In The Media

Star columnist Carol Goar honoured by human rights advocacy group

Oct 10, 2012

The award is presented by Urban Alliance on Race Relations, a grassroots community group that has fought against inequality and discrimination in Toronto since 1975.

Goar is the first winner of the Urban Alliance’s media award, which is named after the late Canadian journalist of Sindhi descent who immigrated to Canada from India in 1973 and six years later, began working at the Montreal Gazette. He passed away in 2003.

City’s summer of violence calls for community-based solutions

City’s summer of violence calls for community-based solutions

Aug 3, 2012

Toronto’s summer of violence challenges us to enact high-impact, evidence-based interventions and public policy measures that advance fair and equitable economic opportunities and create good jobs that pay a living wage, while providing support for those who need additional help to succeed. Further, we need to embrace a comprehensive, youth-focused strategy that revolves around youth-led organizations.

Scarborough shooting aftermath: It’s time to get serious about stopping gun violence

Scarborough shooting aftermath: It’s time to get serious about stopping gun violence

Jul 18, 2012

In order to restore public confidence in Toronto as a safe city, we can’t respond to gun violence only when these incidents occur and the issue dominates the news cycle — then go back to ignoring the problem once the media spotlight turns away.

Toronto has to take action to avoid more shootings

Toronto has to take action to avoid more shootings

Jul 18, 2012

Without providing hope to those who live in our most destitute communities, a long-term reduction in violence will not be realized. Do we have the political will to facilitate such change? Are sustained community development projects possible during this period of austerity and government cutbacks? The answers to these questions will largely determine the future of violent crime in Toronto — and the extent to which Toronto residents are exposed to the type of shootings we have experienced over the past month.

Africentric high school on the way

Jun 21, 2012

Toronto vice-principal Gary Pieters is president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and also headed an Africentric summer program in Jane-Finch in 2005 — the so-called Year of the Gun — in which he saw students raise their academic skills by a whole level just by being engaged with Africentric lessons.

Police Service Board decision on ‘carding’ stuns activists

Apr 14, 2012

So, as Sewell sat in the darkened police board room earlier this month along with a chorus of groups — the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Black Action Defence Committee — all calling for an investigation into carding, he still couldn’t believe much was going to happen.

Who’s afraid of Africentric?

Who’s afraid of Africentric?

Apr 3, 2011

Is creating a so-called Africentric secondary school to improve education chances for African Canadian students a step forward or a step back? Based on my personal experience, I believe it can be an important step forward.

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