Tag Archives: Toronto

Black Lives Matter at Toronto Pride 2016: Mass Media Deprecation and Misrepresentation

Since July 2016, Canadian media outlets such as CBC News and The National Post have misrepresented the Black Lives Matter Toronto Pride protest in mainstream media. By removing the BLM-TO protest from historical contexts, neglecting to consider the protest within larger structural inequalities of race, sexuality, and gender, and vilifying Black protestors, mass media influenced […]

Critical Analysis into the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit

The 2010 Summit in Toronto has one of the largest arrest records in any G20 Summit protesting event. The freedom of expression, especially political expression, is part of a democratic right and disagreeing with social and institutional policies are important to ensure that the political leaders are in line with what society believes in, encouraging […]

Toronto G20 Summit Protests

When the G20 Summit was scheduled in Toronto for June 26th and 27th in 2010, it lead into an uproar of protesting that was something that had never been seen in the city. Protesters and police services were planning for months prior to the weekend to determine what their strategies and methods were to anticipate […]

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 […]