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Book Review: The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women; by Elisabeth Badinter, Metropolitan Books/Holt, NY, 2012, hardcover, 224 pages, $25.00. * * *
On the surface, the Shafia murder case doesn’t look like a “political” issue at all. The horrifying killing of four innocent women by family members near Kingston nearly three years ago could easily be seen as simply the tragic drama of an individual family, not a matter for analysis and action in the broader Canadian socio-political context. On reflection, however, that individualized assessment breaks down. In fact, the Shafia murders raise issues of a highly political nature which demand the attention of all progressive Canadians.
The Strength of Women: Âhkamêyimowak, Priscilla Settee, Coteau Books, Regina, 2011. * * * “There is a force among women which I call Âhkamêyimowak, or persistence, that provides the strength for women to carry on in the face of extreme adversity. Âhkamêyimowak is a Cree word and embodies the strength that drives women to survive, flourish and work for change within their communities.
Le massacre de l’École Polytechnique à Montréal, il y a 18 ans, n’est malheureusement pas un cas isolé. Tous les 6 décembre, nous honorons la mémoire des quatorze femmes assassinées à l’occasion de la Journée nationale de commémoration et d’action contre la violence faite aux femmes, mais souvenons-nous aussi de nos 500 sœurs autochtones disparues ou assassinées, et de toutes les personnes qui ont subi les conséquences de la violence.
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. Scroll down for a PDF version.  For other months, visit:
When feminism becomes its own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for everyone, and just because we hear and use buzzwords like “intersectionality” in equity-seeking movements, doesn’t necessarily mean we're 'walking the talk' (i.e. actually being anti-racist). 
(Vancouver) It’s time for a complete overhaul of BC’s legal aid system, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund). “Our system is in crisis,” says Alison Brewin, Executive Director of West Coast LEAF and co-author of the study. “Slashing legal aid services only saves money in the very short term. When people lack legal representation, cases are less likely to be resolved outside of court, and can lead to lengthy trials that are extremely costly to the public.”
TORONTO – Prominent Canadian women have a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: they refuse to be silenced. The women – feminists, activists, academics, economists, and former politicians – contributed to a new anthology by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Contributors: Pat Armstrong * Sheila Copps * Eve-Lyne Couturier * Shelagh Day * Jane Doe * Martha Friendly * Josephine Grey * Michele Landsberg * Heather Mallick * Alexa McDonough * Chi Nguyen * Lana Payne * Shannon Phillips * Elizabeth Quinlan * Qianru She * Judy Rebick * Heather-jane Robertson * Laurel Rothman * Paulette Senior * Priscilla Settee * Uzma Shakir * Elizabeth Sheehy * Marit Stiles * Armine Yalnizyan * Nancy Ruth