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Rick Mercer — ‘Talking to Canadians: A Memoir’

The saying goes that Canada has two main exports: hockey and comedy. Though a blatant generalization of our country, it’s not an understatement to acknowledge that one of the Canadian comedy giants — particularly one oozing of Canadiana — is Rick Mercer. As the pandemic brought comedy to a near standstill, Mercer took to a new project, writing Talking to Canadians: A Memoir.
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An awkward moo-ve

The popular phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is perhaps the best way to summarize the events that happened between July 2017 and May 2018 in Markham, Ont. On a July morning that fateful year, the residents of Cathedraltown — a residential neighbourhood of Markham — awoke to find a giant chrome cow on 25-foot tall stilts in the parkette that acts as a front lawn to some houses on Charity Crescent.
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Donna Besel — ‘The Unravelling: Incest and the Destruction of a Family’

In The Unravelling: Incest and the Destruction of a Family, Besel documents the stresses — physical, emotional and financial — on her life from 1992 to 1995 as she navigates the trials of bringing her father to justice for the sexual and violent crimes he committed against his wife and children.
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Donna Besel’s brave memoir years in the making

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accentuate inequalities in the so-called “developed” world, women’s stories have taken the spotlight. From the inequalities of the workplace to those of household labour and parenting, these stories bring to light the lack of employer and governmental assistance in these matters.

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