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Hamilton was 1st North American Women's shelter

Hamilton was 1st North American Women's shelter

March 18, 2020

In 1972, a young volunteer for a Peterborough, Ontario, women’s organization found herself constantly answering calls from women seeking help because they wanted to exit domestic violence situations, often with children in tow, who had no money, no jobs, and no alternative living options. Lynn Zimmer, a 24-year-old journalist for the Peterborough Examiner and a former law student, hatched an idea with other volunteers to create a place for these families - not just a crisis centre, but a place that would feel like home in one of their times of greatest need.

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Foster Kids Just Won Some Privacy Rights in Ontario

Foster Kids Just Won Some Privacy Rights in Ontario

March 18, 2020

“If you were in foster care, you now have the right to your own history,” said Jane Kovarikova, Founder of the Child Welfare PAC and former youth-in-care. “This is a positive step in the right direction, however, much more remains to be done if we are serious about privacy rights.”
 
Currently, Part X does not define an access period to child welfare files. This means files remain searchable and accessible to child welfare staff indefinitely.

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Period Positivity

Period Positivity

March 11, 2020

The term ‘period positivity’ might seem like a bit of an oxymoron. I mean, what is there to celebrate about a period? I think that any woman experiencing them can likely give you a long list of reasons why they do not fall under the heading of being ‘positive’. But this movement is about more than just finding appreciation for your monthly cycle. It is also about eliminating the stigma surrounding period and creating a space where women can openly talk about their menstruation. 

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Choking the log

Choking the log

March 02, 2020

 Every two weeks we’d drive into town. We’d shop for food, pick up tractor parts, animal feed, eat a greasy burger, then in the early evening go to the “Zoo” and have two gin and tonics. One time, Rennie didn’t come. She was sick. I didn’t think anything of going alone with Peter, someone I worked with every day, my employer, someone who was married. Halfway back to town, Peter pulled the big old Cadillac onto the shoulder and turned off the engine. There were no other cars. There was a moment of silence and darkness. We were 10 miles from town and 10 miles from the house. An unease bloomed in me like ink in water. He slipped across the long bench seat toward me.

 

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A Letter To My Rapist

A Letter To My Rapist

February 25, 2020

Six months. That’s the length of the jail sentence given to college student Brock Allen Turner for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The reason the judge gave for the short sentencing? A longer sentence would have a “severe impact on him.” The brave young woman read this letter to Turner at his sentencing, and is now using it to show the world the horror that she had been through.

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The Challenges of being a Socially Conscious Brand

The Challenges of being a Socially Conscious Brand

February 25, 2020

The concern for social consequences of fashion products is becoming more mainstream among-st our consumers. In an article in Vogue Business, they reference a 2018 Consumer Report that states that ‘38% of EU residents consider the social impact of an item before buying it and 37% as to the environmental impact.’

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Beating Eating Disorders One Bite At A Time

Beating Eating Disorders One Bite At A Time

February 25, 2020

“One, two, three, four, five, six…” I whispered the words like some kind of calming mantra, while I pressed my hand on my ribs to count them. I had just finished a high-intensity workout with an empty stomach, and as much as I wanted to pretend the dampness of my face was caused by sweat, I knew it was tears.

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Surviving Comorbid Mental Illness

Surviving Comorbid Mental Illness

February 25, 2020

I suffer from Anxiety, Anorexia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Self Harm. All of these illnesses are tied together in some way or another. My journey hasn’t been an easy one, but I hope that my story can help someone else get through it.

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Bisexuals: Equally Cursed and Blessed

Bisexuals: Equally Cursed and Blessed

February 24, 2020 1 Comment

Too often labels are used against us in a negative way. People are often labeled as confused, promiscuous or attention seeking, rather than just recognizing and accepting that we just love whoever we happen to fall in love with, male or female. Bisexuality breaks boundaries and yet it feels like a constant battle against a society that is trying to reinstate them.

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Sweet Release of Finally Coming Out As a Lesbian

Sweet Release of Finally Coming Out As a Lesbian

February 24, 2020

"Mum, I’m a lesbian".


Waiting for the response is always the hardest part with sweaty palms and hearing your own heartbeat, wondering if your mum can hear it too. Actually is that my heartbeat or my mums? Oh God, say something, anything, punch me, cry... JUST SPEAK!

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Survivorship

February 21, 2020

When I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in October 2018, survivor-ship jumped to the forefront of my vocabulary. How would I handle this? How would my family and my spouse handle this new reality? Well 13 months later, no one has crawled into a hole or curled up into a fetal position. All of us have a positive can-do attitude; act in unison and with care and compassion towards each other.

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The Love Story No one expected to Last

The Love Story No one expected to Last

February 20, 2020

I am the founder of Stand up Speak up and this is my love story.  I am telling it as I want it be documented that without him, I would not be who I am today.

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