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Articles by Sam Dharmasena

Quarantine Qapsule graphic (photo: Nightingale Nguyen and Christie Carrière) News / COVID-19, Art

Archiving Asian-Canadian stories with Quarantine Qapsule

October 14, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Quarantine Qapsule (QQ) is a digital archive of the Asian Canadian experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. QQ is accepting submissions until Oct. 23 from Asian-Canadians who are over 18 and living in Ontario. The project believes that art is created anywhere in any style and submissions are meant to be a low-stakes opportunity for creative expression. CJRU spoke with some of the folks making QQ happen, creator Nightingale Nguyen and Tea Base’s co-creative director Christie Carrière.

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Not Far From The Tree pickers (photo: Jessica Akiwi) News / COVID-19, Food

NFFTT distributes over 10,000 pounds of fruit picked from Toronto backyards

October 08, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Between June and October, Not Far From The Tree (NFFTT) has picked over 10,000 pounds of fresh fruit from Toronto backyards. The charity has been doing this work for over a decade but this has been a season like no other. As they complete their final picks of the season, NFFT’s picking program assistant Jessica Akiwi tells CJRU about the impact they’ve made in Toronto neighbourhoods amidst rising food insecurity. 

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Bittersweet author, Natasha Ramouter (photo: photo courtesy of Natasha Ramoutar) News / culture

Natasha Ramoutar Releases Book "Bittersweet" A Reflection on Migration, Identity and Scarborough

October 06, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

From her Scarborough home, Ryerson grad Natasha Ramoutar tells CJRU about her first book, Bittersweet. She breaks down the complex feelings and histories that shape her collection of poems.

“It covers a disrupted or suppressed lineage. For me, Bittersweet is about connecting the home I have right now in Scarborough with my ancestral home and what happens when you don’t have links or certain historical documents,” the Toronto-born writer explains.

 

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Dr. Valerie Borum (photo: photo provided by Dr. Borum) News / Mental Health

Dr. Valerie Borum on the role of race and anti-Black racism on mental health

October 02, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

In September, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced an $11.5 million investment in mental health support for Canadians. From this, $4.9 million will go towards the Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund. CJRU spoke with Dr. Valerie Borum, director of Ryerson’s School of Social Work, on the intersection of race and mental health.

“It’s impossible to separate the two. When we look at mental health, race is always a variable in a nation that is dominated by whiteness,” Borum says.

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