Tuesday August 19, 2014 – Jane and Finch, and Yonge Love

York Community Report: We spoke to Shenikqwa Phillip and Emanuela Bringi of York University Black Students Association about a slew of issues affecting people of colour in the York community as of late, from racist xenophobic posters at York U to immigration investigations masked as vehicle safety stops. Tweet us at @Info_Yubsa or @YUBSA436 or @jfaap with #janeandfinch #immigration #cdnpoli

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Feature Report: The face of Yonge street has undergone significant changes in the last 50 years. From taverns to recordshops to strip clubs to shopping centres the street has transformed with the changing attitudes of Torontonians. A new BIA initiative called ‘Yonge Love’ is trying to connect people to new developments on Yonge providing community consultations with BIA panels. Yonge Love’s executive director Mike Garner joins us at a quarter past the hour to discuss possible new changes to Yonge street for our feature report. To learn more, please visit www.yongelove.ca or tweet us at @DowntownYonge with #yongelove 

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Monday August 4th, 2014 – Shadeism, Canada’s Detention Policy, The Izzat Project

York Community Report: News Now’s Dani Sinnatamby speaks to director and producer Naani Thiyagarajah of “Shadeism”, a documentary regarding skin colour discrimination. The term shadeism refers to the discrimination between lighter and darker skinned members of the same community. Targeted communities most often include people of African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas.

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Feature Report: Following our Monday’s Detainment Series, Fakiha Baig speaks with Mina Ramos of End Immigration Detention Network about Canada’s detention practices. Currently, Canada’s Immigration Detention Policy allows for indefinite incarceration of immigrants, amongst many other unjust and immoral detention practices. Fakiha and Mina discuss these practices and the United Nation’s call for a change in practice.

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Independent Arts Report: Farrah Khan from the Izzat Project speaks to News Now about her comic titled, “Heartbeats: The Izzat Project.” The comic tells a story of six young South Asian women in Toronto who use illustration, design, and writing to share taboo stories and subjects that are present in the community. They women discuss subjects such as honour and violence. Farrah tells us how her comic book can help us better understand the realities of South Asian women in Toronto.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014-Naani Thiyagarajah and Greenpeace

York Community Report: Haseena Manek and Dani Sinnatamby speak with Toronto based documentary maker, Naani Thiyagarajah about her documentary which explores the origins of Shadeism and how it has impacted communities.

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Feature Report: Dani Sinnatamby speaks with Keith Stewart of Greenpeace. They discuss how the changes in American policy on controlling emission amounts may affect Canadian environmental policy. For more information please visit their website at http://www.greenpeace.org

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Tuesday April 15th, 2014-Decolonizing Anti-Racism, YUBSA and Three Colours and a Canvas

York Community Report: Leana Lattanzio speaks with Sara Rodrigues who is one of the organizers of the event called Decolonizing Anti-Racism. They discuss the event and the Strategies of Critique organization. The Decolonizing Anti-Racism event happened at York University from April 14th-15th. For more information please take a look at http://www.strategiesofcritique.wordpress.com.

Feature Report: Leana Lattanzio and Haseena Manek are joined live in studio with Emanuela Bringi and Shanequa Phillips of the York United Black Students Alliance. They discuss racial profiling and carding of black students on campus with the recent increase of police presence on the York campus following the shooting. For more information follow them on Twitter @YUBSA436 or visit their office on the 4th floor of the student center at York University in room 436.

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Hailee Ingleton spoke with Ritika Anand who is the producer of the film Three Colours and a Canvas. They talk about her film and her work as part of her ongoing Toronto artist series. To get more information please visit http://www.threecoloursandacanvas.com