• Robyn Maynard Is Writing Canada's Hard Truths

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    Keep Listening: This is one of a series of profiles celebrating Black changemakers across Canada. Read them all here , or by picking up a newsstand copy on August 27.
    For writer and anti-racism advocate Robyn Maynard, 2020 has offered an illuminating look at which lives our society values and which ones it doesn't. “The pandemic is really showing us who in particular is seen as disposable,” says Maynard, a Vanier scholar at the University of Toronto. She points to the high proportion of Black people working on the front lines of the agriculture industry or as personal support workers in...
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  • El Jones Is Teaching Abolition, Every Day

    El Jones Is Teaching Abolition, Every Day

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    Keep Listening: This is one of a series of profiles celebrating Black changemakers across Canada. Read them all here , or by picking up a newsstand copy on August 27.
    Abolition was the first social issue El Jones understood. As a teenager, she read Oscar Wilde's poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. “Dear Christ! the very prison walls/Suddenly seemed to reel,” he wrote after serving a two-year sentence for committing “gross indecency” with other men. Jones has been clear on her stance ever since. But the poet, activist, columnist at the Halifax Examiner and professor at the University of King's...
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  • Dr. Onye Nnorom Is Healing Medicine From The Inside Out

    Dr. Onye Nnorom Is Healing Medicine From The Inside Out

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

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    Keep Listening: This is one of a series of profiles celebrating Black changemakers across Canada. Read them all here , or by picking up a newsstand copy on August 27.
    In February, Dr. Onye Nnorom and her team at the University of Toronto launched the podcast Race, Health and Happiness. Aimed at students, especially those in the medical school, the show isn't an Intro to Anti-­Racism course. Focused on the many ways racism can negatively affect health, it places the experiences of Black, Indigenous and other racialized people at its...
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  • Ingrid Waldron Is Documenting Dirty Facts About Environmental Injustice

    Ingrid Waldron Is Documenting Dirty Facts About Environmental Injustice

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

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    Keep Listening: This is one of a series of profiles celebrating Black changemakers across Canada. Read them all here , or by picking up a newsstand copy on August 27.
    From the Canadian metropolis of Montreal to the Caribbean jewel of Trinidad and Tobago, Ingrid Waldron's childhood was shaped by more than just the flavours of poutine and pholourie. For her, racism in the Canadian city where she was born meant being called the N-word and having her head pushed in the snow by peers. But those experiences were countered when, at age 11, she moved...
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  • Cicely Belle Blain Is Proving That It's Possible To Unlearn Prejudice

    Cicely Belle Blain Is Proving That It's Possible To Unlearn Prejudice

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

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    Watching millions of people wake up to anti-Blackness, police brutality and racism is complex for someone used to explaining those issues to much smaller audiences. Cicely Belle Blain is the founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver, as well as a consultant who helps businesses implement anti-racist workplace policies and practices. In other words, it's been an intense few months.
    “I'm coming down from a combination of...
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  • Marlihan Lopez Is Taking A Wide-Angle View Of Justice

    Marlihan Lopez Is Taking A Wide-Angle View Of Justice

    29 days ago - By Health & Lifestyle

    Keep Listening: This is one of a series of profiles celebrating Black changemakers across Canada. Read them all here , or by picking up a newsstand copy on August 27.
    “Here, we're still debating whether systemic racism is a thing,” says Marlihan Lopez about Canada's brand of anti-Black racism. Born in Puerto Rico, the activist and scholar lived in New Orleans as a child and did her studies in Cuba as well as Montreal. “In Quebec . . . you can't even name it. Other places I've lived it's a known fact.”
    Lopez hasn't waited around for consensus. Since moving back to Montreal in 2015, she's...
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  • Itah Sadu Is Creating Space For Community

    Itah Sadu Is Creating Space For Community

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    In the early 1990s, Itah Sadu told one of her stories at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. It was about a boy's messy room, and the audience was rapt. “There were librarians and teachers lining up to buy this book that didn't exist,” says the Scarborough-born, Barbados-raised Sadu. “It was the coolest feeling ever.” That tale would eventually become the Canadian children's lit classic, Christopher, Please Clean Up Your...
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