Winnipeg – Where Canada’s Racism Problem May Be At It’s Worst

“For decades, the friendly Prairie city has been known for its smiling, lefty premiers, pacifist, Mennonite writers and a love affair with the Jets. Licence plates here bear the tag “Friendly Manitoba.” But events of last fall served to expose a darker reality. The Manitoba capital is deeply divided along ethnic lines. It manifestly does not provide equal opportunity for Aboriginals. And it is quickly becoming known for the subhuman treatment of its First Nations citizens, who suffer daily indignities and appalling violence. Winnipeg is arguably becoming Canada’s most racist city.”

Full piece with links HERE

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Wab Kinew Replaces Jian Ghomeshi on ‘Canada Reads’

Another great announcement out of the CBC today! I’ll take as much Wab Kinew as I can, thanks! ❤

“I think it’s an awesome show and the rationale for wanting to host it is the same,” he said. “It’s something I think is uniquely Canadian, that we actually have a reality show about books and we can have a show that’s a one-time celebration of literature but on another level is a forum to have some pretty deep conversations about big societal issues.”

LOVE that he’s using his platform to bring attention to the issue of VAW in the wake of such horrendous news. Right on! Be sure to nominate some of your favorites for ‘Canada Reads’

Skwachays – Aboriginal Art Hotel in Vancouver

“Skwachays is more than a good-looking boutique hotel; it has two additional functions. First, 24 units are saved for low-cost aboriginal artist housing; the lower level is being renovated into a workshop. Artists live at Skwachays on a three-year contract, during which they produce pieces that are sold in the hotel’s lobby gallery. Skwachays’ goal is to help the artists become financially independent by the end of their contract.

Second, the remaining 18 rooms are designated as the hotel, each uniquely designed by one of six aboriginal artists. These rooms, as well as the gallery sales, fund the artist housing, resulting in a self-sustaining social enterprise.

Aside from the sheer beauty of its design, hotel guests can immerse themselves in aboriginal culture by participating in a traditional sweat lodge and smudge ceremonies. All food is produced by a local aboriginal catering company, with wine and beer focusing on local offerings as well.”

Sounds AMAZING! Sign me up!
More details and breathtaking photographs HERE

Offensive Halloween Costumes Won’t Pass at McGill!

KUDOS TO MCGILL!!! This is great. For their annual 4floors party, the people at the door will be using a colour coded system to assess your costume. Green means you get in, red means you are turned away (see ya Pochahottie, GAH!) and yellow means they’re having trouble deciding so equity commissioners are brought in. That means that it’s up to five people to make the decision if they’re on the fence, this is not a heated, personal, individual decision.

I think this is AMAZING! How often are marginalized groups just told to ‘deal with it’? That this representation of their cultures and communities is nothing to get upset about, that they’re being too sensitive? Well, as someone whose family was shattered by the 60’s scoop I can tell you that the colonizers version of what makes an ‘indian’ has always been, and continues to be powerfully oppressive to us. I am so glad to see a Canadian University actually looking out for the health and well being of ALL it’s students, and taking a definitive stance on costumes like these. Clear message recieved!

Find out more about it HERE

Poor Persecuted Pervert?

” Another element of Ghomeshi’s pre-emptive strike that doesn’t add up is the reason he says he’s being fired. It doesn’t make sense that the CBC would fire Ghomeshi for being kinky. Remember the openly bisexual Sook-Yin Lee, who masturbated and had non-simulated sex on camera in the 2006 film Shortbus? She’s been working with the CBC for well over a decade, and while they initially considered letting her go when the controversial film was making headlines, support for her was so strong that they kept her on. Fast-forward eight years: the CBC knows that their audiences support even the very public sexual explorations of CBC stars. The CBC is of course also aware of Canada’s relatively permissive climate when it comes to sexual freedom. So why would the CBC not only fire the immensely popular Jian Ghomeshi for his supposedly mildly kinky “private sex life,” but to go so far as to bar him access to the building after doing so – and all of this already knowing he would sue? The CBC is not exactly in good shape right now. They don’t need another money drain and they certainly have no reason to do anything that would turn public opinion against them, while the Harper government quietly undermines their very existence.”

Read the piece in full HERE

The Indian Act – Teaching Apartheid in Canada

What if we taught learners that the Indian Act affects all of us?

This idea that one group of people, through a legislative process, can forcibly confine another group of people to pitiful land, trickle in barely enough resources to keep said people alive, and ultimately marginalize and demoralize generations to come, might seem like an un-Canadian experience. Images of South Africa, Gaza, ghettos in the United States or Brazil come to mind — where the undesirables are violently lumped together and left to dangle. Those who resist this practice are labelled rebels, extremists, or terrorists — as was Mandela.”

Canadian Top CEO’s Made An Average Canadian’s Annual Wages by January 2nd

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/top-ceos-have-already-earned-average-canadian-worker-s-2014-salary-1.1615320

By the end of lunch YESTERDAY Canada’s top CEO’s have already earned more than the average Canadian worker’s 2014 salary.
To put this in perspective, the ‘average Canadian worker’s yearly salary is $46,634. I HAVE NEVER EARNED THIS MUCH ANNUALLY IN MY LIFE! The year before I went back to school I had just crept past $35,000 in 2012.

It is not enough to raise minimum wage (although that’s a good start) WE MUST INSTATE A MAXIMUM PAGE!

“This amounts to the country’s top 100 highest-paid CEOs making 171 times the earnings of an average Canadian wage — a jump from 105 times in 1998.”

…and when these companies go bankrupt, will it be the Canadian taxpayers who they turn to to bail them out? FACK