Elementary school kids in the Toronto District School Board have been missing out on classes for the African Heritage Program. Now, a small group championed by Martine Aldridge is working towards changing that and getting more parents to take advantage of a fully-funded program that has been underutilized for years.

    For Irene Ekweozoh, a Nigerian-Canadian currently finishing her Ph.D. in Law at the University of Ottawa, home is no longer a safe place. Ekweozoh is now living with PTSD after she says she was harassed and targeted by her neighbour Erin Farrow, who is an employee in the office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Waterloo.

    What determines parents’ decisions on virtual or physical back-to-school options for their kids? How has the pandemic impacted aid workers and their families so far? In this piece, Brenda Uji spoke with some Long Term Care workers who share their experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19, and why they look forward to physical classes despite the realities they’ve seen.

    Photo by: Dawit Tibebu Thirty years after he left home, Birhanu Teklemichael still has a vivid memory of the Ethiopian New Year celebration. The big family gathering and festivity, singing and dancing around a firework called chibo, and exchanging of gifts and best wishes are the most special moments in his life that the Torontonian can’t easily forget. He can still hear girls singing the famous traditional song called “Abebayehosh,” which is themed with best wishes for the New Year, and presenting bunches of special flowers called Adey Abeba by going door to door in their neighbourhoods. He terribly misses drawing…

    Up until now, the Canadian government has only acknowledged this country's relationship to slavery via the Underground Railroad. But right on time for Emancipation Day, the Liberal government has announced four separate "historic designations" which includes admitting that slavery existed in Canada between 1629 and 1834.

    In response to the ongoing police brutality of Canadian and US-American police, many academic institutions have followed the lead of major companies by releasing statements maintaining their commitments to anti-racist and social justice efforts, including Western University.

    Police cruisers casually stationed at a neighbourhood playground filled with Black and Brown children. These same vehicles eerily patrolling the surrounding streets in the evenings. Always present, always watching.  As a Somali-Canadian woman growing up in an ethnically diverse but historically underprivileged neighbourhood in Kitchener-Waterloo, I regularly witnessed the implicit criminalization of my community through the suffocating ubiquity of law enforcement personnel. When confronted with recent news of a Somali-Canadian man brutalized by local police after a traffic stop, I am deeply disturbed, though I cannot say I am surprised.

    Two years ago we brought you the success story of Neale’s Sweet N' Nice Ice Cream when the company landed a major distribution deal at Sobeys grocery stores in Ontario. We’re excited to learn that the Caribbean flavoured ice cream brand is expanding to 53 stores from the Loblaw group including No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore and 44 stores in Metro starting in July. We checked in with one of the founders Andrew McBarnett.

    STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF REGIS FROM THE KORCHINSKI-PAQUET FAMILY On Wednesday May 27, 2020 at approximately 5pm a 911 call was made by a concerned mother Claudette Beals-Clayton, for the safety and well-being of her child Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Regis was in distress over a family conflict and her mother sought police assistance to bring calm to the situation.

    (PHOTO: SUPREME CUT BARBERSHOP) As lockdown restrictions begin to ease up around the province, barbershop owners are preparing themselves for opening day as soon as they receive their greenlight. Supreme Cut Barbershop owner, Flory Wembolwa, said that he won’t have a problem filling the shop once it’s open. “Some people are requesting to be first when we get back from quarantine,” said Wembolwa. “So it’s something that’s high in demand.”


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