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Happy New Year sale and freebie from SBKM!

Obviously a New Year sale should have started last week but the kids were still home and life was just too busy. So instead this New Year sale is a combined “back to school, Happy Birthday Gingerheaddad (for January 10th)” celebration and “OMG-Trump-Is-Really-Going-To-Be-President-Soon-Isn’t-He?” wake. For this week, January 9th to 15th 2017 (inclusive), all pre-mades […]

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Free crochet pattern – Santa Claus amigurumi

In case you missed it, I now have an online crochet store and to celebrate I’ve published my first free crochet pattern which you can download here! I’m gradually updating my portfolio of crochet projects so you can get an idea of the kinds of items I enjoy making but you can also find my projects […]

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How to Crochet Your Dragon

With season 6 of Game of Thrones well underway, you’re probably thinking to yourself “how can I make a crochet dragon?” Well, if you’re in Toronto then sign up for the class I’m teaching at The Knit Cafe, starting on Thursday, May 26th. After teaching the Crochet Crash course and a few Amigurumi Robot classes, this […]

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Changes to IBI for autism in Ontario – ableism and misinformation run rampant

The Ontario Liberal government recently announced big changes to IBI for autism in Ontario and the response from opposition politicians, the Canadian media and many parents of autistic children has been deeply troubling to me. The policy announcement has unleashed a tidal wave of messaging which is ableist, exploitative and which marginalizes, stigmatizes and damages all […]

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ABA and Autism – the thorny problem of control and consent

Content/trigger warning – this blog post discusses applied behaviour analysis (ABA) as an autism “therapy” and includes references to both animal and child abuse. It may therefore be upsetting and/or triggering for some. Further reading It may be odd to start a blog post with some suggestions for other posts you should read, but here […]

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Actually it’s about ethics in vaccine journalism – my letter to The Star’s public editor about the paper’s Gardasil reporting

  In my last post I gave a brief overview of the controversy The Toronto Star created with its publication of an article about the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Since then, there have been some interesting additional items published which are well worth your time: On Twitter, Dr. Ben Goldacre tore a strip off both The Star […]

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The HPV vaccine – a virus speaks

Last Thursday, February 5th, The Toronto Star published an “investigative report” on one of the HPV vaccines, Gardasil. I read it through and thought it was awful, irresponsible, bad reporting. I immediately tweeted Dr. Jen Gunter to ask if she had seen it. She replied that she was already drafting a post. I have followed Dr. Gunter’s blog for […]

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