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Sep 4, 2022

In 1896, Herzl’s pamphlet entitled Der Judenstaat, which translated to The State of the Jews but commonly referred to as The Jewish State was published. To solve the Jewish problem, namely antisemitism, Herzl dreamed of founding an independent Jewish state during the 20th century.  More...

Jul 19, 2022

 

It’s the summer and for many when they hear the word slide, it conjures up memories of happy days spent at the playground or a waterpark. For me, huge smiles and joyful shouts are all evoked when I think of children playing on slides. Perhaps for you, visits to the park with your child or grandchild involve a trip down the slide.

But not all slides are happy nor positive. More...

Mar 3, 2022

           

As the literacy lead in my school, I worked hard to advance the idea of reading at home.  Books were sent home so that students could read to their parents, practicing the skills that we were working on. But I also encouraged parents to read to their children because I felt that it was such an important part of helping children learn and succeed.  More .....

Feb 18, 2022

I, along with so many others, was sitting home, alone, during the pandemic, uncertain and scared to interact face-to-face. I wondered ‘how could I help those less fortunate than myself?’  and as winter was approaching, an idea came to me.  More...

Feb 7, 2022

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post contains information about domestic abuse and/or violence which may be triggering to some.

Over the past few months, I have been part of an art project in my community, where local artists instruct us (via Zoom) on various techniques to create portraits of ourselves through art.  One of the workshops focused on tackling “rage and healing” through comics.  What an eye-opener!   More

Jan 23, 2022

I loved reading as a child and into my teens. I would go to the library and choose a stack of books and then come home to start reading. Sometimes, I would read a few chapters of the first one, but then I became  curious about the next one and then I would  have two books stacked on my lap,  alternating between the chapters in each. I went on adventures with Pippi and Miss Pickerell, nursed along with Cherry Ames and read about Homer Price. Not one to like ‘scary’ books, I read only a few Nancy Drews to keep up with my friends, but I remember reading many horse books.  Novels soon gave way to textbooks. I even worked  at the library from junior high until my university years. More...

Dec 8, 2021

You can’t unhear what I have said so what will you do with it?

These words from Red River Metis speaker Fallon Faranacci stay with me as I think about her story of courage and trauma. When Fallon was 8 years old, both her parents were murdered while she and her two brothers were held hostage waiting for help. Eleven years later her older brother committed suicide.  More...

Nov 30, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post or the pages that it links to, contain(s) information about domestic abuse and/or violence which may be triggering to some.

In 2010, I started working with victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) at a large Jewish social services agency. My job was to help women fleeing IPV find affordable housing through a special priority program. I was not prepared for what I heard from the endless number of women who sat across from me. Rich, poor, religious, secular, Canadian-born, immigrants, young and old, mothers, and grandmothers. I came to understand that not all violence is physical, and IPV is about power and control. More...

Nov 24, 2021

 

 

 

In Canada, more than 4 in 10 women have experienced some form of domestic violence during their lifetime.  It can happen to anyone. The effects can be lifelong. Get help here. More...

Nov 18, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post or the pages that it links to, contain(s) information about domestic abuse and/or violence which may be triggering to some.

As we head toward our Maid: Fact or Fiction event to be held on November 24th just ahead of November 25th’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021, this seems like a good time to think about another issue facing women experiencing domestic violence. More...

Nov 10, 2021

What does domestic abuse look like? Could you spot someone in trouble if they were afraid to ask for help? How would you get help if you couldn’t talk because the perpetrator is right with you? More...