Showing posts from November, 2018

Catch Da Flava on Youth Advocacy - Special Guests!

Catch Da Flava's show on November 20th was about youth advocacy and activism. The hosts for the night were Iman, Kylie and Jessica. They had the honor of interviewing the talented singer/songwriter Errol Lee and his amazing son Shay Lee. They didn't only answer some of the questions asked by our hosts, we also had the honor to hear a little snippet of them singing together. They also elaborated on some of their life experiences. For instance, how they got into the music industry together, their musical background etc. Errol Lee creates music for youth to teach them how important it is for everyone to care and love each other with his top songs "I'm Somebody" and "We Care".

Our hosts had several curious questions for their guests and they had the opportunity to learn about their views on youth advocacy and why self-worth is important for everyone. Errol Lee's mission is to "combine singing, dancing and a meaningful message into a educational …

Catch da Flava on Racism

On November 13th, Radio Regent's Catch da Flava youth talk show explored the topic of racism, with hosts Shejuanah, Thalia, and Kylie. As usual with our shows, our lead host for the week, which was Shejuanah this week, started by introducing a general definition and description of the topic for this episode of the show. 

Then we discussed the history and origins of racism, from Biblical times to colonialism and slavery, to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We spoke about how racism was used towards Indigenous peoples as a tool to make them out to be lesser than white settlers, and towards Black people during slavery to make them out to be a lesser class of people. 

We also spoke about how racism impacts politics and political candidates who run for various levels of government, as well as law enforcement and the justice system. We discussed the differences in policing and sentencing of white and racialized people, including racial profiling through practices like carding. We a…

Powerful By Nature - Abortion

Date: November 26th, 2018 Hosts: Paola
Guests: Fred Chabot, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights Topic: Abortion  This week, Paola hosted an episode on abortion. Sometimes, the decision to get an abortion can be simple and other times complicated. Either way, abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed. In 2015, approximately 20.4% of all Canadian pregnancies ended in abortion and over 90% of those were performed in the first trimester. We started the show by interviewing Fred from Action Canada who told us about the history and fight for abortion legalization, busted the myths about abortion including that it’s completely unregulated in Canada (it is), it’s unsafe (it’s incredibly safe) and that most people who have an abortion regret it (they don’t). For the second half of the show we took listener questions and talked about how important it is to be pro-choice and to support every person’s right to bodily autonomy, a right that is under attack worldwide.

Diva Girls' Blog Post – November 16th (Brainstorming)

Many of the girls came to the conclusion that they would like to take part in a podcast. After brainstorming a list of ideas, they had picked 4 topics they would want to talk about. These being racism, gentrification, mental health, and feminism.
Because these 4 topics are quite broad, we started talking about how we could incorporate them into the podcast. 
The girls brought up issues like the double standards in beauty, an example being how recently, many non-black women get positive attention and even praised for having features that black women naturally have and have faced years of being shamed because of these exact physical attributes. They also talked about privilege and how many people, even

Little Divas program launches

A new program at Regent Park Focus launched on October 26th - the Little Divas girls program! This program is a variation of the Divas girls program, just for a younger age range from 9 to 12 years old. The Little Divas programming is facilitated by our partners at CANVAS Arts Action Programs, Twoey and Maymuna. CANVAS describes their mission as using "interactive, arts-inspired training programs to educate on gender equity, consent, and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion in schools, summer camps, community centres and workplaces. Through creative and compassionate workshop facilitation, participants critically examine harmful norms, learn about the struggles of marginalized groups, and recognize their capacity to affect positive change. Together, we can work towards a more empathetic, equitable and kinder world-view." (Read more about CANVAS and their programming here:

We have a smaller, more intimate group size for this program, which seems to be working well with …

Diva Girls' Blog Post – November 2nd (Healthy Lifestyles)

Guest speakers from Toronto Public Health spoke to the girls about Healthy lifestyles.
When the girls arrived, they played a guessing game where they would match pictures to numbers listed on the board, these numbers had to do with the hours the girls should be spending doing certain activities. Many of the girls knew the right answers and even inputted ways to help lessen or increase hours of participating in certain activities, for example reducing time on phones by taking a break every few minutes. 

The girls talked about the dangers that lights, especially blue ones from phones have on your eyes and how they confuse your brain, they even offered things that could help like a blue light filter on smartphones. They then worked on creating posters that listed ways that can help someone attain the same information they did. 

After, they talked about healthy eating, choosing healthier options, and incorporating them into your food in ways that will taste good. Many of the girls added in t…

Powerful By Nature - Breastfeeding & Chestfeeding

Hosts: Paola

Guests: Christina Cantin, St. Mary’s Breastfeeding Program at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Topic: Breastfeeding & Chestfeeding

This week, Paola hosted an episode on Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding! There’s a lot of stigma around breastfeeding and chestfeeding in public. Both breastfeeding and chestfeeding refer to the same act but we use chestfeeding to be inclusive of the trans men, nonbinary and other trans people who use the term to describe how they feed their children. Paola began by talking about the right in the Ontario Human Rights Code to breastfeed or chestfeed anywhere at any time. Our first guest was Christina Cantin who spoke about the many benefits of breastfeeding, her program to promote breastfeeding and fighting feeding stigma. Paola was joined by Sinead for the second half of the show and Sinead interviewed Paola about her personal decision to breastfeed, what it’s like to be a breastfeeding mother, her experiences breastfeeding in public and w…

Catch Da Flava – Labour Law Changes made by Premier Ford

Radio Regent’s Catch Da Flava youth talked about the several law changes that Premier Ford implemented They started off with talking about Bill 148 and what it entails, such as it guaranteed part-time workers will be paid the same rate a full-time workers doing the same job, orders employers to pay workers for three hours if their shift is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice and gives workers three weeks of vacation after five years of employment, as well as 10 personal days a year—two of which must be paid.

Mainly, it is the bill that introduced the minimum wage increase to $14/hour in 2018, followed by an increase to $15/hour that was scheduled to happen on January 1st , 2019. Bill 47 is the new bill that is currently going to change one’s rights on the job if passed.

The youth talked about their experience of having several part time jobs and how the sick days, minimum wage and safety regulations changes will affect them greatly is bill is passed. For instance, they will n…