Terri is a freelance writer, editor, and social media strategist with a particular focus on health, parenting, animal, and women's stories. She lives with her husband, infant son, and two cats in Toronto.
We don't know if the accusations against Ghomeshi are true, some say. And yes, I was not there myself. But I do know that I have personally been faced with many situations where I could have done something more, even only to stand up for myself, and I didn't because I was sure that it would bring me nothing but grief.
When I found out that this week's challenge would require me to roast all of my food, I had to get creative to incorporate my gluten-free grain of choice, quinoa. For my dish I drew inspiration from two different recipes and worked in some of our main ingredients to create something healthy and delicious. I settled on a yogurt-marinated chicken, and took a chance on roasted quinoa (as opposed to the usual stovetop method of cooking).
While LGBT people in Canada and the United States certainly still face important struggles in attaining equal rights and protection from discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation, their peers in Russia are dealing with a dangerous erosion of their freedom and safety. Though homosexuality has not been illegal in Russia since 1993, in recent years officials have denied permits for Pride parades and intimidated and arrested LGBT activists in the country. In June of 2013, the country passed a new law stating that "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" aimed at minors was now banned.