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Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight  by Cindy Filipenko
Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq and her music are genre-defying.

But, then again, that’s what makes them both so great. Tagaq is great because she’s talented, real, warm, funny and not above using a few well-placed curses for emphasis when needed.

The fact that her music is great was recognized in September, when her latest album, Animus, won the Polaris Music Prize. For the Inuit throat-singer, winning the Polaris wasn’t as much mind-blowing as it was validating.

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Pill Side Effects Hard to Swallow  by Brittany Shoot
Pill Side Effects Hard to Swallow

Pill Side Effects Hard to Swallow

When the first generation of birth control pills was approved for sale in 1960, “the pill,” as it came to be known, was heralded as a great liberator. At long last women could reliably control their fertility. After just two years on the market, more than a million women were incorporating the pill into their daily routine. Within five years, the pill had become the most popular form of birth control in North America.

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Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater  by Kaj Hasselriis
Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

When First Nations leaders and their supporters descended on Parliament Hill in January, some choosing to meet the prime minister in his office with others beating the drums of dissent outside, breathless pundits all asked the same question: Will the Idle No More movement last?

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Domestic Problems  by Sandhya Singh
Domestic Problems

Domestic Problems

BY SANDHYA SINGH

“Here, in Canada, in the 21st century, we have a program that is clearly violating human rights.” So says Cecilia Diocson, executive director of the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC).

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Art Agencies to the Rescue  by Karen Darricades
Art Agencies to the Rescue

Art Agencies to the Rescue

When Kelly Thornton became the artistic director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre in 2002, she was often asked why there was a need for a women’s theatre company.

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Gender Outlaws  by Mandy van Deven
Gender Outlaws

Gender Outlaws

In the 15 years since Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
exposed the cracks in the construction of gender,
the world has seen some significant changes.

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Filmmaker Tracey Deer  by Tara Michelle Ziniuk
Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Tiffany Deer is giggling uncontrollably. Her sister, filmmaker Tracey Deer, is holding the camera and laughing along. The laughter is contagious, the intimacy compelling. This is the opening sequence from Club Native, which, during its 78-minute running time, entertains viewers even as it educates and often challenges them.

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Shock Doc  by Susan G. Cole
Shock Doc

Shock Doc

Naomi Klein has a remedy for the injustices of neo-liberal policies. Read her new book and call your member of parliament in the morning. It’s not easy talking about the excesses of capitalism, even when you’ve got an army of facts to back you up and a reputation for having inspired an entire generation to take up activism against global capital’s greedy excesses.

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Anti DiFranco: Spitfire  by Cindy Filipenko
Anti DiFranco: Spitfire

Anti DiFranco: Spitfire

Ani DiFranco’s commitment to being a free agent is inspiring.

While the indie musician is definitely concerned about the state of her country, she’s not particularly worried about the impact George W. Bush’s administration has had on civil liberties—not on hers, anyway.

“As Utah Phillips would say, ‘The amount you resist is the amount you are free.' And I think I will always resist this basic encroachment on my human rights, so I will always feel free. “

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Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised  by Monica Kidd
Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised

Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised

Herizons: Historian Shane O’Dea said of you that: “Ms. Walsh has an agenda of speaking for the marginalia, those people consigned by power elites to burial in the footnotes of history. To these, Marg Delahunty gives voice.” What do you make of that?

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