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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 April 12
Image: Still from Biggest Little Farm
Doreen Nicoll | If online learning is not working for your child, here are some ways to get them hooked into self-directed home learning.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 9
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Doreen Nicoll | The Ontario government promises there will be no new evictions during the pandemic, but landlords can still make life even more uncertain and uncomfortable as tenants try to shelter in place.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 26
Image: Campaign 2000/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Campaign 2000 believes it's time to think beyond standard fiscal fixes and bank bailouts. Instead, they are calling for social solidarity, government leadership, and non-partisan co-operation.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 20
Image: NIAID/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The federal government's New Emergency Care Benefit sounds promising, but will be a disaster if workers only get 55 per cent of minimum wage.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 11
Image: Sovereign Soil
Doreen Nicoll | "Sovereign Soil" looks at life and death, seasonal cycles, notions of time and how people are living in relative equilibrium with nature.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 7
Image: Still from episode 2 of Gatherings.
Doreen Nicoll | Filmmaker Moïse Marcoux-Chabot has lovingly crafted a six-part documentary series that captures the essence of the neo-rural movement in Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 3
Image: Mirjam Leuze/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | "What if self-awareness, compassion and thinking were not exclusively human affairs?" asks Mirjam Leuze, director of "The Whale and The Raven."
Blog - A change is gonna come February 15
The Cyborg Circus Project. Image: Stanley Omar/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Show brings together choreographers, dancers and patrons to experience powerful performances and discussions.
Blog - A change is gonna come February 3
Jonathan LeFresne stands outside Doug Ford's constituency office. Image: Submitted
Doreen Nicoll | If not one teacher will lose their jobs under Ford's education cuts, then why are so many teachers not in classrooms?
Blog - A change is gonna come January 30
Cast of Les Invisibles. Image: Art Gallery of Hamilton/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | If you didn't make it to the most recent screening at the beautiful Westdale Theatre in Hamilton, you can still see some great films over the coming months.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 22
Image: Ryan Barrett and Jess Bullock/Aeris Körper/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | "Collapsing The Night" gives audience participants the chance to gently shift perspectives from the negative to the positive.
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
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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.

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