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Now held to be the first film of the women's movement, Growing Up Female is an important part of feminist history and shows the powerful forces of socialization that bear down on women—forces that still, in many ways, remain to this day. Susan Sontag said of the film: "One of those painful experiences that's good for you. The film shows how females are brainwashed into passivity, mental sluggishness and self contempt. I wish every high school kid in America could see this film. Join our email list to receive the latest Hot Docs news, including Festival announcements, screenings and events.

No Thanks. Welcome to Industry and Premium Pass holder ticket selection! You can use your pass to get one ticket to as many non-concurrent screenings as you like. A block a tickets for each screening is held for pass holders. Pass holder tickets are available on the day of the screening in two ways: Online, beginning at a. Police say that the act, while undermining respect for the law by young criminals, often makes it difficult for them to apprehend offenders because they cannot publicly identify young suspects unless they are considered dangerous. For their part, lawyers and social workers involved with young offenders express concern that the act has removed the discretionary sentencing powers that the correctional authorities were able to exercise under the old Juvenile Delinquents Act, which allowed more lenient treatment for youngsters who showed signs of being capable of rehabilitation.

Under the new act, said Peter Jaffe, director of the family court clinic in London, Ont. Critics of the act cite the sentence given the Scarborough killer as an example of a major flaw in the act. Ontario Attorney General Ian Scott said that his department has been lobbying Ottawa for three years to amend the act to include stiffer penalties for major crimes. Provincial justice officials—who are responsible for administering federal criminal law—have held meetings with federal counterparts to discuss changes in the act since it became law.

So far, Parliament has passed several amendments, including a provision for longer sentences for young offenders who commit offences in prison. Still, the mild sentence imposed on the Scarborough killer resulted at least partly from a miscalculation on the part of the Crown attorney who prosecuted the case. Under the Young Offenders Act, provincial justice officials could have opted to have the accused 14year-old tried in regular court under the Criminal Code. Instead, they decided to try him under the Young Offenders Act in the belief that the testimony of two psychiatrists who declared that the boy was legally insane would result in his being sent to a psychiatric institution for an indefinite period.

At the trial in , both the defence and prosecution lawyers were stunned when Judge Ross C. Ball ruled that the boy was sane and guilty of first-degree murder under the act.

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As a result of being convicted under the act, the Scarborough killer escaped the severe sentence—as well as the stigma—that an adult murderer faces. If he had been found guilty in adult court and received the mandatory life sentence, he would have faced 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

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As well, under the act, not only will court records of his murder conviction be destroyed but the killer will not be required to report to any correctional services official—a condition for releasing most adult offenders. Critics say that a basic flaw in the Young Offenders Act is that, in an effort to encourage rehabilitation, the act makes no provision for long sentences.

It attempts to fully extend the benefit of equal protection of the law to juveniles while firmly holding on to the rehabilitative model which was the touchstone of the Juvenile Delinquents Act. According to a study conducted by Jaffe, between and only In , that figure had risen to 31 per cent. At the same time, Jaffe noted that in his city the incidence of recidivism—the committing of further crimes—among young offenders rose alarmingly to 56 per cent from Jaffe said that the increased recidivism rate probably reflects the fact that, under the act, courts are placing more emphasis on prison sentences and less on rehabilitative measures.

But some police officers argue that the sentences provided for under the act are too lenient for some young criminals. A fter eight years of Christian school, I was thrust into this completely alien world of the public school system—Thistletown Collegiate Institute, on Islington, north of the I was very small and very effeminate and it was one of the worst times of my life. But what I thought was kind of special about the school, it was a very working-class neighbourhood and there were basically two groups, kind of like the Sharks and the Jets—you had the Discos and the Rocks.

There may have been knives, but I do remember food fights in the cafeteria. Jim: My friend Lisa Godfrey started a zine in high school and I kind of nudged my way in. And then Sara joined, and that was really welcome for several reasons, because doing it alone was a drag. We started when we were seventeen or eighteen and it lasted into university when I started doing it with David Keyes.


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We were in Scarborough in a high school of two thousand people, but there were maybe a dozen people in school who were into punk and new wave. There was all this new music we were hearing, sometimes, on the radio, but no one in the media was talking about it otherwise. It connected us with it and validated how we felt about feeling different. It was a community. We all wanted to do something creative. The other thing about the fanzine and the culture was there were no rules. I had a short story in there—my first published story.

And one day I turned left instead of right and that completely changed my life. I met a lot of writers and other people in that store: Ron Mann and Elliott Lefko. I remember another time going to Records on Wheels, which was on Yonge then, and seeing this guy on the street selling his book—it was Stuart Ross. There was such an enthusiasm for D.

That was a huge moment for me. I came to Canada when I was about nine years old, from Ireland. Back then there was a young man, about my age or a year younger, and when we were about nine or ten, we went to the Metro theatre. Movies were a big thing for kids. The theatres planned activities just for them. I loved the old Roy Rogers movies. It was a simpler time. Around the world, walk the dog, I could do, but I could never master the more intricate ones. There were three movie theatres right around there: there was the Alhambra, and there was the Midtown, which is now the Bloor.

I loved horror movies and sci-fi, so I would scope out the paper and see if there was a horror movie playing. I n high school I loved going to Goodwill Buy the Pound, where I could buy weird vintage clothes and books in one place. And that was Friday night. I n elementary school I was a big fan of going to the Big Chill ice cream parlor. I went to Clinton public school, up the street, so every time there was a school event or a concert everyone would go down for ice cream after. We moved to Jane and Annette before I finished elementary, which was a pretty big change.

Everyone there was very conservative, with their perfectly mowed lawns, and they all drove cars. But it was still pretty beautiful out there. We liked going to the Humber River, we liked doing family bikes rides, we went for walks. I remember liking it better on Halloween. The candy was definitely better in the wealthier neighbourhood. We only lived there for two years, which was enough.

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Our parents had enough with the back and forth, so we ended up moving back very close to Clinton public school. T he first concerts I ever attended were in the early to mid-fifties. They were held at a place called the Palace Pier.

I saw Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers there. The Palace Pier had found a loophole in the laws of the time that said if you were serving food you could have entertainment. So you paid your admission, which at that time was probably two or three dollars, and they gave you a plastic plate with a couple of crackers and a piece of cheese on it, covered in Saran wrap.

Ronnie Hawkins used to play six nights a week at the Concord. The stage and the dance floor were in the middle of the club, and if you were over twenty-one you sat on one side, and if you were under twenty-one you sat on the other. Some people would get up and dance from the under-twenty-one side and, when a song finished, would sit down on the over-twenty-one side.

I remember a promoter named Irvin Feld put together these road shows that would play Maple Leaf Gardens.

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People like Paul Anka, Buddy Holly. Usually Chuck Berry finished the first half, because no one could follow him. There was no security. After the show anybody could go back to the dressing rooms and talk to the artists. I have a picture hanging on my wall of me with Buddy Holly. I went to the University of Toronto Schools, an academically focused school.

One day in our final year we had to go do some St. John Ambulance training off-site.

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So suddenly it was nerds sprung—we were on the loose. What are we going to do? So, of course, we did the nerdiest thing ever and went to the Royal Ontario Museum.


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Part of the attraction was they had a baseball exhibit. Other kids would have been playing pool, smoking cigarettes—we went to the museum. I also remember my father taking us to the David Dunlap Observatory , in Richmond Hill, where they would have open houses on occasion. There was no development up there at the time, so it was all dark. There were all these people hanging out with their own telescopes.