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14 Feb 2019

The Guilt And Shame That Comes With Being A Teen Parent

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These thoughts have been weighing on my heart and lately, I can’t escape them. As close as my daughter and I are now, as much as we’ve been through together and as much as I know she’s genuinely happy, there’s this constant feeling of guilt and shame that still haunts me.

22 Jan 2019

Black Canadian Women Artists Detangle The Roots Of Black Beauty

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Renowned visual artist Mickalene Thomas has taken over the fifth-floor gallery space of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with her show “Femmes Noires.”

24 Dec 2018

Disappointment about gifts is good for kids who have enough

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Both the Santa story and consumer culture promote the ideal of wish-fulfilment, but parents can model adaptability and a healthy understanding of limitations by supporting children through disappointment.

18 Dec 2018

I Knew Cyntoia Brown

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Like many, I have closely followed the case of Cyntoia Brown. Hers is a tragic and troubling tale that has recently reignited debate about the galling sexist, classist and racist inconsistencies of the American justice system.

21 Nov 2018

The Trouble With The "It's Okay To Be White" Campaign

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Recently, posters were discovered on several walls at the University of Manitoba with the statement, “It’s okay to be white.”

13 Nov 2018

Too Busy For PTA, But Working-Class Parents Care

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There is a persistent perception among public high school administrators and staff that working-class immigrant parents are disinterested and uninvolved in their children’s education.

31 Oct 2018

Separate But Equal: Part 2

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Two weeks ago, before the official municipal election results, I wrote about how the history of racist attitudes within Ontario’s education system have followed us up until present day.

30 Oct 2018

The Ominous Third-Place Finish Of A White Supremacist In Toronto's Mayoral Race

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The 2018 Toronto municipal election played out as most people expected it to, with John Tory cruising to a second term as mayor. 

15 Oct 2018

Separate But Equal - TDSB 2018

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Less than a mere decade before my birth, there were Black children in Ontario “learning” under a segregated school system. They endured cramped classrooms with dim lighting and toilets that would only flush with the aid of water in a bucket.

21 Sep 2018

Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party Doesn’t Mean YOU People

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Maxime Bernier has had a busy year.

20 Sep 2018

That Caricature of Serena Williams Isn't Just Rude, It's Racist

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Serena Williams did something that even President Barack Obama could not do. She got angry and showed it.

12 Sep 2018

'Notwithstanding Clause' Is Vilest Abuse of Power In Ontario's Political History

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On Tuesday morning, I publicly posted a letter I addressed to MPP Lorne Coe regarding the reintroduction of Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, to the Ontario legislature this week.

01 Sep 2018

Durham Region and The 'N' Word: "Oshawa Today" Is A Tiny Drop In A Very Big Bucket

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In 2017, during a Reality Radio 101 regular broadcast of Oshawa Today (which has since been cancelled), a host dropped the N bomb during a rant against, what he labelled, violent Black Lives Matter protesters. Here's a snippet:

 

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