For Canada Day, I thought about the cultural bridges that food can build — and the ones it can’t. Also, I’m going to be on a panel at the Kitchen Bitches conference in September, talking about misogyny in the food industry. It will be interesting, but also fun. You should come.
Dear Auntie: it’s silence, not sex education, that harms children.
In the 1990s, I made some friends on the internet. I love them. A look at the rosy side of online life, which often gets a bad rep.
Four years ago, a few fellow Toronto media-types and I started a blog called the Ethnic Aisle. The idea was to be the change we wanted to see: to combat the surface-level, condescending and clueless coverage of the GTA’s racialized/ethnic/multicultural communities with smart stuff we’d actually like to read.
It’s been fun, and a lot of work. We’ve talked about racism, and body hair, and food and booze and politics. And we did it for freeeeee. The response has always been enthusiastic and supportive, but you know – doing stuff for free can get tiring, and crazy. So we decided to run a crowdfunder to see if good will could turn into dollars and HOLY HECK! You really like us.
So: this fall the Ethnic Aisle will put out a Canada issue. Next year, we’ll put out two digital issues and a print anthology. Love you to pieces, Toronto. Thanks for keeping it real.
Been sitting on the Life desk at the Globe and Mail for a couple of months, re-learning what it means to be an editor from the one and only Kathryn Hayward. Here are a few stories I’ve been particularly pleased to conceive, edit and overall help shine:
There was a relaunch of the Toronto ethnicity and race blog that I edit, The Ethnic Aisle, with an amazing Election Issue and gorgeous new design by Simon Yau. I then went on CBC Metro Morning to talk about race and the election with the terrifyingly articulate Desmond Cole.
And, very sadly, The Grid was closed down for good, something I’m bummed about on the regular.
I’m working on a couple of exciting and interesting projects right now, so stay tuned. Thanks for coming by.
You might have heard there’s an election in Toronto soon. If the discourse so far has left you wishing for something slightly smarter, the Ethnic Aisle Election Issue is here for you. We’ve got real talk on whether non-citizens should be allowed to vote, how zoning can be racist, and how the Ford era has made this a city where people feel ok to use hateful slurs. Read it. Then vote, yo.