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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…)

Pride is here!

Hey all, we are now halfway through Pride Week in Halifax! I hope everyone is enjoying all the rainbow fabulous events. For more information on Haliax Pride click here and to get regular reminders become a fan of their FB page. If you are interested in being in Pride Parade on Saturday get in touch with Peer Health through their FB page.

Friday evening is Halifax’s first Dyke & Trans March. Meet 6pm in front of the Spring Garden library. Join the FB event.

Don’t forget about the Pride sale this weekend at Venus Envy, our local sex-positive store. Become a fan of their FB page. This is the ad that Metro pulled last week and the article from the Chronicle Herald:

Halifax Slutwalk gearing up!

Slutwalk, Halifax, had a little lull and lack of interest last month. But thanks to Evette Awalt they are back in the swing of things! Here is the newly created mission statement from the executive group:

 Slutwalk Halifax is committed to removing the negative power implied by users of the word “slut” and giving it back to individuals. We are working to end the cultural practice that teaches individuals to take responsibility for sexual violence committed against them, as well as the belief that the perpetrators are provoked. The Slutwalk Halifax event is an opportunity to educate Government, protective services, communities and individuals that sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence are, without exception, the responsibility of the perpetrator.

GWSS is extremely excited about this event! We encourage you to offer some volunteer hours to the organizational process and to participate in the march. You can find more info on the FB event page!

Queer and Rebel Days – Halifax!

GWSS’s very own Shay is helping organize the first ever Queer and Rebel Days events. The events start tomorrow, July 1st, and goes until July 10th. Here is the description from their website:

Queer and Rebel Days is a grassroots, DIY, anti-corporate alternative to Pride that provides anti-oppressive and safe spaces to people of all ages, gender, and sexualities. It is a drug- and alcohol-free week of events that focuses on education, skill sharing, and community building.

You can join the event on Facebook and check out the Queer and Rebel Days website. Hope to see you there!