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September-October 2018

Online dating apps have a major problem with sexual harassment—but solutions must start offline

There’s no doubt dating apps have a role to play in promoting safe romantic interactions. But sexual harassment and assault are social problems—and a culture shift is required if things are ever going to get better

Teodora Pasca

Amy was sexually assaulted three years ago, and we matched on Tinder in June. Even though I’m a journalist and a stranger she met online, I’m one of the only people she’s ever told her story to. It started when Amy, who lives in Yellowknife, agreed to go for coffee with a man named Paul. […]

REVIEW: New collection unpacks Toronto’s storied history of hip-hop

Inside Mark V. Campbell's ...Everything Remains Raw

Maria Siassina

…Everything Remains Raw: Photographing Toronto’s hip hop culture from analogue to digital By Mark V. Campbell Goose Lane Editions, $35.00 Mark V. Campbell’s …Everything Remains Raw is an in-depth look at Toronto’s burgeoning hip-hop scene from the 1980s until present day. It also explores how the city helped mold hip-hop culture. The book is a collection of […]

Inuk scholar celebrates long-overlooked Nunatsiavut art in her new book

On Heather Igloliorte's SakKijâjuk

Victoria Chan

In the absence of access and recognition comes resilience and creativity. This became apparent to Heather Igloliorte, an Inuk scholar and art historian, as she researched the presence of Labrador Inuit artists in Canada’s history during her years of doctoral research at Ottawa’s Carleton University. What she discovered was the near absence of information on […]

What’s inside: The federal government’s election reform bill

After Trudeau’s Liberals promised to eliminate the first-past-the-post system, we see how the government’s election reform bill stacks up

Celie Deagle

On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heartily assured supporters of his commitment to reform Canada’s electoral system and “make every vote count.” Once in office, though, Trudeau’s enthusiasm fizzled out and no legislation was pushed through Parliament. Nonetheless, the Liberal government introduced Bill C-76 this April, which aims to overhaul the current Canada […]

Meet the woman lighting up the way for cannabis justice

She’s been part of Canada’s cannabis community as long as we’ve had one. Now, Hilary Black is an integral member of one of Canada's biggest cannabis companies

Kieran Delamont

Hilary Black is tired. “Really fucking tired,” actually, she says. She’s been doing this—fighting prohibition, advocating for the rights of medical cannabis patients—for 21 years. And now she’s at the outset of an entirely new chapter: She is in charge of the social responsibility and patient advocacy arm of Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the […]

One Weird Trick

Short fiction by Andrew F. Sullivan

Andrew F. Sullivan

A fleck of topsoil found its way onto Paloma’s middle finger. She rolled the dirt back and forth against her thumb, examining what was left of the cactus her mother delivered a few weeks before. Something for you to nurture, the note said. The crisp cursive script was centred on the scrap of a pharmacy […]

Why reporters need to be more responsible in their coverage of trans communities

Journalism about detransition is creating overblown moral panic among North American readers

Alex Verman

Over the summer, I worked on two articles about non-traditional gender transitions, and interviewed 11 people about their experiences. Through email, over the phone, and at their kitchen tables, I talked with transgender people across Canada and the U.S. about navigating their transitions through the medical system—using hormones irregularly, ordering medications online, lying to doctors, […]

How Canada’s news outlets have covered the Trans Mountain Pipeline controversy this summer

From the national broadcaster to community publications

Amy van den Berg

The Trans Mountain Pipeline saga has been ongoing for years, but tensions peaked this May when Justin Trudeau announced his government’s plans to acquire the project for $4.5 billion. In 2013, energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan proposed building a new pipeline to run parallel to the existing one, built in 1952. The proposal reignited ongoing […]

The best and worst of Canadian happenings: September/October 2018

In this edition: legal win for polyamory, the ongoing fentanyl crisis, and more

Sara Tatelman

THE GOOD NEWS: – Two’s company; three’s family. The Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court has recognized all three adults in a polyamorous relationship as the legal parents of their daughter born in 2017. In his decision, the judge wrote there was no reason why the relationship would detract from the child’s best interests. – Last […]

ACTION SHOT: Camping for justice at Saskatchewan’s Wascana Park

Photo by Eagleclaw Bunnie Thom

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At Wascana Park in Regina sits a group of protesters, their teepees erected around them. They are waiting. Camped out just across from the Saskatchewan Legislature, the group wants justice after the deaths of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie, two Indigenous youth whose accused killers were acquitted of murder charges. The camp set up in […]

Rework

Poetry by Arielle Twist

Arielle Twist

I am reworking my reality.  How does a tranny coexist    with lust,       being told of an    “unattainable” touch even with the saliva of a man    dripping off of my chest   how he bites at my soft parts       and kissed me    rigid. I think this man    could love me,   fuck me       outside of glory holes       a […]