October 5, 2014

  • Olivia Chow is getting frustrated by all the racism and sexism she has experienced on the campaign trail. At town hall meetings, debates, and most vehemently online,  decenters have repeatedly called out hateful things, insulting her personally while never addressing her policies. At a meeting in Toronto’s Corso Italia district, she kinda let ’em have it.
  • Candice McGowan is one of the last hold outs in Regent Park. The downtown Toronto projects have been slotted for redevelopment and McGowan has been served an eviction notice but says that she would not have anywhere else to go. Her kids are happy at their schools nearby and have access to good programs and services in the area. This is one incident that speaks to a much larger housing crisis in Toronto.
  • And so, relatedly, you should join the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and allies this coming November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to fight for 24 Hour women and trans drop-ins NOW, Open Shelters: real beds, not flex beds, Safe, affordable, and accessible HOUSING FOR ALL!
  • And from the world of adorable gender neutrality: the Swedes have started pushing a gender neutral term – hen – for tots in nurseries and day cares. As abominably cute as it may be to refer to your toddler as a chicken, this Slate article raises that ol’ chestnut: if we cannot achieve gender neutrality (or even equality) amongst adults,  is it wise to force the changes upon our children? Should the change start with us? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this…
  • Is it okay if I just want to post 2 things from the New Inquiry? Too eager? Whatevs: this (Laurie Penny!) and this (white women of Empire).
  • And  from the bibliophily beat: two librarians, nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey, are rallying support and funds for their defense case against Joseph Murphy, a prominent and popular keynote speaker/consultant. Both women are being sued for libel after calling Murphy out for sexually harassing librarians at professional conferences. If Murphy wins this case it could set a terrible precedent for silencing victims of sexual violence. Please support nina and Lisa as they take on this difficult and costly battle!


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