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The Dirtbag Woman of Colour: How Mindy Kaling Ditched Old Tropes and Finally Got it Right

At the beginning of season three of Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar has it all. Her popularity has skyrocketed, she’s dating Paxton, the guy she’s been dreaming of since she was ten years old, and she’s finally feeling like she is getting over the trauma of the untimely death of her father. While Devi demonstrates more maturity than we have seen from her in past seasons, she still leans into chaos—bitching out mean girls, getting competitively jealous, and pulling schemes whenever she can. […]

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Speaking through the Cracks: Syrian Women’s Prophetic Love under Siege

This morning it is Saturday, February 11. I am dancing in my living room. The room spins while I dance. I see the concrete grey floors of my apartment, but I also see grey piles of rubble from the video my uncle just sent me from where he is in northwest Syria, after the earthquake on February 6 in Syria and Turkey. I see a crack in the floor of my apartment. The crack travels from the floor into my feet, up in between my legs, through my belly, sliding between my veins, through the center of my heart, up in my throat, and all the way to Syria and into the earthquake’s epicentre in Turkey where my aunts have fled. […]

Spring 2022

Cover story: Poet Jillian Christmas explores “The Gospel of Breaking”; interview withh Judy Wilson-Raybould: No Regrets; Multiple Chemical Sensitivities; Sharon Butala: Why I’m a Feminist; Paying tribute to bell hooks; COVID recovery and Indigenous health […]

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The Gospel of Breaking

Jillian Christmas describes herself as an introvert and a pretty private person. The poet, whose collection of poetry The Gospel of Breaking has garnered much acclaim, opened up in our interview about her need to […]

photo by Mary Vallarta
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How to Indigenize Popular Culture

Sonya Ballantyne is a lot of things: a filmmaker, a writer, a motivational speaker, a podcaster and yes—even an official Barbie role model.When she was first contacted by the Mattel toy company in 2019, her […]

Lindsay Wong Photo by Shimon
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Taking on the Woo-Woo

Lindsay Wong was a year ahead of me in secondary school and lived a few blocks down the hill in a sprawling neighbourhood of large but generic homes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, an hour’s drive […]

Indigenous Women Inspire Author

Katherena Vermette sits hunched over the café table, a long rope of cursive writing trailing from her pen, filling the page. Coffee and a waffle grow cold beside her. It is morning—before her day job […]

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Sci-Fi Writing as a Radical Act

If you don’t read fantasy and science fiction because you think it’s all about heroic loner dudes saving the world—run, don’t walk, to Nalo Hopkinson’s books. One of the most original, intelligent, imaginative and ambitious […]

The First Fight for Suffrage

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, remembered mainly as a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage and education, was also the first woman to have a medical practice in Canada. After her initial request to attend classes in […]