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Tanks R Us: Sarah Beck On The Fine Art Of Self Defence  by Roewan Crowe
Tanks R Us: Sarah Beck On The Fine Art Of Self Defence

Tanks R Us: Sarah Beck On The Fine Art Of Self Defence

Sarah Beck is a cultural activist. The Saskatchewan-based artist makes crystal-clear connections between themes of consumerism, the militarization of daily life and the mass marketing of armaments.

Beck’s latest project is entitled “Öde,” a Swedish word meaning both waste and fate. This multimedia project consists of several elements, including a website, a 32-page full-colour mail-order catalogue and an actual life-size tank.

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A Complicated Kind of Author  by Di Brandt
A Complicated Kind of Author

A Complicated Kind of Author

Herizons: I’m so delighted to be able to chat with you about A Complicated Kindness. I imagine this book took a lot of courage to write. Can you talk about that a bit?

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Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets  by Sheila Nopper
Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

nah-ee-lah and d’bi young are creating sparks with their word sounds. These second- generation dub poets—who are also noteworthy playwrights and actors—rhythmically fan those sparks into flames of resistance against injustice as they burn new pathways toward social liberation.

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Indigos Shine Light on Politics, Gay Marriage and Making Music  by Cindy Filipenko
Indigos Shine Light on Politics, Gay Marriage and Making Music

Indigos Shine Light on Politics, Gay Marriage and Making Music

It’s a typical muggy July afternoon in Vancouver. Inside the Commodore Ballroom—a relic from the ’20s restored to its art deco splendour five years ago—the Indigo Girls’ sound check is dragging.

Amy Ray, the dark-haired Indigo Girl known for her gravelly vocals and edgier songwriting style, is a little frustrated as she runs through the evening’s set list and corrects the levels for the duo’s plethora of stringed instruments.

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Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation  by Krista Scott-Dixon
Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation

"Third-wave feminism" is a catchy yet contested term for the ideas and activism of young North American women. Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell and Lisa Rundle created an anthology that reflects the issues and experiences of these women. Their book, Turbo Chicks, (Sumach Press, 2001) challenges the image of young women as apathetic, apolitical dupes of an anti-feminist backlash. Instead, the contributors to Turbo Chicks present a lively, intriguing series of opinions and perspectives which are by turns thoughtful, provocative, funny, angry and poignant.

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The Speech that Shook the Country  by Sunera Thobani
The Speech that Shook the Country

The Speech that Shook the Country

Sunera Thobani's speech at the "Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization" conference in Ottawa on October 1 2001, provoked a storm of controversy after her remarks were interpreted as blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, described it as a "terrible speech that we are 100 percent against."

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The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities  by Sandhya Singh
The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities

The Fight For Dignity: Women With Disabilities

In 2007, 19-year-old Ashley Smith died in federal custody at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems  by Sandhya Singh
Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems

Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems

Laura came to Canada from Mexico to work as a seasonal apple picker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. She fell on the job, and her legs were crushed by a tractor.

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Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away  by Lisa Tremblay
Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away

Porn Again: The Issue that Won't Go Away

In light of a new documentary celebrating Hugh Hefner as the grandfather of the sexual revolution, feminists might be wondering how mainstream heterosexual pornography has evolved since Playboy was launched in 1953.

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