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12 May 2018

“I Felt Psychologically Detained” - The Mental Health Effects Of Policing In Canada

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A Hamilton police officer was recently acquitted of charges of discreditable conduct after city councilor, Matthew Green filed a complaint against the Hamilton Police Services (HPS) for being racially profiled.

09 May 2018

Banking While Black: The Business Of Exclusion

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Black Canadians are twice as likely as those in the overall Canadian population to have low incomes, get shot, be unemployed and to encounter systemic bias that interferes with equal access to goods and services. The financial world is no exception.

09 May 2018

Grief Is A Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways To Support Yourself

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The cyclical realities of the impact of racism, anti-Black racism and other forms of intersectional violence on our health make breathing seem like a luxury at times. The full blunt impact of racism and other forms of violence echoes heavily in our hearts, our minds, bodies and actions. Grief is a direct result of racism and intersectional violence and it affects us physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, transnationally and transgenerationally. More importantly, not being able to fully engage in our grief is a direct outcome of chronic experiences of racist violence. This winter, the grandmother of the deceased Colten Boushie told…

02 May 2018

Emotional Intelligence Is Life And Death Where I’m From

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Jermaine Brown became Toronto’s 15th homicide victim of 2006. His murderers shot him five times — once in each of his legs, twice in his torso; the final bullet maliciously tunnelled through his neck and out of his side.

02 May 2018

Navigating racism: Black Graduate Students Need Support

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I have mixed feelings about my experiences in graduate school. As a Black, first-generation Canadian and the first in my family to become a doctoral student, I did not understand the culture of the academy. If I knew then what I know now as an Adjunct Professor teaching part time, I might have made different choices.

02 May 2018

Black Hipsters : Rise of The Flat “Black” Economy

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Regardless of what you think of them, you have to respect a few things about hipsters.

01 May 2018

The Real Reasons More Black Teachers Aren't Working In Durham

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Teachers, social workers, clerical professionals and other members of the GTA black community packed the room at the Pickering Recreation Complex on April 19 for the first ever Durham District School Board (DDSB) Recruitment Information Night for Black teachers.

26 Apr 2018

What Does Justice For Black Canadians Look Like?

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently gave a short but significant speech on Parliament Hill announcing that the Government of Canada is officially recognizing the International Decade for People of African Descent.

26 Apr 2018

Where Is The "Black Community"?

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I have a love-hate relationship with the descriptor of “black community” or “black people”.

16 Apr 2018

The Voices Left Out Of The Pharmacare Discussion

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Recently, I participated in a pharmacare town hall in Hamilton, Ontario—one of 25 being held across the country—to discuss the implementation of a single-payer drug program that would ensure access to universal, comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable coverage for all Canadians. 

13 Apr 2018

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

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Hipster folks, I’m trying my best. It is very difficult to do when I feel like a foreigner on familiar soil almost anytime I step into one of your establishments.

09 Apr 2018

Federation of Black Canadians Speaks Out On "Disturbing Backlash"

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It has now been five months since the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) officially launched, at the inaugural National Black Canadians Summit.

07 Apr 2018

Stephon Clark's Misogynoir Mattered

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The first time my husband was pulled over by police, he was on his way to pick me up from work. We had been talking on the phone when he said to me, “Babe, a cop just stopped me. I’ll call you back.”

 

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