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February 27th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Shameless is looking for two writers for our music blog series on young musicians! If you’re interested get in touch with Ronak at!

Trigger warning: sexual assault

Celebrities are rallying around Kesha who, this week, was denied an injunction by a New York Judge that would have allowed her to record new music outside of her contract with label Sony Music. The injunction and associated lawsuit were launched by Kesha against Dr. Luke, the singer’s long-time producer at Sony (he worked with her on both of her albums). He is accused of “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abusing” Kesha over a long period of time, causing her to grapple with extensive mental health difficulties. The lawsuit has received extensive public support and furthered a dialogue about abuse in the music industry.

The Ontario Budget was announced this week and in a historic victory for student activists, the Ontario Government created a grant that will provide non-repayable tuition assistance based on financial need. The grant will guarantee free education for college and university students from families earning less than $50,000.

One of our favourite Toronto spots, the Artists Newsstand, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Bloor-Danforth Subway line this week!

Halifax has a new ferry and, following a 19,230 votes, it has been named the Viola Desmond. Desmond, a civil rights activist, is most well known for her 1946 arrest for sitting in the “whites-only” section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

This week Scaachi Koul left Twitter, and Twitter is all the worse for it. Many are citing Koul’s departure as further evidence of how Twitter is broken.

The Nunavut Women’s Wellness program is expanding!

Launch yourself in to the weekend by reading about how Rishona is amazing.

This Saturday from 2-5 join Planned Parenthood Toronto at the Sherbourne Health Centre for a panel on Young Queer Women, Sexual Health, and Digital Technologies (featuring some of the Shameless staffers)!

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