More than 400 people blocked the railway traffic near Bartlett Avenue in Toronto on Feb. 8 to support the Wet’suwet’en members, who got detained on their land in B.C.
Jocelyn Bell’s work is figuratively and literally on the move. As the managing editor of The United Church Observer, she has seen both the content of her publication and its office location change.
Readers of the most recent editions of The United Church Observer can read stories about becoming a vegan or about the daily meditations of First Nations traditions.
“(With) our tag line ‘ethical living, justice and faith,’ there’s a heavy emphasis on how we are in the world,” Bell said. “That’s kind of how we express our faith at this place.”
Farah Mawani couldn’t stand idly by. She had to act.
“All of these incidents hit very close to home,” she said.
On Nov. 19, during a public meeting at the Stan Wadlow Park in East York, she spoke in response to the appearance of white supremacy posters on park property.
Instead of an indigenous K-12 school, it seems likely the historic Eastern Commerce high school in Toronto will become a French language high school, if some politicians and parents in East York get their way.
The loons and the cranes are the chief clans. The deer clan people are loving and nurturing. The marten clan is the warrior, and the bird clan carry spiritual knowledge. Medicine is represented by the bear clan. The turtle and fish are the intellectuals, the planners and educators who share information among clans.
First Nations elder Kevin Fugita remembers a time when his culture was discouraged by the government. “It started in residential schools,” he said. “That’s where we lost our culture.” Now, a new community centre in Scarborough aims to counter that legacy.
Some Sir William Osler High School students are getting ready for a trip to Northern Quebec thanks to a weekend fun fair.