Tag: Politics

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    Retired Supreme Court justice wrong to endorse Quebec values charter

    September 30th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This past weekend Amna Qureshi, a recent law school graduate, had her open letter to Supreme Court Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dube published in the Toronto Star. In the letter, Qureshi teases out many of the problems, contradictions, and discriminations within the Parti Quebecois’ proposed Charter of Values. Thanks to our friends over at Outubrst! for putting us in touch with Qureshi. The following is an open letter from recent law school graduate Amna Qureshi to retired Supreme … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Sochi 2014

    August 11th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Nico Mara-McKay The XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games are set to take place in Sochi, Russia in February and March 2014, amid international protests, calls for boycotts and petitions to move the games, as outrage grows over the discriminatory stance the Russian government has taken on queer and transgender people. While homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, recent laws have severely restricted LGBQT rights. Same-sex couples are banned from adopting children, Moscow … READ MORE

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    The 5 W’s and the H’s of the Anti-Oppression Framework

    February 4th, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    The Anti-Oppression framework is a tool to see how people experience oppression in the world and a way for us to stop it. This blog will outline some of the basics of what the anti-oppression framework is, how it is used by/against people and how we can use it as a tool for supporting people in our own communities. What is Anti-Oppression? Anti-oppression is a way of thinking about the world as well as a tool to … READ MORE

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    Proposed Russian Law Will Ban “Gay Propaganda”

    January 30th, 2013     by Anne Th√©riault     Comments

    On January 25th, Russia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of drafting a law that would ban “gay propaganda.” In fact, of the 389 members of the State Duma (Russia’s lower parliament chamber), 388 supported the law. The proposed ban would have far-reaching consequences that range from removing queer characters from movies and television shows to making gay pride parades, and any other demonstrations supporting or celebrating gay rights, illegal. The law would also make it illegal … READ MORE

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    Hold Ya Head: What will grab our attention after Jun Lin’s head is recovered?

    July 10th, 2012     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    I remembered Yoshihiro Hattori when I first read about the murder of Trayvon Martin this past March. Yoshihiro was a 16-year old Japanese exchange student who was fatally shot by a man in 1992 when he had knocked on his door in search of directions to a Halloween party. Upon his arrest, the killer Rodney Peairs claimed that he was only ‘defending’ his home from the ‘intruder’ who was ‘was acting in a menacing, … READ MORE

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    Happy May Day!

    May 1st, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Happy May Day everyone! May Day is International Worker’s Day and this year The Public Studio (run by fabulous Shameless editorial director Sheila Sampath) has released a creative commons poster with a theme of worker’s being the beating hearts of our cities. Here’s more from The Public Studio: “Working people are the beating heart of our economies; they produce everything that we need and use, and are the driving force that keeps us strong. May Day, or … READ MORE

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    Quantifying the Hype: The Shafia Case in Context

    March 15th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    The Shafia case is a tragedy, all around. But the way this case has been used to promote some of the most casually xenophobic and Islamophobic commentary in Canada yet only makes it more difficult to honor these women and their lives. As many commentators have already pointed out, the rush to condemn the Shafia murders as part of a minority culture that has nothing to do with “Canadian values” perpetuates the familiar narrative of … READ MORE

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    2011: A Shameless Retrospective

    December 20th, 2011     by Team Shameless     Comments

    What a year! People say that every year as they bid the previous one adieu but 2011 has been full of world events that have shocked and touched us. Worry is one of the words that comes to mind when we think about 2011. From worry over the economy to fretting about our political climate, it’s clear the past year was fraught with events that, despite the fast pace of our lives, has caused us … READ MORE

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    Call for volunteers: Documenting and creating South Asian history in Canada

    December 14th, 2011     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - DOCUMENTING AND CREATING SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY IN CANADA: WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 6-8pm WHERE: 2401 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 212 (South-West Corner of Kennedy and Eglinton, Kennedy Station) WHAT TO BRING: ideas and enthusiasm! RSVP to: shaunga@cassa.on.ca CASSA is currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help out in our ‘Brown Canada’ project dedicated to documenting and exploring South Asian histories in Canada. This overall project will run for two years and aims to connect with diverse individuals and groups of … READ MORE

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    Quick rant: music radio shows

    November 29th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

    I don’t want to get all “when I was younger, people had more respect!” because it’s completely untrue. But I do feel that maybe there were more regulations about what radio presenters could say on the air ten or fifteen years ago (and I listened to the radio constantly when I was in junior high/high school). This morning, I flipping on Toronto’s Virgin Radio while I was getting dressed, and discovered their morning show hosts were … READ MORE

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    Politics issue out!

    November 15th, 2011     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    I’ve never felt disillusioned by the role or the intent of the Canadian government. That’s because I’ve never believed it works in my best interests, or in the best interests of most people I know. Still, from the time I turned 18, I did my best to make it work: I voted. I worked for a major political party. And I even came a breath away from running for one myself (note: never share empanadas … READ MORE

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    Neoliberalism, Politics, and Youth

    August 30th, 2011     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    Like so many Shameless articles I write, my initial intentions and detailed plans get abandoned, only to become fluid starting points for a less-tidy set of observations. So, while I was originally going to offer some commentary after riots erupted in the London, England neighborhood of Tottenham (I still will), I am also going to talk about youth and politics, as we near closer and closer to the provincial election in Ontario. First of all, for … READ MORE

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