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Make universal income program work

By Pat Watson 12.10.2016

By PAT WATSON It is a common saying that the measure of a society is how well it takes care of its most vulnerable. If that is the way to measure a society, then let’s be clear that ours does …

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My answers to the OARD questionnaire

By Patrick Hunter 12.10.2016

By PATRICK HUNTER “Systemic racism: When institutions or systems create or maintain racial inequality, often as a result of hidden institution biases in policies, practices and procedures that privilege some groups and disadvantage others.” This is the definition that the …

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History of Black women in Canada often overlooked

By Murphy Browne 12.10.2016

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) October is Women’s History Month in Canada. While it can be said that the history of White women is marginalized, the history of African Canadian women is hardly even acknowledged. African Canadian women have been …

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The ‘One Vision, One Voice’ report

By Patrick Hunter 05.10.2016

By PATRICK HUNTER This is good. The report is out. How to go about changing the Ontario child welfare system to better serve the African Canadian population. The report, in addition to providing researched facts, has provided a framework – …

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October is African Heritage/BHM in Britain

By Murphy Browne 05.10.2016

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) Wat a joyful news, Miss Mattie, I feel like me heart gwine burs’ Jamaica people colonizin Englan in reverse. By de hundred, by de t’ousan From country and from town, By de ship load, by …

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UN report urges U.S. to apologize, provide compensation for slavery

By Tom Godfrey 05.10.2016

By TOM GODFREY A dialogue has been started by a United Nations body that is suggesting African-Americans and their descendants who were affected by the global slave trade receive a public apology and compensation for their terrible treatment. The UN …

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Poll says Canadians want newcomers to integrate more

By Pat Watson 05.10.2016

By PAT WATSON It’s sometimes difficult to take opinion polls too literally. There are always questions about how the poll was designed and whether the design contained implicit bias. Or, perhaps findings are not reflective of a particular region or …

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The power and the pain of words

By Pat Watson 28.09.2016

By PAT WATSON Words have tremendous effect. That is a fact. Just ask any person who has been the target of a verbal assault, a slur against their character or perceived ethnicity. Words can become weapons either for good or …

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Understanding systemic racism

By Patrick Hunter 28.09.2016

By PATRICK HUNTER One of the difficulties facing the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate (OARD) is coming up with a clear definition of “systemic” or “institutional” racism. Their mandate includes “decrease systemic racism in institutions governed or regulated by the Ontario government” …

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