This week: Summer of Soul, Hockey Night, superwomen, and some more serious news about abortion laws and residential schools.
This week, an interview with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a good news story from Toronto, Indigenous women and climate change in Colombia, the story of Moonstruck, and the song stylings of Crystal Shawanda.
This week, a focus on the legacy of residential schools in Canada.
What unbelievable, appalling privilege it is to look away. Indigenous peoples have had to face the ugly reality of residential schools their whole lives. Looking away has never been an option. Nor should it have been for me or anyone else in this country. And this is where current generations of non-Indigenous people have to acknowledge their own failings.
This week in miscellanea: the 94-year-old woman who made Juneteenth a holiday in the US; why the bumbling Dad stereotype is BS; conscientious objection and feminism in Israel; and a brief history of Fabergé eggs.
Some interesting things I’ve come across in recent days. This week: historian Rebecca Hall, colourblind casting, Sacheen Littlefeather & Merry Clayton. Plus, rethinking the use of “unthinkable.”
His story is depressingly familiar: famous guy gets a job where he can meet starstruck young women and take advantage of them, confident they won’t speak out against him and fully aware that he he can use his power and reputation as a shield if they do. Tale as old as time.
Some people are so very extra in their presentations on social media that I can see how they would annoy others, prickly from what already seems like an eternity of self-isolation and social distancing. But as someone who has been baking bread for years–French, rye, bagels, ciabatta, and, yes, sourdough–I say cut the newbies some slack. There are all kinds of reasons a person might try baking bread, or anything else, when forced into isolation and discouraged from making regular trips to the grocery store.
Since even the most ardent social isolators have to go out for food eventually, it behooves us all to follow a few basic rules when shopping: wait your turn, be mindful of others, and use your words.
This is not summer vacation, which we are all mentally prepared for. This is a sudden interruption of the school year, with no end in sight. This is kids being home all day, every day, unable to be dropped off at a friend’s for a playdate or at the local cinema for a movie. There is no sandlot baseball or pickup basketball. There are just four walls enclosing all of us, all day and all night. And some of our kids would be bouncing off of those walls if it weren’t for the blessing of worksheets, either hard copy or online.