De-streaming high schools won’t solve deep-rooted divides in education
De-streaming high schools in Ontario is a step in the right direction, but isn’t the solution.
‘You’re improving the quality of life of somebody’: Diversifying blood and stem cell donations saves lives, experts say
With blood diseases like sickle cell anemia disproportionately affecting people of colour, diversifying the blood and stem cell donors can make a difference
‘It’s so normalized’: Jewish students, teachers confront rising antisemitism
Ottawa teachers and members of the local Jewish community are pointing to growing antisemitism in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board after an increase in reported anti-Jewish hate crimes across the city in the past year. “It is not pretty,” said David Sachs, a community relations specialist with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. Sachs is handling concerns from Jewish parents who…
How the media’s stereotypical portrayal of East Asian women warped my storytelling
For nine years as a writer, I’ve lived vicariously through the eyes of a white girl. She was always the blonde and blue-eyed protagonist who represented me in every one of my stories. For me, writing a white protagonist was as automatic as breathing. I never questioned why that was.
Religious show and tell: Ottawa’s Islamic Heritage Month helps educate, but some say more is needed to combat hate
Since 2007 October has been designated as islamic Heritage Month by the Federal Government. across Canada every October Muslim congregations hold events showcasing the true history, teachings and image of Islam for the public to see.
Ottawa Public Health confronts systemic racism with an action plan for reform
Ottawa Public Health is moving forward with a plan to combat systemic racism within the agency.
Trolls are targeting journalists — and women and racialized reporters bear the brunt of their hate
The connection between the anti-media rhetoric employed by politicians and the increasingly hostile reporting environment cannot be understated.
Hate on the rise in Ottawa, police say and victims are bearing the brunt
The number of hate crimes reported to Ottawa police continues to rise for a third year in a row.
Fighting Islamophobia: Ottawa Centre MPP says it’s time for non-Muslims to step up
Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden says non-Muslims need to ramp up the effort to end Islamophobia.
Algonquin elder, Muslim women build bridges through ‘experiences of racism’
Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization and Algonquin elder Claudette Commanda are building bridges of understanding among marginalized groups.
Ottawa’s Black community rallies for Ukraine refugees facing racism in flight from Russia’s invasion
Responding to numerous accounts of racialized Ukrainian refugees facing discrimination at border crossings in Europe, the African Canadian Association of Ottawa has joined with other groups from around the world in starting a petition to help black students flee Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.
COVID-19 pandemic fuelling the growth of far-right extremism in Canada, experts say
Hearing shouts and screams from a large protest near his Toronto apartment, Josh Chernofsky set off to find out what was going on. He came back a changed man. When he arrived on the scene that day in May 2019, he saw two groups facing off: one crowd was proudly hoisting Canadian flags in the air, shouting about “protecting Canada.”…