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Mid-Week Round Up: July 30

July 30th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Shameless is having a subscription promo! On September 1, 2015 our subscription prices will be going up to $18 a year in Canada as a result of Canada Post prices going up. Make sure to renew your subscription or gift a subscription to someone before August 31, 2015 for $15.

Today we launched our first-ever annual Talking Back creative writing contest! The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 7 2015 at midnight.Some details on the prizes:

“There will be a first and second place winner in each category (fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction!)

The Talking Back Gold first place winner in each category will be published in a 2016 issue ofShameless, and on the Shameless blog and receive an honorarium of $200 CAD

The Talking Back second place winner in each category will be published in a 2016 issue ofShameless, and receive an honorarium of $100 CAD

PLUS all six winners will be invited to do a special reading at the Shamies Gala, an annual celebration of Shameless and the youth voices in the magazine. The event will take place on October 16th at OCAD University in Toronto. If you’re from outside the Greater Toronto Area and can’t make it to the Shamies, you will be invited to submit a video of your reading.”

Protesting Canada Post’s cancellation of door-to-door mail delivery, a group of guerrilla gardeners in London, Ontario have created a garden box where a new community mail box is supposed to be placed.

Health Canada has approved the RU-486 abortion pill (Mifepristone) making abortions more accessible across the country:

“The National Abortion Federation’s president, Vicki Saporta, said the abortion pill is a safer and more effective way to terminate a pregnancy than the current medical abortion regimen.

‘Canadian women would now have access to the gold standard of [medical] abortion care,’ she said. ‘Mifepristone will allow women to access abortions much earlier on in their pregnancies and will help improve access for women in more rural areas, where there may not be a full-time abortion provider in their community,’ she added.”

Last week a group of teens from Nunavut finished an 18-metre mural project in Toronto:

“It’s a vibrant image of an old man carrying the weight of the world on his back: a broken-down snowmobile, a walrus, a caribou, dogs and fish, human faces and human hands. The concept came from a story Etidloie [one of the artists] likes to tell about his grandfather lugging a snowmobile home across the ice. He swears it’s true.”

Back in May we linked to the Aamjiwnaang Water Project fundraising campaign and we’re excited to report that they have hit their fundraising goal! The project, being led by sisters Vanessa and Lindsay Gray is now under way:

“‘I decided to take action into my own hands because testing, government and industry, has put us in a place where the creek and pond have been toxic my entire life,’ Vanessa Gray said Tuesday.

‘I’ve learned and been taught to stay away from the water.’ Gray and her sister Lindsay have enlisted the help of University of Manitoba academic Stephane McLachlan and have spent the past week collecting water, sediment, plant, fish and amphibian specimens from Talfourd Creek and Ankijig Pond.”

You can follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

On Monday Black Lives Matter-Toronto Coalition organized a day of action seeking justice for Andrew Loku who was killed by Toronto Police in July and Jermaine Carby who was killed by Peele Police in the fall of 2014. The protest on Monday shut down the highway Allen Road:

“[Journalist Desmond] Cole said it was about more than stopping traffic.

‘This is not about people being inconvenienced for one night on the highway. It’s about almost 30 years of police brutality against one community. That’s how people should view this,’ he said.”

More on the day of action:

Tags: activism, activist report, art, environment, gender, indigenous, race, race and racism, recommended reading, youth

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