Amira Elghawaby

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Amira Elghawaby is a freelance journalist and human rights advocate living in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in various publications and online including the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her stories have also been broadcast nationally on CBC-Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AmiraElghawaby
Amira Elghawaby

Finding Religion in the Vegan Challenge

| April 20, 2014

Canadian schools must be culturally inclusive. Why aren't they?

Photo: flickr/Oregon Department of Transportation

The country's largest and most diverse school board was in the spotlight earlier this month for all the wrong reasons. 

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB)'s plan to help Somali-Canadian youth better succeed in school erupted in controversy when a segment of the community denounced their efforts.

"Our children are born and raised in Canada; we don't need a special brand of education," argued one parent. "We don't need more labelling and separation; we've had enough already." 

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Now playing in progressive film: Two new films explore colour and culture

| April 4, 2014
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Now Playing in Progressive Film: 'Me and the Mosque'

| March 14, 2014

Why are visible minorities invisible in Canadian media?

Photo: flickr/4lexandre

"The world we inhabit is a world of representation. Media do not merely present a reality that exists 'out there'; nor do they simply reproduce or circulate knowledge. As active producers of knowledge, media construct and constitute the very reality of our existence." -- Augie Fleras and Jean Lock Kunz, Media & Minorities; Representing Diversity in a Multicultural Canada

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Quebec Charter of Values.

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'The Dogs Are Eating Them Now' begs for our collective attention

The Dogs are Eating them Now

by Graeme Smith
(Knopf Canada,
2013;
$32.00)

Canada will officially end its military engagement in Afghanistan in March 2014 after losing 158 Canadian Forces personnel and spending billions of dollars on the war effort. So, was it worth it?

You won't find the answer in Graeme Smith's award-winning retrospective The Dogs Are Eating Them Now on his time as a foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail. In fact, you'll only find more questions that beg for answers -- and our collective attention.

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Now playing in progressive film: 'City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story'

| February 14, 2014
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'Kicking It' at the Homeless World Cup

| January 17, 2014

'Together, we've got a fighting chance': Ed Finn's extraordinary life

Ed Finn: A Journalist's Life on the Left

by Ed Finn
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives,
2013;
$19.95)

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At first, the title of Ed Finn's memoir Ed Finn: A Journalist's Life on the Left seems somewhat misleading for a couple reasons.

Firstly, Ed Finn was more than your everyday journalist. In fact, he was the first NDP leader ever in Canada (formed as the Newfoundland Democratic Party in 1959 and a precursor to the New Democratic Party a few years later).

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Ten progressive movie picks for the holidays

Photo: flickr William Hook

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Over the holidays, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a special someone, or a couple of friends, to watch a flick on the big or medium screen; or if you’re like my family, crowded around the laptop. (No, we didn’t join the Black Friday mobs battling for a TV this year -- we’re making do!)

Regardless of how we consume film, rabble rousers want more than the typical Hollywood fare, right?  

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