Teachers can do virtually anything!

2021-10-09T15:01:24+01:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Activities, children, Community, education, General, TDSB|

By Yvonne Yorke - October 2021 - Teachers can do VIRTUALLY anything! That’s a catchphrase seen since the start of the pandemic which forced schools to move to virtual learning. Virtual learning has definitely provided challenges for students, parents and teachers alike. It could be the challenge of learning how to navigate the [...]

Muslim-Canadians celebrate Islamic History Month

2021-10-08T19:16:25+01:00October 3rd, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, Community, education, General, Newcomer, racism|

 By Nina Badwal - October 2021 -  Each year since 2007, Canada has officially recognized the month of October as Islamic History Month.  It’s a time where all Canadians can learn more about the culture, contributions and achievements of the Muslim community.   “During this month I want people to know that Islam is [...]

The power of art

2021-10-08T19:22:18+01:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, Creative Corner, education, General, youth|

By Heather Wilson - October 2021 -  Art can create new futures. It nurtures creativity and imagination and teaches us to use them as tools to explore our world and ourselves. Through art, seemingly impossible ideas can be made real. This power is made even more meaningful when placed in the hands of [...]

What is Labour Day and why do we celebrate it?

2021-09-16T22:14:51+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: education, General|

- By Georgina Alford - Labour Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, recognises labour movements across America and Canada. Since 1894, Labour Day has been a statutory holiday, helping to build a working-class identity and allowing time for rest and relaxation outside of the workplace.  Some historians trace the origins of [...]

Commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2021-10-08T19:34:47+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, children, Community, education, General, Indigenous, policy, racism, youth|

 By Nina Badwal - September 2021 -  This September 30th, we will commemorate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a statutory holiday to remember the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.  A bill creating this new holiday (Bill C-5) was unanimously passed by the Senate in June 2021. Establishing a [...]

A St. James Town teacher reflects on the effectiveness of virtual learning

2021-09-16T19:17:58+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: children, Community, education, General|

- By Nea Maaty - For almost two years, Toronto and many parts of Ontario have been dealing with a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education-wise, students are either homeschooling, involved in virtual schooling or a combination of the two. One thing we do know is that students are not having the [...]

Words matter

2021-08-03T15:11:09+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, black lives matter, Community, education, General, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, Newcomer, policy, racism|

- By Shirley Roberts - There is no shortage of news, dominated by world events, that is covered in our daily newspapers and through social media. News items compete for our attention through short articles by journalists who often have to keep up with the daily news cycle and looming deadlines. In the [...]

Back to school in a new post-pandemic world

2021-08-06T18:50:00+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, education, General, Health, mental health, TDSB, youth|

- By Yvonne Yorke - - This mural is approximately 10-years-old. Have you ever wondered what Article 26 is about? If so, here is the answer:  Article 26 is from the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights:  Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary [...]

Orange Shirt Day: Teachings of Canada’s grim history of residential schools

2021-10-08T19:48:51+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: children, education, General, Indigenous|

By Nina Badwal - August 2021 -  Sept. 24, 2018. Cut-out orange t-shirts hanging on a clothesline in the hallway of Rose Avenue Junior Public School with the slogan “Every Child Matters.” (Photo: Catherine Inglis) The students of Rose Avenue Junior Public School in St. James Town are preparing for the new [...]

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