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Sustainable Living or Sustained Decay?

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

CUPE 3902 representatives Ryan Culpepper and Erin Black speaking to students and community members on Wednesday evening.

BASICS Speak to CUPE 3902 Representatives about Possible Strike at UofT

by Nathaniel Jote and Liam Fox The University of Toronto and CUPE 3902, which represents student and contract teaching staff on campus, are currently negotiating new collective bargaining agreements. Negotiations seem to have stalled, however, and Units 1 (mainly TAs) and 3 (mainly sessional lecturers) are readying for a possible strike. At a townhall last

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Radio BASICS – Interview with inmate Ryan Jordan

Radio BASICS August 25/2014 In this feature interview we talk to inmate Ryan Jordan about systemic racism, racial discrimination, racial divides between administration and inmates and a racial division between who gets privileges and who gets punishments within Canada’s “Correctional Institutions”. Incarcerated since 2003, Jordan speaks from his experiences as a grievance clerk for other

Djaber Kalibi
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Iranian human rights defender facing deportation

By M. Cooke  At 77 years old, most people are concerned with spending time with their family and having enough money for their retirement.  In July, 2013, the Canadian government gave Djaber Kalibi and his family something worse.  Upon returning from a trip to France, the Canadian government confiscated his passport and gave him a

Death threats issued to Toronto priest for commemorating Hugo Chavez

by Steve da Silva One of Toronto’s inner suburbs has become a focal point in the ongoing struggle in Venezuela between the Bolivarian transition to socialism and the fascist resistance that has been developing over the last month. With its face to the bustling city moving past it on Dufferin, just a little south of

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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

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Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada

Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada by Santiago Escobar As the Unist’ot’en continue their protracted battle against Chevron and other companies in resistance to the Pacific Trails Pipeline in northern B.C. over unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rain Forest in Ecuador are

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Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on Canada’s Prostitution Laws (RADIO BASICS INTERVIEWS)

On this edition of Radio Basics, we explore Canada’s Supreme Court ruling this December 2013 that struck down Canada’s laws around prostitution. We interview two long-time organizers around the issue, whose positions though not necessarily contradictory somewhat reflect the long-standing debate between those pushing for “decriminalization” and those advocating “abolition”.  We speak to Chanelle Gallant from Maggie’s-Toronto, a Toronto-based

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