Originally published in the Globe and Mail on October 9, 2020. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-if-we-hope-to-achieve-a-more-just-society-canadians-must-stop/
Since the killing of George Floyd this summer in Minneapolis, there has been a broader reckoning on the depth of systemic, anti-Black racism. For many white Canadians, this has spurred a desire for deeper understanding.
As a Canadian born to Black and white parents, I have a unique perspective on both the Black and white experience in Canada. I grew up in a white family, in white neighbourhoods, and attended schools with only a handful of Black students and people of colour. But even though I was immersed…
In the spring of 2018, Vic High students, alumni and many community voices came out in force to lend their support to ensure Victoria High School was not demolished.
Not only did we save the historic building, but additional funds were allocated for upgrades to the historical Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately, it seems we may all have rejoiced too soon. Here’s why.
Earlier this year, Esther Callo, the parent of two Vic High graduates, uncovered information that details how the promised metric track for Vic High is now at risk of being cancelled.
In her Op-Ed titled, “What happened to the…
Why we need white, anti-racist Canadians to help fight systemic racism
Opinion: Stephen Dorsey, Black Resident of Roncesvalles (Toronto, Canada)
Over the past six weeks since the very public killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the focus on anti-Black racism around the world and in Canada has been intense.
As a Black Canadian, I have personally experienced a range of emotions no doubt enhanced by the effects of the pandemic. I’ve gone from shock to sadness, to anger and reflection, and finally landed on hope. …
On Friday April 17 at 1 p.m., I received a shocking phone call. My decades-old friend Fred Gaysek had passed away suddenly from illness the previous evening. I was in shock and disbelief, as I had just spoken and texted with him on the Wednesday — a routine check-in. He had made no mention of not feeling well.
Days later, I heard from mutual friends that Fred expressed not feeling 100 per cent on the day after we spoke, and that 911 was called that afternoon to take him to hospital. Late Thursday night/early Friday morning, Fred was gone.
Just days from the 2019 federal election vote, I thought it opportune to share a relevant story from our collective past.
If the polls are to be believed, the nationalist Bloc Quebecois appear to have been resurrected this federal election cycle to the dismay of many who like me, believed that a majority of Quebecers had moved on from the idea of separation.
Their revival is a reminder of how democracies are in continual phases of renewal — good and bad. History often repeats itself so it’s important to be vigilant.
Back in the mid- 1990s, the question of Quebec…
68 roles and counting. My “labour” history.
In celebration of the work we all do to make our way in this crazy, wonderful world, I did an inventory of all the jobs I’ve done in my life to date.
For those at the mid-life point like me, Gary Vaynerchuk reminds us that we’re just at half-time and that we need to gear up for a busy and exciting second half. Great advice.
I’m in the process of adding more to my list. The future looks bright.
What does your list look like? Please share.
Stephen Dorsey’s list:
1. Flyer Delivery…
Earlier this month I visited Paris on business and took a couple days to take in the beautiful city and enjoy it with friends. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world that I have visited often.
It’s exciting to hear that the Government of Canada is finally moving forward with an investment in advanced satellite technology to connect rural Canada and the North with high speed internet. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/satellite-high-speed-internet-1.5222655
“The federal government earmarked between $5 billion and $6 billion in new investments over the next decade for a plan to make sure 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have access to high-speed Internet by 2026. It also set a target of 100 per cent connectivity throughout the country by 2030” (source: www.cbc.ca)
In 2016, I wrote a discussion paper titled “Winning in the New…
Remembering the Lessons of History and Taking Action Today
Democracy around the world is under attack — in far away places like Hungary, Austria and Poland, but also closer to home — in the Unites States of America and even here in Canada.
The erosion of democracy did not begin with the election of Donald Trump in the US, but it has been steadily under attack for the past 30 years or so.
What feels different today, is that the Trump presidency has given legitimacy and cover to those who would use populism and nationalistic policies to undermine the very…