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Thousands of people across Canada mobilized Monday, 10 December 2012 under the banner “Idle No More” to protest the effects of current and proposed government policies on the nation’s indigenous peoples. While it has received little mainstream media attention, Idle No More has capitalized on social media networks to spread information about the widespread rallies, protests, and roadblocks.

A new infographic from the National Post looks at Canadians' opinions of adultery. Relying on research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, & Reproduction and poll data from Forum Research Inc., the graphic notes that 23.3 percent of men and 19.2 percent of women admit to committing adultery, while 30.9 percent of men reported being sexually dissatisfied, compared to 23.6 percent of women.

The Mounties (proper name Royal Canadian Mounted Police) have recorded the latest It Gets Better video. "The video features adults who share their stories of their struggles, with the aim of building a bridge of understanding for youth undergoing similar experiences," the video's description notes. While the U.S. sees big electoral gains in same-sex marriage rights and growing acceptance among citizens, it's nice to see this message from the country's neighbor to the north.

On April 26th Canada’s Parliament debated M-312, a motion that calls for the formation of a special committee of Parliament to review whether the definition of a “human being” as described in the Canadian criminal code can be extended to unborn fetuses. Stephan Woodworth, a Member of Parliament with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, proposed the motion, after an extensive media campaign that began in December 2011. The campaign propagated his view that the definition of a “human being” in Section 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada is 400 years old (Canada became a country in 1867) and should be revisited.
"[W]hat do elite women's hockey players do after they graduate from college, and between Olympic and world championship tournaments?" asks the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein. For American women, the answer is playing, unpaid, for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, "a five-year-old league with six teams playing a 27-game regular-season schedule. Without that league, many elite players wonder what they might be doing. 'Probably playing in men’s leagues, maybe Wednesday or Saturday night pickup hockey,' [player Julie] Chu said.'"
Mary Eady, feminist leader in Canada, has died at the age of 85. The Globe and Mail reports that as Women's Bureau director in Manitoba she "championed women’s rights on issues including pension reform, daycare and employment equity." She later served as deputy minister of labor in Manitoba and Women's Bureau director in Ottawa. "'Are you one of those women’s lib types?' people would ask her. 'Yes!' she would say, with a gentle smile. 'Isn’t everybody?'"