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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 September 24
Director Cheryl Foggo and rodeo champion Fred Whitfield as John Ware. Image: Shaun Robinson, used with permission
Doreen Nicoll | Cheryl Foggo's documentary, "John Ware Reclaimed," shatters incorrect notions of who Black people are and were historically.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 22
Ryerson student Phyllis McKenna, who is one of the head dancers participating in this year's virtual Ryerson pow wow. Image: Nendujan Ratnarajah
Doreen Nicoll | Jessica Sherk and her team have taken their Indigenous education week and pow wow online to create a safe space for sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 11
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Doreen Nicoll | Filmmaker Michelle Latimer is premiering her provocative documentary, "Inconvenient Indian," and her new CBC series, "Trickster," at TIFF, giving a voice to those whom colonialism tries to silence.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 28
Food prepared at Camp Samac. Image: Kelly O'Brien
Doreen Nicoll | "Instead of instituting rent caps in a city where the average one-bedroom costs over $1,000 they're relying on private companies to build shelters," says DIRE executive director Christeen Thornton.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 21
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Doreen Nicoll | As part of the economic recovery from COVID, the federal Liberal government will likely rely on the Canada Infrastructure Bank and its mandate to form P3 agreements to minimize municipal debt.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 10
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: PMO
Doreen Nicoll | Four million people will transition to an EI system that is not up to the task. The feds need to keep $500 per week flowing to workers impacted by COVID until a universal livable income is in place.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 4
Image: Black Creek Community Farm/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Black food security doesn't benefit from capitalism. Land, seed, resources and opportunity equal power. Black food sovereignty is power that benefits everyone.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 27
Cheyenne Sundance on the farm. Image: Submitted
Doreen Nicoll | Cheyenne Sundance has overcome barriers to land and learning as well as gender norms to become a very successful Black femme farmer. Now she's sharing her knowledge and skills to empower BIPOC folk.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
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Doreen Nicoll | What The Fest?! is Hamilton's online version of its annual fringe festival. Virtual plays can be wonderful, but only when there's good material.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 13
Image: KMR Photography/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Compared with the $71 billion that CERB will cost for just 24 weeks of payments, GLI could be a more fiscally responsible means of providing Canadians with financial security.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 30
At the Kwekwexnewtxw Watch House and the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. August 25, 2018. Image: Sally T. Buck/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | This July 1, take time to reflect on how Canada can create an inclusive, caring country that incorporates all voices into its post-COVID-19 recovery.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 17
Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed front and centre the need for meaningful structural and financial reforms across employment sectors dominated by women and migrant workers.
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.