Dal Gender and Women's Studies Collective

Archive for August, 2011

Here’s to Jack Layton

The recent death of NDP politician Jack Layton has taken many Canadians by surprise. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Layton’s family and friends. For material on him please see below.

Halifax is having a walk in honor of Jack Layton. For all the information check out the FB event.

Want a montage of Jack Layton see the You Tube video Remembering Jack Layton.

Jack Layton’s final letter to Canadians certainly brings a tear to my eyes and I’d guess yours too.

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Controversies over legalizing sex work in Canada

Hey everyone,

Sorry for not posting recently, I’m busying traveling across the country and meeting new fascinating feminists.

I just found a letter from the Halifax based Feminist League for Agitation Propaganda (FLAG) that was published after the 2010 Ontario ruling that Canadian prostitution laws jeopardize the safety of sex workers. A Global Post article written during the appeal of the ruling describes the situation. The decision as to whether this ruling will be upheld or overturned is still to be determined. There are many sides to this monumental decision; namely feminists who believe that the law exists to protect sex workers and those who see it as another form of government oppression.  (more…)