Quebec’s Bill 62: Muslim women’s bodies as the battleground for populist politics

Barâa Arar argues that the new law in the Canadian state which denies access to public services to those wearing face coverings targets women who wear niqab Read More

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George Quarcoo: The Absent Paralympian

by Wendy-Ann Clarke  When George Quarcoo immigrated to Canada from Ghana in 2007, aged 12, he never thought he would become one of Canada’s fastest T12 (visually impaired) sprinters. Wearing only jeans and a t-shirt, Quarcoo – along with his father and three siblings – walked out of the airport in Toronto on that crisp November… Read More

What does your national identity taste like? Ici, c’est Pepsi

by Samuel Victor We’re all familiar with the (in)famous Cola Wars. In those wars, Quebec remains one of the world’s few bastions of Pepsi, and with over 60% of the province’s soft drink market in its pocket, it maintains a considerable lead over Coca-Cola (Austen, 2009). You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Great, who cares?!” Well,… Read More

Kissing historically

by Mara Lee A couple of years ago, there was an outburst of protests in Canada, triggered by the design of the new hundred-dollar bill. On the bank note you see a woman leaning over a microscope, a depiction that is supposed to celebrate Canada’s medical innovations. The protests were because the woman at the… Read More

First Boi In – Dressing Queer in the Corporate World

Carolyn Wysinger takes us on a journey into the corporate workplace, where as the ‘first boi in’ her inventive transgression of gender dress codes also means getting used to ‘the daily stares, the interested glances of some and the disdain of others.’ I’ve heard it said that lesbian femme women come out everyday. This is in reference to them having to constantly inform people… Read More

Waiting For Krypton: Race, Ableism, and Education Reform

by Rod Thomas The opening scenes of the documentary Waiting For Superman depict education reformer/charter school advocate Geoffrey Canada as describing one of the saddest moments in his life. When he learned that Superman was not real, he was distraught because there was, in Canada’s words, “I was crying because there was no one coming… Read More