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Here’s a podcast on why social assistance isn’t improving health outcomes.

Desmond Cole writes on the Ford government’s proposal to redraw Toronto’s electoral boundaries: “Many of us have taken to the street to defend ourselves, to fight for what we believe in. For those who sat and critiqued our desperation, I ask you now: what do you believe in? What parts, if any, of this disintegrating social and political reality are worth your time, your energy, your voice, your body, your disruption and your resistance? How much do elections really matter?”

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada from scholars concerned about the Muskrat Falls dam.

Denise Balkissoon wants you to know about the Manuels, a family from the Secwepemc nation, who have been opposing settler governments for generations.

9 Vancouver activists you should know more about

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, recently traveled across the U.S., inciting hope and excitement across the Ethiopian Diaspora.

On James Baldwin’s birthday, Barry Jenkins (screenwriter and director of the world’s most beautiful movie, Moonlight) released a teaser for his film adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk.

The trailer for Lizzie, a film about alleged murderess Lizzie Borden starring lesbian icon Kristen Stewart, also dropped this week. I will watch the movie when it’s out, but I’ll have you know my sapphic heart was fully satisfied with Clea DuVall as Emma Borden in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.

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Editorial Note: Watch Yourself

GUTS editors reflect on writing about "watching ourselves" in a hyper-surveilled world

The Decentres

Marlowe is searching for her twin brother, Hugo. Ten years ago, they were kidnapped from their home planet, an all-black commune in space, and separated. Marlowe was left in an all-white suburb on Earth, but she's not alone. Together with...

A Part Yet Apart

Mirusha Yogarajah explores how gentrification in Austin and Vancouver uses surveillance methods to subjugate racialized groups.

Staying Soft Under the Gaze

eyos discusses how Indigenous lives are subject to hyper-surveillance, and the ways communities resist.

Ọrun is Heaven

“Ọrun is heaven, the water is sweet, the work is plenty, and they pay well. And nobody can vanish there.” The first instalment of Francesca Ekwuyasi’s two-part story chronicles the exploitation of a young migrant trapped in a dazzling but...

Watched and Not Seen: Tech, Power, and Dehumanization

The rise of corporate and state surveillance technology is terrifying, but we cannot talk about privacy without talking about power. Lorraine Chuen examines how technologies and data systems are being used to monitor communities at the margins.

Watcher Within, Watchers Without: My Black OCD Story

"my Blackness and my OCD are indivisible."