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The Canadian Progressive: Oprah Receives Racist “Pretty Woman” Treatment From Swiss Boutique

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she received the racist “Pretty Woman” treatment while attempting to buy a $38,000 designer handbag at a pricey Swiss boutique recently.

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The Canadian Progressive: SHAME: Toronto Plaza Hotel disparages striking workers as ‘animals’

The Toronto Plaza Hotel has branded its predominantly visible minority women employees as “animals” for fighting to protect their modest pay and benefits.

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The Canadian Progressive: Hungry Aboriginal kids used in nutritional experiments: AFN reacts

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says the revelation that Canadian officials used malnourished Aboriginal populations in nutritional experiments has “sent a shockwave through First Nations in Canada and should be no less shocking to all Canadians and beyond.”

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The Canadian Progressive: In the US, an “open season on black boys” after Zimmerman acquittal

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

In the US, an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, is murdered in cold blood. The jury finds the alleged murderer, Florida neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, not guilty. President Barack Obama calls for “calm reflection”. He mentions neither “George Zimmerman” nor the issue at the heart of this case – racism.

Gary Young, a columnist with The Guardian (UK), says such calls for calm are “empty words for black families”.

But first, Obama’s statement.

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: After layoffs, racialized immigrant workers face precarious employment, poverty wages

by: CAW & Ryerson University | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 25, 2013 – Older immigrant workers who have been laid off are falling through the cracks of Canada’s employment system, with many of them ending up in temporary jobs with few benefits, finds a new study released today at Ryerson University’s Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ted Rogers School of Management.

“We were interested in finding out how this group of workers has managed since the plant closure five years ago and whether they have found stable work again,” says Winnie Ng, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy and lead (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians refuse permission to be filmed for anti-immigrant reality TV show “Border Security”

By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release:

BCCLA delivers over 1400 forms filled out by individuals refusing permission to be filmed to CBSA, Shaw TV and show producers

BCCLA Staff, Josh Paterson and Stefanie Ratjen, delivering the forms to the Canadian Border Services Agency (Photo: BCCLA)

VANCOUVER, June 24, 2013 – In less than a month, over fourteen hundred people have signed forms refusing permission to be filmed at border crossings by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or its private film crew partners for the reality TV show “Border Security”.

This morning, the BC Civil (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Four GTA-based organizations recognized for embracing diversity

By: Maytree Foundation | Press Release:

Photo: DiverseCity

TORONTO, June 19, 2013 – At an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, the City of Markham, and William Osler Health System for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds.

A corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized BMO Financial Group.

“Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to lead,” explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of DiverseCity. “In a region as diverse as ours, (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives’ refugee health care cuts remain a concern: Ontario doctors

By: Ontario Medical Association | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 17, 2013 – One year after the implementation of a series of changes to federal coverage of refugee health care, Ontario’s doctors are seeing a negative impact on the delivery of care.

Under the new Interim Federal Health Program rules, the federal government no longer covers health care for certain refugee categories, even in circumstances when the patient is in urgent need of care. It also transfers the burden of paying for this care to the province, specifically through hospital services, because patients will not be turned away. If a patient (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Multi-Racial Cheerios Commercial Provokes Barrage of Racist Comments

This multi-racial Cheerios commercial has provoked a barrage of racist comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other social media. Some of the bigots said the commercial was so “disgusting” it made them “want to vomit”, made “references to Nazis, ‘troglodytes’ and ‘racial genocide’.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Police and black educator resolve racial profiling case

By: Human Rights Legal Support Centre | Press Release: TORONTO, May 14, 2013 – The Toronto Police Service (TPS), the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB), and educator Dr. Clem Marshall have reached an agreement to settle his Human Rights Application. The terms of the settlement are confidential and neither the TPS nor the TPSB has admitted any liability. Dr. [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Immigrants: 70,000 People Tell The New York Times To Drop The I-Word [VIDEO]

  We recommend:New York Times reconsidering the term ‘illegal immigrant’Associated Press Ditches “Illegal Immigrant”. And A Lesson For Jason KenneyFukushima’s victims show why Harper must update nuclear liability lawCanada, immigration raids and deportations are not entertainment!Jason Kenney: Thank Me For Cutting Refugee Health Benefits

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The Canadian Progressive: Vancouver symposium explores commodification of Aboriginal culture

By: Simon Fraser University | Press Release: Simon Fraser University archaeology professor George Nicholas is joining international scholars at a Vancouver symposium May 2 to explore the commodification of Aboriginal culture. “The abundance of souvenir totem poles and inukshuks in many shops locally often makes it difficult for tourists and locals alike to [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Over 70 Community Groups Demand Cancellation of “Border Security” Reality TV Show

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Over 70 community groups have signed a letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant reality TV show, Border Security. The letter is addressed to Public Safety Minister Vic…

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The Canadian Progressive: DISGUSTING: Casting Call For CBC Job Says Whites Need Not Apply

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An independent casting company is looking to recruit a CBC Kids Host of “any race except Caucasian”. The company, Larissa Mair Casting & Associates, has since…

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The Canadian Progressive: Paul Martin accuses residential schools of ‘cultural genocide’

  Residential schools engaged in “cultural genocide,” former prime minister Paul Martin said Friday at the hearings of the federal Truth And Reconciliation Commission, adding that aboriginal Canadians must now be offered the best educational system. “Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Over 100 Canadian artists demand cancellation of anti-immigrant TV show “Border Security”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Over 100 actors, directors, producers, directors, technicians and other cultural professionals have signed an open letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant TV series Border Security. The letter is addressed to National Geographic, Force Four Entertainment, Shaw Media, Global BC, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), “and all other producers, financiers, [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Organizations hold forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada

Gone but never forgotten: First Nations women murdered in alarming numbers and little is done about it By: Ryan Bromsgrove | Vue Weekly: “She was just getting her life on track; she got married, she was settling down, she was really focused on keeping the family together, and she happened to be hanging out [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: NOT Offended By Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” Lyrics

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week “Accidental Racist”, the new duet by country singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J made a lot of people uncomfortable. Angry even. It caused an online backlash. A pop music critic with the Toronto Star said: ‘Accidental Racist’ makes Brad Paisley and LL Cool [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: In Canada, a ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ campaign is launched on Refugee Rights Day

By: Canadian Council for Refugees | Press Release: Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada, immigration raids and deportations are not entertainment!

It was revealed last month that Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, approved the raid, carried out for the Canada Border Services Agency’s reality television series.After the revelation, the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a formal complaint with the federal Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the migrant worker who was filmed. “Federal [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Lisa Lampanelli Goes “My Nigga” and “Beyotch” About Lena Dunham

This is how Lisa Lampanelli, the self-anointed Queen of Mean, described the following photo of herself with Lena Dunham, the creator of GIRLS: “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Your take? Racist? Sexist? The Canadian Progressive recommends: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim This Global Violence Against Women READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Human Rights Watch report confirms sexist and racist violence endured by Aboriginal women

By Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres | Feb. 18, 2013: “This (Human Rights Watch) report confirms frontline evidence of sexist and racist violence endured by Aboriginal women. Frontline centers have recorded and protested this violence over many years,” says Lee Lakeman for CASAC. Since 2001 CASAC has been focusing particular attention on these issues as a crisis READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Harper and RCMP comments ignore Aboriginal victims’ fear of reprisal: Human Rights Watch

Ensure Accountability for Police Misconduct, Indigenous Women’s Safety By Human Rights Watch (Press Release)| Feb. 13, 2013: VANCOUVER – Comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) on February 14, 2013, fail to address the core issue of a lack of security that prevents indigenous women and girls from filing complaints of police abuse, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Parliament Must Investigate Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women: Grits

Liberal Opposition Day Motion compels Parliament to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women By Liberal Party of Canada (Press Release)| Feb. 14, 2013: OTTAWA – Liberals will use a rare opportunity in the House of Commons to bring forward a motion calling on the House of Commons to investigate the crucial matter of missing and murdered READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: National inquiry for missing Aboriginal women needed immediately: NDP

By New Democrats (Press Release) | Feb. 14, 2013: The NDP is standing with aboriginal leaders, civil society, and Human Rights Watch to demand a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. “A national, open inquiry is the only way to get justice for the women who have been murdered as well as READ MORE