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Thank you Venus Envy — October 1, 2015

Thank you Venus Envy

A wonderful take on the Venus Envy story.

Queer Femme Mama

Two stories flashed across my news feed today that made me profoundly angry. First: another treasured young trans person (Skylar Lee of Madison, Wisconsin) has taken their own life. Second: a local Ottawa sex shop received a bylaw infraction ticket for selling a chest compression vest to a trans youth under the age of 18. These stories are related.

For those who don’t live in Ottawa, Venus Envy is a education-oriented sex shop. Well, it started that way over a decade ago and has become much more than that to all of the queers in our city. It’s a well-lit, beautiful store where you can buy porn, dildos, vibrators and lube. They display local art in their stores, run workshops on a variety of topics related to sexuality, and they sponsor fundraising dances for their bursary fund, which has given out more than $15,000 in scholarships to LGBTQ students over…

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Parents of Melissa Richmond replace stolen memorial photos — September 9, 2015

Parents of Melissa Richmond replace stolen memorial photos

I am glad they did this. I do wish that we her friends could have helped.

Ottawa Citizen

The parents of homicide victim Melissa Richmond have rebuilt a memorial to their slain daughter after it was vandalized last month.

On Monday, Richmond’s parents Raymond and Millie Evans replaced photos that were taken from the memorial, which sits atop a metal guardrail on the perimeter of South Keys Shopping Centre near the spot where the 28-year-old was found in the summer of 2013.

“I’m not letting anyone besmirch my daughter’s memory and that’s what happened when they vandalized that memorial,” said Raymond Evans.

Vandals had removed multiple photographs and other items identifying Richmond from the memorial, which included stuffed animals, artificial flowers that could withstand the winter months and other trinkets.

The vandalism occurred just weeks before her husband, Howard Richmond, is set to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder in her slaying. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 28.

Ottawa police Det. Chris Benson, the homicide detective who investigated…

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Challenging Medical Care: Interview with Anishnawbe Health Center in Toronto — August 21, 2015

Challenging Medical Care: Interview with Anishnawbe Health Center in Toronto

CKUT 90.3 FM news collective blog

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We are used to thinking about health care corresponding to Western medical treatment standards. What about all those Aboriginal communities in multi-ethnic Canada that do things the other way, how do they get treated by medical institutions? Very often other approaches to health treatment is perceived skeptically by mainstream medical institutions and there are no alternatives offered to patients wishing to be treated in other ways.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with James Carpenter, a traditional healer in Anishnawbe Health Center located in Toronto. The Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a network of medical institutions that promotes “the model of health care [which] is based on traditional practices and approaches and are reflected in the design of its programs and services”. The center’s values are built around the concept of “cultural sensitivity” and “cultural safety”, which helps the center to [honor and…

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Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson —

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global EntrepreneurBusiness Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a hard read for me. I’m not a business person nor did I major in it. But Richard Bransons Virgin brand is a unique and unusual business model. His concepts for everything he touches is quite “hands-on”. I like that in a person who is a billionaire! The fact that he surrounds himself with brilliant people is not a new thing, but what is different about Sir Richard is that he listens! And then puts the ideas into action. Which sometimes has its drawbacks.

He is not afraid to talk about his failures and mistakes, which is refreshing in a business person. He is the antithesis of the norm today and could teach the Donald Trumps of business some very human and real humility. That is not to say that he is not bold in his ventures, indeed he is driven by his passions.

The fact that he will entertain everything all levels of Virgin employees might have to say is the unusual business side of him. I attribute this, and his love of making everything fun for everyone his major success.

Because he is a Brit, there are some words that I had to look up

It is a lucky person who can love what they do every day, and at his age still have that dedication and eagerness shown in his earlier life enterprises. Somehow merging family and business into a life of success that I, for one, admire immensely.

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Eating like the ancestors: An experiment in Irish Iron-Age cuisine —

Eating like the ancestors: An experiment in Irish Iron-Age cuisine

I love historical cooking. It is a passion of mine. This is a pretty good article and it includes recipes.

Ali Isaac lives in beautiful rural Co Cavan in Ireland, and is the author of two books based on Irish mythology, “Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean,” and “Conor Kelly and The Fenian King.” Ali regularly posts on topics of Irish interest on her blog, www.aliisaacstoryteller.com

A reconstruction of an Iron-age dwelling.

 

Eating like the ancestors: An experiment in Irish Iron-Age cuisine .

‘Get off our land!’: John McCain chased off reservation by angry Navajo Nation activists — August 18, 2015
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