Iman Sheikh is a former digital media producer at TVO.org.
OPINION: Last week, the federal government introduced a bill to amend Canada’s hate crime provisions, extending protections for gender identity and expression. But under the Criminal Code, the threshold for hate speech is so high that virtually no one can be shut down.
Tonight on The Agenda in the Summer, Shehzaad Jiwani of indie-punk band Greys talks about being a person of colour in the music scene. TVO.org asked four experts to weigh in on cultural diversity in popular music. They all agree it's lacking, but for surprising reasons. Click for more.
Frustrated with a lack of responses to job applications, many people of colour conceal or downplay racial cues in their resumés to try to avoid anticipated discrimination by employers.
Due to a lack of access to psychiatrists and little awareness around treatment options, many Ontarians with mental illnesses head to busy emergency departments for help with anxiety and depression-related issues.
Last month, TVO.org scoured SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, for creative solutions to Ontario's social challenges. And tacos. Here are five breakthroughs in digital innovation that offer dynamic solutions to problems such as housing shortages, opioid addiction, lack of autism services and more.
In 2014, a major highway in B.C. raised its speed limit from 110 to 120 km/h. One year later, a study showed that drivers were travelling no faster than before. Should Ontario follow suit?
Eleven years after a prohibition on the breeding or owning of pit bull terriers and physically similar canines, some experts continue to extol the virtues of the breed while proclaiming the law unfair.
The medical marijuana business is about money, not politics. With one report forecasting a growing industry of up to $5 billion, some influential politicians and business people got onto the playing field early. Click for seven well-known names you probably don’t know are investors.
Many individuals and families have learned the hard way that there are no regulations or minimum standards for private addiction treatments in Ontario.
The rising number of North Bay babies born to addicted mothers strains the city's already taxed resources both socially and structurally.
While publicly funded autism therapy and treatment is difficult to access in Ontario, the barriers are worse for children of newcomers – particularly for those who aren’t fluent in English or French.
Expensive private therapists and moving to other provinces are just two of the desperate measures taken by families dealing with autism to get around Ontario's wait times for treatment.
A human rights complaint against a Toronto restaurant this summer raised awareness about sexual harassment in kitchens, but more discourse on fixing the problem is needed badly—particularly when it affects more than just women.
Sanitary public toilets are a standard urban necessity, especially for those who suffer from medical conditions that require access. But what happens when they’re not high on urban planning radars, and retrofitting existing facilities is too expensive?
As the number of adults choosing to home school their kids increases across Canada, parents highlight the need for more non-traditional educational environments available to the public— particularly in less urban areas of the province.
As Canada’s LifeLabs launches an online portal to deliver test results to patients within 48 hours, some experts wonder if it’s easy prey for hackers.
Women may have won the right to bare their breasts, but that doesn’t mean they are or ever will. The real battle is stigma and judgment, not the law.
One of the biggest hurdles for people living with a disability is expressing their sexual needs. A fully accessible sex party in Toronto — the first of its kind — wants to change that.