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Understanding the Criminalization of Dissent in the Gastown Riot

Since the criminalization of marijuana in 1923, there has been an increase in state power/control over individuals involved with it. This increase in power and control has developed into high tensions between police and youth. Over the years since its criminalization, many negative stigmas began to develop, which have labeled marijuana users as deviant, fiendish, […]

Media Representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protests

This blog post will analyse the dominant representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protest/riot within mainstream news media. This analysis will identify and critique the kind of information being included/excluded, the manner by which the protesters were framed and suppressed, and the consequences of the particular representations. The examined articles do a poor job at […]

Media Representations of Gastown Riot

Preceding the Gastown riot, a local alternative newspaper known as the Georgia Straight published an article titled ‘smoke-in’. In response to police harassment and brutality from ‘operation dustpan’ the Georgia Straight forum represented a side for the youth counter-culture to present their experiences of unequal treatment. In the article, the author stated, “were serious about […]

Yonge Street Riot (1992) Overview

On May 4th, 1992, what began as fairly peaceful gathering in front of the US Consulate located in Toronto, escalated into what we now refer to as the Yonge St. Riot of 1992. The purpose of the gathering was to protest the racism and excessive use of force applied by Toronto Police. The decision to […]

The Gastown Riot, 1971

The Gastown Riot, also known as ‘smoke-in’ and Street Jamboree, occurred on August 7, 1971 in ‘Maple Tree Square’, a popular location in Gastown, Vancouver. The ‘smoke-in’ gathering at Maple Tree Square was to be a peaceful protest involving the Youth International Party (Yippies) along with other youth living in the Gastown area. Two individuals […]

2012 MONTREAL PROTESTS

In the 1990’s, the Quebec Liberal Government proposed a tuition hike for students which would increase it from $500 to $1600 (CBC News, 2012). This proposal led to an uproar from students who argued that it was unfair and subsequently thousands took to the street in protest. Unfortunately, their voices were not heard and eventually […]

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971

The Kingston Penitentiary Riot of April 1971 has assisted in our understanding towards the criminalization of dissent in several ways. Firstly, it is important to note that the process of criminalization is “the attachment of the criminal label, to the activities of groups which the authorities deem it necessary to control” (Hall et. al 1978:189). […]

The Yonge Street Riot: Significance of Criminalization and Dissent

Through analyzing facts, depictions, and representations of the Yonge Street Riot of 1992, it is clear that there are many underlying theoretical and conceptual frameworks that can be applied to this event. To refresh our memories of this event, the Yonge Street riot was an act of dissent in response to police brutality and police […]

Kingston Penitentiary Riot, April 1971: Media Analysis

Remarkably, however expectedly, mainstream media has found numerous ways to depict the events that had transpired during the four-day riot at Kingston Penitentiary in 1971. The death of two inmates occurred during this riot. Through an analysis of five different articles written by well-known newspapers, I have been able to conclude that their [newspapers] depiction […]

Analysis of the Representations of the Yonge Street Riot (1992)

The Yonge Street Riot of 1992 emerged as a movement towards anti-racism. However, according to media representations of the event, it went from being a peaceful demonstration to being an act of violence, smashing, and a vandalism rampage. When reading about the riot or even watching news clips, the first impression the viewer receives is […]