Dog-eared: January 2015

Merna Foster is a Canadian historian and the force behind a petition to get Canadian women and ethnic minorities onto bank notes (see Canadian Geographic’s interview of her). She is also the creator of heroines.ca, a small but hopefully soon-to-grow website devoted to women in Canadian history.

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Two months ago a group of high school students created “All About Those Books,” a reading-centred parody of “All About That Bass.” Reeeeeeeally catchy. You’ve been warned.

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I could have sworn I read an identical article half a year ago. Anyway, yet another study has proven what Judi Saltman (who taught the four of us at UBC) said: reading aloud to children makes them more likely to love reading, as well as improving parent-child bonding.

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“So the first thing that princess culture does is it gives a girl a world where she, as a female, takes center stage. She is the main character, the lead, with the men providing supporting roles. There is no need for the child playing princess to imagine herself as Henry Potter’s secret twin sister Henrietta to make herself the hero: the princess is already the hero.”

Liz B.’s article on princess shaming, because Disney is a problem but girls pretending to be princesses isn’t. “Boy” is not the norm.

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Refugee children from Syria speak in this report written by the children themselves and translated by adults working for World Vision. We who live in safety and prosperity must not be blind to the children and adults from whom both have been stripped by violence and injustice.

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