Unpacking Equity: Gender Equity in the Media

Recent public allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful Hollywood players, while not exactly surprising, have sparked an open conversation about gender equity in the media industry. There are far fewer women than men in decision-making roles in the media industry, and thus women are not given an equal voice in influencing the roles written for…

Ontario’s Culture Strategy: Monetizing the Arts

Mike Robichaux It’s a new year, kind of, and the Government of Ontario is getting ready to roll out its first-ever provincial Culture Strategy. The draft plan is slated for release this winter (so, any day now), and will be based on an extensive process of public consultation through which Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have tried…

#MyReconciliationIncludes Decolonizing Canada

Adryan Bergstrom-Borins I would like to begin by acknowledging the sacred land that I exist on, which has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This occupied land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was…

Is it time to lay Cancon to rest?

Ali Nasser Virji I’m not willing to divulge the exact number of leisure hours Netflix managed to exact from me in 2015. It’s high. My roommates and I do not pay for cable; it’s unlikely that we ever will. We’re not alone. In technical terms, we may be part of an ill-tracked group known as…

PRESTO: Your Ticket to Ride

Amelia Bredo If you’ve ever experienced another city’s system of public transportation, your return to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was likely accompanied by mixed emotions. Toronto’s streetcars, buses, and subways are crucial to the city’s operation, but the TTC falls behind other major cities in several key ways, namely in the use of an…

From Freud to Frasier; Joseph Heath’s Enlightenment 2.0

  Zachary Lewsen In 2005, television host Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness”, which refers to a statement that someone claims is true “from the gut” but has no basis in logic or fact. Colbert used the term to describe conservative pundit Glenn Beck’s assertions that, when he visited the National Archives in Washington, he…