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Canada Culture & Religion

Pride Toronto’s Internal Conflicts are Symptoms of a Massive Rift

Since Black Lives Matter’s campaign to ban uniformed police officers from the Toronto Pride parade, the issue has remained a hot debate within the parade organization and the larger LGBTQ community. However, this year’s debates demonstrate a much larger rift than previously seen. In January of this year, Pride Toronto’s membership voted 163-161 to maintain […]

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Canada Culture & Religion

Incels: The Underbelly of a Dangerous Internet Subculture

Anyone living in Toronto during the past year likely remembers or was affected by the devastating van attack that occurred last April in North York, killing 10 and injuring 16 others. What may not be common knowledge however is that the perpetrator, Alex Minassian, posted on his Facebook timeline right before his attack, saying: “The […]

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Canada Opinion

“For the People” vs. the Other 15%: Living with a Disability in the Ford Era

From the very beginning of his campaign, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has claimed he is “for the people”. However, his proposed cuts to social services are damaging to Ontario’s most vulnerable people, especially those like myself, who live with disabilities. According to People Access, an organization dedicated to advocating for accessibility needs, 1.85 million people […]

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Canada Editor's Blog

1000+ Ontario Teachers Receive “Surplus” Letters in One Day

According to the Toronto Star, more than 3,000 full-time teaching jobs are estimated to be cut from Ontario schools within the next four years. This leaked information may have already seemed extreme and devastating for teachers, students, and families across the province, but the bad news as of April 5th, 2019, seems to be much […]

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Canada

Opinion: Ontario Free Speech Mandate A Win, and Not Just for ‘Reactionaries’

As announced August 30 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, publicly assisted Ontario post-secondary schools will soon be required to implement a policy that meets his administration’s standards. These include: A definition of free speech Principles borrowed from the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression That existing disciplinary measures apply to students who […]

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Canada Policy Analysis

Ford Distracts Media While He Trashes Ontario

On Friday, July 27th, Doug Ford personally surprised the entire province of Ontario with the sudden announcement that he and his PC government would be taking immediate steps to drastically reduce the Toronto City Council in size, less than three months before an election. Since Friday, the Ontario PCs have introduced legislative amendments to begin […]

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Canada

Ontario’s First Indigenous Senator

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that he has chosen a new senator.The new senator is a female Indigenous name Yvonne Boyer. What makes her different is she is Ontario’s first Indigenous senator. Boyer, is a member of the Metis nation of Ontario and has family roots with the Metis nation of Saskatchewan and […]

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Canada

Revisiting Populism; A Case Study

In light of Doug Ford’s recent win of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s nomination, it is important that we reexamine the influence and force of the populist movement within our politics. Contemporaries from Macleans and Globe and Mail have both commented on his populist nature, but what exactly is a populist and what does it […]