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Worker’s Profiles: Below the Minimum Wage

Worker’s Profiles: Below the Minimum Wage

By Sara Jaffri and Harshita Singh An endless supply of alcohol, good music, pool tables, and friendly strangers – these elements seem like a recipe for a fun time. For those of us who frequent bars and pubs, this kind of environment is exactly what we look forward to at the end of a long

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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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My Name is a Form of Resistance

My name is a form of resistance Against the anglicization and exotification Of a body and a struggle You don’t even have the syllables to comprehend. My name is a form of resistance Because my mother named me for my Homeland. She named me to belong no matter where my feet would find me.   My name is

Art by Iranian artist Seema Sardarzehi.

From Pakistan to Turtle Island: #YesAllWomen

Op-Ed by Muriam Salman There has been widespread condemnation of the attack on a 25-year old pregnant woman as she stood in front of Lahore Courthouse, Pakistan on May 27. Farzana Parveen died after being hit with bricks and sticks by her father, brother, and former fiancé. The stoning coincided with news of Elliot Rogers

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“THE LABOUR MOVEMENT IS BROKEN”: Union organizer claims she was fired for trying to unionize staffers and other ‘political reasons’

by Helena Epinat “The labour movement is broken.” Strong words from long-time union organiser Leanne Wilkins. Wilkins has been part of local 1000A, a local of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for over 20 years. Wilkins was fired from her paid position in December 2013 for voicing her displeasure and exposing the hypocrisy

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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

Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Toronto Police Headquarters in downtown Toronto to protest state inaction on missing and murdered indigenous women.  SHAFIQULLAH AZIZ/BASICS.

Feb 14: Over 600 gather outside Police Headquarters to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

by Nicole Oliver “The strawberry represents love, courage, and women,” explained Wanda Whitebird in Toronto at the 9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and those who have died violent deaths by colonialism in ‘Canada.’ “Over 600 strawberries and cups of water were handed out,” Audrey Huntley of No More Silence posted

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