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Illustration by Michelle Theodore, The Walrus

Being Black in a Small Town

Published in The Walrus | April 21, 2023

Schitt’s Creek and Gilmore Girls would have us believe there’s room for only one Black person in every small town. When will pop culture catch up to reality?

Photo by Chickweed Arts, The Globe and Mail

Reclaiming Inuit ingredients sets this body-care company apart – while connecting it to community

Published in The Globe and Mail | March 20, 2023

At the heart of their business, the Clarkes see Uasau as a product serving the North, returning traditional Inuit cultural practices and the healing properties of the bowhead whale to their community in a contemporary way.

Photo by Jeffery Burnett, CBC Docs

30 years after an historic fight against clear cutting, Indigenous communities are still fighting for forests

Published in CBC Docs | March 17, 2023

Two directors tell the story of the people trying to protect some of our last old-growth forests

Photo by Adrienne Row-Smith, The Narwhal

Ottawa’s Greenbelt is federally owned but not federally protected

Published in The Narwhal | February 1, 2023

The horseshoe of wetlands, forests and farms between Ottawa’s downtown and suburbs isn’t immediately at risk from Ontario’s new development policies. But it’s still threatened, which is why some think it should be made a national park.

Photo by Kamara Morozuk, The Narwhal

Chiefs of Ontario want development-friendly More Homes Built Faster Act repealed

Published in The Narwhal | December 9, 2022

First Nations chiefs say Housing Minister Steve Clark requested meeting on omnibus housing bill, then disappeared: a ‘blatant disregard of our nation-to-nation relationship’

Photo by Dave Chan, The Globe and Mail

Forty-eight Canadians invested into the Order of Canada, including Globe and Mail publisher and CEO

Published in The Globe and Mail | November 17, 2022

Forty-eight people – ranging from activists and business leaders to writers and artists – were invested into the Order of Canada Thursday. Among the recipients was Phillip Crawley, publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail.

Photo by Jesse Winter, The Globe and Mail

Olympic race walker Evan Dunfee hopes to take lessons of success on the track into local politics

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 10, 2022

Evan Dunfee began race walking when he was about 10 years old because he wanted to be the best at something. Twenty years later, he crossed the finish line at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with a record-breaking gold medal.

Photo by Jeff Mcintosh, The Canadian Press

The housing crisis in Canmore, Alta., is driving out doctors, families and development

Published in The Globe and Mail | September 10, 2022

Housing has long been an issue in Canmore, a former mining town of about 16,000 about an hour’s drive east of Calgary. A combination of a seasonal workforce, vacation properties and several failed attempts at building new housing have pushed up prices and squeezed supply.

Photo by Crystal Mercredi, The Globe and Mail

Elders want historic church in Alberta’s Fort Chipewyan rebuilt, chief says

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 26, 2022

The chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says the fire that destroyed one of Alberta’s oldest churches this week is a significant loss and that elders in the community want it rebuilt.

Photo by Crystal Mercredi, The Globe and Mail

Historic Catholic Church in Alberta First Nation community burned to ground in suspicious fire

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 25, 2022

One of Alberta’s oldest churches has been burned down in a northern First Nation community, a fire that the RCMP are treating as suspicious.

Photo by Gavin John, The Globe and Mail

Indigenous designer transforms Hudson’s Bay blankets into coats

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 8, 2022

For Stephanie Crowchild, sewing is a healing practice, a process for revitalization and a way of reclaiming her identity as an Indigenous woman after a period of personal darkness.

Photo by Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

Indigenous survivors look to move past anger after papal visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | August 1, 2022

For some survivors, the meeting with the Pope was an opportunity to voice demands for further justice. For others, like Noella Robinson and Joan. St. Denis, the meeting was a chance to put aside anger and move forward with healing.

Photo by Vatican Media, Reuters

Pope Francis renews his residential schools apology in Quebec

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 27, 2022

In a province where Catholicism once dominated many facets of life, Pope Francis renewed his apology to Indigenous people for the harms caused by many Catholic members in government-funded residential schools.

Photo by Todd Korol, Reuters

Chief Littlechild’s headdress gift to Pope Francis carries heavy significance

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 26, 2022

Made of mostly eagle feathers, the type of headdress commonly known as a war bonnet is a sacred, traditional item that has been worn by Prairie First Nations leaders for hundreds of years. The bestowing of a headdress can carry multiple meanings, knowledge keepers and elders say, and there was a purpose to placing it atop Pope Francis after he apologized on Monday for decades of abuses at Catholic-run residential schools.

Photo by Patrick T. Fallon, AFP, Getty Images

Support workers to aid residential schools survivors during Pope Francis visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 25, 2022

300 cultural support workers will be on hand in Alberta to aid residential school survivors during the Pope’s historic apology

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This couple spent eight years searching for a condo in Toronto that fit their accessibility needs

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 22, 2022

Eager to move from an apartment with a shower kept together by duct tape, the Roses went on the hunt for an accessible home.

Photo by Vatican Media, Reuters

Indigenous nations, organizers struggle to secure space for residential school survivors for papal visit

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 18, 2022

Indigenous groups say they are worried that many residential school survivors will not be able to attend Pope Francis’s appearances across Canada later this month, owing to ticket shortages and poor communication from the Catholic Church and the federal government.

Photo by Patrick Doyle, Canadian Press

Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge wants to break the culture of silence around abuse in sports

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 15, 2022

Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge wants to be a “change maker” in Canadian politics. She’s starting with the Canadian sport landscape, working to break the culture of silence surrounding abuse and to bring joy back to sports.

Photo by Patrick Doyle, Canadian Press

Hockey Canada’s culture must change in wake of ‘extremely horrific’ sexual-assault allegations, Sport Minister says

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 6, 2022

Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual-assault allegations involving eight Canadian Hockey League members, including players with the gold-medal-winning world junior team, reveals a culture problem within the organization that needs to change, federal Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge says.

Photo by Gavin John, The Globe and Mail

Calgary playwright Col Cseke wants to show the ‘inner emotional lives’ of temporary foreign workers

Published in The Globe and Mail | July 1, 2022

Representation, empathy, joy and, most importantly, hope: This is what Calgary playwright Col Cseke wants audiences to take away from his new show about temporary foreign workers, Parts and Labour.

Photo by Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press

RCMP considered whether to charge Justin Trudeau over Aga Khan trip, documents show

Published in The Globe and Mail | April 25, 2022

The RCMP considered charging Justin Trudeau with fraud over a family vacation at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas, but decided against doing so because it was unclear if the Prime Minister had the authority to approve the all-expenses-paid gift for himself.

Photo by Paul Edwards, Getty Images

Majority of Canadians in favour of abolishing constitutional monarchy, new survey finds

Published in The Globe and Mail | April 21, 2022

A majority of Canadians have a positive view of the Queen but would support separating from the British monarchy after she dies, according to a new public-opinion poll.

Photo by Carlos Osorio, Reuters

Rise in hate crimes connected to pandemic and greater political polarization, Trudeau says

Published in The Globe and Mail | April 20, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the reported spike in hate crimes in Canada can be linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and greater political polarization.

Graphic by Planet Labs, The Globe and Mail

Inuit feminists call for renaming of islands that slur Indigenous women

Published in The Globe and Mail | March 18, 2022

Leader of Qulliit says Nunavut women's group will work to change the current name, which is considered an ethnic and sexual slur.

Photo by David Stobbe, The Globe and Mail

Saskatchewan chief Bear won’t endorse Poilievre, despite being featured in Conservative leadership candidate’s social media

Published in The Globe and Mail | March 13, 2022

The chief of one of Saskatchewan’s most economically successful nations says he is not endorsing Pierre Poilievre even though the front runner in the Conservative party race has been featuring him prominently in social media posts.

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Everything but the fairy tale ending

Published in CBC Sports | July 29, 2021

I stand at the start line behind my blocks, trying to see through the pouring rain that is beating down on me...

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Photo by Fred Lum, The Globe and Mail

Indigenous and Black communities have a shared past of injustice. They deserve a shared future of justice

Published in The Globe and Mail | May 29, 2021

Solidarity in the face of systemic racism and police violence is more than just symbolic; it’s the latest stage in a common struggle against colonialism. What will the next stages be?

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