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Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

This is an interview by Camila Uribe-Rosales of BASICS with Oscar and R (who prefers to remain anonymous), two Latin American youth who migrated to Canada from El Salvador and Mexico, and their experiences in the Canadian education system. EARLY YEARS O: I was born in El Salvador. My parents migrated here.  I didn’t speak

Serving free food and coffee downtown. Photo: DIANNE HARTMAN

KW Spot Collective Relaunches its Peoples Programs

by BASICS Team Kitchener-Waterloo  On Jan 3, 2014, the Kitchener-Waterloo Spot Collective announced the relaunching and professionalising of their people’s programs. The people’s programs, which include the serving of free food, programs for those dealing with addiction, and literacy programs, have come out of the need to deal with the problems the community faces by


Does CLASS get in the way of EDUCATION?

by Sadia Khan & Noaman G. Ali Please see full article: Education inequality shocks Thorncliffe Park residents. To get involved or to learn more about Thorncliffe Reach-Out Teach-In (TRT)’s community organizing efforts to challenge these inequalities, e-mail, or visit the Facebook page,

Education inequality shocks Thorncliffe Park residents

Community seeks to organize against inequality by Noaman G. Ali “It’s shocking! I am shocked!” said a parent attending a community meeting in Thorncliffe Park held last Sunday, December 22. She was responding to a presentation by Sadia Khan, a teacher and community organizer, about educational inequality between public schools in Thorncliffe Park and those

"City without Borders" banner from community demonstration (J. Lapierre)

Quebec Blocks Access to Education for Children without Status

By J. Lapierre The right to education for children without status in Quebec comes with a $5,000 price tag. This past July, the Quebec government shared a set of guidelines with Quebec school boards for dealing with children with precarious immigration status. While the guidelines expanded the number of children who could access free education,

Transitional Year Program building at U of T

Transitional Year Program Alumnus Speaks Out

“TYP is under attack” by Shahzali Samah The Transitional Year Program (TYP) at the University of Toronto (U of T) St.George Campus is a  historically significant program in education. TYP has the distinction of being the first full time access and equity program in the University of Toronto. For the past 43 years, TYP has