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Risky water systems pose health threat to one-third of people on First Nation reserves
Despite an election promise by Justin Trudeau to eliminate boil-water advisories on reserves within five years, data suggest the federal government will fall short of the objective without significant changes in its approach to rectifying problem

One-third of First Nations people living on reserves use drinking water systems that threaten their health, an investigation by The Globe and Mail has found.

Roughly 57,000 people living on 101 reserves across Canada obtain water from treatment plants and pipe networks the government deem to be “high risk,” an analysis of federal data shows. Although these systems are not necessarily producing unsafe water today – some are, some aren’t – the government fears they could fail under adverse conditions, such as a sudden deterioration in source-water quality. Another 95,000 are served by “medium risk” systems located on 167 reserves.

Combined, that amounts to roughly one-third of the approximately 462,000 people living on reserves – or about 30 communities the size of Walkerton, Ont.

In 2000, bacterial contamination in Walkerton’s water system sickened more than 2,300 people and killed seven. Although the Walkerton tragedy prompted wide-ranging regulatory changes across Canada, this hasn’t resulted in safe water for many reserves. Indeed, many First Nations water systems remain in shambolic condition.

During his election campaign last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate boil-water advisories on reserves within five years. (Data from this summer show 158 drinking-water advisories were in place in 114 First Nations.) To understand the scope of this undertaking, The Globe pored over federal data and interviewed First Nations water operators and indigenous leaders, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada officials and third-party experts.

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Why Is This Canadian Mayor Blocking Black Activists on Twitter?
Instead of engaging with Black Lives Matter activists who want #JusticeForAbdirahman, Jim Watson is blocking them.

If you take a look at the Twitter account of Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, Canada, you’ll notice how involved he is in his community. He is known for attending the most hyperlocal community gatherings. In interviews, he comes off as approachable and easygoing—a quality that translates into many of his tweets. He can even appear unusually woke: In 2014 the mayor went viral for supporting gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics.

Canada’s race problem, meanwhile, seems tame compared to the United States.’ The country famously prides itself on rejecting cultural assimilation in favor of a more accepting “cultural mosaic.”

So why has a twice-elected mayor, who’s been a leader in both the municipal and provincial government for the last 24 years, been blocking black Twitter users pleading with him to address racism?

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There should be a fandom-specific meme, somewhere between “I don’t know what I was expecting” and “thanks Obama”, for that unique feeling of finding your path blocked by a perfectly cut rock that you can just tell is spherical.

anonymous asked:

do u think the racist-ass governor of maine said that 'people of colour' are the enemy because he thinks saying that is a magic code to make things not racist

Yeah, it’s like I say, you can make the word “people” racist with the right context.

Pray that I find cool poc when I start uni since I have a bad feeling that I might end up with hard core white people

Robyn Pivg - Owner of ‘Robyn’s Nest Arcade’ by PantaroParatroopa

My, my. Isn’t she a colourful character.

  • Name: Robyn G. Pivg
  • Species: Human
  • Age: Adult
  • Weapon of Choice: Rainbow Lasers
  • Secondary Weapon of Choice: Whacking Hammer
  • Profession: See Deviation Title
  • Relations: Maria Fann and Ludmilla Blokhin (frequent customers), Amanda’s cousin Ingred (employee)
  • Abilities: Mastery of arcade games, video or otherwise.
  • Likes: Rainbows, Arcade Games, Colours in general, Video games in general, Pinball, Lights, Lasers, Lipstick, Hair dye, Colour contacts, Bowling, Neon, Las Vegas, Parties, Parades (especially the Gay Pride parades), Tolerant people, Colour puns, The fact that the Stormiverse is an alternate history world where Arcades never fell out of style…

A popular figure in Central Siren City who easily sticks out from a crowd, she runs the largest video arcade in the city. A fun loving individual who’s glad you can rearrange her name and find ROYGBIV, she wants to make sure everybody has a good time. For some reason, all of her employees have a colour pun in their name, but that’s an in-universe coincidence, like how all Gym Leaders have something related to their types in their names.

Note: “Robyn’s Nest Arcade” is closed on days when Liboss swarms are predicted. She wants to protect the machines.

anonymous asked:

So do you REALLY think Ariana intentionally tried to look black with her fake spray tan?

No she just coincidentally ended up making herself look like a black girl. White people always mistakenly make themselves look like poc. Kylie Jenner also accidentally made herself look biracial. They just slipped and woops now they look like actual people of colour. Happens all the time.

11 Questions Tag!

I was tagged by @nine-tennant-eleven-twelve. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!
- Always post the rules
- Answer the questions
- Write 11 new questions
- Tag 11 people

1. Favourite colour and why?

Okay, so specifically? Ultramarine or silver. I just love the cold feel to them. And the depth of ultramarine. 

2. Which fictional character do you identify with the most and why?

… hmm. This is hard, because most characters I identify with have been through trauma I have never even been anywhere near, and/or are in situations that I’ve never been in. So sometimes I feel bad saying that I identify with them, because I feel like I’m nowhere near damaged enough to claim that. But, if we’re just going with my personality and personal sense  of identification– I’m going to say either Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Liza from Gotham, or Barbara Gordon. (Can you tell I’m a Batman fan? Lol.)

3. If you could be anyone (historical figure, fictional character, etc.) for a day, who would you be and why?

If I could *be* anyone? Okay. I was prepared for “meet anyone”. *Be* anyone. Hmm. This is awful, but I’m on a bit of a gangster kick lately, so my first thought is Bonnie Parker. But my usual standby would be Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova.

4. First crush?

From second grade to fourth grade, I had a “boyfriend” that I was quite fond of, lol. His name was Brandon. So I’ll say Brandon. (Though if celeb crushes count, it was probably Orlando Bloom.)

5. Who is your biggest idol and why?

Ummmmmmm… I’m not sure, really. I like Natalie Portman, because despite her success, she’s never stopped learning or studying. I respect Sofia Coppola for being one of the few female directors out there. I love Maria Nikolaevna, as mentioned above. Oh! I almost forgot the darling Saint Maria Goretti! I love her so much! Same with Mary and all the saints. (And, of course, Christ above all.)

6. What do you love learning about the most and why?

I actually just got out of my film classes for this semester, and I’m absolutely in love with my Directing Actors and Cinematography & Sound Design classes! The reading for those doesn’t even seem like work! Same for my psychology classes. So psych and film, because there’s so much room to explore the depth of the human psyche and present it in beautiful ways.

7. Who’s Wiki/imdb page have you visited the most?

Hm. To be honest, I don’t know. I think I’ve been on Alicia Vikander’s a fair amount. Milo Ventimiglia’s. Julie Benz. Juliet Landau. James Newton Howard. John Williams. 

8. Which social media site do you use the most and why?

I *use* Tumblr the most, but I’m *on* Instagram the most. Because if I have anything really to say, I say it on Tumblr, but I lurk on Instagram, because I like to keep up with various celebrities, as well as my friends.

9. Which song do you currently listen to the most?

Either all of the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Maria Callas’ “O mio babbino caro”, or “Tarzan and Jane”, from the Legend of Tarzan score. Probably “Tarzan and Jane”.

10. Do you enjoy dancing?

Very, very much so.

11. What’s your aesthetic?

I’ve never completely understood this question. (Especially ironic for someone who makes aesthetics.) Can I just list a couple things that I see as a physical representation of me? Is that how this works? That’s what I’m going to do. Sorry if it’s wrong! Okay: the sound and sight of waves crashing, as seen and heard from underwater; ice in the moonlight; a worn-out, old-time dancing slipper; a diamond circlet; the silver, razor-sharp edge of a dagger; the embellished barrel of a revolver; hair in a ponytail; a pale arm reaching from the water at night.

I might be heavily romanticizing with the aesthetic thing, but that’s what I do. Sorry if some of these answers are lame!

My Questions: 

  1. What’s your favorite month of the year?
  2. Marvel or DC?
  3. Is there an under-loved fictional character that you would seriously go to the death defending? If so, who?
  4. How did you and a friend of your choice meet?
  5. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
  6. Which Friend are you? (From F.R.I.E.N.D.S. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry about this one.)
  7. Indoors or Outdoors?
  8. Dogs or Cats?
  9. What are your top three tv shows?
  10. How would you react if you, as a teenager living at home, were told by your parents that you were moving to Italy in a month?
  11. Would you rather live in the desert or the Arctic and why?

I know some of these questions are weird, so bear with me, lol.

I’m tagging @meanderinghappenstance, @adiscerningcatholic, @justanotherfangirl2507, @riley1cannon, @jules-rules3, @apprenticebard, @prayersfromlilacveins, @mayorwilkins, @scrunchie-face, @saint-samwise, and @summers-sky.

Last sat was such an incredible beautiful night for me meeting so many qpocs. And when they gave me a kiss on the cheek to say hello. Like I died. I felt so welcomed. And everyone was so beautiful. Like so incredible and blessed. Realised how queer I am. And this one person. Was like sorry I need to talk to you. You just have such a magnetic energy. Like this has never happened to me. Yes people like me. But people never talk about my energy. Like it was so special. I’ve finally grown into me. And people aren’t scared of my face. Like I think it’s because of the emotional healing and growth I’ve gone through. Because I’m at peace with myself and no longer in pain. Anyway I fucking love queer people of colour. Qpoc till I die tbfh.


Police search for missing York student Amina Lawal

Police are searching for a York University student who went missing nearly a week ago.

Amina Lawal, 19, was last seen on Friday, March 20, 2015, in the Kingston Road and Beechgrove Drive area, according to police, who released a statement saying they are “concerned for her safety.”

Lawal is described as black, 5’2”, and approximately 100 pounds with a thin build and long, braided hair.

The hashtags #FindAmina and #HelpFindAmina have been used by many people who are trying to help locate Lawal.

Police are asking that anyone with information call them at 416-808-4300 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or on Facebook.

Additional photos via bellanaija

It is a well-documented fact that by the age of 5 monolingual White children will have heard 30 million fewer words in languages other than English than bilingual children of color. In addition, they will have had a complete lack of exposure to the richness of non-standardized varieties of English that characterize the homes of many children of color. This language gap increases the longer these children are in school. The question is what causes this language gap and what can be done to address it?

The major cause of this language gap is the failure of monolingual White communities to successfully assimilate into the multilingual and multidialectal mainstream. The continued existence of White ethnic enclaves persists despite concerted efforts to integrate White communities into the multiracial mainstream since the 1960s. In these linguistically isolated enclaves it is possible to go for days without interacting with anybody who does not speak Standardized American English providing little incentive for their inhabitants to adapt to the multilingual and multidialectal nature of  US society.

This linguistic isolation has a detrimental effect on the cognitive development of monolingual White children. This is because linguistically isolated households lack the rich translanguaging practices that are found in bilingual households and the elaborate style-shifting that occurs in bidialectal households. This leaves monolingual White children without a strong metalinguistic basis for language learning. As a result, many of these monolingual White children lack the school-readiness skills needed for foreign language learning and graduate from school having mastered nothing but Standardized American English leaving them ill-equipped to engage in intercultural communication.


What if we talked about monolingual White children the way we talk about low-income children of color?

Excerpt from a satirical blog post from The Educational Linguist that makes a good point about which language skills we value as a society and the problems with talking about a “language gap”. [Edit: I’ve seen a lot of comments asking how this is satire so if you’re wondering this I’d strongly recommend clicking through to the full post.]


Black Women are Cosplaying Harley Quinn and Slaying!  With Suicide Squad heralded as one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters in film, it’s no wonder fans of the DC Comics-based series have taken things up a notch by cosplaying their favorite characters such as the canonically bisexual character of Harley Quinn

I’m SO SICK of this idea that if your afro does not touch your shoulders it’s not a good afro or it’s automatically ‘still in progress’. ANY AND ALL AFROS ARE GOOD AND VALID AFROS, REGARDLESS OF SIZE.