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Transforming Justice: Trans Legal Needs Assessment Ontario

Not poetry-related AT ALL, but may be relevant to some of you who follow this blog:

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Hey!
So a friend of mine is looking to get 200 Ontario Trans folks to participate in the TransForming Justice legal needs assessment survey.

The following is taken directly from the needs assessment website and/or the survey itself (emphasis is mine, though), which is available in English and French, and which you can download to preview the questions and/or fill out by hand, OR complete online:

Transforming Justice is a research project to help document the legal needs of trans* people in Ontario, identify access to justice barriers that trans* people face, and determine the needs of legal service providers (lawyers and paralegals) to provide more informed and inclusive services for trans* clients.
Given that HIV can also effect access to justice issues, a specific component of the project is examining access to justice issues experienced by trans* people living with or impacted by HIV.
We are collecting data…

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A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers

Movies, not books, but putting this list here anyway.

the diary of a film history fanatic

Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are…

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A Near-perfect, Devastating Collection of Poetry: A Review of For Your Own Good by Leah Horlick

So there’s this. Go take a look.

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

for your own goodFor Your Own Good by Leah Horlick is full of the kind of writing that inspires superlatives.  It’s one of the best books of poetry I’ve ever read, a genuinely important, incredibly powerful book that has stirred awe in a lot of readers, me included.  This is not because For Your Own Good is in itself prone to any grandiose gestures or excess, but for the reason that it is truly a near-perfect, devastating collection of poetry.

I do not say devastating lightly.  These poems are about an abusive lesbian relationship, violence in a supposedly safe queer space.  There is plenty of triggering material: racism, colonialism, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.  But there’s a lot more than that, too.

The poems follow a kind of trajectory, moving from misunderstanding to healing, sometimes back and forth.  What I loved was how Horlick speaks from a calm, present moment to her past…

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Sybil Lamb’s I’ve Got a Time Bomb: A Review of an Unreviewable Book

Hey, readers. Go have a look at this review of Sybil Lamb’s “I’ve Got a Time Bomb” (from Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian). It might be the right book for you?

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

IGTB-COVER-front-only-600pxwide-300x463The only way for me to begin a review of Ottawa-born Sybil Lamb’s novel I’ve Got a Time Bomb is by saying it’s the strangest, most unique book I’ve ever read, and I have no fucking clue how to review it.  I think both Sybils (the author and main character share a name, among other similarities) would take this as a compliment, though, so here we go.

You know a book is really hard to describe when the publisher’s blurb barely manages to scratch the surface.  Maybe we’ll start with that:

On her way home from a gay wedding, Sybil is ambushed, beaten, and left for dead on the train tracks. Days later, Sybil awakens in a hospital and finds her skull has been reconstructed, but it quickly becomes clear that her version of “normal” and “reality” may have been permanently altered. When she falls in love with a very…

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Gabrielle Fradet (25) #Missing from the #Ottawa Area

Please spread the word, folks!

Syren Songs

Gabrielle Fradet (25) was last seen at a home on County Road 7 in North Dundas Township on Friday, December 19, 2014. Police say she may frequent areas of #Kemptville and #Ottawa.

5’6″ and thin
blonde, shoulder-length hair
blue eyes

Possibly wearing blue jeans, a blue and white bomber style jacket and white boots.

If you have any information you’re asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Gabrielle Fradet is described as 5’6″ and thin, with blonde, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She was possibly wearing blue jeans, a blue and white bomber style jacket and white boots.

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Young #Woman Missing from #Ottawa – Please Help if You Can! (@OPP_Coordinator)

Please, readers, share this along and help make sure this young woman is safe and warm.

The Breathings of My Heart

There’s another young woman missing in/from Ottawa, Ontario.
This message came signal-boosed on facebook and I’m passing it along:

Casandra (I have no last name to go on, but her mother is Michelle Simoneau Turner, so they may share a last name) has been missing since November 17th, 2014, and was last seen at Colonel By high school.
She answers to the name Cassie.
She has a slight build. 5’7″ and about 100lbs.
Here hair is long on one side – dyed black, but with blond roots – and is shaved on the other.

She looks caucasian. She has one piercing in her left ear (and probably a matching one in her right, though I can’t tell from the pictures).
Going by the pictures her mom provided, she tends towards black clothes with spike sand skulls.

I realize that not everyone who disappears wants to be found. But I would…

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Missing Person in Ottawa FOUND

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I’d have posted this sooner, but (a) I was out of town at Unholy Harvest, and (b) I haven’t had internet access since last Thursday afternoon (it was hooked up in the new house yesterday, but only started working this morning).

Nyk Morrigan has been found. She’s safe, she’s okay enough to be able to talk to people on the phone. I have no other details and I don’t need any.

Thank you to everyone who spread the word, re-blogged, and sent the Woo her way. I was so sure that her body would be pulled out of the river, and I can’t entirely express how happy and relieved I am to have been wrong about that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!


On a related note: If you would like other people to experience this kind of relief, or you want to “pay it forward”…

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