When I practised law in the mid to late 1990s, most of my clients were women leaving abusive relationships who were involved with family court. My main job, of course, was to provide them with legal representation, and I did Continue reading Surviving family court
The familiar adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything,” has its place but, taken too far, it can silence people from talking about things that really need to be talked about. When I was a Continue reading If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .
A lot of my work involves talking or writing about violence against women. This may be privately, with a woman who is a survivor of violence, or with colleagues with whom I share at least some of an analysis about Continue reading The power of the words we choose
Last week’s election results, while hardly a complete surprise, nonetheless came as a bit of a shock to those of us who had hoped the unprecedented rise in the polls by the NDP might lead to a happier outcome. We Continue reading No sunny ways for Ontario
In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that as this post pops into your inbox, I am on an island in northern Ontario, where I do not have internet access. I wrote this post a week ago, before Continue reading First past the post has got to go!
My partner and I recently made the long trek to Clinton County, Ohio to the Nowhere Else Festival, organized by Over the Rhine, a singer songwriter duo from Ohio. The festival, held each year at their farm, raises money for Continue reading The power of music