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Scarborough Residents Hold Vigil for Quebec Mosque Shooting Victims

Scarborough Residents Hold Vigil for Quebec Mosque Shooting Victims

By: Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh On February 5th, People’s Defence, an organization based out of Markham and Eglinton, held a vigil to honour the six Muslim brothers killed at the Quebec City Islamic Centre on January 29th. As temperatures dropped well below zero, more than 130 residents from the Scarborough neighbourhood gathered in the

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Islamophobia in Our Schools, Bombs on Our Homes

By Nooria Alam We put ourselves and our children through school with the belief that it is a place to foster a love of learning amongst ourselves, not a place where we experience violence from the people who are supposed to teach us. Unfortunately, for many Muslim students at R.H. King Academy, a subtle type

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The Rob Ford Crack Video

By Shafiqullah Aziz The infamous video of former mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, recorded by Mohamed Siad, has finally been released. Following the completion of court proceedings in the Andrew Lisi extortion case, the publication ban on the 2013 video has been lifted. After the release of U.S. online publication Gawker’s article “For Sale: A

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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

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A Look Back at Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Plan

  By Saeed Mohamed On November 3rd, 2015 the City of Toronto published TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Plan, a 48-page interim policy report receiving unanimous City Council approval. For the first time, poverty reduction strategies have been formally introduced into the 2016 City Budget, also marking the first time all levels of government have

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Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

Why Taxi And Uber Drivers Should Unite In Common Struggle

By Liam Fox On December 9th, taxi drivers from across Toronto staged a series of protests against the rival company Uber. Protesters shut down four high traffic areas before finishing with a demonstration at City Hall, calling upon the mayor to ‘bring justice’ to drivers by stopping Uber from operating illegally. These disruptions reverberated throughout

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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

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Scarborough High-Rise Tenants Fed Up

By: Noaman G. Ali “I’ve been living here for three years, and last night was the first time I’ve seen anyone come to fix the laundry room,” says a 33-year old resident of 3400 Eglinton Avenue East. The laundry room in the basement of the Markham and Eglinton area building is full of washing machines

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