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The TPS Carding Debate: Confusion and Misinformation is the Point

The TPS Carding Debate: Confusion and Misinformation is the Point

By Nooria Alam On June 24th, the Toronto Baha’i Centre hosted a public forum called “Conversation on Carding”,  where community members came together to discuss the Toronto Police Service’s’ policy on carding, lately a hot topic in Toronto media. Conversation focused on recent appearances by new TPS Chief Mark Saunders, who has defended carding as

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“They gave up on the community”: Programmers and supporters fight to save CHRY 105.5

by Michael Romandel   On May 1, 2015, the board of CHRY 105.5 FM—the York University community radio station—fired all of its volunteers and community programmers and re-branded itself as VIBE 105.5. VIBE 105.5 now advertises itself as an alt-urban music station, playing electronic music, reggae, soca, r&b and hip-hop. Upset and offended community residents,

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


Strike on the Horizon at UofT

By Nathaniel Jote and Liam Fox Tensions are running high at the University of Toronto between administrators and CUPE 3902, the union which represents 7000 T.A.s and sessional lecturers on three UofT campuses. During 2014, Units 1 and 3 of CUPE 3902 both had their collective bargaining agreements with the university expire. However, the University

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Street Voices Launch Poem

A Poem by Joel Zola Written for the founding of street voices magazine We live in the modern day world of cellphones, wikipedia, and social media Sexual messages are sexually transmitted like gonorrhoea to our subconscious The masses are asleep to reality like we’re unconscious The voices of the streets will be the alarm clock,

Noaman G. Ali, BASICS

Killer Cop Back to Work

Police Chief Reassigns James Forcillo to Crime Stoppers Unit by Shafiqullah Aziz After a seven month suspension with pay, Constable James Forcillo, who killed Sammy Yatim on July 27, 2013,  returned to work with the Toronto Police Services (TPS). Forcillo has now been assigned to the Crime Stoppers unit, and has been on the job


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

Terror in Dixon: Behind the Rob Ford Scandal

‘Project Traveller’ and the struggle to defend our communities By: Kabir Joshi-Vijayan Rob Ford might be the most (in)famous politician in Canadian history. Every other week a new intoxicated blunder is revealed while the entire local political establishment tries to force his resignation. Despite the hundreds of hours of sensational reporting, the story is actually