As of December 31, 2013, PictureBox will no longer release any new titles. This was not an easy decision, but the company is no longer feasible for me as a thoroughgoing venture. Change is, as the cliché goes, a good thing, and I am proud of PictureBox the idea and the…
Women gained the right to vote in Canada before Aboriginal people did. Women’s suffrage was granted before World War II, but Aboriginal people had to wait until the late 60s to be allowed to vote. Aboriginal women? A few years after.
Slavery happened in Canada. It’s our best kept secret. You won’t find anything on this in school textbooks. We gush about how we let the poor slaves running from the United States with open arms, but slavery was legal in Canada until 1833. Black and Aboriginal people were forced into slavery. Africans were imported as slaves to the rich whites.
Just this year a Toronto police officer killed Syrian-born Torontonian Sammy Yatim when the 18 year old was alone in an empty streetcar armed with only a small knife. Sammy was shot nine times, and then tasered twice. Just so the police could make sure the kid was dead or something. (trigger warning for the link - it contains footage of a police shooting)
In the city of Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, an Aboriginal person is more likely to go to jail than to graduate high school, and we have the highest youth incarceration rate in Northern America. Police officers in Saskatoon have been taking Aboriginal people from the streets of Saskatoon and dumping them in the snow miles out of town to freeze to death possibly since 1976. At least three cases of people dying like this have been confirmed. Police officers received only 4 months in jail.
In May I will be graduating from a Research I university with two masters degrees. One of my degree programs is the top-rated in the nation for it’s field, the other is in the top ten. I have been fully funded for my three year process.
dude, what the fuck is up with the mayor of Toronto? I'll admit he's a hilarious doofus, but I didn't know Toronto was into that sort of thing.
Toronto has been declared a no man’s land by the federal government. Rob Ford’s office was immediately stormed by rioters. He was publicly executed. His body was promptly laid out in Honest Ed’s so members of the mob could use it to reenact scenes from Scott Pilgrim before they finally tore it apart. Peter Birkemoe declared himself Emperor of Toronto and Keith Jones is his violent warlord lapdog, recruiting cartoonists to join his army and executing any dissidents. Patrick Kyle has been declared dead. Team Society League have been declared dead. Ginette Lapalme is running a fight pit out of the Magic Pony storefront. While on a supply run, I happened to pass by the shop and spotted her through the store window forcing weeping employees to swallow the pieces of garish, unsold Frank Kozik toys - their teeth chipped and worn, their gums bloody and raw from trying to chew through the plastic. Chris Kuzma is, as of writing this post, unaccounted for.
I saw Chris Randle wandering the streets completely nude, save for some hockey gear and a leather thong, with excerpts from Hugo Schwyzer’s Twitter feed painted across his bare chest in human blood. Chester Brown is roaming Kensington Market with a machete, his signature high pitched giggle serving as a warning sign to anyone who would dare attack him. Anne Koyama is holed up in my apartment, organizing a resistance army out of rejected and waitlisted TCAF exhibitors. She has a large map of the city sprawled out on my living room floor. She’s taken out a sharpie and covered every inch of it with the phrase “sell your boots sell your boots sell your boots.”
dialogues with customers whilst working in an art store
*** I actually really like working in this store, except for times like the following, which I need to get off my chest***
"I’m looking for skin color paint." me: “… which. skin. colour.” "well in the olden days you could just say ‘skin’ and everyone would know what you’re talking about." me: “uhhhh” "oh but it’s changed now. It’s a good change i’m not saying it isn’t but its different now. Like when I was growing up, you know—" me: I don’t actually know. And i’m pretty sure there were many brown people here long before anyone else….
"I don’t understand why this color exists! Who would want diarrhoea color" *is holding up a color between burnt umber and ochre aka brown*
✦✧ALL THE PRODUCT COLOUR NAMES; EVERY OIL PAINT MANUFACTURER, AND COPIC, I’M LOOKING AT YOU AND I HATE IT✦✧
that’s my rant for today.
In other news, i’m on the cover of a certain toronto-based indie-publishing magazine with my two other W/QPOC friends/artists for the issue about POC zinesters. Pics to come. It’s cute.
“The so-called “government shutdown” isn’t really a government shutdown at all. It’s a public services shutdown. Food aid to needy families will stop. Over one thousand food safety and inspection workers will not go to work. Veterans looking to apply for benefits will face serious delays. The IRS won’t answer the phone to help you prepare your taxes, and will stop processing returns. Depending on where you live, you might have a difficult time getting your passport renewed. Zoos and museums are closed effective immediately.But the government’s guns and surveillance state apparatus chug on without much of a blip at all.
The NSA, fully funded and operational, won’t have any problem continuing to map our social and associational patterns. The FBI will still map ethnic communities and spy on peace and justice activists. The CIA will go on plotting and executing its extrajudicial drone killings in places like Pakistan and Yemen. The DEA will still use NSA intercepts to sneakily forward drug prosecutions while hiding from judges and defendants the intelligence that sparks investigations. Customs, Border Protection will go on harassing Muslims and immigrants at the border, humiliating citizens and visitors alike for no good reason. ICE will continue to deport and detain immigrants, tearing families asunder. The surveillance state will go on, ‘protecting’ a shell of a civilization. We might not be able to eat, but at least someone will be watching us starve.”—Government shutdown is nothing of the sort while the police and surveillance states live on (via hagereseb)