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EDITOR’S NOTE

Dear readers, Welcome to the first installment of TWERQ. This is the magazine’s Spring 2013 issue filled with everything from fashion to politics. At TWERQ, we believe that women should not only explore the sumptuously rich and elaborate world of fashion but also divulge in the current events occurring around us. This season, I’ve been particularly fascinated by Barack Obama and his rise - or potential downfall - as he commences his second term in office. The organization Half the Sky captured my attention the second I attended the Half the Sky conference at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Westmount. I can’t wait to tell you about everything I learnt about the sufferances of women around the world and what we can do to end sex trafficking. On a more local level, I’ve been intrigued by the gourmet experience Montreal has to offer. I’ve had the chance to visit some of the best restaurants in the city and - luckily for you - let you know which dishes are the best of the best. I hope you enjoy this season’s issue of TWERQ as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. All the best, Madison Quinn

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INSIDE

Montreal, Quebec

Dining in Montreal.................................................................3

International

So Who Really is Barack Obama?..........................................7

Half the Sky: An Organization to Change the World..............10

Fashion

Street Style..........................................................................13

Photography: Spotlight on Meg Meldrum..............................16

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DINING IN MONTREAL - THE WHO, WHAT AND WHERE OF EATING OUT IN THE CITY -

PARK. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.


FROM LEFT: LA FOUMAGERIE AND DAVID’S TEA. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN

KAZU. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOSEPHINE ISSENMAN.

hen people visiting Montreal ask me where they should eat, I can never give them an easy answer. Only a true “Montrealer” knows all the hidden gems this city has to offer. Although I’m still young, I’ve lived in this city for seventeen years and have quite a good sense of which restaurants are the best of the best. Here’s a look at what I believe are some of the best restaurants in Montreal. IMADAKE. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.

Asian Cuisine: Imadake This Asian restaurant has so much more to offer than just it’s food. Imadake is all about the atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, the food is simply exquisite. There’s nothing I love more than their seaweed salad, dumplings or green tea ice cream. However, I don’t know anyone that goes to Imadake with solely food in mind. This restaurant is one that’s loud and proud. If you’re looking for pounding music, sake bombs and a clientele made up of students looking for a good time, then Imadake is a restaurant for you. 4006 St-Catherine St. West; (514) 931-8833; http://www.imadake.ca Kazu Kazu is a tiny Japanese izakaya filled with personality. Every single time I’ve passed this gem, there’s been a line up outside of more than ten parties. I’m never surprised, however, because Kazu is seriously one of a kind. This restaurant is all about the food. They have a torn up menu binded together but the real specialities are the daily specials written on colored papers and taped up on the wall. Popular plates include the tuna and salmon bowls and the pork necks. To say the least, this restaurant is for the serious foodies. 1862 St-Catherine St. West; (514) 937-2333; http://www.kazumontreal.com

PIZZA CHEZ DANY. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.

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DEVILLE DINERBAR. PHOTOGRAPHED BY NATASHA NICKELS.

BURGER BAR. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.

Park Antonio Park recently opened his restaurant Park and it has been nothing but culinary success since its creation. With Antonio Park being born in Argentina and raised in Japan, Park offers sushi, sashimi & japanese cuisine with a unique twist. The restaurant’s atmosphere at night is beautifully refined and elegant with candle-lit lighting and a clientele ready to feast in some of Montreal’s best food. 378 Victoria Ave; (514) 750-7534. Quick Stops: La Foumagerie This tiny sandwich and salad counter and gourmet store is Westmount’s best kept secret. This restaurant is known for offering gourmet sandwiches and salads with a focus on

YEH! PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.

quality cheeses and fresh ingredients. When I think of La Foumagerie I think of the perfect family lunch restaurant to go to on a Sunny Sunday afternoon. You can get lunch for the family here and then pick up a loaf of bread, some cheese and the finest delicacies to take home. 4906 Sherbrooke St. West; (514) 482-4100; http://www.lafoumagerie.qc.ca David’s Tea This tea shop is Starbucks’ younger, cooler Montreal-born cousin. No one can beat David’s Tea. They offer an enormous selection of unparalleled teas. Goji Pop is a tea best served chilled that’s sweet, fruity and amazingly similar to a fruit roll-up. Birthday Cake is exactly as it sounds - birthday cake in a cup! Who wouldn’t want that? You can hate on it or be its biggest fan but the one thing you can’t do is ignore

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DEVILLE DINERBAR. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MADISON QUINN.

"It's about trying to bring the best quality products to the restaurant. People think that chefs are the only reason why the food tastes good. I don't want to give all the credit to the chefs. The people who worked hard to catch that fish own 50 percent of the respect." - Antonio Park

it because David’s Tea is replacing Starbucks one cup at a time. Multiple locations; http://www.davidstea.com Yeh! Yeh! is a chain of cafés offering frozen yogurt, crepes, hot chocolate and much more. But, of course, they definitely specialize in their frozen yogurts. Yeh! offers interesting yogurt and topping choices. Their yogurts include pinacolada and cake batter and their toppings include organic açai and mochi balls. This frozen yogurt stop has something for everyone from the health freaks to the sugar crazed. Multiple locations; http://www.yehyogourt.com “All American”: Deville Dinerbar Located on Stanley St. above St-Catherine St. West, this dinerbar isn’t your typical “All American” burger joint. Deville incorporates the much-loved diner feel with a sophisticated and chic 21st century vibe. This restaurant offers everything you love about the United States of America (cheeseburgers, grilled cheese,milkshakes) with a twist. Their burgers are topped with anything from black forest bacon to bourbon-poached pear to melted brie cheese. If you’re feeling adventurous and nostalgic all at once, Deville Dinerbar is the place for you. 1425 Stanley; (514) 281-6556; http://devilledinerbar.com Burger Bar Burger Bar is Deville’s younger, “mama’s boy” type brother. Burger bar offers everything you love about classic American dining with no fancy twists or turns. If you love a classic cheeseburger they’ll give you a classic cheeseburger. And if you want your burger to be mile high they’ll give you that too (Burger Bar literally has a burger called the mile high!). Located on Crescent this restaurant offers you all your favorite dishes perfectly fuss-free. 1465 Crescent; (514) 903-5575; http://www.burgerbarcrescent.com

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SO WHO REALLY IS BARACK OBAMA?


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND CHIEF OF STAFF DENIS MCDONOUGH WALK ALONG THE SOUTH LAWN DRIVEWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, APRIL 9, 2013. (OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA)

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decide you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.’” - Barack Obama

We know him as the President of the United States. We know him as the first African American President. We know him as the man who has appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. We know him as the man that ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. We know him as the man that signed the Affordable Health Care Act. But who is he really? And what does he stand by? Economy The United States are currently $14 trillion in debt. I guess you could say that’s a lot of money and I also guess you could say that Mr. Obama is going to be getting his hands dirty. President Obama believes that stimulating the economy begins with investing in small businesses and ending tax cuts for the wealthy (anyone making over $200,000 individually and $250,000 married). In order to stimulate the economy, Mr. Obama believes that the government must invest in small businesses. This means, offering them tax breaks, health care packages and loaning them money. As well, he believes that there should no longer be tax cuts for the wealthy, as there were during the Bush era. By ending tax cuts for the wealthy, the American government

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would gain billions of dollars that could be used to pay off their debt. The unemployment rate in the United States is currently 7.6%, a low compared to the 10% unemployment rate in October of 2009. Barack Obama plans to combat the high unemployment rate by creating initiatives to improve manufacturing jobs within the United States and push exports outside the United States through free trade agreements. This will both stimulate the economy and keep jobs within the US. Obama recently created the “Bring Jobs Back Home Act” that provided a 20% tax break for the costs of moving jobs back to the United States. Mr. Obama also plans to cut the corporate tax rate to 28% from a whopping 35%. Health Care As previously mentioned, Barack Obama passed the Affordable Health Care Act (commonly called “Obamacare”) in March 2010. The act is aimed at increasing the rate of health insurance coverage for Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. This means that more Americans can receive the health care they deserve. The act includes guaranteed issue, a policy that requires insurance companies to cover Americans without regard to gender or most preexisting conditions. The act also states that lowincome individuals will receive federal subsidies. To sum things up, the Affordable Health Care Act means that Americans who could not afford Health Care before can now go to the hospital in order to get treated and can go see doctors in order to get the care they deserve.

Abortion Barack Obama supports Roe v. Wade (a law passed in 1973 that gave women the right to abortion depending on their state laws) and has consistently voted in favor of pro-choice initiatives. “I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.” - President Obama's statement marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, 23 January 2011. Same-sex marriage On May 9, 2012, Mr. Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage during an ABC interview. In January 2011, President Obama repealed the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that silenced members of the military on their sexual orientation.

Of course, we’ll never truly know everything about the first African American President of the United States. But what I can say is that he is making an impact on the United States step by step. He inspired the population from the start of his campaign in 2007 and he continues to do so in his second term in office.

“The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.” - Barack Obama 9


HALF THE SKY: AN ORGANIZATION TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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"WHAT WE ARE LEARNING AROUND THE WORLD IS THAT IF WOMEN ARE HEALTHY AND EDUCATED, THEIR FAMILIES WILL FLOURISH. IF WOMEN ARE FREE FROM VIOLENCE, THEIR FAMILIES WILL FLOURISH. IF WOMEN HAVE A CHANCE TO WORK AND EARN AS FULL AND EQUAL PARTNERS IN SOCIETY, THEIR FAMILIES WILL FLOURISH. AND WHEN FAMILIES FLOURISH, COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS DO AS WELL." -- FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILARY CLINTON

alf the Sky is an organization focused on raising awareness on issues such as sex trafficking, maternal mortality, gender-based violence, forced prostitution, lack of education and economic empowerment. Their goal? To turn “oppression into opportunity for women worldwide”. I can’t think of an organization I’d rather support. Having been at an all-girls school for the past 12 years, I’m a pretty big feminist and I’m all about helping women. So when I heard about Half the Sky I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve always believed that women are the base of every flourishing community and that without women, no man would be where he is today. Half the Sky confirmed my previous beliefs and taught much more about women in society. And now I’m here to share with you what I’ve learnt about two of the largest issues women face around the world. Sex Trafficking Half the Sky has estimated that around 3 million women and girls around the work are enslaved in the sex trade. If you think about 11


it, that number means that far more women and girls are bought and sold each year, in the early 21st century, than were at the time of the African slave trade in the 18th century. I guess the human race really hasn’t learnt much at all. Sex trafficking is actually one of the fastest-growing organized crimes, generating $27.8 billion each year. Beliefs such as virgins having the ability to cure AIDS, have thrust the world of sex trafficking upon extremely young girls. Not only is this problem fast-growing but it’s also selfperpetuating. Women often know nothing else other than prostitution and the sex trade and therefore have no other choice but to stay in the trade. They’re also tied to brothels because of possible drug addictions, a tactic brothel owners use to keep prostitutes from leaving. So, what can we do to help? The first stepping stone is raising awareness. And raising awareness is exactly what Half the Sky is doing. People need to know that sex-trafficking is a fast-growing global issue that needs to come to an end. We need to educate young boys and young girls on issue so that the adults of tomorrow won’t fall into the same vicious cycle. Gender-Based Violence According to Half the Sky, women aged 15 to 45 are more likely to be insured or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Gender-based violence was actually an issue I hadn’t heard of before and after reading that fact, I’ve become extremely concerned. This violence takes on many forms, a few being acid attacks, rape and domestic violence. Surveys suggest that about one-third of all women globally face beatings in the home. Another survey states that between 30 and 60 percent of women experienced physical or sexual

violence by a husband or boyfriend. According to the World Health Organization, up to 70 percent of female murder victims are killed by their male partners. More than 603 women live in countries where domestic violence is not outlawed and more than 2.6 billion women live in countries where rape within a marriage is not considered a crime. Women are often concerned that there will be negative consequences if they report any abuse. As well, most government officials turn a blind eye to any violence occurring within a marriage. Women who have experienced gender-based violence often suffer from depression and isolation and are at a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse. So, again, what can we do to help? Above all, the solution to gender based violence is to change the way in which people think. Sexism and misogyny lie behind gender-based violence. To not create any confusion, sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex and misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. And it isn’t always the men that are the problem. In many countries, women are the brothel owners and mothers are forcing their daughters to endure genital mutilation. Since these attitudes are embedded in different cultures, we can only change the way people think through education and local leadership. Again, you can help fight this issue through raising awareness. It’s so simple and yet it can make a big impact on the world. Sometimes people don’t bother raising awareness about an issue because they don’t think it will help. In this case, raising awareness is what will make all the difference. We have to get the attention of government officials so that they shut down brothels around the world and punish people who commit gender-based violence. You can make a difference. Now’s the time. 12


Montreal: Street Style Paradise

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANIK RICHARD


PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANIK RICHARD

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEXANDRA DUPONT

PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMANDA NICOL

PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMANDA NICOL


PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMANDA NICOL

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANIK RICHARD

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEXANDRA DUPONT


PHOTOGRAPHY: SPOTLIGHT ON MEG MELDRUM

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