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"The Word On The Street is a Hub for Community-Building" Talking with WOTS Communication Coordinator Rebecca Diem

"The Word On The Street is a Hub for Community-Building" Talking with WOTS Communication Coordinator Rebecca Diem

It's finally time! This weekend, The Word on the Street takes over the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto for one of the city's favourite – and biggest – literary gatherings. Packed with free events ...

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The Western Alienation Merit Badge

The Western Alienation Merit Badge

Set in Calgary in 1982, during the recession that arrived on the heels of Canada’s National Energy Program, The Western Alienation Merit Badge follows the Murray family as they struggle with grief and find themselves on the brink of financial ruin. After the death of her stepmother, Frances “Frankie” Murray returns to Calgary to help her father, Jimmy, and her sister, Bernadette, pay the mortgage on the family home. When Robyn, a long-lost friend, becomes their house guest old tensions are reignited and Jimmy, Bernadette and Frances find themselves increasingly alienated from one another.

Part family drama, part queer coming-of-age story, The Western Alienation Merit Badge explores the complex dynamics of a small family falling apart.