Showing posts from November, 2019

Divas Girls Group - November 28th, 2019

On Thursday, November 28th, 2019, several  young women in our Divas Media program performed their spoken word poems at the annual holiday celebration for the Canadian Women’s Foundation. The event was held at 100 Adelaide St. W, and about 35 to 40 people were in attendance.  It was an honor to be invited to the celebration where FOCUS’ work was recognized. The event started off with:  speeches from  Paula Smith (the Board of Director) and Kristin Blakely  (Chair of the Board).  FOCUS young women were introduced by Kristin Blakely. The young women went up and introduced themselves, spoke about where they were from (FOCUS), and why they choose the poem to present. Although the young women were nervous during their performance, they pulled it off and did an amazing job! The celebration ended with a speech from Paulette Senior (The President and CEO). The young women and I had a great time and we enjoyed the celebration. Thank you to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for continued …

Powerful By Nature - Abortion

Date:  November 25th, 2019
Hosts:  Kai, Chantal & Shuhita
Topic: Abortion
This show was all about abortion. Take a listen as we bust some of the most common abortion myths, talk the importance of being pro-choice and ask a representative from a local abortion clinic, the Cabbagetown Women’s Clinic, questions including all the ones you sent us over social media.

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Since October we’ve been in the middle of another semester of the music recording program. Back again with Logic Pro X. This year started with three fresh faces, and a fourth joining in the middle of November.
The three that started with us this year were all at different points in their musical growth and highlighted the different parts of the program.

The student who was the furthest along and had the most extensive musical background was there to finish projects. She had a catalog of beats that she had been working on and began coming to the program as she was preparing to embark on the final stage of her creative process: mixing and mastering. After doing a couple sessions of tweaks, she is preparing a list of songs she wants to begin mixing that will begin in the new year.

The second student who joined had some musical background. He had been writing songs for a little over a year, and already had some in-studio experience, doing some recording. He came to the program to cont…

Divas Girls Program - November 22nd 2019

By: Laura Polisuk  
November 22nd, 2019

On November 22nd, the Diva’s Girls Program met to discuss social justice issues regarding a movie called, “Miss Representation.” The purpose of the program was to debate whether the representation of women in the media has gotten better or worse since the movie premiered in 2011. The Diva’s were divided into two teams based on their beliefs. The girls who thought the representation of women in the media improved said it was because they think women are dominating the music charts, more recognition in film, more examples of women in sports, men identifying themselves as feminists and more people embracing the word ‘feminist’. The girls who believed the representation of women in the media is getting worse, said it was because there are many missing girls, the damaging impacts of the Kim Kardashian effect, sex sells in the music industry, there is pressure to wear makeup and use dating apps, and finally the comment sections on social media platfor…

Powerful By Nature - Self-Care

Date:  November 11th, 2019

Hosts:  Chantal & Shuhita

Topic: Self-Care
Self -care has become a popular idea in the last few years but what does it really mean? In the latest episode of Powerful by Nature, we talk about what self-care means to us and break down how self-care is more than just bubble baths

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November 8th, the Diva Girls Program

On Friday, November 8th, the Diva Girls Program met at Focus Media Arts Centre to discuss
“Women in Media”. We watched a documentary from 2011 called “Miss Representation”. The
film outlines the struggles that women face every day, specifically how mainstream media
contributes to the underrepresentation of women in powerful positions by limiting those
portrayals. The girls were encouraged to ask questions throughout the film and compare the
struggles the women faced in the film, to a struggle they face as young women in their day to
day lives.

Many of the Diva’s brought up the fact that the documentary was filmed in 2011 and that a lot
of those struggles depicted in the film are no longer problems to women in 2019. They
engaged in an important discussion about women being portrayed in the media and how they
have seen it improve since the documentaries premiere date.

Next week we will discuss the film in more detail and answer the questions that arose while
watching it. We…

Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Date:  October 21st, 2019 Hosts:  Shuhita & Kai
Guests: Daunette, Lactation Consultant 
Topic: Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding!

World BreastFeeding Week was in October so we talked about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. Both breastfeeding and chestfeeding refer to the same act but we use chestfeeding to be inclusive to the trans men, trans women and nonbinary people who also nurse their children.

There’s a lot of stigma and misinformation around breastfeeding and chest feeding so this show we decided to break it all down. We interviewed Daunette who is working to become a certified lactation consultant to answer all your breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions and then we talked all about our personal experiences nursing

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Catch da Flava - Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Nov 05, 2019

This week on Catch da Flava, your hosts Thalia, Jamelia, Shejuanah and Kylie had the pleasure to interview Jasmina from EarlyOn, Child and Family Centre to discuss healthy relationships. The youth acquired a wealth of knowledge from Jasmina. Many important questions about controlling behavior and boundaries were discussed. Moreover, many of the misconceptions of sexual relationships were addressed. On behalf of the group, Thanks again to Jasmina for her time and we would love to have her again soon. Listen to an archive of this episode and more at

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