October 7th, 2016     by Michaela Cavanagh     Comments

Illustrator: Erin McPhee

Ontario same-sex couples don’t have to adopt their own children anymore, after the All Families are Equal Act passes into law yesterday.

One of BC’s most influential First Nations chiefs, Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, refuses to participate in an ‘empty gesture’ ceremony with William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, calling it a ‘public charade’.

New online publication alert! Marvellous Ways is a web-based project that documents and creates space to envision the ways that QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour) create communities, innovate projects and foster connections within Toronto/Three Fires Territories and beyond. On Marvellous Ways, Activist Gloria Swain writes about her experience and the lessons she learned from the Black Lives Matter Toronto Tent City occupation, a 300-hour protest in March 2016.

After the Globe and Mail’s investigation into MP Maryam Monsef’s family history and the revelation that she was not actually born in Afghanistan, but Iran, Canadaland calls reporting on Monsef’s birthplace without context “irresponsible journalism”, and Trudeau’s top advisor compares the narrative to the “birther” movement in the U.S.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a young girl named Zianna Oliphant gives emotional testimony after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police on September 20th.

Ari Agha shares their story of coming out as a lesbian to their devout Shia Muslim aunt Miriam after decades of not seeing their family.

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