Greens Pitch Carbon-Free Public Transit On Campaign Trail

CALGARY — The Greens say they want Canada’s public ground transportation to be carbon-free by 2040. Party leader Elizabeth May says to get there, the country needs to rapidly shift away from gasoline-powered transportation. The Greens’ national transportation strategy puts rail at the centre, with light rail and electric bus connections. May says that responds to a finding of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: that leaving remote and rural communities under-served by transit puts marginalized people, particularly Indigenous women, at risk. The party is also proposing to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030, exempt electric vehicles from federal sales tax,… Read More

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Back To School Has Long Meant Twice The Work For Racialized Moms

“You have work harder and do better than everyone else. Nothing less will do.” This was the mantra in my home at back-to-school season. In fact, as an 11-year-old girl moving from my grandmother’s home in Jamaica to join my family in Canada, this expectation was instilled from the start. It was as clear to me as the shift from sunny southern warmth to frigid northern storms. In my new home, “working harder” was sometimes left as an unspoken expectation for me and all my siblings. Other times, it was expressed directly to us by loving family members who only longed for us to succeed. I faced culture shock in… Read More

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Back To School Has Long Meant Twice The Work For Racialized Moms

“You have work harder and do better than everyone else. Nothing less will do.” This was the mantra in my home at back-to-school season. In fact, as an 11-year-old girl moving from my grandmother’s home in Jamaica to join my family in Canada, this expectation was instilled from the start. It was as clear to me as the shift from sunny southern warmth to frigid northern storms. In my new home, “working harder” was sometimes left as an unspoken expectation for me and all my siblings. Other times, it was expressed directly to us by loving family members who only longed for us to succeed. I faced culture shock in… Read More

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Young Women Are Leading The Global Climate Strike

The vast majority of world leaders and members of parliaments — the same politicians who are shuffling their feet when it comes to taking action on climate change — are men. But it’s women, particularly young women and women of color, who are at the forefront of climate-justice activism. At the Global Climate Strike on Friday in New York City’s Battery Park, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who went from unknown teenager to movement leader in just a year, took the stage to address the crowd, which was made up of people of every imaginable demographic, but primarily young women. There were college students in “Destroy the Patriarchy” shirts, high school kids… Read More

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New Music To Know This Week: Soccer Mommy Is Back, Girl Ultra Fight Slut- Shaming & More

Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can’t stop trying to match people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book called Record Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I’m listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I’ve recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you’re listening to this week. Soccer Mommy “lucy” I’ve been awaiting for the follow up to Soccer Mommy’s excellent debut album and this track indicates she’s got something cooking.… Read More

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