Ottawa celebrates Canada 150 amidst rain and large crowds

Amidst heavy rain, long line-ups, and other controversial moments, Canadians from coast to coast gathered at Parliament Hill on Canada Day to celebrate Canada 150, witnessing a day’s worth of musical performances, special guest appearances, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the early morning, the main focus was on Indigenous issues, following the setup of a teepee on Parliament Hill on June 28 by a group of Indigenous activists. Calling it a “re-occupation,” the intent was to highlight Canada’s history of violence and forced assimilation towards Indigenous people, according to the Toronto Star.  “[Canada Day allows us] to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his morning speech. “This is […]

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Opinion: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau misunderstood allyship

It was barely 11 a.m. on March 7, and my Facebook feed was inundated with responses to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s post for International Women’s Day. A photo of her and her “dreamy” husband holding hands and staring sweetly into each other’s eyes was posted on her Facebook page, above a caption encouraging women to “celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are.” Grégoire Trudeau asked women to take pictures holding hands with their male allies, and share them on social media. She defended the post by saying that if boys and men are not “part of the equation” of equality, peace and prosperity cannot be achieved. She didn’t mention the word […]

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Ottawa holds first “Walk In Her Shoes” event

Ottawa residents gathered on Parliament Hill for Ottawa’s first “Walk In Her Shoes” event to walk in solidarity for women and girls around the world. The event took place on March 7, a day before International Women’s Day, and prompted participants to walk from Parliament Hill to City Hall. “Walk In Her Shoes” was hosted by Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting global poverty. While the annual walk has taken place in several cities in Canada and globally, including Vancouver and Calgary, this was the first time the walk took place in Ottawa. Despite cold, rainy weather and a shortened route, participants came out to walk and were encouraged to contribute donations to […]

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