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Cracking Down On Public Sex Only Fuels Stereotypes

Over the last few weeks, while dressed in plainclothes -- though they promise it was work-related -- police officers approached certain individuals in Etobicoke's Marie Curtis Park and signalled that they were interested in getting it on. Project Marie represents the historical clash between so-called family values and gay fun that has been an endless source of discrimination and homophobia.

Putting Our Parks in Drive

Remember in Big Yellow Taxi, when the legendary Joni Mitchell sang, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"? If not, you may recall Counting Crows crooning the same sentiment years later in a n...

Putting Our Parks in Drive

Remember in Big Yellow Taxi, when the legendary Joni Mitchell sang, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"? If not, you may recall Counting Crows crooning the same sentiment years later in a n...
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Why Canada's Forests Matter

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.
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Arrested for Sleeping? We Shouldn't Criminalize Homelessness

As humans, we need to sleep. It is a biologically unavoidable act. Yet, on both sides of the border, "sleeping" can be considered a criminal act, especially if you are homeless and have no place to rest your head other than in public spaces such as parks. How have cities and states been able to impose and enforce by-laws and ordinances that clearly violate one's right to occupy public space for this very purpose? This summer several cases are putting this longstanding question to the legal test. The outcome might just change the way we view homelessness.