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Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight  by Cindy Filipenko
Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq and her music are genre-defying.

But, then again, that’s what makes them both so great. Tagaq is great because she’s talented, real, warm, funny and not above using a few well-placed curses for emphasis when needed.

The fact that her music is great was recognized in September, when her latest album, Animus, won the Polaris Music Prize. For the Inuit throat-singer, winning the Polaris wasn’t as much mind-blowing as it was validating.

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Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater  by Kaj Hasselriis
Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

When First Nations leaders and their supporters descended on Parliament Hill in January, some choosing to meet the prime minister in his office with others beating the drums of dissent outside, breathless pundits all asked the same question: Will the Idle No More movement last?

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Domestic Problems  by Sandhya Singh
Domestic Problems

Domestic Problems

BY SANDHYA SINGH

“Here, in Canada, in the 21st century, we have a program that is clearly violating human rights.” So says Cecilia Diocson, executive director of the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC).

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Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out  by Sandra Ka Hon Chu and Anne-Marie de Brouwer
Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out

Rwanda Genocide Victims Speak Out

In the 100 days of genocide that ravaged the small Central African nation of Rwanda from April until July 1994, about one million Tutsi and Hutu people were killed, and an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped.

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Shock Doc  by Susan G. Cole
Shock Doc

Shock Doc

Naomi Klein has a remedy for the injustices of neo-liberal policies. Read her new book and call your member of parliament in the morning. It’s not easy talking about the excesses of capitalism, even when you’ve got an army of facts to back you up and a reputation for having inspired an entire generation to take up activism against global capital’s greedy excesses.

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Anti DiFranco: Spitfire  by Cindy Filipenko
Anti DiFranco: Spitfire

Anti DiFranco: Spitfire

Ani DiFranco’s commitment to being a free agent is inspiring.

While the indie musician is definitely concerned about the state of her country, she’s not particularly worried about the impact George W. Bush’s administration has had on civil liberties—not on hers, anyway.

“As Utah Phillips would say, ‘The amount you resist is the amount you are free.' And I think I will always resist this basic encroachment on my human rights, so I will always feel free. “

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Are Women Human?  by Susan G. Cole
Are Women Human?

Are Women Human?

Over the past 25 years, Catharine MacKinnon has changed the face of feminist legal theory. A law professor at the University of Michigan, she is, as one reviewer notes, “a famously polarizing figure.”

She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination, and her belief that pornography violates women’s civil rights influenced Canada’s redefinition of obscenity law from sexual explicitness to a harm-based approach a decade ago.

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Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised  by Monica Kidd
Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised

Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised

Herizons: Historian Shane O’Dea said of you that: “Ms. Walsh has an agenda of speaking for the marginalia, those people consigned by power elites to burial in the footnotes of history. To these, Marg Delahunty gives voice.” What do you make of that?

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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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