City Builder Series: The Citizen

July 28, 2020 in City Builder Series, Community

Citizens across Canada share their stories about why, and how, they are involved in their communities. These folks are active in a variety of ways, from making masks for neighbours during COVID, to starting a market to connect the community, and banding together to fight for housing as a human right. To be an active citizen, no action is too small.

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Towards an Equitable Recovery

June 22, 2020 in Community, Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the deep cracks in our systems. Experts are concerned that food insecurity in Canada may double from the pre-pandemic numbers. Long-term care facilities—which have been brutally hit by COVID– are underfunded and under-staffed. And the virus is disproportionately impacting communities of colour. However, without the collection of race-based data, it’s hard to truly determine this impact.

But as our systems crumble and shift, there is opportunity to recover stronger than ever, with a much-needed societal focus on equity and social justice. 

John chats with Zahra Ebrahim, who has placed equity at the core of their work for years and is recently working towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19. 

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Towards the Just City

June 12, 2020 in Justice

Sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have been occurring around the world for the last number of weeks. And as today’s guest recently wrote, “current interest in anti-black racism is unprecedented.” Amongst all this frustration, pain and grief being expressed right now is also an incredible opportunity to listen and rethink life in our communities.

Today’s guest is Kofi Hope, a community leader in Toronto, who has been working towards a more just city for years.

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Cover photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash