Tag: Katherine Verhagen Rodis

What’s it like to live on the streets?

Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines, Ed. James Hughes. James Lorimer & Company Ltd On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty, Dr Gillian Robers and Jaime Casap, Illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, Orca Book Publishers Homelessness in Canada—News from the Frontline By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 22, 2020) Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the…

“Anything that can lift wretched children out of woeful ignorance”

My Dinner with Dickens By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 7, 2020) Conversations with Dickens: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts, Paul Schlicke, Forward by Peter Ackroyd, Watkins, November 12, 2019, 118 pp, $16.95 Conversations with Dickens is a treat for anyone who has ever asked, “if I could have dinner with someone famous, alive or dead, who would it be?”  Part of…

LGBTQ2: Beyond Initialism

Rage, Rebellion and Resistance 50 Years After Stonewall By Krishan Mehta, PhD (December 18, 2019) Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising That Changed America, Martin Duberman, Blume, June 4, 2019 (2nd edition), 432 pp., $23.76 History has shown us the transformative power of organizing and activism. The salt march of 1930 led to India’s independence, the march on Washington in…

With consciousness raised on sexual harassment, what’s next?

There still remains substantial debate over “what behaviour crosses the line” By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (November 22, 2019) Had It Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo? by Robyn Doolittle, Allen Lane, September 24, 2019, 304 pp, $19.17 In the wake of the #MeToo movement that caught fire in social media in 2017, Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle ended her 20-month investigation into how Canadian…

Climate Change Edition: The high cost of “disaster capitalism”

by Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 10, 2019) The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts by Gilbert M. Gaul, Sarah Crichton Books, September 3, 2019, 304 pp, $38.00  Tropical storms are increasing in their intensity, causing more devastation in their path. Gilbert M. Gaul, in his recent book, The Geography of Risk (2019), stresses that “Many of the hurricanes…

Climate Change Edition: Klein’s book is a must read with advice on how we can avert disaster

By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 9, 2019) On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, Knopf Canada, September 17, 2019, 309 pp, $24.75 “We have been trained to see our issues in silos; they never belonged there.” (Naomi Klein, February 2019) Regardless of whether or not you work in an environmental arm of the charitable sector, you need to read…

Two page-turning summer reads

This week we’re bringing you two great summer reads that will have you riveted to the page. Mistakes We Run With by the brilliant Canadian author Yasuko Thanh is reviewed by Katherine Verhagen Rodis. And I take a look at Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land with a foreward by Barbara Ehrenreich. Both books are memoirs by women…