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A change is gonna come

Sam Cooke's song, "A Change Is Gonna Come," offered hope during the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it reminds me that it's a long, slow, sometimes tiring walk to freedom and I need to remain focused on the goal -- an equitable world.

Blog - A change is gonna come November 4
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Doreen Nicoll | Activists from around the world are joining an Ontario community's fight against Nestlé and the commodification of water.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 2
Image: Mohammad Hassan/Pixabay
Doreen Nicoll | November is Woman Abuse Prevention month. Since 2013, the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses has sold purple scarves and ties through local women's shelters to raise awareness.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 30
Still from film "Arab Blues" Image: Arab Blues/mk2 films
Doreen Nicoll | The Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival not only screened films from a wide variety of genres, but included powerful pieces and panels that gave insight into our world and how we treat others.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 18
Antonio Banderas as Salvador. Image: Manolo Pavón/El Deseo/Mongrel Media. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Doreen Nicoll | "Pain and Glory" is a beautiful tribute to celebrating the reaffirmation of one's sexual identity.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 15
Colten Boushie's family at press conference. Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Fall has descended and it's time to cocoon with a good movie. Luckily, the 11th annual Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival gets underway this week.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 4
Dauphin, Manitoba, in 1971. Dauphin was the site of Canada's first UBI pilot. Image: Marty Bernard/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Feedback from participants in UBI pilot projects in Manitoba and Ontario demonstrates that this program lifts people out of poverty and enables them to change their lives.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 26
Film still from "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance." Image: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance/NFB
Doreen Nicoll | Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin filmed the 1990 Kanesatake stand off from behind Mohawk lines. Her documentary, "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance" is still relevant 29 years later.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 25
Anne Bokma. Image: My Year of Living Spiritually/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Eager to find the meaning of life yet relying on her reporter's skepticism to remain objective, Anne Bokma invites readers to vicariously experience her 12-month sampling of spirituality.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 11
Photo of Lorraine Johnson's garden. Image: Lorraine Johnson
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington, it's time to walk the talk. The sooner we educate the population on the real impact of climate change, the better the chance we have of mitigating its impact.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 10
Antheia's garden. Image: Doreen Nicoll
Doreen Nicoll | On August 16, while a resident worked to save her plants, the City of Burlington cut down six feet of her naturalized garden to less than an inch in height. No plants were spared, including milkweed.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 5
Doreen Nicoll | When Suzanne Carte joined the Art Gallery of Burlington, it was clear she was passionate about inclusion. This year, catch four groundbreaking shows featuring radical contemporary artists.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 4
Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | This film takes a fresh, often moving look at a variety of LGBTQ athletes who are working to overcome the stereotypes and prejudices in order to improve life for all athletes.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 3
Image: Road to the Lemon Grove/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Writer, storyteller, actor and musician Charly Chiarelli has captured the immigrant experience in this romantic comedy that has depth and layers.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 21
Image: NFB
Doreen Nicoll | This year's Toronto International Film Festival features "Now is the Time" and "Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger" -- two incredible stories of First Nations perseverance and ultimately success.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 18
A native plant garden. Image: Flickr/Jim Crotty
Doreen Nicoll | Resident Paul Raun was recently notified by Burlington by-law enforcement that he must cut and remove overgrown weeds on his property. The problem is, he has no weeds, only native plants.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 15
Antheia's milkweed taken by Altheia. Used with permission.
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington declared a climate emergency this spring. But the city has violated its own bylaws by forcibly cutting down a resident's naturalized garden, a research-proven climate solution.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 24
Photo courtesy of Wellington Water Watchers
Doreen Nicoll | A large proportion of Ontario voters agree that permits to take water for for-profit bottling should be phased out over the next two years.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Aerial view of Campbellville. Photo: Haljackey/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | James Dick Construction plans to blast below the water table in two quarries and that could allow contaminated surface water to infect municipal and private wells.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 20
Image: Pixabay
Doreen Nicoll | There are over 50 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas and family entertainment in more than 400 performances.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 17
Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Un/tied Shoes takes viewers on a mock lifestyle-driven online shopping experience. The kind in which each customer envisions their journey reaping the ultimate pair of shoes.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 14
Buried machinery in barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota, United States during the Dust Bowl. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | "The Promised Land" is a moving and timely show that takes audiences on a journey across America through novelist John Steinbeck's personal and artistic musings.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 27
Scene from film Zaagi’idiwin. Image: Zaagi’idiwin/NFB
Doreen Nicoll | Short films that celebrate reclamation, rematriation, and revitalization of Indigenous knowledge, languages, and culture help settlers understand the long journey out of colonization.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 11
Doreen Nicoll | Tasha Hubbard's film "nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up" follows the Boushie family as they demand action on racism in the Canadian justice system.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 20
Aaron James, whose book "Assholes: A Theory" inspired John Walker's documentary
Doreen Nicoll | Inspired by Aaron James's book of the same name, "Assholes: A Theory" explores the origins of a social type that seems to be taking over the world.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 8
Doreen Nicoll | Nestlé is creating the illusion that tap water is only desirable for washing dishes and irrigating crops not drinking. Activists in Wellington, Ontario know water is for life, not profit.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 2
Canadian coins. Photo: KMR Photography/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | 2019 is a new year full of hope and promise. It's time to share those gifts by implementing a basic income.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 4
Photo:  Devon Buchanan/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Intimate partner violence is not a women’s issue it’s actually a men’s issue – they are the ones inflicting the harm – and it’s a human rights issue.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 2
Plastic water bottles. Photo: Ricardo Bernardo/zone41.net/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Water is a human right and should not be treated as a commodity. Tell Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks to extend the moratorium on new permits to take groundwater for bottling.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 19
Photo: Guelph RISE Up for Climate Action. Used with permission from Guelph Citizens Climate Lobby.
Doreen Nicoll | Why is Ford meeting secretly with Xinyi Glass, a corporation seeking to extract over a million litres of water daily from Wellington county's already precarious aquifer despite opposition from locals?
Blog - A change is gonna come September 10
Doreen Nicoll | Astra Taylor takes viewers on the revolutionary journey that is democracy, reminding us that wrestling with ideas and concepts is central to the ongoing struggle to rule ourselves.

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