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Starting July 1, feminine hygiene products will no longer be subject to Canada’s five percent “Goods and Services” tax (GST), thanks to a petition signed by nearly 75,000 Canadians. The petition’s author, Jill Piebiak, pointed out that it’s offensive for the Canadian government to designate a menstrual hygiene product as a “nonessential item” or a “luxury good.” New Democratic Party (NDP) politician Irene Mathyssen introduced legislation to make the change. Read More
Rehtaeh Parsons’ story is taking over Twitter, following news that there will be no jail time for the now 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in September. The photographer will receive a one-year conditional discharge, as well as a mandatory DNA sample for a national database. The charges are regarding a photo taken in 2011, which showed Rehtaeh throwing up while the photographer’s friend allegedly sexually assaulted her. Everyone involved was a minor at the time. Read More
Menstruation, the least invoked of the Greek muses (though for many she shows up monthly anyway) is the inspiration for The Crimson Wave, a weekly podcast hosted by Canadian comedians, besties and habitual bleeders, Natalie Norman and Jess Beaulieu. The ladies interview guests -- lots of comedians I’ve never heard of before, including a handful of men -- keeping the conversation on the topic of Aunt Flo: cramps, extra-long pads, birth control, viscosity, acne, and first-times. Read More
Is it possible to sell your body without buying into a system of exploitation?  Canadian federal legislators have recently proposed a bill called The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which decriminalizes prostitution unless it is in a public area where children might be affected.  It also decriminalizes advertising for sexual services, so long as it is the prostitute who is doing the advertising.  Both pimping and buying sex, on the other hand, continue to be criminal offenses. Read More
I think that women should be proud of and identify with women who do things at a very high level of excellence, and not criticize them for not expressing a feminine sensibility or a feminine sense of sensuality. My idea is to desegregate everything. —from Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview April 11th, 2014 Again. Again, today, I was asked if I read. Considering I sit behind the cash register of a small independent book store, day in and day out, surrounded with literature, poetry and philosophy, this question baffles me. It’s baffling but also incredibly insulting. Read More
I stumbled across Menstruation Barbie on Instagram while in a fury of feminist rage, reaching my breaking point with sorority pledges and first date live streams. My search began with a hunt for subversive Barbie art  (fav pastime!) and I am so damn thankful that I ended up with this sassy lass! Not only is Crampy Carla refreshing and sassy, her posts are encouraging and empowering to women everywhere. The mastermind behind ‘Crampy Carla’ is the delightful Kristin Krein, queen bee of Fourth Wave Freaks (amazing feminist artist collective and zine) in Lethbridge, Canada. Read More
When I was 19 and in my second year of university on Vancouver Island, a robber entered my home and stole a number of valuables.  I had been home alone. I had fallen asleep and when my friends left my house they didn't lock the door. I was agonized by the idea that something worse than theft might have happened. The sense of invasion when your home is robbed is tantamount to the way girls feel at all times: nowhere is safe-- not your home, not your street, not your campus. This is the climate that girls must survive in small-town Canada, and it's time you knew about it. Read More
The Canadian city of Winnipeg is referred to as The Heart of the Continent. Not only is it located at the exact center point of North America, but it is undeniably a place with a lot of heart. To give you an idea of the elements that folks living in this Prairie city endured this winter, just check out the news coverage of this year’s chilling polar vortex. Read More
Canada is no stranger to the musical superstardom of female artists like Feist, Emily Haines, Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan, just to name a few. It’s a country that continues to produce musical genius across the board regardless of gender. Yesterday morning nominations for The Junos, Canada’s music awards, were announced in Toronto. And it comes as no surprise that this year brilliant female artists are represented in almost every category including both artist of the year and album of the year. Read More
In case you need another reason to love Ryan Gosling, here you go. Last week, proud Canadian, actor, eye-candy, and animal lover Gosling wrote a charming letter to The Globe and Mail to declare his outrage at the inhuman treatment of pregnant pigs, and praise Canada's National Farm Animal Care Council for trying to help stop it. He noted that he was "so heartened to learn that Canada is taking steps toward improving the treatment of animals in the food supply. Read More