Newsflash: No New Trial For Serial Woman-Killer Robert Pickton

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Canada’s highest court announced today that Robert Pickton, the country’s infamous serial killer, will not get a retrial for the murders of six women in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Supreme Court upheld his original sentence, Canada’s maximum for murder–life with no chance of parole for 25 years. Pickton was also charged with the murder of […]

Are Honor Killings in Canada a “Muslim” Issue?

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The killers of 16-year-old Aqsa Pervez were convicted last week. Mohammad Pervez and Waqas Ahmed, Aqsa’s father and brother, were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 18 years by a jury in Ontario, Canada. Aqsa was killed after being picked up by her brother from her school bus stop. DNA […]

This Canadian American Mourns the Public Option

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On the cusp of the U.S. healthcare vote, I am in the throes of a family health crisis in Canada, offering many moments to consider the “evils” of universal healthcare. This week my Canadian brother-in-law, Bruce, had a bone marrow transplant in a last-ditch effort to kill his leukemia. He is a 46-year-old union guy […]

No Gold for Gender

Since International Women’s Day falls on the heels of the Olympics this year, lace up your skates for some sportingly queer gender analysis. The 2010 Olympics must have been unusually queer, because they sure stirred up all kinds of gender anxiety. In response to the Olympic gold win by U.S. skater Evan Lysacek—skating in a […]