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An Introduction to Women’s Day

2021-03-12T05:31:32+00:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, General, policy, Women|

By Georgina Alford International Women’s Day (IWD) has existed since the early 1900s. In 1908, 15,000 women took to the streets of New York to demand better pay, equal rights and shorter working hours.  It wasn’t until 1910, however, when Clara Zetkin - leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party [...]

The History of the Black Lives Matter Movement

2021-02-19T16:52:16+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Georgie Alford Founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Opal Tometi in the United States in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) has sparked activism around the globe. The hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) was initiated after the murder of African-American teen Trayvon Martin and has since proliferated through all social media channels. In August [...]

Introducing Focus Media Arts Centre

2021-02-19T17:55:19+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Raagave Kannan FOCUS Media Arts Centre (FOCUS) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1990 to counter negative media stereotypes of low income communities and provide relevant information to residents living in the Regent Park area and surrounding communities. We seek to empower marginalize individuals and under represented communities to have a [...]

Collaboration, Impact and Collective Identity

2021-02-19T16:48:43+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

A Perspective on the 2020 St. James Town Service Provider Network Leadership Forum By Cameron Murray The 2020 St. James Town Service Provider Network’s Leadership Forum took place on Friday November 20th, 2020. From home offices, living rooms and breakfast nooks, more than 80 participants logged into Zoom for an event successful in both [...]

The Need for BIPOC Histories in Today’s Classrooms

2021-02-19T17:16:39+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Minerva Navasca, FOCUS Media Centre For a city half composed of immigrants, most school curriculums are extremely lacking in culturally relevant teachings that are inclusive to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) or honor their contributions in building Canadian society. Few people know, for example, that slavery was practiced in Canada or [...]

Being a Canadian

2021-02-19T16:56:37+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Munira Yusuf February 15th marks Canada’s National Flag Day which commemorates the inauguration of the Canadian flag. For many, the flag creates a shared sense of identity that is often seen as a symbol of multiculturalism and neutrality. When we think of what it means to be Canadian, we may think of holding [...]

Racism and Mental Health

2021-02-19T17:05:00+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Shirley Roberts In Canada, February is Black History Month when we celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. It is an opportunity to focus on accomplishments and contributions while at the same time acknowledging the obstacles that many continue to face to achieve equity. Racism and discrimination are very prevalent in [...]

Valentine’s Day – The Celebration of Love

2021-02-19T17:31:15+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Yvonne Yorke love, noun: strong affection/attraction arising from association, personal ties, admiration or common interests. As a verb: to cherish, thrive or take pleasure. (reference Meriam-Webster) Valentine's Day is celebrated on Sunday, February 14, 2021. “The day” to express your love. What is important to remember though is that love does not have [...]

For the Love of Seniors

2021-02-19T03:05:52+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Faith Gumahadd On Tuesday February 9th we had our annual 'For the love of seniors' luncheon. The event was different compared to our past gatherings, but we adapted and pushed forward. Thanks to Building Roots, Medallion Corp, and The Corner/Older Adult Consortium, we came up with a package containing activity books, informational supplements [...]

Looking back at the year with our youth

2021-01-09T21:00:56+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, General, TDSB, youth|

The pandemic had created an impact on students' life and learning experience at school since March 2020. Four students living in St James Town shared their experiences on how the pandemic affected their summer break, return to school, holiday break, and relationship with family and friends.  First Name: Chloe Age: 10 Grade 5 How has [...]

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