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herizons SUMMER 2017 | VOLUME 31 NO. 1

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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herizons SPRING 2017 | VOLUME 30 NO. 4

news
WOMEN’S MARCH RALLIES MILLIONS           6
by Niranjana Iyer
RECYCLING PIONEER MILLY ZANTOW         10
by Elise Moser
OVARIAN PSYCOS HIT THE ROAD         11
by Amanda Le Rougetel
THE VEILED INFLUENCE OF NUNS         14
by Renée Bondy

features
WATER WISDOM                     16
Time to Heed Maude Barlow’s Clarion Call
Water is a feminist issue. It is not only the source of life
on planet Earth, it is also an environmental-justice and
Indigenous issue, as more than 70 First Nations live
with permanent boil-water advisories in Canada. No one
knows water like Maude Barlow, whose book Boiling
Point is sounding the alarm bell on this urgent issue.
by Irene D’Souza

MARCHING TOWARDS EQUALITY           21
Since its first female recruits graduated in 1975, the
RCMP has been rife with sexual harassment, bullying
and discrimination against women. Bonnie Reilly
Schmidt has written an account of the national police
force’s ongoing resistance to accepting women as equals
and it’s shameful history of sexual harassment.
by Barbara Janusz

KATHERENA VERMETTE: NEVER LOOK AWAY   24
Katherena Vermette’s novel The Break is a monumental
thriller that takes place in Winnipeg’s North End. Not
since Beatrice Culleton Mosionier’s In Search of April
Raintree has Canadian fiction had such fully rendered
female Indigenous characters.
by Shawna Dempsey

arts & culture

MUSIC REVIEWS .                     32

Big Boy by Charlotte Cardin, Tourist in This Town
by Allison Crutchfield
by Cindy Filipenko

SPRING MUST-READS .                 33
Five Roses, by Alice Zorn; Barbara the Slut and Other
People, by Lauren Holmes; Dawning of a New Garden,
by Tara Nanayakkara; When We Are Bold: Women
Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right, edited by
Rachel M.Vincent; Memory Serves: Oratories,
by Lee Maracle; Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the
Bush, by Carole Shields and Patrick Crowe;About Canada:
Women’s Rights, by Penni Mitchell; We Were Once
Feminists: From Riot Grrl to Covergirl®, the  Buying and
Selling of a Political Movement, by Andi Zeisler

POETRY SNAPSHOT .                 41
Burning the Midnight Dream, by Louise Bernice Halfe;
How Festive the Ambulance, by Kim Fu; Heaven’s Thieves,
by Sue Sinclair
by Mariianne Mays

FILM REVIEWS .                     42
Queen of Katwe, directed by Mira Nair; Two Soft Things,
Two Hard Things, directed by Mark Kenneth Woods and
Michael Yerxa
by Maureen Medved

OSCAR OF BETWEEN .                 45
In Conversation with Betsy Warland
Writer and teacher Betsy Warland has written a complicated
memoir, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas. As
you’ll see, it’s a genre that needs complicating.
by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

columns
PENNI MITCHELL .                       5
Feminist Media Antidote to Fake News
SUSAN G. COLE .                     15
Is Feminism Off Course?
JOANNA CHIU .                     29
Choking on Oilsands
LYN COCKBURN .                    48
Shtunks, Bawbags and Shmegegges