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Weekly Roundup: May 15
Illustration: Erin McPhee
Trigger warning: sexual assault
This week Jian Ghomeshi, former CBC radio host accused of multiple counts of sexual assault, signed a peace bond and read an apology to Kathryn Borel, former CBC employee and complainant in the current case. In response Kathryn Borel read a statement on the steps of Toronto’s City Hall, eviscerating Ghomeshi, his lawyer, his meager apology and his lack of public and private accountability. Borel’s statement is this week’s must watch.
Following the devastating fires in Fort MacMurray, Alberta, people are questioning the role of fossil fuel corporations in fuelling climate change and the concurrent rise in mega-fires.
Trigger warning: policy brutality
Constable Ryan Reid was identified on Friday at a coroner’s inquest in Brampton, Ontario as the police officer who shot and killed Jermaine Carby. Carby was killed in 2014 at a traffic stop in which he was carded. At the inquest Const. Reid stated that he would do nothing different. For context, read activist and journalist Desmond Cole’s article on carding, racism and police brutality and Black Lives Matter Toronto’s response to the inquest.
Activists Hayden King and Susan Blight are taking back Toronto streets using Ojibway language. The project, Ogimaa Mikana, creates billboards in Anishinaabemowin and places them around the GTA.
People are still loving on Lemonade. bell hooks, acclaimed scholar and activist, has both praised and critiqued Beyoncé’s visual album, eliciting a response from Janet Mock, trans activist. And the dialogue continues.