The holidays are a time for family, good food and, of course, spending the days wrapped up in a blanket on the couch in PJs with a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Here are a few long reads to keep you company as the temperature outside dips:
“In the eyes of the law, the surrogate mother is the child’s real mother, regardless of whether she is genetically related to the child.”
READ THE STORY: Surrogacy in Quebec — The law doesn’t protect anyone
Melanie Parnass’ one-year-old baby boy wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for surrogacy.
READ THE STORY: Canadian sperm donors don’t get paid, so why would they donate?
Vulnerable and misunderstood
“Sex workers remain vulnerable to exploitation and violence because our work is criminalized and stigmatized.”
READ THE STORY: The reality of sex workers in Canada
When it comes to the sex trade, the terms sexual exploitation, sex work and human trafficking are often interchanged to mean one thing: exchanging sex for money.
The majority of people who fall victim to trafficking are female, poor, have a history of violence and neglect, a history of child sex abuse and a low level of education, among many other factors.
READ THE STORY: Why is the Canadian Grand Prix a hub for human trafficking?
I know very few women who have navigated the world of media for more than two decades without at some point encountering some form of harassment.
That is a sad truth, one that we need to talk about more.
READ THE STORY: Should I feel guilty about being silent for too long?
Canadian or Quebecois?
“Poutine has been used at times to tarnish Quebec culture and undermine its legitimacy of self-determination.”
Poutine, the greasy, cheesy comfort food that Quebecers are so proud of, is being culturally appropriated by Canadians, according to academic Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet.
READ THE STORY: Is Canada culturally appropriating poutine from Quebec?
“I did regret leaving Quebec. I mean, I love Quebec.”
Statistics show that half a million English-speaking Quebecers have left the province in the last 40 years.
READ THE STORY: Coming back to Quebec is easier said than done
Starting a family
“I’ve never stopped myself from doing anything in life, so that was kind of natural for me to have kids alone.”
READ THE STORY: Young, single women turning to sperm donors to conceive
READ THE STORY: Families of same sperm donor babies connect online
Women are no longer waiting for “Mr. Right” before starting a family.
READ THE STORY: Women turn to sperm donors to conceive