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2022 marks the first year Pride Toronto events will be hosted in person since the pandemic began. (Shutterstock)

Pride Toronto 2022: This party should be a riot

Pride Toronto has the opportunity to change its relationship with Indigenous and racialized people.
Chief James Ramer of the Toronto Police Service speaks during a press conference releasing the 2020 race-based data, at police headquarters in Toronto on June 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

The Toronto police apology for its treatment of racialized people is meaningless without action

The Toronto Police Service chief apologized to the public for the findings of an investigation that demonstrated the Toronto police’s excessive use of force on racialized residents.
Chief James Ramer of the Toronto Police Service speaks during a news conference releasing race-based data at police headquarters in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Strip searches are ineffective, unnecessary and target racialized Canadians

Strip searching is a police practice that evokes racial and sexual trauma, and it’s also ineffective. It’s finally time to talk about ending this oppressive police practice.
The dance floor was a place of belonging in the face of homophobic violence, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and moralistic representations of gay life. (Philip Share/Craig Jennex)

How LGBTQ2+ 1980s dance parties sparked collective joy and power — and can again

Toronto’s Gay Community Dance Committee funded lesbian and gay liberation organizing in an unkind era that made community work not only difficult, but increasingly necessary.
The Ontario government is partnering with Menkes Development to build the Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School in a new mixed-use condominium. (Shutterstock)

‘Vertical school’ in a Toronto condo raises questions about public-private education partnerships

When private contractors build schools they don’t necessarily meet the needs of communities for a lower cost than what governments can provide, and there’s less public accountability.
A house in Ottawa that sold over the listing price. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Want to solve the housing crisis? Address super-charged demand

More housing supply doesn’t mean lower prices. If policy-makers want to make homes more affordable, they must tackle developers who drive up prices and consider taxing capital gains on homes.
Almost 30 per cent of Black households and 50 per cent of Indigenous households experience food insecurity. Bart Heird/Unsplash

Making our food fairer: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 12

Our food systems are failing to feed all of us. In this episode of Don’t Call Me Resilient, we pick apart what is broken and ways to fix it with two women who battle food injustice.
An activist holds a portrait of a man who was allegedly disappeared by the Guatemalan Army. She waits to join a march organized in remembrance of the hundreds of thousands who died in the decades long civil war, in June, 2021. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Second-generation Central Americans in Toronto are dealing with historic trauma from civil war and migration

Canadians of Central American descent choose to heal and respond to ongoing trauma with care and community.
People are shoulder to shoulder inside a city bus while commuting at rush hour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

As people continue working from home, the monthly transit pass needs to change to remain worth it

Increasing even part-time remote work disrupts public transit revenue. Agencies need to adapt fare structures and business models to meet the changing work market.
Cyclists ride along Lake Shore Boulevard East as road closures come into effect for the return of the ActiveTO program in Toronto in May, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Yader Guzman

Making ActiveTO permanent will make exercise accessible to everyone by providing open and safe space

ActiveTO and programs like it across the country create more urban public space for exercising and can remove a major barrier to physical activity: lack of open and safe space.
A man hangs a protest banner where the Egerton Ryerson statue used to sit at Ryerson University. The statue was toppled in June by those protesting the discovery of graves at Indian Residential Schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?

The suburban-built environment whitewashes the violence and theft on which Canada is built.
Hundreds of residents of Toronto’s M3N postal code, a hotspot for COVID-19 infections, line up at a pop-up vaccine clinic on In April 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Even with equal vaccination rates, COVID-19 hotspots still have higher infection rates

Hotspot neighbourhoods with greater COVID-19 risk exposure continued to have higher infection rates even when they achieved vaccination levels equal to lower-risk neighbourhoods.
Incels rank all racial groups by attractiveness. The most attractive white men and women are ‘Chads,’ ‘Stacys’ and ‘Beckys.’ (Shutterstock)

Incels are surprisingly diverse but united by hate

Our research suggests that incel discussion boards are surprisingly diverse. Despite this diversity, we find that incels are united by their hatred of women.

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