Author Archives: Harshita Singh

Did Islamophobia contribute to the paramedics’ negligence in the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi?

Did Islamophobia contribute to the paramedics’ negligence in the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi?

by Harshita Singh On Saturday, December 2, 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot two kilometres away from Hamilton’s Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre where he had just participated in a service. Witness accounts report that the paramedics who responded to the incident did not take Yosif’s suffering seriously, and he died later that night. Yosif’s father, Majed Al-Hasnawi,

The Toxic Tour – A Photo Essay

By Harshita Singh From August 19th to the 21st, organizers from Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP) held their annual Toxic Tour. Buses were organized by allies and ASAP to come from Waterloo, Toronto, London and other locations. The weekend was free, and ASAP invited people to attend a Water Gathering, educational workshops and a

Tenant Forced to Live in Bloodstained Unit

By Shafiqullah Aziz & Sara Jaffri “Open the door or we’ll kill you!” are hardly the words Reshma* anticipated hearing outside the doors of her new apartment shortly after moving in. Neither did she imagine that although the unit was mostly clean, the very obvious soya sauce-coloured stains on the living room walls and some of

Are surveillance cameras making people safer? We asked residents of 3400 Eglinton East

By: Steve da Silva & Harshita Singh   Over the last year in Toronto, we’ve seen disbelief and anger swell amongst people as they’ve learned that the police in this city have “carded” some 1.2 million people between 2008-2013, with young black men being the most targeted group.  What has shocked people has been both the

Sustainable Living or Sustained Decay?

by Harshita Singh   In 2014, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation issued its annual Performance Report, a document which measures whether TCHC reached its own targets in providing repairs and “sustainable living” conditions for tenants. Last year’s report included a section for Resident Satisfaction. This new section meant to examine whether there was an “increase