• Why Phyllis Ellis Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    With her documentary Toxic Beauty , award-winning filmmaker Phyllis Ellis put women's health at the forefront and corporate giants in the hot seat. An in-depth investigation into the dark side of personal care, the film gives a voice to some of the thousands of women with ovarian cancer who believe that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based baby powder is to blame, including survivor and whistleblower Deane Berg. In May 2020, facing thousands of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson pulled the powder off shelves in Canada and the U.S.-although it maintains the product is safe. (Its...
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  • Why Samra Habib Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Samra Habib Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    Samra Habib's debut memoir, We Have Always Been Here , documents her journey to Canada as a Pakistani refugee and growing up as a queer Muslim in Toronto. This year, it won a Lambda Literary Award as well as CBC's Canada Reads, the broadcaster's annual battle of the books. Habib previously explored these themes through her hugely popular photography project, “Just Me and Allah,” which documented queer Muslims in North America and Europe.
    What she's proudest of this year
    “It's been an intense year-the highs have been really high, the lows have been . . . low.highlight of the year, the most...
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  • Why Aurora James Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Aurora James Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    Aurora James, who hails from Guelph, Ont., has been on an upward trajectory since launching her Brother Vellies brand of globally handcrafted footwear and accessories in 2013. She went on to win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015-one of the industry's biggest honours-and Zendaya, Beyoncé and Solange have worn her artisanal designs. But her greatest legacy may be her advocacy work; specifically, founding the 15 Percent Pledge , a non-profit organization that calls upon major U.S. retailers to commit a minimum of 15 percent of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. (The pledge has...
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  • Why Kayla Grey Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Kayla Grey Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    Kayla Grey has spent the last two years levelling up-in 2018, she became an anchor on TSN's SportsCentre and the first Black woman to anchor a national sports show in Canada. Last year, she covered the Toronto Raptors' NBA championship run. But she's most proud of the work she has done in 2020: using her platform to call attention to systemic racism and hustling off-camera to make Canadian sports media more inclusive.
    What she's proudest of this year
    “I think I helped to play a small role in pushing the conversation about representation in media forward-and not only on Twitter , but doing...
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  • Why Sonia Aviles Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Sonia Aviles Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    1 month ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    Through her work at the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change , Sonia Aviles helps seasonal workers in Ontario's Niagara region navigate the perils of foreign employment-which became even more perilous in 2020 as COVID-19 tore through worker camps , infecting at least 1,300 and killing three. To support them, Aviles ran a Spanish-language hotline for workers to confidentially share concerns about workplace conditions.
    What she's proudest of this year
    “Seeing people like Luis Gabriel Flores Flores [who filed a complaint to the Ontario Labour Relations Board alleging he was fired from a...
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  • Why Kai Cheng Thom Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Kai Cheng Thom Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    A multi-award-winning writer and former social worker now focused on transformative justice, Kai Cheng Thom's ethos is the title of her essay collection, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World. This year has brought a wave of recognition, from a glowing Vice profile to an American Library Association Stonewall Honor to Hollywood legend Julie Andrews reading Thom's 2017 children's book, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea , on her storytelling podcast. Thom's vision of a just, loving world is steely-eyed yet without despair, and it's perfect for...
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  • Why Lisa Campbell Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Lisa Campbell Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    1 month ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    The first female president of the Canadian Space Agency was appointed at a critical moment, when the private space sector threatens to challenge government programs. The CSA is responsible for managing all of Canada's civil space-related activities, including our participation in the International Space Station and astronaut missions, as well as operating satellites and developing space technologies that can eventually be used back on Earth. Since joining the agency in September, Campbell has been looking forward to helping Canadians “understand ourselves, our planet and our...
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  • Why Lainey Lui Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Lainey Lui Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

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    Lainey Lui in the now infamous Lesley Hampton gown at the 2020 Golden Globes.
    Gossip guru Lainey Lui hasn't just grown her brand , she's challenged it, too. No longer satisfied to simply trade in smut, Lui has used her considerable status to raise others' voices and offer pointed social commentary on everything from cancel culture to Jeffrey Epstein. This year, Lui, who is also an acting anchor on CTV's etalk and co-host of The Social , took on Jessica Mulroney, white fragility and racism in Canadian media -and, after being called out on social media for past problematic content...
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  • Why Christine Genier Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    Why Christine Genier Is One Of Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year

    1 month ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    “Everything needs to change now. We are out of time.” That's part of what Christine Genier, former host of CBC's Yukon Morning show, said haltingly-on air and off script-before resigning from her position last June. She was speaking out about the public broadcaster, while on the broadcaster's airwaves, lamenting the suppression of Black and Indigenous voices at the CBC. Born and raised in the Yukon, she is a citizen of the Táän Kwách'än Council and a woman of the Wolf Clan descended from the Tagish Chän, coastal Tlingit, and European people.
    What she's proudest of this year
    “It was June 8...
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  • Meet Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year!

    Meet Chatelaine's 2020 Women Of The Year!

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    From left: Chatelaine 2020 Women of the Year Annamie Paul, Aurora James and Lisa Campbell (Photos: The Canadian Press, Getty Images, Canadian Space Agency)
    My glass typically veers toward half-empty around November, and that's without factoring in a global pandemic. But working on Chatelaine' s annual Women of the Year feature-and lifting up some of the amazing women who are making our country, and our world, a better place-is an honour and a salve, and never more so than this year. (Oh, and a hat tip to my partner on this year's package, assistant editor Radiyah Chowdhury.)
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