By Joanne McAlpine

A lesbian feminist mother, former shelter, adoption and HIV/AIDS worker, currently juggling 2 part-time jobs as a legal assistant and pedicurist, living in Yarker, Ontario. She occasionally performs in the drag king group "Just Boyz" and is a major groupie for her singer-songwriter daughter and a hearty opponent of Stephen Harper.

  1. Joanne last wrote for The Toast about Dr. Henry Morgentaler and the experience of obtaining legal permission for a Canadian abortion in the 1970s.

    I was talking to my niece (THAT'S ME - Ed.) about women’s shelters in the 1980s and 1990s and I thought I’d record some of my memories, which, in turn, bring up some of the issues we had to address. During that time, I was the administrator of two

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  2. Following the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler on May 29th, 2013, we reached out to a number of Canadian women of all ages to ask for their memories and thoughts on the subject of his life, work, and legacy. Few had met him, all had opinions. Here's one. - Ed. I heard the news of Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s death as I was driving the 34 kilometres into work. I had anticipated feeling saddened by his…

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