Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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Letter: Mainstream feminism should better amplify marginalized women

Harriet Tubman once said, “In my mind I see a line, and over that line I see lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their hands stretched out to me.” I envision a table with a single empty seat: “Come,” they say, “let us build—smash the patriarchy.” I smile as I run with my all my might towards them. I am dreaming again. As I am pouring milk in my eye—recovering from another sting, I look and I do not see the mass shades of lily and alabaster that captivated me. In the last vision I see myself awaking from a deep slumber; I take out my red book, and write: black woman, mule of the world. Is it not […]

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Ottawa Women’s March attracts thousands of protesters

One hour before the Women’s March in Ottawa on Jan. 21, about 20 people stood at the Human Rights Memorial, chatting, smiling, and sipping hot drinks while the fog settled over downtown Ottawa. One little girl stood with a sign that read, “Women can be president too.” By the start of the march at 11:00 A.M., what at first was just a handful of people had become hundreds—and by the end of the march, thousands. The Ottawa Police estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 people marched from Elgin Street down Laurier Avenue to Bronson Centre. The sea of supporters were chanting, wearing pink “pussy hats,” and holding picket signs with catchy slogans. Only 800 protestors were allowed in the Bronson Centre […]

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