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Tracking the ‘Alt-Right’ in Toronto

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville has emboldened Canadian white nationalists, who are organizing and appear to be on the rise.

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University of Virginia students, who bravely stood up to hundreds of torch-wielding white nationalists that marched on the campus in Charlottesville last weekend. Photo via @CollinRees on Twitter.

White nationalist “alt-right” groups are hoping to gain a foothold in Toronto, but they will face strong resistance from Toronto’s anti-fascist and anti-racist community. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has resulted in widespread condemnation of the “alt-right” in Canada, which is increasingly being understood as a white nationalist or white supremacy movement.
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The Spooky Story Behind the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

One the oldest buildings in the city is home to eerie local lore about a murdered 19th-century lighthouse keeper.

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments.

The Gibraltar Point lighthouse in 1909. Photo from the City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1231, Item 1015b.

The Gibraltar Point lighthouse in 1909. Photo from the City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1231, Item 1015b.

Anyone who grew up in Toronto remembers the lighthouse ghost story. It was a highlight of student field trips to the Island School, and could give you shivers even on the warmest summer day. And now that the Island Park is open again for the summer, a new generation of Toronto kids can learn the spooky story (and the rest of its not-so-spooky history) behind the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is the oldest one left on the Great Lakes and the second oldest in Canada. It was built in 1808 and guided ships to Toronto’s harbour from what was then a sandy peninsula until it was decommissioned in 1958. And any building that old has its secrets.

Keep reading: The Spooky Story Behind the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

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Lessons in Navigating Rape Culture with Mandi Gray

A yet-to-be-released film follows the Toronto activist through her experiences in the justice system after the alleged rape by a fellow York University student.

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Karen P. Brown and Mandi Gray in Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. Photo via IMDB

Do you know what to do after being raped, or how to help a friend or family member after they have been? What resources are out there, what does the justice system look like? Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, which follows Toronto’s Mandi Gray and her experiences in the justice system after being allegedly raped, aims to answer these questions. On August 9, Another Jane Doe Productions hosted a private screening of the 70-minute feature-length documentary at CineCycle. The screening was to show the film to those who have worked on, appeared in, or donated toward it.

Writer and activist Jane Doe, who appears in the film and attended the screening, says, “Slut or Nut allows us into the personal, political, and legal journey of Mandi Gray, a woman who was raped, and chronicles her treatment by the police, her university, social media, and the justice system. Keep reading: Lessons in Navigating Rape Culture with Mandi Gray