Science *Is* a Girl Thing, and Doesn’t Want (or Need) Your Pink!Lipstick!Sexyposing! Branding

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The gender gap in science is the cause of much gnashing of teeth and the development of all sorts of programs and campaigns to reverse decades of insistent, persistent, and continuing “math and science = boy stuff = not girl stuff; stay away” messaging towards girls and women. Some of these efforts are great (like the day program for Grade … Read More

MillieScience *Is* a Girl Thing, and Doesn’t Want (or Need) Your Pink!Lipstick!Sexyposing! Branding

101 (or so) Ways to Overhaul a Nation in One Easy Budget!

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It’s budget voting time! The breath-takingly sweeping omnibus budget is currently being voted on, and the opposition parties have put forward hundreds and hundreds of amendments that all need to be voted on before the budget itself can be passed. Considering that this budget has enormous ramifications for everything from Old Age Security to environmental vetting processes, here’s a brief … Read More

Millie101 (or so) Ways to Overhaul a Nation in One Easy Budget!

Canadian Politics Haiku

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There’s been so much rage-flailing going on when I read the newspaper these days, I couldn’t pick just one topic to write about. And knowing my lack of conciseness, I need some enforced brevity. Haiku format to the rescue!

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Parliament Roundly Denounces Motion to Examine When Life Begins

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Private members’ bills are a bit of a mixed bag in Canadian Parliament. Most of them are sensible business from the opposition parties, like calling for a national transit strategy (which is sorely needed), but it’s also the airing ground for bills from the fringes of the governing party. Last Thursday, Conservative MP for Kitchener-Centre Stephen Woodsworth’s bill calling on … Read More

MillieParliament Roundly Denounces Motion to Examine When Life Begins

Alberta Votes, Will Almost Certainly Elect First Elected Female Premier

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I live in Eastern Canada, and I’ll admit that I read a lot more news about Eastern Canadian politics than Western Canadian politics. But Alberta is having a provincial election shortly, and with both the Progressive Conservative party and the Wildrose Party headed by women, Alberta is almost certainly going to elect a woman for the first time.

MillieAlberta Votes, Will Almost Certainly Elect First Elected Female Premier

Finally, the NDP Has a Permanent Leader and Can Get On With Things

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Okay, before I talk about the outcome of the NDP leadership race, I should say that the federal budget was released last week, and it’s predictably slashing funding left, right, and centre. Notable among the cuts are the CBC, Elections Canada, and the Chief Electoral Officer (the only officer of Parliament to have funding cut). I’ve not had time to … Read More

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What I Watched This Weekend: Mythbusters!

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I’m possibly about to lose all street cred I have when I say I spent my Friday night at a show by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, aka, The Mythbusters, but I had so little to begin with the loss may be imperceptible.

MillieWhat I Watched This Weekend: Mythbusters!

Québec Tuition Protests: Things Are Getting Ugly

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For the past few months, Quebec university and CEGEP students have been protesting the Quebec government’s plan to increase university tuiton by $325 a year for the next five years. For the past few weeks, there’ve been protests almost daily in Montreal and Québec City. And this week, the protests will ramp up even more, in anticipation of the provincial … Read More

MillieQuébec Tuition Protests: Things Are Getting Ugly