Slavery

Red Lobster Gets $575M Deal From Thai Company Accused Of Slavery

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Business

The company promised changes after the Associated Press found it was shipping shrimp that may have been peeled by enslaved migrant workers.

Nate Parker's Past Won't Be Why I Boycott The Birth Of A Nation

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Bialystok

Survivors of sexual violence may not be able to watch Parker's work for similar reasons, and that's fine. But don't sit it out on principle. In the year of Black Lives Matter, #HollywoodSoWhite and a certain presidential candidate, Parker's questionable past doesn't disqualify him from advancing urgent conversations about race and American history.

This Report Gives Canadians A Way To Stop Supporting Child Labour

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Which companies are better at checking their chains for child and forced labour? And what are they doing to respond? World Vision's report helps answer many of these questions. By tracking supply chains of Canadian companies, the researchers identify which have a likelihood of being connected to child and forced labour.

Why Chris Rock's Oscar Jokes Got The Wrong Laughs

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada TV
Tasheka Lavann

When he spoke about some of the worst hate crimes experienced by black people, Chris Rock made sure to let these stars know that our ancestors were "too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer". How did they react to the "grandmother swinging from a tree"? Laughter!

America Must Deal With The Ramifications Of Its Racist Past

David Martin | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

The battle for civil rights eventually gave rise to such watershed moments as the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and serious attempts at affirmative action. Sadly, some of those initiatives are even now being curtailed by an increasingly tone-deaf right wing majority on the Supreme Court.

Sex Traffickers Stole Our Daughter Away From Us

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Joy Smith Foundation

They are stalkers, searching for someone to target and their hunting grounds are convenience stores, in malls, parks and, in Jessica's case, our local recreation centres. We thought that type of crime happened in other countries, not Canada. We were wrong.

Tracing the Roots of Modern Capitalism Back to Cotton

Sven Beckert | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Sven Beckert

Through the lens of cotton, we see the expansion of capitalism as the global process it was, and not as the Eurocentric story we had accepted for all too long. The history of cotton is important in its own right, but even more significantly, it allows us to trace the emergence of the modern world that is so familiar to all of us.

It's Time to Lower the Confederate Flag for Good

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Marcia Sirota

It's a very bad time for racism in the United States. It would make sense to work toward lowering the level of racial tension in the country, rather than inflaming it. It's one thing to honour the fallen soldiers of the American civil war, but it's another thing altogether to insist on waving a flag that to so many, represents violence, hatred and oppression toward African Americans.

Fish Caught By Slaves Make Their Way To North American Dinner Tables

CP | Robin McDowell, Margie Mason And Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business

BENJINA, Indonesia - The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thou...

Sex Slavery A $99-Billion Industry: UN

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Business

Sex slavery is by far the most profitable form of involuntary labour, a $99-billion annual industry that accounts for two-thirds of all the profits ma...

Yes, You Can Sell 300 Girls in a Market -- Are We Outraged Yet?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

Slavery is real. According to Boko Haram, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Nigeria, the nearly 300 girls that it abducted from school are to be sold in a market. This is an outrage, an affront to every notion of our individual and shared humanity. But it's only a drop in the bucket.

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.

Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Akaash Maharaj

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.

'Pattern Of Fraud'

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The wealthy Vancouver-area woman accused of trafficking a young African single mother to Canada to be an unpaid housekeeper used "fraud, d...

Alleged Slave Lied To Stay In Canada: Defence

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A young woman whose life in her native Tanzania was marked by poverty and hardship was so desperate to stay in Canada that she fabricated ...

Getting Arrested for "Shopping While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

With the recent event at Barney's, New York, it would appear that blacks should add S.W.B. or "Shopping While Black" to the list of supposed crimes for which we are racially profiled. Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barney's, Christian alleges that he was stopped by undercover officers, questioned, hand-cuffed and taken to a local precinct.

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

30 Million Slaves In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Business

There are nearly 30 million slaves in the world today, according to a new index ranking most of the world’s countries. The Global Slavery Index, ...

Move Over Rihanna, Barbados is Now Famous for Tax Cheats

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Eugene Melnyk owns the Ottawa Senators. He's Canadian. He owns Canadian businesses, but lives in Barbados. Here's where the CBC and the CRA come in. With their recent bit of "hidden-camera" journalism, the CBC concluded that Barbados is a haven for Canadian corporate tax evaders.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sheryl Underwood's Take on Natural Black Hair

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

The phenomenon of black women dismissing their own natural hair didn't happen overnight: the social control and economic exploitation of an entire race could not be ensured only through physical violence (whipping, branding, torture, rape etc.), but necessitated psychological and psychic violence to "convince" Africans that they needed to be "civilized" into the cultural, moral, social and yes, corporeal ways of the European.

Slavery: America's Economic Salvation

David Martin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
David Martin

Today's economic situation in the United States is distressing. Despite Washington's best efforts, the nation's rate of unemployment continues to hove...

The New Abolition Movement

Brian Stiller | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Brian Stiller

Just because William Wilberforce brought British slavery laws crashing down in the early 1800s, we assume slavery has ended. Not so. Children as young as six are forced by their impoverished parents to go into the streets and press anyone to give them money. Some children are forced to carry their newborn brothers and sisters into traffic, zigzagging between stopped cars in traffic jams while pleading for small change.

What Sergio Garcia's and Paula Deen's Racism Really Tell Us

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

Both Sergio Garcia and Paula Deen, despite differences in age, sex and nationality, drew upon a limited knowledge of slave custom to express demeaning visions of blackness, which made light of or sanitized the brutality and institutionalized deprivations of slavery.

Why Did a Cheerios Commercial Spark a Racist Meltdown?

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

The controversy over the new Cheerios ad is not about a fear of cross-racial contact in general, but the fear of a certain type of cross-racial contact -- that between black men and white women. To understand the specific nature of this particular racist outburst, we need to go back to slavery.