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 support.
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
Catch da Flava’s topic for our third week was abortion, from how to get an abortion in Canada, the Unplanned pro-life film, and people’s personal opinions about pro-life and pro-choice. The hosting was done by André and Iman since I lost my voice, but I was still there listening to the conversation. Our 11 am to 12 pm timeslot was slightly hijacked in the beginning by our guest Minerva Navasca, who wished a very happy 19th birthday to our other guest Lorena Florea. Happy birthday Lorena, you’re finally 19! After we got the show back on track Minerva and Lorena gave their opinions about being pro-choice, and how the pro-life side is adapting to the times. We also discussed the Unplanned movie, an adaptation about Abby Johnson’s switch from pro-choice to pro-life. After Lorena and Minerva, we had Carolyn Egan from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to answer some questions about the current abortion system in Canada and what their organization is doing to help women. Carolyn also
In this episode we hear a report from Talha Hashmani and Masih K about Doug Ford’s recent announcement regarding the reopening of schools across Ontario; Minerva Navasca profiles two activists who have taken part in the recent wave of protests in connection with Black Lives Matter; Sang-Hun Mun of Injured Workers Action for Justice discusses various organizations currently advocating for injured migrant workers in Canada, focusing on situations arising during Covid 19; As always, our headlines are compiled and read by Cassandra Earl.