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Saving Face: Canada’s Settlement of the Ontario Sixties Scoop

Saving Face: Canada’s Settlement of the Ontario Sixties Scoop

by Nooria Alam The Canadian federal government reached a settlement agreement during the month of October with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Ontario, after almost a decade of dragging its feet and trying to get the case thrown out of court. The federal government has been ordered to pay $750 million to the

Durham Activists Demand Justice for Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva Activists and concerned residents in the Durham region rallied outside the Oshawa Courthouse in the early morning of September 27 to protest the brutal, racially motivated attack on Dafonte Miller by an off-duty Toronto police officer and his brother. Two dozen protestors gathered and chanted just before the latest hearing in

The Failed Cover-Up of Scarborough Cop’s Vicious Attack on Teen: The Case of Dafonte Miller

by Steve da Silva It’s sometimes known as the ‘Blue Wall of Silence’. Sometimes the ‘Blue Code’. It’s that unwritten rule amongst cops that you don’t report on a fellow officer, even if doing so is in breach of the law, even when this means covering up heinous acts.  If you’ve never heard these expressions

Ontario’s Unfair Housing Plan

by Steve da Silva This past April, the provincial government has finally made what appears to be a serious intervention into southern Ontario’s housing crisis. On April 20, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals announced sixteen new measures and regulations in their ‘Fair Housing Plan.’ Renters in Toronto have been clamouring for measures to restrict landlord abuses and

Will University and College Really be Free in 2017?

By Sahar Ashraf Students attending college or university in the fall of 2017 can expect to get larger grants than ever before through OSAP. The Ontario government has promised “free tuition” to students from low-income families through the Ontario Student Grant (OSG). The Ontario Student Grant comes after decades of cutbacks to the funding of

Presto May Be a Good Idea – But Only If You Can Afford It

By Saeed Mohamed It has been over a year since the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) introduced Presto, an initiative spearheaded by the provincially owned agency Metrolinx. Presto will replace tokens, tickets and possibly cash fares by 2017, and this transition is going to be disproportionately burdensome for low-income people in the city. Presto is a

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

The Housing Crisis and Colonialism in Mishkeegogamang: New BASICS doc reveals colonial living in Ontario’s north

In December 2014, BASICS people’s journalists Shafiq Aziz and Steve da Silva travelled to Mishkeegogamang First Nation, a remote Ojibway reserve located 7 hours  north of Thunder Bay as part of a serve-the-people project launched by the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of union local CUPE 3903.  Through a look at the housing situation on the reserve, BASICS

Justice for Jermaine Protest Locks Down Brampton Intersection on Christmas Eve

by Nathaniel Jote, Shafiqullah Aziz, Steve da Silva Concerned residents and community members gathered at a vigil on Christmas eve for Jermaine Carby, a Brampton man who was shot and killed by Peel Regional Police three months earlier.  The gathering rallied about 50 members at the location of Carby’s murder, near Queen and Kennedy, where

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