News Now – Monday, May 6th Edition

On the Monday, May 6th edition of News Now:

York Connection – The Centre For Women and Trans People at York [01:48]

News Now’s Leana Lattanzio speaks with Reese and Jessica from The Centre For Women and Trans People at York University about their end-of-year event and accomplishments throughout Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. Their year-end party celebrated the work of the Centre and its members with a talent show, karaoke, and volunteer appreciation. From fat activism to continued support for trans* folk to marking the December 6 Montreal massacre to events for indigenous women and women of colour, the Centre has been active throughout the year fulfilling its mandate.

People’s History – Cinco de Mayo [10:41]

Leana Lattanzio traces the history of Cinco de Mayo. Celebrated annually in the U.S. and regionally in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the unlikely defeat of French forces by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to mark the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the Amercian Civil War. Today in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Feature Interview – Monarch Butterflies and their History with Indigenous People in Mexico [15:38]

News Now’s Varnaja Newman interviews Natalie Swaak, the Coordinator of Education at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), about the journey and transformation of monarch butterflies. Discussing the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies, Swaak sheds light on the local project that was instrumental in documenting the movements of the monarchs. Also, the cultural significance of monarch butterflies for indigenous people in Mexico and their relationship with monarch butterflies today is explained.

Independent Arts and Culture Report – FoodShare Toronto [41:04]

News Now contributor Myles Marcus speaks with Charlyn Ellis, programmer on Covered & Bound at CHRY and volunteer with FoodShare Toronto. FoodShare Toronto is an organization that advocates healthy food alternatives for underserved communities through a variety of programs. Drawing from her experiences with community gardening, Ellis speaks about food justice, food insecurity, and food literacy and how that affects communities in Toronto.

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