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November 13th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

The latest U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report says what we know already: last year’s extreme weather was related to climate change. Floods, wildfires and winter storms not just due to “natural variability” but directly impacted by our garbage behaviour as humans.

Obama surprises us all by rejecting the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 7-year long proposal would have carried more than 800,000 barrels of petroleum from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf Coast. Decried by climate change activists and heralded by conservative economists, the pipeline has long been a controversial political sticking point.

  • First Nations groups have been fighting the pipeline since the beginning. See what they have to say here.

Two badass Lakota youth will be speaking at a mass civil disobedience event in front of the White House to demand justice on issues of race, climate and immigration. Representing the Indigenous Environmental Network and One Mind Youth Movement, the two 19 year-olds will appear at the event in Washington titled Our Generation Our Choice.

The Ontario government released a statement announcing they will move to allow more healthcare providers the ability to send patient referrals for sex-reassignment surgeries. Health Minister Eric Hoskins made the announcement last week at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto that all qualified healthcare providers will now be able to refer patients for this surgery starting next year. Up until now, patients could only receive a referral for surgeries that would be covered by OHIP through the Gender Identity Clinic program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. This commitment represents an important step to increasing access to gender-confirming procedures for transgender Ontarians.

There are more Ontario wage-gap consultations happening around the province. The next consultation will be in Toronto on November 16th. For more info check this website.

Shameless’ newest issue has hit the stands! Check out the Sex Issue!


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