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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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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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The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry  by Misha Warbanski
The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Take a look around your bathroom. The average North American woman uses 10 or more personal care products every day.

From toothpaste and soap to antiperspirant and moisturizer, personal care products are made from 10,500 chemical ingredients that are as much a part of our daily routine as sitting down to breakfast.

And like most things that happen before a mug of morning coffee, it’s easy not to think about them too much. But researchers and women’s health activists are sounding the alarm bell about the makeup of makeup.

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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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How to Save the World in Your Spare Time  by Kate Heartfield
How to Save the World in Your Spare Time

How to Save the World in Your Spare Time

Elizabeth May is a tireless environmental activist and feminist. As executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada (now EcoJustice), she is in a unique situation to influence public policy. She held a public hunger strike on Parliament Hill to get Ottawa’s attention on the eco-disaster the Sydney tar ponds.

A lawyer by trade, May is author of At the Cutting Edge, a Canadian primer on the environmental impact of current forestry practices, and of a lengthy essay called “How to be an Activist” . Herizons caught up with May in Ottawa.

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Margaret Atwood Asks: Is This The Path We Want To Be On? Margaret Atwood  by Irene D'Souza
Margaret Atwood Asks: Is This The Path We Want To Be On? Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood Asks: Is This The Path We Want To Be On? Margaret Atwood

In this feature interview from Herizons arachives from Spring 2004, contributor Irene D'Souza spoke to Margaret Atwood about her childhood, her prescient gifts and her research into the trajectory that marks women's progress.

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Will Women Save the Earth?  by Leigh Felesky
Will Women Save the Earth?

Will Women Save the Earth?

Sunlight twinkles on the water as waves cover the rocks, then recede, and then engulf them again. The light breeze is fresh and the day welcoming. Surroundings are resort-like, with beaches, green playgrounds and tiny, ivy-covered houses.

"Open?" I inquire. "Yes, the water is considered safe to swim in," explains my born-and-raised-in-Toronto companion. "I wouldn't go in there though."

Still, many barefoot and water-winged children laugh and play at one end of the beach.

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Red Tent Revolution  by Jeanie Keogh
Red Tent Revolution

Red Tent Revolution

Twenty-two years ago, Madeleine Shaw (photo, left) struggled to find a solution to the uncomfortable bladder infections she experienced brought on by the o.b. tampons she was using.

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Daphne Odjig  by Jann L.M. Bailey (Spring 2011)
Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig’s career as an artist and her ongoing work as an advocate for Aboriginal artists, women and children has been a lifelong story of inspiration.

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