Here’s how you can support Ontario’s trans community

Community activists, politicians speak out in light of PC’s anti-trans resolution

Graham Robertson, Editor

On Saturday, November 17th, the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) party voted to pass a resolution that would deny recognizing gender identity theory, during a three-day convention in Toronto.

PC Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Tanya Granic Allen proposed the resolution, which reads, “Be it resolved that an Ontario PC Party recognizes “gender identity theory” for what it is, namely, a highly controversial, unscientific “liberal ideology”; and, as such, that an Ontario PC Government will remove the teaching and promotion of “gender identity theory” from Ontario schools and its curriculum.”

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What’s coming up this Pride weekend in Ottawa

Trans march, Sunday’s parade, and creating spaces for queer people of colour

Graham Robertson, Editor

The celebrations are well underway for this year’s Pride week in Ottawa, and if you haven’t yet checked out what’s going on, we’ve got all the details on the hottest events happening this weekend.

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One year since Ste. Foy massacre, Ottawa stands in remembrance with Muslim Canadians

Savannah Awde, Editor

It was just before 8 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2017, when a lone gunman entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and open fired, killing six people and injuring 19.

One year later, around the same time, a large group of Ottawa locals gathered at the Human Rights Memorial in front of city hall to remember the lives lost to Islamophobia. The vigil itself was organized by the National Council for Canadian Muslims (NCCM), and was part of several vigils taking place across Canada.

Photo: Savannah Awde.

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Ottawa educator launches short film to raise awareness of stalking

Julie Lalonde shares story of being stalked for over a decade

Nadia Drissi El-Bouzaidi, Reporter

The first steps to many relationships in 2017 happen online. In fact, many of us often take to “stalking” the objects of our desires until we know every little detail that their social media feeds have to offer. However for Ottawa-based public educator Julie Lalonde, this is one of her biggest pet peeves. “The language we use about stalking in an online context just infuriates me,” she says. “Everytime we say those things we’re really minimizing the impact of actual stalking.”

Lalonde, who is a sexual assault survivor, launched her short film, Outside of the Shadows, on Dec. 15 to raise awareness about the dangers of criminal harassment, more commonly known as stalking, by sharing her own harrowing 12-year ordeal of being stalked.

Shedding light on stalking

Criminal harassment is defined as engaging  “in conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them” in the Canadian Criminal Code and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Stalking most commonly occurs in the context of intimate relationships, but also occurs in situations where the victim is unknown to the perpetrator, or in cases where the perpetrator holds a grudge against the the victim.

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Ask Women Anything panel on sexual harassment highlights need for women’s voices in media

Anchal Sharma, Editor

On Thursday Nov. 30, Media Action, an Ottawa-based non profit organization that pushes for gender equity within the media, hosted their second fall panel of their Ask Women Anything Series—an event where women who are experts in various fields and have media connections come together to answer questions by the general public.

The event is intended to give women the opportunity to voice their informed opinions about a certain topic, with Thursday’s panel focussing on sexual harassment, and the Me Too campaign.

“Ask Women Anything started when we (realized) ‘hey I know this woman, and she’s an expert…’ wouldn’t it be great if we could hear from these women, and amplify their voices,” said Amanda Parraig, the president of Media Action, adding that it was inspired by Reddit’s Ask Me Anything subreddit.

The latest edition of the event took place at Bar Robo and heard from Amy Kishek, a labour lawyer, Yamikani Msosa, Vice Chair of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, Major Nancy Perron—a military officer in the Canadian Armed Forces with a masters of psychology—and Chelby Marie Daigle, editor-in-chief of Muslim Link.

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Justin Trudeau delivers apology to LGBTQ+ community

Apology highlights government’s impacts on families, employment opportunities

Graham Robertson, Editor

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, leaders from Canada’s major political parties delivered an apology to the LGBTQ+ community in the House of Commons.

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Protest at Libyan embassy seeks Canadian action on alleged slave trade in Libya

Savannah Awde, Editor

The sidewalk at the intersection of Metcalfe and Slater Street was busier than usual on the afternoon of Wednesday Nov. 22, as protesters gathered in front of the Libyan embassy. This action came as part of a string of global rallies seeking to draw attention to reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya.

According to event organizer Faridath Yessoufou, the protest was born simply by people coming together through their anger towards the situation. “We are not a movement, we are just people,” Yessoufou said.

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