Archive | September, 2010

Breaking News: Ontario judge decriminalizes prostitution

29 Sep

Terri-Jean Bedford and Valerie Scott in court.

Yesterday, Justice Susan Himel took down three Criminal Code provisions: soliticing prostitution, pimping and operating a brothel. Her ruling, which will officially take effect in 30 days lest any Crown lawyers should return with strong, competing arguments, will set the standard for judges across Canada.

“By increasing the risk of harm to street prostitutes, the communicating law is simply too high a price to pay for the alleviation of social nuisance. I find that the danger faced by prostitutes greatly outweighs any harm which may be faced by the public,” Judge Himel was quoted as saying in a recent Globe & Mail article.

According to Valerie Scott, the former prostitute and current sex-trade activist who launched the legal attack on Ontario’s prostitution laws, the province’s sex-workers will immediately begin to seek workers’ compensation, health standards and inclusion in the country’s income-tax scheme.

“It is a great day for Canada,” said Terri-Jean Bedford, the dominatrix who was also involved in the case.

Yesterday afternoon, when one of my classmates announced excitedly that Ontario had decriminalized prostitution, these were my sentiments exactly. I am thrilled that people are finally beginning to take this issue seriously and that sex-trade workers will no longer have to fear for their lives. Canada is finally showing some forward-thinking and I hope that we will continue to do so.

In a recent poll, 82 per cent of Globe & Mail readers agreed that prostitution should be decriminalized.

What do you think?

Love always, Erica

Product Review: Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bar

28 Sep

Last year, I discovered the joys of pumpkin pie. This year, I have been anxious to taste any and all things pumpkin-related. So, when I saw these Pumpkin Pie Fruit and Grain Bars on the shelf at the local Metro I had to try them. The topping looked irrestitable. And, although in reality the topping lacked a few nuts, the bar itself did not disappoint. In fact, it has become a new favorite.

In my opinion, the Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar tastes exactly like pumpkin pie. The topping even has a texture just like pumpkin pie filling. It may be a bit on the cinnamon side but only for the better!

The Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar is a great snack to throw in your purse and its full of festive autumn flavour! (Although, from what I’ve read, Kashi sells the Pumpkin Pie bars all year! Yay!) Plus, at just 120 calories per bar, they are even diet-friendly!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous fall!

Love always, Erica

Product Review: Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

27 Sep

For the past few years I have found myself shedding like a Siberian Husky in spring. Clumps of hair form in my brushes, errant strands litter the floor and pieces are alway appearing on my shirt, in my bed, in the shower, etc. Yuck! Furthermore, the thick, voluminous hair of my childhood has since become thin and lifeless.

A couple weeks ago, while at House of Lords, I mentioned my hair loss trouble to the lady fixing up my split ends and roots. She blamed the ammonia in the hair dye I had been using and insisting I pick up some Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise at the nearby beauty supply store. So, for just $12, I did.

Let me preface this review by saying that I very rarely purchase hair products. I have never had any luck with supposedly life-changing hair products and, hence, have always been cynical of them.

However, the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise has made me a convert. Immedietly after my first mayonnaise treatment, I brushed and blowdried my hair as per usual. Instead of finding myself with a handful of hair at the end, I found one. I was so excited I even texted my mom! For the rest of the day, my hair loss was virtually nonexistent. My roommate even commented on how shiny my hair looked! Although the effect of the mayonnaise wore off slowly over the next few days, it has improved overall with a few treatments. I cannot say how much I love this product! I highly recommend it to anyone who has thin, dry, brittle, broken or shedding hair!

Love always, Erica

26 Sep

I’m pretty sure I hold the world record for the most failed blogs.

When I told my boyfriend that I wanted to start a new blog, he laughed. And rightly so. Since creating my first Xanga back in middle school I have started and, shortly thereafter, abandoned more blog than I have fingers to count them. My excuses have varied: too busy, not enough readers, general loss of interest.

So why am I starting another new blog? I am not sure, to be honest. I just have a good feeling about this one! 🙂

If you decide to stick with me (which I encourage you to!) here are some possible posts you can expect: shopping hauls, outfit-of-the-days, poetry, product reviews, do-it-yourself fashion, vegetarian recipes and random ramblings about my life as a journalism student, Forever 21 employee and head-over-heels girlfriend.

Lets see where this takes us.

Love always, Erica