HOMEWORK IS THE EASY PART

Evictions, bedbugs, overcrowding – kids whose families rent are coming to school with unsettling stories about what they’re going home to and how it’s affecting their focus in class. We ask Parkdale teachers what it’s like to be front line workers in the housing crisis.

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LEGAL AID IS IN JEOPARDY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE A REFUGEE CLAIMANT

Thursday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day. There’s not a lot of cause for celebrating these days, but the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) is doing exactly that by holding a party in its parking lot. Because even when the coming days look dark, it’s important to celebrate what we still have today. While we can.

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PLAY BALL! ACTUALLY DON'T

This is the first season adult softball players are banned from Trinity Bellwoods’ southern diamonds, their pop flies deemed too dangerous for picnickers and passersby.

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PROVINCIAL CUTS PUT PARKDALE LEGAL CLINIC IN JEOPARDY

A refugee’s worst fear is being deported. A tenant’s worst fear is being evicted. Since 1971, the Parkdale Community Legal Services, a.k.a. Parkdale Legal, has been a fierce advocate for both of those targeted populations. Now the clinic itself faces a dire existential crisis and may be homeless by mid-summer.

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IN CHARLES'S KITCHEN

Filmmaker Charles Officer learned how to cook from his parents, and how to fight from his three older sisters. While soaking fish and frying johnnycakes, he opens up about using his might, and his work, to help one of those sisters, who’s battling for her life.

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IN GREYDYN'S KITCHEN

Junction musician Greydyn Gatti is a maker of many things: zines (more than 50), record albums (his newest is his 60th) and no-frills spaghetti, which he learned to cook as a little kid to help care for his sick mom.

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SQUAD GOALS

In 1985, three women started a lesbian soccer league, called Pink Turf, to have a safe place to play. Over the years, the league and the community that grew around it became about a lot more than the game. Here, they talk about the difference a queer club makes.

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VANISHING POINT

Just as being the only trans woman at a party sucks, writes Gwen Benaway, being a trans woman in Doug Ford’s Toronto isn’t great either. It’s clear who belongs in his government “for the people,” and who that government is trying to erase.

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