Racialytics #4: The Root of Violence is Violence

I’ve been thinking for days about whether – or how – to write about the Danzig Street shooting. I first thought I was going to write about how all we need to do to prevent such horrific incidents is to expect the best of young black men. Then I discovered that Tianna Dowie-Chin had already […]

Child’s Play

One of my most vivid memories is from when I was a little girl.  I am probably no more than four years old.  I am standing in the playground of my pre-school, looking through the chain-link fence that separates the school from the apartment building next door.  It is a glaring, grey afternoon.  A “big […]

Jack and Rita

When Jack Layton passed away on Monday, August 22, I was in the U.S., visiting my Grandma Rita, who was dying. As such, I didn’t find out about Mr. Layton’s death until later that evening, courtesy of This Magazine and Twitter. To say I was upset would be an understatement.  Since I was already emotionally […]

Tell ’em that is human nature

“If the rioting was a surprise, people weren’t looking”  – Stafford Scott Of all the articles and blog posts I’ve read ever since London exploded, one of the best was Penny Red’s, in which she argues that people riot because they feel powerless; rioting gives them a sense of power, even if just for one […]

Thank you, Stephen Harper

Dear Stephen Harper, I want to thank you for your actions during the recent labour dispute between the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.  Despite incredible resistance from the Official Opposition Party and other non-Conservative MPs, you remained true to your convictions and use your majority government to legislate the solution […]

On Pluto, Politics, and Proportionality

When I was in elementary school, I learned that there were nine planets in Earth’s solar system:  Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Today’s elementary school students learn that there are eight planets in our solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – because, as of […]

A simple choice

Bill Hicks ~ Revelations The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very […]

Public Relations

Last week, I, along with some of my associates from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, had a meeting with a Member of Provincial Parliament.  OPSEU had asked for this meeting as part of their Stop The Wage Freeze campaign, which is their… *ahem*… counternarrative to the Provincial government’s plan to freeze the wages of […]

Racialytics #3: It’s Always About Racism

On November 10, Maclean’s Magazine published “Too Asian?”, an article describing (some) White students’ decision not to apply to top-tier universities like the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of British Columbia, because they are “so academically focused that some students feel they can no longer compete or have fun.”  According […]

I think I’ll move to Australia

When I was a child, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was one of my favourite books.  In particular, Alexander’s frequent refrain of “I think I’ll move to Australia” – the farthest place both he, and I, could think of – appealed to my imaginative young self.  It also kicked off […]