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Women can't swear: This week's Blogs roundup

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Why is the Harper government in such a rush to pass Bill C-51, that ominous 'anti-terrorism' omnibus legislation that quietly encroaches on our civil liberties? Something smells fishy in Ottawa. In this edition of 'Letters to Ryan,' Linda Leon tackles the Harper gov’s latest sneak-attack lawmaking.

''The guys swear in the news room and they won’t be comfortable with a girl'' -- this was the justification given to Judy Rebick when she was rejected for a position at a Montreal radio station in 1967. The journalist reflects on her 40-plus years in the industry, and that pesky glass ceiling.

Though it is no longer legal to openly discriminate against women for their supposed inability to swear, it isn’t all good news. According to new data, women have made no gains in employment in the Ontario labour market since 2000. In anticipation of International Women’s Day, take a look at the statistics that are telling of a very bumpy ride for working women in the province.

While some women in Ontario are waiting to be discovered in the labour market, female readers of Vice -- that no-so-countercultural media conglomerate that just keeps getting snarkier and crappier -- can feel assured that they exist. The company is launching a ''female-focused channel'' because feminism is super hot right now. Meghan Murphy on what is sure to be a let down.

Speaking of let downs, the Ontario government has come out with a new ad for government-funded university scholarships. Though meant to convey the accessibility of scholarships, the ad just feels like a giant slap in the face -- the takeaway message inadvertently being that being able to pay for school is a fantasy. Miles Krauter breaks down this strange marketing fail.

It isn’t only students in Ontario with money issues -- TA’s are continually getting the short end of the academic stick. As the TA strikes at the University of Toronto and York University wage on, two buildings on the York U campus tell a dichotomous story of academic culture. Hans Rollman explains.

What is food literacy, and are people of a certain income bracket food illiterate? In part 2 of his series, Jesse Bauman tackles some uncomfortable questions about the intersection between eating well and social class.

This week was a sad one for nerds everywhere -- Leonard Nimroy, best known as Spock in the Star Trek series, passed away. Anne Theriault reflects here on his beautiful geekiness. Live long and prosper, ya’ll.

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