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    Dunia Nur is the president of The African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC), which aims to “address the needs of African Canadians most affected by the perpetuation of poverty, civic apathy, structural, and systemic inequity.” ACCEC does this by focusing on advanced programming for racialized youth, who are overrepresented in the justice system. Through data governance and civic engagement, ACCEC works to see Black Canadians be better served in all institutions. 

    The last year has taken its toll on the mental health of all Canadians, and research shows that racialized youth have been the most impacted by the decline in mental wellness. The Africa Centre is addressing this mental health crisis through a new counselling initiative in partnership with the Alberta Black Therapists Network (ABTN). Black Albertans will have access to free, one-on-one counselling right from their living room.

    As a parent of a young, Black, school-aged child in Ontario’s public school system, I’ve had my fair share of challenges trying to navigate the system.

    Upon turning 19 in Ontario, teenagers can look forward to a few firsts. The exciting prospect of winning some money from their first lottery ticket, buying alcohol for the first time, or voting in their first election. However, what 19-year-old Branksome Hall graduate Renee Jagdeo is looking forward to, is making history. 

    The sudden closure of one of Pickering, Ontario’s most well-known marketplaces has left several Black business owners wondering how they will survive.

    Brandon Gonez isn't going anywhere. He may have left our screens on CP24 News but he's moved on to blaze his own path with the signature authenticity and humour that's captivated Canadians across the country and earned him a die-hard fanbase. His new weekly online series The Brandon Gonez Show premieres on January 17th on YouTube with four exciting segments: NEWS YOU CAN USE, YOUR VOICE, OPEN & HONEST, and GOOD NEWS. It's backed by partners like Moët Hennessy, Uber, and Seneca College. The first season will feature ten must-watch episodes airing every Sunday.

    (All featured images are courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society) In southwestern Ontario, historians of Chatham-Kent have preserved the history of a Black community of doctors, lawyers and creatives alike who created a haven for freed Black enslaved people in North America in the 1800s.

    Dr. Shardé Davis is a professor in the Department of Communication, and a faculty affiliate of the Africana Studies Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy at the University of Connecticut.

    The next chapter in the story of the Underground Railroad in Sandwich, Ont., will be coming in the form of a storage container museum. 

    Steve Anderson is a busy man. He's currently a lawyer with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) with over 16 years of service, and he also happens to be the Deputy Mayor of the Town of Shelburne, Ontario. In both roles, he's made history. In 2004, he became the first-ever Black lawyer hired in the TTC Legal Department. Then in 2017, he made history again as the first Black person to become a city Councillor. Barely a year later he was elected as Deputy Mayor in 2018. Utilizing his platform, Steve pushed for change. He introduced the first-ever Anti-Black Racism and…

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