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Gendered Violence and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

Gendered Violence and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project By: Alie Hermanutz Photo credit: Provincial Archives of Alberta “The bottom line: Alberta’s oil and gas industry and the people who work in it are the best in the world. And we’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley1 The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project…

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Affordable Housing & Inclusionary Zoning: A Viable Solution for Toronto?

Affordable Housing Via Inclusionary Zoning: Viable in Toronto? By: Gilbert Neumann Seventy years after the United Nations first declared housing to be a human right, the federal government of Canada belatedly followed. After formal recognition by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stating that “housing rights are human rights,” anti-gentrification groups (henceforth AGGs) in Ontario rejoiced (Tasker).…

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Reflections on the 2018 York University Strike

Reflections on the 2018 York University Strike By: Karl Gardner Photo Credit: Rachele Gottardi   It’s around midnight on Sunday, March 4th, and I’m sitting on a broken chair beside a printer in the deserted CUPE 3903 office. The office is quiet and cold—we’ve already moved almost everything to “Strike HQ,” just outside of York…

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We Need Bold Solutions to End Food Insecurity in Canada

We Need Bold Solutions to End Food Insecurity in Canada By: Zahra Mamdani, Aysha Butt, Brooke Campus Photo Credit: $15 and Fairness UofT care of Simran Dhunna   Access to sufficient, nutritious food should be a fundamental human right. This right is recognized in several international legal agreements, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

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At Risk Youth and Bandaid-Solution Jobs

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At Risk Youth and Bandaid-Solution Jobs By: Oda Melzoger   In the summer of 2015,  when violence was rapidly increasing in my neighbourhood, I decided to apply for a summer job at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). I live in Chinatown, an area notorious for being low income and, by the city’s standards, “high…

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Transphobia? On My Campus (It’s More Likely Than You Think)

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Transphobia? On My Campus (It’s More Likely Than You Think) By: Meera E Ulysses   National news sources have been fawning and squawking with uncontained excitement over the now-infamous “controversy” that plagued the University of Toronto’s downtown campus in late 2016. It is a struggle for the ages, a struggle where passions run high and…

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No Pride in Gentrification

No Pride in Gentrification By: Helen Jefferson Lenskyj   In the summer of 2015, some LGBTQ members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), along with other concerned LGBTQ activists, formed the Queer Trans Community Defence (QTCD) to address the latest threat in the gentrification of Toronto’s Downtown East – the proposed LGBTQ-focused sport centre…

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