the civic policy table.
by Halena Seiferling

THE SPLENDOUR OF MADISON VIOLET……. 24
The Knight Sessions marks a welcome return to the
sound that brought Madison Violet a dedicated
following. Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern
discuss the aftermath of their breakup and how
they recaptured their grounding as a singingsongwriting
duo.
by Cindy Filipenko

arts & culture
MUSIC REVIEWS ………………………………… 32
South Texas Suite by Whitney Rose; Ivory Castanets
by Cat Clyde; Watershed by Amelia Curran.
Reviews by Cindy Filipenko

SIZZLING SUMMER READING …………………. 33
Next Year for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson; The Pain Tree,
Olive Senior; The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi; Winter
Wren by Theresa Kishkan; Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill
You by Donna Decker; The Performance by Ann Eriksson;
Kalyana by Rajni Mala Khelawan; Becoming Unbecoming
by Una; Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist
by Anne Innis Dagg; Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by
Roxane Gay; Marion Dewar: A Life in Action by Deborah
Gorham; Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan E. Coyote; Inside
The Mental by Kay Parley; Serial Girls by Kris Rothstein;
Girl Positive: Supporting Girls to Shape a New World by
Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel; The H-Spot: The Feminist
Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic; Smart Girls: Success,
Schools and the Myth of Post-Feminism by Shauna Pomerantz
and Rebecca Raby; Revolutionary Mothering edited by
A.P. Gumbs, C. Martens and M. Williams; Matricentric
Feminism by Andrea O’Reilly; The Raqqa Diaries by Samer;
Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo by Barbara Dickson;
Queen of the Hurricanes: The Fearless Elsie MacGill by Crystal
Sissons; Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett.

OPEN TV BROADENS SCREEN ……………………… 46
Fleabag, directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge; You’re So Talented,
directed by Sam Bailey Brown Girls directed by Sam Bailey
Reviews by Maureen Medved

columns
PENNI MITCHELL ………………………………………... 5
The Heart of Sexism in the Indian Act

SUSAN G. COLE ………………………………………... 15
The Matter of Marches

CHERRY SMILEY ……………………………………….. 29
Who Tells Our Stories

JOANNA CHIU …………………………………………... 41

Diagnosis a Breath of Fresh Air
LYN COCKBURN ……………………………………….. 48
Cut the Crap
 


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INDECENT ACTS & EVERYDAY REBELLIONS …8

After taking her shirt off on a hot summer day, Gwen Jacob

sparked a debate on  indecency. From the Fall 1992 issue.

by Laurie Soper

BENDING THE RULES ……………………………  12

This interview with author and activist Jane Rule covers topics

including lesbians and literature, censorship and sex. From 1993.

by Keith Louise Fulton

LYRICS OF THE LAND …………………………… 17

Buffy Sainte-Marie gives voice to Indigenous struggles in this

1993 interview with Herizons.

by Fiona Muldrew and Suzanne McLeod

ABORIGINAL WOMEN DEMAND JUSTICE … 20

Gender equality for Aboriginal women must be part of future

constitutional changes, argues the president of the Native

Women’s Association of Canada. From the Winter 1993 issue.

by Gail Stacey-Moore

D IS FOR DILEMMA…………………………………   24

In this 1995 Herizons article, filmmaker Kathleen Shannon 

shares lessons learned at the helm of the NFB’s Studio D.

by Kathleen Shannon

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE ………………………… 28

Disability rights activist Tanis Doe weighs in on euthanasia

and children with disabilities in this 1995 Herizons article.

by Tanis Doe

NAC UNDER ATTACK………………………………  31

In this 1998 Herizons interview, NAC President Joan Grant

Cummings details how federal cutbacks to feminist

organizations has a detrimental effect on equality efforts.

by Ann Decter

A GREAT MURMUR OF VOICES ……………….. 34

Author and poet Dionne Brand, in this 1999 Herizons interview,

discusses literary influences and her experiences as an immigrant.

by Nuzhat Abbas

WHY LAW AND ORDER WON’T STOP

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN …………………  37

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter staff member

Lee Lakeman explains in this 2000 Herizons article why

violence against women is not about  stopping five bad guys.

by Lee Lakeman

THE SPEECH THAT SHOOK THE COUNTRY… 42

Sunera Thobani challenged Canada’s response to the 9/11

attacks in the United States, causing a firestorm.

First published in Winter 2002.

by Sunera Thobani

A LOVE AFFAIR WITH WORDS ………………    48

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields shares her thoughts

on women in literature in this 2002 Herizons interview.

by Irene D’Souza

WHY WE MUST END COLONIALISM …………   51

Mohawk legal expert Patricia Monture, in this 2002 article,

explains why tinkering with the Indian  Act isn’t enough.

by Patricia Monture

TURBO CHICKS ………………………………  54

Third-wave feminism is the subject of this 2002 interview

with Allyson Mitchell, Lara Karaian and Lisa Rundle.

by Krista Scott-Dixon

DEARTH OF A NATION…………………………… 58

Afua Cooper blows the whistle on slavery in Canada in this

article that first appeared in Herizons’ Summer 2003 issue.

by Sheila Nopper

IS THIS THE PATH WE WANT TO BE ON? …  62

Margaret Atwood’s prescient warning about environmental

devastation arrived in the form of her book Oryx and Crake.

First published in the Spring 2004 edition of Herizons.

by Irene D’Souza

ON BEING DIRECT……………………………… 64

This interview with former anarchist urban guerilla Ann

Hansen, who was imprisoned for her part in the 1982 bombing

of Litton Industries, was published in 2004.

by Deanna Radord

EXPOSING THE SYSTEM …………………… 66

Herizons interviewed Jane Doe, who successfully sued the

Toronto Police Service for negligence after she was raped

at knifepoint by the balcony rapist in 2004.

by Penni Mitchell

DARK KNIGHTS ……………………………… 70

Racism is not foreign to Canada’s military peacekeeping

practices, according to Sherene Razack in her book,

Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair,

Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism. From 2005.

by Ghislaine Alleyne

CONTRARY MARY ………………………………  73

Actor and comedian Mary Walsh is loved for buttonholing

politicians in her role as Princess Warrior. Herizons interview

first appeared in 2006.

by Monica Kidd

BABES, BITCHES AND DOGS………………..      76

The sexual harassment of female politicians in Canada

crosses party lines, as this 2007 Herizons article discussing

the treatment of MP Belinda Stronach outlines.

by Ashifa Kassam

LES VALEURS, LA MANIÈRE (VALUES, MANNER)...   78

According to poet Nicole Brossard, the question of identity is

“vital for people who belong to a group that is colonized,

Discriminated against and marginalized.” Published in 2008.

by Mariianne Mays

NAOMI KLEIN’S SHOCK DOCTRINE……………  82

Naomi Klein’s book Shock Doctrine exposed the political

underbelly of opportunistic global capitalism. Her radical remedies

for neo-liberalism were examined  in Herizons 2008.

by Susan G. Cole

THE SENATOR IS OUT …………………… ……     86

Nancy Ruth was the first out-lesbian appointed to the Senate.

The long-time feminist and Conservative caucus member  is

the subject of this 2008 Herizons interview.

by Kaj Hasselriis

BENDING GENDER ………………………………  90

Performers and activists S. Bear Bergman and Kate Bornstein

discuss breaking down binaries in Gender Outlaws: The Next

Generation. First published in 2011.

by Mandy van Deven

FIREBRAND ARTIST DAPHNE ODJIG ……… 93

Daphne Odjig inspired generations of artists and helped to

establish a strong Indigenous painting community in the 1970s.

First published in Herizons in 2011.

by Jann L.M. Bailey