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WEEKLY ROUND UP: MARCH 18

March 18th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

March 15th was the International Day Against Police Brutality and the Saskatchewan Coordinating Committee Against Police Violence called for city-wide mobilization.

Halifax has named its first Indigenous Poet Laureate. Rebecca Thomas, spoken word artist and Mi’kmaw Nova Scotian, will take over from sitting Poet Laureate El Jones next month.

A professor at York University and his family are leaving the country to return to Costa Rica after immigration officials said that his 13-year-old son, who has Down Syndrome, was too much of a burden on taxpayers. The move is due to a part of the Immigration and Citizenship Act which states that “a foreign national is inadmissible on health grounds if their health condition might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.” The family is fighting the government’s refusal to grant them permanent residency by citing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

The CBC documentary The War At Home, released on March 17th, tells the stories of women in Canada who have experienced domestic violence and calls out the Canadian government for its lack of action.

This week has brought us another must-read from the brills Ta-Nehisi Coates on the troublesome casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic.

In what is, sadly, hugely unsurprising news, LGBTQ folks in Toronto have a particularly difficult time receiving adequate health care.

#unfairandlovely slams colourism and celebrates dark skin

Our very own Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite was featured in this week’s Lenny Letter with this super rad piece: “How Instagram’s Hatecopy Speaks to the South Asian Diaspora.”

deb singh wrote another amazing instalment in the series Queer Brown Girl Trying to be a Parent for Shameless Mag’s blog!

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s an article about the role of early Irish feminists in the Easter Uprising.

Tags: activist report, art, indigenous, lgbtq+, media savvy, police, queer, race, recommended reading, violence

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