Justin Trudeau and his government have announced they’ll spend $4.5 billion of taxpayer money to buy the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, despite the high environmental and economic risks, and the Indigenous, Canadian and international opposition.
No amount of money can buy back a people's river. No amount of money can buy back the sea. No amount of money can purchase what is sacred. The Trans Mountain Pipeline cannot be built. Because we love the rivers. Because we love the sea. Because we love this sacred earth. We will defend our home. We will defend our water. #NoTransMountain #NoMountainPipeline #WaterIsLife #NoConsent
“What can a rave review of the Caribbean restaurants and roti shops of ’80s Tkaronto tell us about non-straight and non-cis histories of black communities in Tkaronto?” Check out Maandeeq Mohamed’s Somehow I found you – these notes on Black queer archival practices in Canada are complex, rich, and intriguing.
“It is a difference that matters, both to me and others, but it isn’t the ending or beginning of my gender. It’s just another moment in learning more about who I’ve always been.” Gwen Benaway’s A Body Like a Home, on SRS and being a woman
The Breakthroughs Film Festival is happening in Toronto on June 15th and 16th – find out more here.
Canada could have ended under-funding of First Nations education, water, early childhood programs, domestic violence shelters and ensured no sick child was air transported alone in Quebec and more. Instead… they bought a pipeline
— Cindy Blackstock (@cblackst) May 29, 2018
“Much of today’s upper class is engaged in a frenzy of self-improvement. They want to be skinnier, healthier, younger-looking, smarter, nicer, more loving and, since Trump assumed the presidency, more politically aware too. But were they truly improving? They may eat more vegetables, but this age seems more narcissistic than any before, more beholden to snake oil, and has put many individuals in the grip of an uneasy self-image toggling between unrealistic grandiosity and soul-crushing envy. Nxivm positioned itself as the true self-improvement gospel.” This profile of Nxivm was very enjoyable to read!
Jaye Simpson shares reflections and truths from a childhood spent in the foster care system: “We can’t fix a system that’s been designed to destroy us. The only flaw in this system is that some of us survived.”
“I am uninterested in investigating, documenting, theorizing, and inhabiting my own negation—black negation.” Keguro Macharia in the New Inquiry
Is Lyme disease a feminist issue? A review of Porochista Khakpour’s Sick
“The truth is that working on climate change is not a fight: it is an act of love.” Catherine Abreu on the ongoing and heartbreaking work of environmental care.
Did you catch Carly Boyce’s brilliant advice on how to be a good breaker-upper? If you missed it, read it now, then bookmark it for when you need it.