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February 13th, 2017     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Roundup February 13, 2017

Last weekend saw the National Days of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy. Thousands of people across the country showed up to demand, among other things, that the Canadian government condemn the executive order by President Trump banning Muslim visa-holders from seven countries and banning all refugees from entering the U.S.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general despite opposition from over his record on civil rights and immigration.

The Toronto Police have bowed out of this year’s Pride Parade, citing divisions within the LGBTQ community as the reason for their withdrawal. This announcement comes on the heels of Halifax Regional Police’s announcement of their withdrawal from the pride parade, citing their withdrawal as an effort to prevent divisions within the LGBT2Q+ community.

Check out the cross-country guide to arts and culture for Black History Month 2017!

The City Councils of Seattle, Washington and Davis, California, have voted to divest from Wells Fargo, pulling more than $3 billion in annual contributions from the banking giant.

The cities cite the bank’s role as a lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline project as reason for their withdrawal, with Seattle stating that it is looking for another banking partner in an effort to “incentivize Social Responsibility.”

Refugees from the U.S. are coming to Canada, through great personal risk, to seek asylum.

Watch this heartbreaking and powerful video where Black parents explain to their kids how to deal with the police.

Muslim Canadians share their experiences of racism, Islamophobia, fears and their message of hope.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has banned the importation of Styrofoam products as of May 1, 2017.

Support the telling of magical Black History!

Wild bison are roaming in Banff National Park for the first time in more than a century.

Our managing and art director, Sheila Sampath, will be participating in a love-themed twitterchat hosted by the International Festival of Authors from 12 PM – 1 PM EST on the 14th. Tweet her your feelings, problems, secrets, etc. at #xoIFOA and she’ll help you write love letters, breakup texts, whatever you need!

Here are two baby sloths having a conversation.

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