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Diva Girls' Blog Post - January 28 (UofT Collaboration)

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Regent Park Focus is partnering with the Youth, Arts, and Engagement Program at the University of Toronto to produce a media product that is based on the community. This is the first session.

This sessions the girls were able to meet with the staff and students attending the Youth, Arts, and Engagement program at the University of Toronto.
The session began with Aditi, the professor of the program talking about things to expect and things they students from UofT have done thus far.
Then the girls and students got into randomly assigned groups and began creating a map of how they got to where they are. Although the question was worded in a way that was open, almost all the participants talked about how they got to focus on that day.

The participants then shared what they route, their journey, and what they learned.

After that a hashtag was created. To do this, the participants worked in the groups that were made before to not only create a hashtag but to also, sell it to the others, …

Diva Girls' Blog Post - January 25th (Artist)

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This session the girls worked with the eco-artist to create an art piece using things that can mostly be found in the community. They were each given a tile and multiple items to use with it, these items being things like coloured sand, burlap sheets, cloth, yarn, sticks and more.

Before working on the pieces, the girls were asked to visualize what they want to do in their heads, this can prevent mistakes from happening.

This activity was done to show girls the multiple uses for items that would have normally been thrown out. Our hope with this session is for the girls to think differently about discarding items that could be of use if revamped/recycled.                      

Although only some of the girls finished their pieces, the others are aiming to finish during the next session or whenever they have the time to do so in between.  

Below are pictures of the girls' creations, they will continue on February 8th.


Diva Girls' Blog Post - January 17th (Introduction of Monday classes with UofT students)

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Regent Park Focus is partnering with the Youth, Arts, and Engagement Program at the University of Toronto to produce a media product that is based on the community. This is an introduction class formed to inform the girls on what the program is going to be about.
This session the girls met with a professor from UofT named Aditi. Aditi is in charge of the Youth, Arts, and Engagement in Cities program and will be working with the girls this coming year to create a media piece about the community and issues it faces.

When the girls first arrived, Aditi introduced herself and the program. She then asked the girls to come up with some questions they have about the community. Many of the questions the girls came up with had to do with the 'Revitalisation Plan' that was brought forth by Toronto community housing and questions on how to bring the old and new members of the community together.





The girls then played a game where they could only ask questions about a certain topic that …

Catch da Flava - Healthy Relationships

Jenna Borisevich Healthy Relationships Catch Da Flava had their third show of the new year on January 29th 2019! This time around, our hosts Shejuanah, Thalia, Kylie, Jenna and Jessica held a discussion around healthy relationships. Our hosts first began by defining the different kinds of relationships that can exist in our lives, whether that be friendships, familial relationships, professional relationships or romantic relationships. They then went on to compare the qualities that make up a healthy relationship versus an unhealthy relationship. Healthy qualities that were spoken about included trust, empathy, communication, compatibility, support, mutual happiness, reciprocation, mutual pre-established boundaries, as well as respect and consent. Some unhealthy qualities that were discussed included abuse, whether it be emotional or physical, manipulation and similar tactics like guilting and gaslighting, betrayal and cheating, lying and general untrustworthiness, jealousy…

Powerful By Nature - Ford Government Recent Changes to OSAP & Student Fees

Date:  January 28, 2019
Hosts:  Rhiannon
Guests:  Rachele, OPIRG Toronto
Topic:  Ford Government Recent Changes to OSAP & Student Fees
Recently, the Ford government announced major policy changes to OSAP and student tuition
fees.

One major change was the elimination of “free tuition”. Previously, low income students could
qualify for grants large enough to most of their tuition. Now, a portion of those grants will be
converted to loans. Furthermore, it was announced that OSAP is removing the no interest six-
month grace period for students. This means that OSAP loans will start accumulating interest
immediately upon graduation. These and other changes have been met with resistance. On
Friday January 25, hundreds of students took to the Ontario Legislature to call on Doug Ford to
scrap his recent announcements and support ‘free tuition’ for all.

We discussed these changes and the student protests with a student group at the forefront of
the resistance: OPRIG (Ontario Public…

Diva Girls' Blog Post - January 11th (Guest Artist + Photography)

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This session the girls were introduced to Karma, an eco-artist. An eco-artist is someone that creates art with the purpose to preserve the ecosystem. Karma brought a poster that she had created using plastic bags.


She also brought 2 pieces created out of sawdust, one was of a person, while the other was aimed at words. The girls picked some pieces they would want to work on.

The girls then met a photographer named Dawit, who talked to them about the coming year and photography that he is going to implement into the program. The girls introduced themselves to him and talked about photography projects they want to work on in the future.



Dawit talked about the challenges he faced and people he met as a photographer/journalist.




He also mentioned how much passion is necessary if you want to succeed with something and do well.

The girls will be working with Karma and Dawit in the coming weeks, as well as some other guests to create media pieces that will be a part of a showcase/gallery in …

Catch Da Flava - Effects Social Media has on Mental Health

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Catch Da Flava - Effects Social Media has on Mental Health

Powerful By Nature - The Criminalization of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

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Date:  January 14, 2019
Hosts:  Rhiannon
Guests:  Deepa Mattoo, Barbara Schlifer Clinic & PXN participant
Topic:  Criminalization of Women who experience, resist, or report Gender-Based Violence


We began by talking about the case of Cyntonia Brown. At the age of 16, Brown, a victim of sex trafficking, was charged in adult court for killing a Nashville man, despite telling police that she killed him in self defense after he bought her for sex. She was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole until she was 69. After activists across North America rallied for her release, the Tennessee governor office’s recently granted her clemency. She’s been in prison for 15 years and is set to be released this August.
While we may hear about it less often, women in Canada also experience criminalization because of state involvement due to gender-based violence. Indigenous women, black women, LGBTQ+ women and sex workers are more vulnerable to criminalization because of state involvem…

RPTV - POLITALKS – Suze Morrison Blog Post

Jenna Borisevich January 14, 2019
POLITALKS – Suze Morrison Blog Post
In this new segment of Politalks, Jason Clarke welcomed Suze Morrison back into the studio for another interview at Regent Park Focus Media Arts Centre.
Suze Morrison is currently a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party, representing the riding of the Toronto Centre. Having now worked in office for several months, Suze was able to provide us with a lowdown of her experiences since being elected as well the ongoing challenges she is attempting to confront.
Listen to the full interview to hear about Suze speak about her greatest priorities for the Regent Park community, her take on carding, her opinions on intersectional feminism, women in politics and Ford’s decision to cut finding to the College of Midwives of Ontario, as well as some tips around self-care during this politically trying time.
Please click on the following link to view the interview: LINK HERE ONCE AVAILABLE
For more information on Suze Morrison, p…