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Anti-Racist Book Club – Gratitude Day 4

I’m grateful for this book today. I am also really grateful for the meeting and discussion we had this week, the first of several we will have as a group of educators unpacking this book together. Especially on a day like this, it’s a source of solace… Talking with a whole bunch of people who give a sh*t about other […]

A Message to the Anti-Masker

To the anti-mask woman I encountered recently in Shoppers Drug Mart, You don’t know me. We haven’t had a conversation, even though I was tempted to start one. I simply witnessed you entering a busy Shoppers. I was right behind you as you came through the automatic doors, breezing past the hand sanitizer without slowing down. Then I saw you […]

Here’s why Ontario teachers’ unions are still “fighting” Doug Ford

If you’re hearing Doug Ford saying he loves teachers in one breath and bashing teachers’ unions in the next, here is something you should know. He is an actor, telling his audience a made-up story. He’s working hard to get the Ontario public to believe in – and condemn – the faction he’s chosen to be the “bad guy” in […]

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Let’s Learn Something

Today is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Canada. As people all over the world engage in discussions of racism with renewed intensity, it seems like a good opportunity to learn something about the Indigenous peoples in our respective areas of the land we call Canada. It is easy to find news, most of it very bad, about present-day interactions between […]

7 Things This White Person Has Learned About Racism

On November 9th, 2016, the day after the US election, when even my elementary students were freaking out about Trump, I pictured chaos in the United States. Society – which may never have truly earned the term “civil” – crumbling. Now, I feel like that moment has arrived. Pandemic, hospitals overflowing. Unemployment and poverty off the charts. Inequality rearing up, […]

Pandemic + Nova Scotia Shooter = nobody’s okay.

It’s Day 41 of pandemic distancing. I began an innocent little check-in post about two weeks ago. I wanted to ask how you are, and to write about what life is like during these “trying times” for posterity. It was difficult, though, because how one is doing keeps changing. The post has morphed several times in those weeks, and today […]

An Average Person’s Advice about COVID-19: Vegetation and Self-Deprecation

The news just came out yesterday in Ontario that, after March break ends next week, there will be two more weeks of school shutdown in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. This makes good sense. Schools are places where social distancing is just not possible – it’s a crowd situation every day. So the decision to follow the […]

Giving Doug Ford the Anti-Bullying Treatment

Dear Doug Ford, As you know, today is Anti-Bullying Day, otherwise known as Pink Shirt Day. I saw your video on Twitter with you in your pink shirt, talking about how we need to stand up against bullies. (I apologize, your speech was so platitudinous that my mind wandered halfway through, both times I tried to listen to it.) Most […]

B.C. Pipeline Protests: What’s Your Reaction?

This week on Cross Country Checkup, host Duncan McCue was asking CBC listeners to weigh in on the B.C. Pipeline Protests, centring around the activism of the Wet’suwe’ten First Nation. I’ve decided to offer my reaction as a counterpoint to Andrew Scheer’s speech to the press on Friday. First off, I support the protests. (Shockingly, Scheer doesn’t.) This is much […]

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