Canada Is An Interesting Place to Live, Tonight

In about three minutes, the results of today’s federal election will start coming in (CBC’s coverage here). In about an hour, the Toronto Blue Jays will try to win a baseball game. The Toronto Maple Leafs are left out of tonight’s festivities. And me? Well, I’ll be studying while all of this is going on.

It’s an exciting night in Toronto, the sporting, geographical, political, economic, and intellectual centre of Canada.

The city is lit! Gonna be an intense afternoon!

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Emma Watson, the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, is at the forefront of a new campaign, HeForShe. It’s not unique for celebrities to take up a cause, attaching their name and peculiar brand of fame to it. This one, for me at least, is important.

To say that I’m actively involved in the issues of gender inequality would be anachronistic. There remains a latent passion in me for the issue, and I’m glad to see that HeForShe has come about. I studied Women’s Studies, a number of years ago, because of many of the same impulses that Ms. Watson outlines in the video below.

For now, the campaign seems to be one in search of solidarity. I hope that over the coming months the campaign will transform into something more actionable than a truly admirable ideal that should already be a reality. Even if it doesn’t, we should all already be doing everything we can toward the achievement of gender equality.


UN Press Release

Video of Ms. Watson’s address at the UN: