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Elizabeth Abbott


Elizabeth Abbott is a Canadian writer and historian with a special interest in women's issues, the lives of animals and the environment. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. They include the recent Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both ends of the Leash, the best-selling historical relationship trilogy - A History of Celibacy, Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman (In Canada, A History of Mistresses) and A History of Marriage - and Sugar: A Bittersweet History, and Haiti: A Shattered Nation. Sugar was a finalist for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. A History of Marriage was a finalist for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Abbott, who has a McGill University PhD, is a candidate for the Animal Alliance/Environment Voters Party in Canada's Oct. 19th, 2015 elections. She is also a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto, where from 1991 to 2004 she was Dean of Woman. She coordinated Mt. Sinai Hospital’s pet therapy program for over a decade and served as Vice-President of a local historical society. She is a grandmother, a dog rescuer and lives with several dogs and cats. Elizabeth Abbott’s website is Her blog is
Honouring Toronto's First Black Councillor And Deputy

Honouring Toronto's First Black Councillor And Deputy Mayor

William Peyton Hubbard, the son of American slaves who in 1837 fled Virginia via the Underground Railroad to take up farming in Canada, was Toronto's first black elected city councillor, representing one of the city's wealthiest and whitest wards and often presiding over council as acting mayor.
10/25/2016 11:28 EDT
A Pig's

A Pig's Sanctuary

Belle the pot-bellied pig has found sanctuary-within-a-sanctuary, in her human caretakers' spacious living room. She is a
10/24/2011 01:15 EDT
Haiti's Young Men on

Haiti's Young Men on Motorbikes

Upon returning to Haiti, the contingent that really caught my eye was the army of young males on motorbikes, riding with the cockiness of immaturity exacerbated by the frustration of travel on Haiti's miserable roads.
08/15/2011 03:12 EDT