May 17th Catch da Flava Blog

On last nights Catch da Flava, we had two eye opening discussions on two entirely different topics. For the first half of the show, we spoke about a TEDx talk by Mallence Bart-Williams. Her TEDx talk was about countries in Africa that have and still are, exploited for their rich abundance of alternative resources, small examples of these resources are gold and diamonds. A key point that Mallence brought up was the way western media portrays African countries. I am sure at some point in our lives we have seen commercials showing a hungry family or baby with flies surrounding them. Those images have been blasted on TV screens all over the world and they paint the pictures that show some parts of Africa as countries that rely and survive on western charity. Mallence said that the situation is actually the opposite and the west survives on charity from Africa. Without Africa’s resources the west would not be as powerful as it is right now.

Our second topic of conversion was centered on the high rate of gun crimes in Toronto. So far there have been 30 gun related incidents as opposed to a total of 57 in 2015. Many are wondering what the cause may be. Police union boss Mike McCormack says that part of the reason for increased gun crime is due to the ban of carding. Mayor John Tory strongly opposed his statement and said that whether carding is enacted or not, the issue with gun violence is how criminals access these guns in the first place. We are only in the month of May and at this rate, Toronto is on track to have more gun related crimes this year than ever before.

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By: Alex Ndungu
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