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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: "Edmonton is worst city in Canada to be a woman." ›


Edmonton is the worst city in Canada to be a woman, according to a study that examined money, violence, political leadership, health and education.

Of the five areas measured by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Edmonton fared badly in three — wages, domestic violence and political representation.

In fact Edmonton had the largest gap in employment incomes.

"I was surprised," said  Kate McInturff, the researcher behind the study. "I thought that given there’s a general level of economic well-being that that tide would lift all boats."

But the study found that wasn’t the case as women brought home on average $21,000 a year less than men.

"You also see a gap in terms of the number of women in poverty and the number of men in poverty, and I think that’s probably related to women just bringing home smaller paycheques," McInturff said.  

"And also the fact that women tend to work in the service sector."

One of the biggest differences between Edmonton and the number-one city in the study — Québec City — is daycare

"More support for the kind of care work that women do," said McInturff. "That means affordable daycare … it also means family-leave policies."

That rings true for Bev Esslinger, Edmonton’s sole female councillor.

"We know we have some work to do," she said.   

Esslinger didn’t get into politics until her children were grown because of the time commitment of up to 15 or 20 hours some days, she said.

City hall is dealing with the gender gap, though, introducing a mentoring program to help women run for office and a women`s advocacy group where 150 women applied for 15 spots, Esslinger said.

"We want to look at ourselves," said Esslinger. "What do we need as an organization to be a leader in women’s issues? What are the issues? First we need to ask our own women."

It’s wasn’t all bad news for the city, though.

According to the study, women in Edmonton say they feel healthier and are more educated than men. 

Edmonton’s provincial counterpart didn’t fare much better in the study. Calgary came in 17th out of 20.

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The best part of adventure time will always be how much these two genuinely love each other

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Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’

The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’

Bond says, “If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”

I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.

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Hemp is a Sensible, Sustainable, Highly-Industrializable Plant

We should utilize it. Hemp could solve many problems.

END PROHIBITION. It is NOT just about smoking.


And you forgot a big one: it is excellent at trapping carbon! Plants pull the carbon dioxide out of the air, turn the carbons into other compounds and release the oxygen, thus cooling the planet.

I’m more interested in ending the Mexican drug cartels’ reign of terror. My people don’t deserve to live in fear.

Its illegal to grow because of what you JUST SAID… think of all the businesses that will be threatened by legal cannabis.  And these businesses already have big lobbyists.  And its lobbyist money that determines votes in congress.  

I think BigPharma is terrified, as well as the Cotton/Polyester industry…  hemp cloth is so incredibly durable and simply doesn’t get holes (unless you determinedly CUT a hole in it).  Amazingly resilient fabric, just like hemp rope, once people start using it, cotton might well be a thing of the past.. or used only for a minority of clothes.  

There are billions at stake, and that is why they are fighting.  Capitalism ruins everything.  

It’s also kind of sad that the only reason marijuana is approaching legalization at all is because rich white men realized they could make a profit off of it.

But seriously when drug lords are thanking the US government for their continued “war on drugs” because we’re keeping them in business, maybe it’s time to rethink our strategy.

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[Image description: Helen Keller sits by a radio, with her hand over it, in order to feel the vibrations of the music playing]

Helen Keller wrote the following letter to the New York Symphony Orchestra in 1924, describing listening to the “Ninth Symphony” composed by Beethoven - who was also deaf - over the radio: 

“Dear Friends:

I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” I do not mean to say that I “heard” the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy. Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibration, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roil of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth – an ocean of heavenly vibration – and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course this was not “hearing,” but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sense, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand-swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations.

As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others – and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.” 

This woman just described the art of music more perfectly than most hearing musicians.

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I wonder what Vincent Van Gogh would think of my bedroom

Vincent Van Whoa

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Plot twist: a movie with a 20-something character who has never kissed anyone and has never had sex but is presented as a perfectly normal, socially well-adjusted individual

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Twilight Lovers (1994) by Tina Fiveash

Inspired by ‘Girl’s Own’ annuals and the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine from the 1950s, Stories for Girls is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to recreate missing lesbian photographic history from an era where homosexuality was a criminal offense, and lesbians were forced to remain in the closet and keep their relationships hidden from society.

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[I]t is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.

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Reblog this forever. I’ll never forget how many of my students in the school I worked in with a 100% free and reduced lunch rate lived in residential motels and how many of them relied on the school to get breakfast and lunch and how often those were their only meals for the day.

Or how my friends who have older cars have to spend so much money repairing them but an older car was all they could afford in the first place.

And how you literally have no safety net because if you already fixed one thing on your car and something else goes a week later, you’ve already spent the little bit of buffer you saved up.

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Add lack of health insurance and mountains of medical expenses to this and you can see why so many disabled and chronically ill people live in severe poverty…

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Interactive site proves the War on Drugs has been undeniably racist

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union launched The Uncovery, an interactive website that documents the myriad injustices linked to marijuana arrests and convictions. With special focus on the law’s racial disparities, the site allows users to take statistics and share them with friends or legislators as engaging customizable graphics. The whole process takes 60 seconds or less.

The site draws its facts from the ACLU’s “War on Marijuana” report, which incorporates video, graphics, arrest rate statistics and opportunities for citizens to “take action.” A press release characterizes The Uncovery as a “simple, elegant advocacy tool” for marijuana legislation reform.

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