DNA—the most private and intimate of information—is being swept up in blanket canvasses by Canadian police, who say the samples are collected from individuals who meet either demographic or geographic profiles, and only with their consent. But the process requires no court order, no legal oversight, and is subject to no comprehensive policies. And advocacy… Read More DNA Sweeps: How a Lack of Oversight Permits Police Coercion
As a guest on the show The Jungle I spoke about Period Positivity and the way we think about menstruation. Tune to 1:05:00 to hear that segment.
Drawn to Change’ is both a moving historical account and an unabashed call to arms. “Indeed, much of what we learn about history in school, at the movies or on the History channel revolved around the lives of individuals with the most money and power in society, such as monarchs, capitalists, and politicians. But workers’… Read More Rise up! ‘Drawn to Change’ illustrates Canadian labour’s stories and struggles
Lars Møller’s Glow of Benares is a cultural crossroads manifested through artistic expression The song Indian Train Ride starts off with a big band beat coupled with images of a train station projected onto the wall behind the band, and an Indian melody. Then, violinists bring in the “big sound” with their singing strings, guiding… Read More Bollywood Beats and Big Band @ SPOT Festival 2016
How people fall through the cracks in the Danish welfare system. Like other Nordic countries, Denmark is known globally for its comprehensive social services and a high ranking on the World Happiness Index. It may then come as a surprise that like other urban centres internationally, homelessness is an issue for Denmark’s big cities. For… Read More Homeless in the “Happiest Country in the World”
There are many ways to be a feminist. There are many ways to show solidarity. It should go without saying that there are many ways to practice Islam. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the subsequent spate of abuse and assaults against Muslims living in Western countries, it is important that… Read More Muslim Feminisms: Solidarity Before Censure
As a child, Janice Gairey looked up to labour organizers. Literally. In the 1950s, when Gairey was growing up, her father, James Desmond Davis, sat on the board of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. “It was a time when they wouldn’t accept Black workers into the labour movement,” she says. “So they had to… Read More Moving Our People Forward: Reflections by Janice Gairey