CANADIAN WOMEN

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Lesley Phord-Toy Interview

Full name: Lesley Phord-Toy Company Gaming studio Ubisoft Toronto Job Title: Producer City: Toronto Marital status: Married Age: 36 How long have you worked in this industry? I have been working...
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Jessica Knox Interview

Full name: Jessica Knox Company Design development company Teamwave Job Title: CEO and co-founder City: Toronto Marital status: Single Age: 32 How long have you worked in this industry? One year...
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Tia Bhatia Interview

Full name: Kudrat Tia Bhatia Job Title: Actress City: Mississauga, Ont. Marital status: Too young to be married Age: 22 How long have you worked in this industry? One year, but I have trained for...
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Getting To Know 'Lost Girl' Anna Silk

Full name: Anna Silk Job Title: Actress, known for 'Lost Girl' City: Los Angeles/Toronto Marital status: Married Age: 40 How long have you worked in this industry? Over 15 years as an actress in t...
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Melanie Goudreau Interview

Full name: Melanie Goudreau Job Title: Apprentice plumber City: Edmonton Marital status: Married Age: 31 When and where did you graduate from? I am currently in my first year of school for plumb...
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Joleen Doucet Interview

Full name: Joleen Doucet Company Ye Olde Plumber Job Title: Plumber gas fitter City: Edmonton Marital status: Single Age: 30 How long have you worked in this industry? Five years When and wh...
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Alex Cananzi Interview

Full name: Alex Cananzi Job Title: Director City: Toronto Marital status: Single Age: 21 When and where did you graduate from? I'm two months away from graduating from Ryerson University's film p...
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Deepa Metha Interview

Full name: Deepa Mehta Company Hamilton-Metha Productions Job Title: Filmmaker City: Toronto Marital status: Long-term relationship Age: 63 How long have you worked in this industry? Just over...
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How About a Throne Speech That Talks About Women?

After a month of prorogation and a shuttered Parliament, MPs at last returned to the Hill for the Government's Speech from the Throne laying out its new agenda for the Second Session of the Forty-First Parliament of Canada. One commentator described the Speech as "a breathtaking spout of free-associating bloviation... an epic ramble".
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Talking to My Son About #Rapeface

Last week my 12-year-old son and his friends used a term I hadn't heard before: "rape face." So we sat down to talk. He was emphatic that #rapeface wasn't actually about rape and rolled his eyes with a "mom, what's the big deal?" We need to be having these conversations with our kids and with our own peers about reclaiming words like rape if we want to start making a big deal about putting an end to rape culture.

Women's Rights Made Leaps in 2012, Just Not in Canada

Progress for the world's women has proceeded in fits and starts in the past century, but 2012 saw some clear advancement on numerous fronts and in diverse locations. But while global advancements on gender issues were escalating, at home, in Canada, the record remains decidedly mixed. Canadian women are presently losing ground on everything from pay equity to childcare, from poverty to homelessness. Canadians must come to terms with the irony of witnessing the advancements of women's rights on a global scale while at the same time dealing with the reality that this country has been steadily declining in international rankings of gender disparity.