Tag Archives: Toronto

A Critical Analysis of the Toronto SlutWalk

The Toronto SlutWalk is a powerful form of resistance against gendered oppression. It is important to consider the truths it reveals about hierarchies of power, patriarchal relations and the political context of neoliberalism within which the situation has unraveled. In this section, I will use a Foucauldian framework to demonstrate how the politics and policies […]

“If you don’t want to get shot, don’t dress like a deer” – A Media Analysis of the SlutWalk

The media’s power in perpetuating certain discourses must not be disregarded when analyzing media representations of dissent. Using framing techniques, journalists and reporters focus on particular aspects of an event in order to endorse an interpretation or moral evaluation of it (Boykoff, 2007, p. 217). In this way, the media sets boundaries for acceptable public […]

Possible jail time for activist who blogged about his G20 experiences

Activist Julian Ichim was in court on charges for violation of a publication ban stemming from blog postings in 2011 in which he identified the undercover officer who had befriended him and infiltrated activist groups leading up to the 2010 Toronto G20 meetings.  The charges carry a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail. See: […]

The Foundations of Democracy: Dissent and Toronto’s Occupy Movement

Dissent is the foundation of democracy. When economic and social tensions escalate, people search for change. On September 17, 2011, in Manhattan’s Liberty Square, public tensions culminated into a massive protest in New York City, dubbed Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Inspired by the Arab Spring Movement, Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement fueled by […]

2010 G-20 Toronto Summit Protests

Well before the G-20 Toronto summit brought together members from the 20 major economies including the European Union to discuss the global financial system and world economy, a blueprint to turn a part of downtown Toronto into a secured militarized fortress was in place. The plan was to transform the downtown core into a barricaded […]