Justice

The threat of homelessness looms over Toronto tenants

As evictions increase, tenants say support from the city is nowhere in sight.

6 Muslim youth reflect on safety and solidarity in the wake of the London attack

Since the June 6 attack, these young Canadians have felt scared and shaken. But they say this isn't the first time Islamophobia has touched their everyday lives.

To combat homelessness, advocates say Winnipeg needs better housing solutions

Winnipeg is lagging behind other western cities when it comes to supporting unhoused residents. Here’s how local organizations are trying to catch up.

Public libraries are adapting to community needs in the face of COVID-19

By dismissing fines and creating COVID-safe programming, libraries are proving their usefulness once again.

My family spent 11 days being bombed by Israel. Oceans away, I feel frightened, yet hopeful.

As a Palestinian Canadian, I've watched violence being carried out against my people in Gaza and at home. But this trauma isn't new.

It’s time to give young Canadians a voice in the media

We need 50 new supporters by the end of May to continue being the voice of Canada's youth.

Ontario has a history of racist police checks—is COVID-19 bringing them back?

Last week, the Ontario government announced a new COVID-19 enforcement protocol allowing police to randomly stop residents. The measure may have been rolled back, but for Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized residents, this kind of enforcement isn’t new.

Zoom lectures make positive student-faculty relationships impossible

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, digital growing pains persist in post-secondary classes.

Toronto gig workers continue to organize despite COVID-19 complications

Foodsters United set the precedent for gig workers to unionize. Now, Uber Black drivers continue the fight.

The stories we tell ourselves: In conversation with Harold R. Johnson

‘we create fictions and then we declare them natural, normal, and necessary,' said the former crown prosecutor.

Social media is helping frontline healthcare workers voice COVID-19 concerns

In a Feb. 11 Twitter livestream, health advocates met with Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hajdu to discuss vaccine rollout.

COVID-19 will have a lasting economic impact on Canadian women

Canadian economists worry the pandemic—and the "she-cession" it caused—is toppling women’s progress in the labour force.

The threat of homelessness looms over Toronto tenants

As evictions increase, tenants say support from the city is nowhere in sight.

‘A game changer’: Virtual strip clubs are here to stay

From the comfort of home on Nov. 27, dozens of people joined a Zoom call to attend the Strap House—a new, virtual strip club.

The impact of a letter: Ottawa community talks Amnesty International

On Dec. 10, 2020, Amnesty International hosted its annual Write for Rights campaign—this time virtually—to encourage global activism.

In the midst of a student debt crisis, BIPOC students are falling through the cracks

Students are putting education on hold until they can pay back their debt.

For Indigenous people, cultural safety means medical safety

Joyce Echaquan was surrounded by all the familiar features of a healthcare environment. She lay in a motorized bed wearing a teal gown, the walls were a soft beige, and the beeps of medical machinery faintly filled the air. The racism she experienced was familiar, too.

The world’s first Inuit Art Centre stands as a symbol for change

Over a decade in the making, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will open their newest addition in Feb. 2021—an Inuit Art Centre with curators representing all four regions of the Inuit territories, seeking to bridge the gap between Canada’s Northern Inuit and Southern settler communities.

Canadian campus newsrooms are changing. Black student journalists say it’s about time.

From outlet to outlet, a new focus on how newsrooms across the country are framing and prioritizing Black voices is emerging. Student journalists are asking themselves the same questions.

Black people make up just two per cent of university instructors in Canada. What needs to change?

Just two per cent of all university teachers across Canada are Black. In the wake of movements to address the lack of diversity in Canadian higher education, The Pigeon spoke to some Black professors about their positions in academia.

Breaking barriers: playing lacrosse as an Indigenous woman

Growing up on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, lacrosse surrounded Fawn Porter. The game is inextricably tied to her nation's identity and heritage. To her, it seemed a no-brainer that she would eventually have a stick in her hand.

In Toronto’s gay village, safety is a privilege

Two years after serial killer Bruce McArthur’s arrest, community members say little has changed in the Toronto Police Service's relationships with the city’s most vulnerable populations.

After organizing two rallies for Black lives this summer, Vanessa Simon no longer feels alone

Vanessa Simon, a Victoria university student, organized a last-minute rally in support of Black lives this June. The all-day event gathered hundreds of people. Three months later, Simon reflects on how activism has helped her build community.

In the name of safety: What go-karting, niqab bans, and Quebec’s Bill 62 have in common

As Quebec approaches the third anniversary of its ban on face coverings—often referred to as its "niqab ban"—Muslim women in the province are wryly noting the government’s recent change in opinion when it comes to face coverings in light of the global pandemic.

‘These are preventable deaths’: Saskatchewan’s growing drug crisis

Prairie Harm Reduction has been working toward opening Saskatchewan’s first safe consumption site for five years. The site is set to open on Oct. 1, directly in the wake of a Saskatchewan Coroners Service report estimating that overdose deaths in the province in 2020 are already higher than any previous year.

Canada’s first Indigenized art therapy program is supporting cultural healing in Indigenous communities

WHEAT is the only therapeutic arts training centre in central Canada that provides diplomas and certificate programs in expressive arts and art therapy. This month, the institute has welcomed its first cohort of students as part of the first Indigenized expressive arts therapy program in the country, which introduces participants to Anishinaabe culture, tradition, and art as a form of healing.

In an era of social change, art can be its own kind of protest

In the age of social media, visuals can articulate and contextualize information faster than words. With the recent travel restrictions, lockdown orders, and physical distancing measures, screens are our window to the rest of the world. People are consuming more visual images now than ever before, and visual art plays an important role in the fight for social justice.

Colour is not a crime: Calgary’s silent racism problem

In Alberta, as in many provinces, the perception that Canada doesn’t have a racism problem persists. According to some, police brutality against marginalized people is an issue exclusive to the US, and racial discrimination is non-existent. Rex Murphy, a well-known Canadian commentator and author, even wrote a column claiming that “Canada is not a racist country." But racism happens here too.

Delayed COVID-19 support another example of the government’s inequitable treatment of disabled Canadians

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was announced in March 2020 to support Canadians struggling financially due to COVID-19. Since then, 8.46 million Canadians have applied for the benefit, and 86 per cent of Canadians have agreed the CERB is a necessary and useful aid. However, while the federal government has extended COVID-19 support to countless Canadians, those with disabilities were left in the lurch.

Watching through the webcam: Ontario and ProctorTrack’s attempt at academic integrity

Due to COVID-19, the majority of Ontario universities are only offering remote learning, administering their classes online. As in-person examinations for the Fall 2020 semester are unlikely, the Ontario government and eCampusOntario have provided access to the online proctoring service ProctorTrack.