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    Maybe the Ontario PC's thought we are all distracted by the federal election campaign and we wouldn't notice this. But, thanks to Twitter, they got busted on their most recent attempt to empty people's pockets, ahead of the 2022 provincial elections. 

    PHOTO: Untitled, 7 Women (2019), a unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil and spray paint on museum board by Paul Anthony Smith (101.6 x 127 cm). Part of the Hott Collection, New York. courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York In Derek Walcott’s 1992 Nobel Lecture The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, he illustrates the essence of Caribbean culture as created by its cities; boundaryless, vibrant at its core, and rhythmic in its movement. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) new exhibit Fragments of Epic Memory, titled in honour of Walcott’s speech, encompasses the very beauty he imagined…

    Cover Image by Rachelle Baker While diversity is recognized as Canada's greatest asset, discrimination and racism continue to take their toll on the country's minority groups. However, progress is being made as the Black Canadian community continues to rally for change.

    “Investing in Black communities and tackling systemic racism head-on are important parts of building an inclusive and resilient country that leaves no one behind,” says Marci Ien, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre.

    PHOTO: Mariam Moussa Agrei  Immigration has long been part of Canada’s strategy to fill the roles of essential healthcare workers. According to the 2016 Census, more than 335,000 immigrants work in health-related occupations. Temporary foreign workers, permanent residents, and new citizens make up a significant percentage of the healthcare workforce in this country, even more so during COVID-19.

    Overlooking the heart of Downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, the DMZ is a world-leading incubator for tech start-ups based in Ryerson University and is committed to providing a space for entrepreneurs to focus on scaling their business. From networking and investment opportunities to being placed in a community of like-minded individuals, the incubator connects founders with tailored support to meet them where they are.  

    "What does freedom mean to you right now? Because freedom is always changing. It's constantly evolving. I believe that we should never take our freedoms for granted and always be aware of our struggles to get here,” says Ngozi Paul.

    August 1st marks the end of legal slavery in Canada since 1834. This is important because the Slavery Abolition Act not only affected the lives of those enslaved but also their descendants. Emancipation Day is also a vital first step in recognizing the hardships of Black Canadians who continued to be enslaved under the label of "apprenticeship." It took another four years before they fully achieved freedom from bondage on August 1, 1838.

    Illustration by: Robert Small (Small created the art representing the centre) It's no secret that Black students have been victims of racism in the traditional school system.

    Since 2013, the world has been commemorating July 30 as World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This year's theme is “Victims' Voices Lead the Way.” Rhonelle Bruder of Project iRISE succinctly explains the theme, "It's about listening to people who have experienced human trafficking and giving them a voice. It's also about creating a program, curriculum, and policies based on their insight.”

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