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Mid-Week Round Up: January 28
Illustration: Erin McPhee
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Two 13-year-old girls have successfully campaigned to add consent to the 2015 Ontario Health Curriculum. With a petition numbering nearly 40,000 signatures, the We Give Consent campaign has the official support of Premier Kathleen Wynne. The curriculum will be introduced in September and will “teach what clear, enthusiastic, and affirmative consent…looks and sounds like.”
Kamala Khan took on the mantle of Ms. Marvel in 2013, becoming the first Muslim character to headline a comic book. Now, the teenage superhero’s image is being used to combat hateful, Islamophobic ads on San Francisco advertisements. With messages like “Stamp Out Racism” and “Calling All Bigotry Busters,” Ms. Marvel is taking a truly heroic stand against hatred!
Black Lives Matter (check out the hashtag on Twitter) has released a powerful video called “State of the Black Union” in response to US President Obama’s recent State of the Union address. In the video, activists speak to wealth inequality between white women and Black women, police violence against Black people, and increased border regulations, among many other issues. “There is nothing just about the current state of Black America,” says the video.
The name Toronto comes from the Mohawk word tkaronto, which means “where there are trees standing in the water.” To learn more about Toronto’s Indigenous history check out blogTO’s guide to Indigenous Toronto.
Feeding My Family, an organization bringing attention to the high costs of food in the North, is calling for a boycott of Northern stores on January 31, 2015. Northern stores are the only places to buy groceries in many small communities, and food prices can be as much as 140 percent higher than in the rest of Canada. If you’re not in the North, you can take part by boycotting Giant Tiger and other stores operated by the North West Company (the owner of Northern stores), and you can get in touch with your Member of Parliament to let them know your concerns.