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Watch: Author Reza Aslan talks Islamophobia in Canadian context

Issues of Islamophobia are in the headlines again as Western societies grapple with the ramifications of the Paris attacks. Author and academic Reza Aslan spoke on the issue of Islamophobia at the National Council of Canadian Muslims' Gala in 2014 in Toronto.


Wikipedia not welcoming environment for women

October 26, 2014
| A survey by the Wikipedia Foundation discovered that more than 85 per cent of editors are men. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are one attempt to address this imbalance, but women are still holding back.
Length: 11:52 minutes (10.88 MB)

Why does culture rob girls of role models?

Photo: flickr/U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

"You can't be what you can't see." -- Marian Wright Edelman, human rights activist

I can't begin to imagine life as a teenage girl nowadays. Just turn on the television, check out Facebook, stand at a bus station or take a walk in a mall.

The countless images bombarding all of us highlight artificial standards of female beauty. Studies show that these images are negatively affecting how young women and girls perceive themselves.


Video: Re-imagining Black Barbie

Operation Maple speaks with Queen Cee, the founder and director of Be-You-Tiful Girls Club about her search for finding black dolls in Canada for her daughter, token Black Barbies and the launch of her new project Be-You-Tiful Girls Club that encourages parents and their children to design Barbies that reflect themselves.

We can make our schools inclusive. Will we?

Photo: flickr/Oregon Department of Transportation
Earlier this month, the Toronto District School Board was in hot water after it's plan to help Somali-Canadian youth in school became controversial. Parents argue the plans marginalize their kids.

Related rabble.ca story:

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." 


Seniors' Multicultural Festival

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:00am - 3:30pm


1420 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
49° 15' 38.646" N, 123° 8' 11.5908" W

This will be the 4th Annual Seniors' Multicultural Festival, planned for Friday, April 25th 2014. We will provide entertainment, including music and dancing with performances from more than 20 different multicultural seniors groups from the lower mainland. We also provide food tasting from around 15 different countries, which will be available at minimal cost. In addition, we will showcase Aboriginal culture through performance and artifacts. There will be a dialogue between immigrant seniors and the urban indigenous community, focused on reconcilation.

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.


Pride Flag
| February 11, 2014

President of the OFL talks 'right to work' laws, union attacks and diversity

Photo: OFL Communications

It’s the Friday afternoon on the last day of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) convention and Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, is tired. For a week he’s been leading the convention through its paces, which included a protest to raise the minimum wage and a whole host of eminent speakers, including Maude Barlow and the Official Opposition leader, Thomas Mulcair.

Most significantly, delegates voted to approve a new common front plan that will see the OFL expand its activism outside of its traditional labour scope.

Ryan’s exhaustion is then understandable -- but even after working hard for a week, he’s still ready to talk about labour issues. This is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.



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