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Category: Social Justice

News

Quebec’s COVID curfew exposed strain on shelters, vulnerability of homeless, say advocates

When Quebec Premier François Legault announced an 8 p.m., province-wide curfew to help combat the spread of COVID-19, it forced many sectors of society to readjust. In particular, homeless shelters in Quebec — already struggling to accommodate those in need of shelter before the pandemic — came under even more pressure. And that  pressure continues after an uproar over the…

Community

Lookahead ’21: Centre 507 cooks up a plan to remodel kitchen where 35,000 meals have been prepared since 1983

Officials with Centre 507, the adult drop-in centre in the heart of Ottawa, say they’ll be working hard in 2021 to deepen their connection with the community and step up the centre’s effort to improve services for those in need. This effort will be highlighted by a renovated and upgraded kitchen where some 35,000 meals have been prepared over the…

Canada

Canada’s child welfare system needs to be torn down and rebuilt to end its anti-Indigenous racism, critics say

The overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the Canadian welfare system accelerated throughout the 1960s, as a result of the Sixties Scoop. This is where Indigenous children were ripped away from their homes and placed into the child welfare system. The goal was to assimilate Indigenous children by placing them into white homes.

Education

Plan to scrap ‘racist’ streaming in Grade 9 hailed as major step for Black students in Ontario

Beginning in Grade 9, all the way through his high school career, Ethan Itwaru had a ritual of visiting the guidance counsellor once a year. His annual battle to secure the grades he needed to earn in some of his classes had him regularly questioning whether to switch to the hands-on applied stream or stay in the post-secondary-track academic stream….