Nikki Thomas
Nikki Thomas is Toronto-based activist, most recently involved in the Rally to demonstrate against Mayor Rob Ford. She also has a long history as a sex workers' rights activist, and served as the Executive Director of the Sex Professionals of Canada from 2010-2013. Nikki is also a strong supporter of womens' rights and LGBTQ rights and freedoms. She is the host of the online TV show, "Sex Brains & Money" on the Network, and operates her personal blog at, she also co-hosts TalkingSports.TV on the Network, and is one of the founders of the Autism Art Auction. Opinions expressed here are exclusively those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any group or organization associated with the author.

Entries by Nikki Thomas

Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 7:34 AM

With the momentous decision from the Supreme Court on December 20, Canada's highest judicial authority confirmed what sex workers had known for many years: three of the laws restricting our trade were unconstitutional, and were decisively struck down. In their ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada left no...

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Rob Ford: It's Not About Crack, It's About Crime

(84) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Throughout the drawn-out Rob Ford crack-smoking saga, one thing has been made abundantly clear: Rob Ford has very poor judgment. As a Mayor, as a person, and as a representative for the City of Toronto, Rob Ford's judgment has continually proven lacking. This, above all else, is the reason that...

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5 Reasons Criminalizing Sex Worker Clients Doesn't Work

(84) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:22 PM

After writing yesterday's article on why "Sex Workers Deserve to Have Our Voices Heard," I wanted to elaborate on the so-called "abolitionist" perspective, and provide real and concrete reasons why this perspective is deeply flawed. As the Supreme Court of...

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Sex Workers Deserve to Have Their Voices Heard

(12) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 5:00 PM

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada will begin to hear the Bedford et al case, where three courageous sex workers have challenged three laws in Canada's Criminal Code that impact the work of sex workers. Though we are immensely pleased that Canada's highest...

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Rob Ford's Obvious Drug Problem

(70) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Dear Mayor Ford: Like it or not, you have a drug problem.

I'm not referring to your alleged issues with alcohol, or your DUI in Florida all those years ago. I'm not talking about the time you were arrested for possession of marijuana, or...

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Rob Ford's Words Matter More Than His Vices

(7) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:48 AM

This post first appeared on the author's blog as Part One of her response to the ongoing Rob Ford saga.

There are plenty of people -- public figures and others -- who manage their substance use without letting it affect their work. The statistics are staggering:

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When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:17 PM

At the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, I wrote about the need to incorporate families into the treatment of people with autism. My hope was to illuminate the fact that services for people with autism, while improved, are still lacking in many areas. As Autism Awareness Month comes...

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Supporting Autism Means Helping Families, Too

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:36 PM

At the coffee shop, 10-year-old Clara sits across from me, trying not to let the frustration show on her face. Her curly locks bounce about her head, her normally-infectious smile is fleeting and wistful, and she asks me the question that defines our conversation in a single line.

"Do you...

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The Ass-Backwards Response to Ass-Gate

(41) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Seriously now, when will this sideshow end? Every time it feels like things can't possibly get any worse, Toronto politics finds a way to stoop to a new low. Rob Ford is engaged in yet another race to the bottom, one that he appears to be losing (or...

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Seven Things to Know About Pets and Condos

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:10 AM

When I was growing up, my family had a wonderful Black Lab, who touched all our lives in so many ways. Blacky lived to be nearly 15 years old, and when he finally passed on, it was like we all lost a piece of our heart.

Now in my...

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How I Ditched My Inner Christmas Scrooge

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 11:08 AM

When I was growing up, I really enjoyed Christmas. I loved tobagganing in the park down the street, having a big fire in the fireplace, and of course, having two weeks off from school. But as I got older, the so-called "Christmas Spirit" started to wane, and eventually disappeared altogether....

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Rob Ford: Master of His Own Demise

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:39 AM

On November 26, 2012, Rob Ford was officially removed from office for violating the Municipal Conflict-of-Interest Act. The charges stemmed from seemingly-benign donations to Ford's football foundation, and his refusal to repay $3,150 out of his own pocket. However, this was just the latest in a long string...

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Sex Workers Deserve Our Day in Court

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 7:36 AM

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether or not they will hear the government's appeal of the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision from March 26, 2012. They will also decide on whether they will hear the cross-appeal launched by the applicants, which seeks to...

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With Terry Jones, Canada Customs Overstepped Its Bounds

(88) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday, Canada Customs, that wonderfully-democratic institution of unelected bureaucrats, decided that Canadians weren't capable of deciding whether Pastor Terry Jones, whose congregation held a Quran burning in March 2011, was worth listening to. This is the same institution that led a discriminatory moral crusade

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How HIV Law Could Spread the Disease

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court of Canada will rule on a particularly contentious issue -- the question of if/when an HIV-positive person is required to disclose their status. In revisiting the R v Cuerrier decision of 1998, the SCC is expected to review and revise their previous...

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Rona Ambrose May Have a Point, But Abortion Is No Answer

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 4:33 PM

A lot has been made of Rona Ambrose's support for Motion 312, including this poster which has been floating around (and its accuracy is indeed questionable, but isn't that true of most memes?)

Now, I'm not 100 per...

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