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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: AUGUST 19

August 19th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration by: Erin McPhee

The Olympics continue on with Canadian women dominating the medal count

As the Olympic swimming and gymnastics events finish up we reflect on white male privilege, our chagrin at Ryan Lochte’s allegedly lying about being the victim of a robbery, and the vilifying of Gabby Douglas.

This week has been spent by all of us in Canada honouring The Tragically Hip, performing their last show in Kingston, Ontario tomorrow.

An LGBTQ flag for the Black community was unveiled in Montreal last week, opening the city’s Pride Parade.

Black Lives Matter Toronto blocked a major intersection this week to call attention to the killing of Abdirahman Abdi, which took place on July 24 of this year following a violent altercation with Ottawa Police.

Mary Leighton of the Dogwood Institute spoke at the Kinder Morgan townhall in Vancouver this week in protest of the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Vancouver is hosting a rally and Totem Pole Ceremony in protest of the pipeline at Grandview Park on August 23rd .

Fu Yuanhui, a Chinese Olympic swimmer, talks about having her period while racing.

Today’s Parent has released an article showcasing Canada’s Birth Centres, including the Indigenous-prioritized Toronto Birth Centre and Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta’ located on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, run by Aboriginal Midwives.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto has opened a sweat lodge for Aboriginal patients.

Amber Heard, former partner of Johnny Depp, has donated the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

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