GoTopless Day: Women in Montreal and other Western cities still don’t have equal rights

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Photo by Jillian Page exclusively for jillianpage.com and Turning the Page. No other reproduction permitted.

Why should the men in this picture be allowed to be topless in public but not the women? In fact, the women in this picture were allowed to be topless in public one Sunday in August 2014 during the demonstration at Mont-Royal in support of topless equal rights for women. Sylvie Chabot (centre, in white jeans) leads a march around the George-Etienne Monument on Mont-Royal as part of a Go Topless demonstration. (Photo by Jillian Page exclusively for jillianpage.com.)

(This post has been updated to note that Montreal’s GoTopless event was cancelled today because of the threat of thunderstorms.)

While many are talking about women’s rights to wear burkinis at the beach and burqas in other public settings, few are giving serious thought to women’s right to go topless in social settings where men are allowed to peel off their shirts. Continue reading

Justin Trudeau: Canada’s friend with weed is getting a raise

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There’s talk that the honeymoon is just about over for Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government in Ottawa — though he is still mighty popular with young people. They do see him as some sort of messiah, cause he is so cool and loves to be in selfies with people. And he has promised to legalize pot. Continue reading

ISIS: Leaders must be captured and tried in an international court

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There’s some good news today: Syrian rebels backed by Turkish troops and tanks recaptured ISIS’s last major stronghold on the Syrian-Turkish border, inflicting yet another defeat on the terrorist organization’s rapidly dwindling “caliphate.”

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Richard Henry Bain: The hurt he caused will last a lifetime for many

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Some are saying a sad chapter in Quebec history came to an end today with the second-degree murder conviction by a jury of Richard Henry Bain.

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Gord Downie: I say a little prayer for you (even if I shouldn’t)

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Gord Downie in 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Gord Downie in 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

I bet millions of prayers were said Saturday night for Gord Downie as the lead singer of the Tragically Hip and his band presented their farewell concert in a show that was broadcast by the CBC live (without a single commercial) to the nation — and well beyond Canada thanks to the Internet.

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Nudism/Naturism and burkini madness: Why not ban all clothes at the beach?

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I’d never heard the word “birkini” before this summer. In case you haven’t heard it before today, here’s a brief wrap on it — not that the clothing item is in any way a brief in the bikini sense. Indeed, the use of the “kini” part of the word should have all lovers of skimpy women’s beach wear concerned . . . but that’s another (grammar) story:

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Montreal’s annual Pride Parade: Signs of its end?

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Are the increasing numbers of coporate logos and politicians at Montreal’s Pride Parade a sign the end is near for the parade?

That’s one of the questions I found myself asking after seeing photos of Sunday’s (Aug. 14) annual event, which featured thousands of participants and, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the boulevard to watch the procession.

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