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A Good Read: Girl Drive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism


Check out this great blog and book about a crazy American road trip adventure and quest to figure out what twenty-somethings care about and what feminism meant to them!

Go HERE to learn more about Girl Drive


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Two Minute Action:Threat to Gun Control

ISSUE: The Coalition for Gun Control has issued an ALERT requesting pressure on local MPs before second reading begins this Monday, September 28, on a Gun Control bill – Bill C-391- that would eliminate current long-gun registration and destroy all existing registration records.


ACTION:Members of Parliament are in their ridings this week. Please e-mail, phone or fax your local MP and opposition party leaders and ask them to defeat this bill because the gun registry improves the safety of women and children. To defeat the bill, Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc have to hold party lines. The gun lobby is exerting pressure on rural MPs.  A sample letter to opposition party leaders that you can adapt is attached.

Coordinates of all MPs may be found at:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/index.asp?Language=E (English)


Tel: 1-800-O-CANADA.

Leaders and cabinet ministers contacts:

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff              Tel. Ottawa: 613-995-9364            Riding: 416-251-5510      IgnatM@parl.gc.ca

NDP Leader Jack Layton                             Tel. Ottawa: 613-995-7224            Riding: 416-405-8914      LaytoJ@parl.gc.ca

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe                   Tel. Ottawa:  613-992-6779                              Riding:  514-522-1339                  DucepG@parl.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper              Tel. Ottawa: 613-992-4211            Riding: 403-253-7990      HarpeS@parl.gc.ca

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan                    Tel. Ottawa:  613-996-7752                              Riding:  905-898-1600                  VanLoP@parl.gc.ca

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson                Tel Ottawa: 613-995-1547             Riding: 905-353-9590      NichoR@parl.gc.ca

*Note– to find your local MP or MPP please see the link on the right hand side of the blog.

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Witness and Indigenous media

I was fortunate enough to get to attend a video advocacy workshop hosted by YWCA Canada and facilitated by an incredible group called Witness. 

Before you read any further, take a minute and check out their website  especially the “about” section.

Pretty incredible, eh?

Today on the Hub they have a really interesting spotlight on indigenous media. Indigenous people worldwide are some of the most marginalized people, often the first victims of environmental degradation and corporate oppression. I love that through this spotlight we get to hear the powerful voices and images of people organizing to fight for their rights, for justice and for their land. Big kudos to Witness for being a conduit for the voices of Indigenous peoples to be heard.


Check it out.

you can follow witness.org on twitter @witnessorg

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Never Enough


I was shocked when I recently saw an ad on t.v with Brooke Shields promoting a new eyelash growth drug recently approved by the FDA. Apparently this drug (made by the makers of Botox) can help people (read: the ad was clearly targeted at women) who have hypotrichosis, a condition in which no hair grows on the eyelid. Another possible market for this new drug is people who have undergone chemotherapy and have not had their eyelashes go back.

And while those two reason might be good and well, I couldn’t help but think, having short eyelashes myself, that this drug was just another giant reminder about the objectification and microscopic criticism that women face every day. As if cankles month wasn’t bad enough, now we’re being told that our eyelashes need even MORE attention than the  hundreds of dollars of eye makeup products that many women purchase to make their eyes look “sexier”.

Sigh. Imagine if rather than thinking about ways to use drugs to grow eyelashes that only rich women will be able to afford, the brilliant scientists channeled more energy in finding cures for cancer or HIV/AIDS.


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