Book­store Icon Passes

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Mar­garet Phillips, op­er­a­tor of Canada’s last stand­ing fem­i­nist book­store, passed away on No­vem­ber 4, 2015.

Born on April 12, 1931, in Ottawa, Phillips be­gan her ca­reer man­ag­ing recre­ational are­nas.As recre­ation di­rec­tor in Kenora, On­tario, from 1960 to 1967, she was elected the first woman pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety of Di­rec­tors of Mu­nic­i­pal Recre­ation of On­tario.In 1965, the Anishi­naabe Grand Coun­cil Treaty #3 placed Phillips’ name on its honour roll for her par­tic­i­pa­tion in a his­toric anti-racism march to Kenora City Hall that year.

She then be­came ac­tive in a va­ri­ety of so­cial jus­tice causes.

In 1973, Phillips was part of a col­lec­tive that founded the North­west­ern On­tario Women’s Cen­tre and from 1982 to 1992 she was a mem­ber of the fem­i­nist jour­nal col­lec­tive that pub­lished the North­ern Woman’s Jour­nal, at the time the sec­ond-long­est-run­ning fem­i­nist news­pa­per in Canada. Phillips later worked as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Lake­head So­cial Plan­ning Coun­cil, ad­vo­cat­ing for a wide range of com­mu­nity ser­vices in­clud­ing tran­sit for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, a low in­come hous­ing co-op and re­gional day­cares.

In 1984, Phillips and Anna McColl co-founded the North­ern Woman’s Book­store in Thun­der Bay, which has been Canada’s lone women’s book­store since 2012.Phillips was ac­tively in­volved in In­ter Pares, a Cana­dian or­ga­ni­za­tion that part­ners with or­ga­ni­za­tions around the world to ad­vance women’s equal­ity.She also trav­elled in­ter­na­tion­ally in sup­port of its goals.In 2008, Phillips was hon­oured with the El­iz­a­beth Kouhi Award by the North­west­ern On­tario Writ­ers Work­shop for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the writ­ing com­mu­nity. Phillips was also a gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial con­trib­u­tor to Her­i­zons magazine.

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