Red River Women

A serious issue of the stigma around aboriginal women happening in Canada every day. I ask myself many times how can this be happening in 2015?

Dozens of Canadian Aboriginal women go missing or are murdered every year. This sickens me to the core.

Here is an exert from the BBC – Red River Women:

The serial killer Shawn Lamb, convicted in Winnipeg in 2013 of murdering two Aboriginal women (and the prime suspect in another case) described them as “the perfect victim” because no-one seemed to care if they went missing.

There is an underlying notion that aboriginal women are expendable. How can we let this continue?

How can we help, it all starts with awareness and acknowledgement. As individuals and communities we need to stop victim blaming and find solutions to stop the men responsible for the killings.

Check out the hashtag for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW

or

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-dc75304f-e77c-4125-aacf-83e7714a5840

for more information.

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Feminist Friday ~ Tampon Tax

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Starting July 1st Tax on Tampons, pads, menstrual cups etc. will come to an end in Canada! Happy Canada Day!

The New Democratic Party has been trying to eliminate the tax for over ten years now. Before the law implied that Tampons/pads were cosmetic products rather than necessities. You could go buy a bag of chocolate chips tax free but not sanitary pads. Cause that makes sense (sarcasm intended). Glad the government is on the same page now. I got to say I am pretty excited for this change along with so many Canadian women.

Thank you to all the women who worked hard to be heard by the government and made this positive change!

Happy Feminist Friday!

Outbound Tent Review

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Backpack Tent features 2000 mm coated water-resistant fabricQuick and easy set up with 2-pole crossover designPolyester ripstop on fly/inner/floor7000 series aluminum poles; weight 8.2 lbs (3.72 kg)Front and back vestibule and doorsCapacity: sleeps 3 people Fly dimensions: 11’5″ L x 7’2″ W x 4′ H

I had purchased a new three season tent last year from Outbound. After a year of use it is still in pretty good shape. Unfortunately there is a lot of screen on the tent which can be easily ripped. We brought my cat camping and the little brat ripped it a couple of times (even though she knows it was bad)! Using a patch kit from Canadian Tire the holes were easily patched.

The tent is very light weight and it comfortable fits two people and a large dog with our gear. The tent is excellent in very nice weather, especially when it is not raining as you can take the fly off and sleep under the stars with no worries of bugs. This is one of my favourite things to do in the summertime. It handled exceptionally well in a rain storm. I found that the design allowed you to touch the edges of the tent without worry of any water coming in during the storms, which we have had issues with other tent designs.

I love the design of the tent as well, allowing more head room then the standard dome tent. The tent is made with two entrances and the fly allows a vestibule at the two sides which we found great for our muddy boots and shoes! The large doors make it easy for entering and exiting as well.

Another nice feature is the colour and reflectiveness of the tent making the tent easy to spot during the day and at night!

So far this is one of my favourite tents that I own and I can not wait to get it out for another summer of fun!

Species Identification ~ Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar

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Last Summer I found this big guy just chilling on the railing of my front door steps. A Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar. Caterpillars are bright green with yellow stripes and red and silver spots. They also have a brown “v” on their rears. They grow up to 3 1/2 inches long.

They are quite a remarkable species and so very cool. I found the shape and colour of the caterpillar very fascinating and could have observed him all day long!

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/polyphemus_moth.htm