Ask an artist like Kardinal Offishall to talk within the theme "Art is Power" and then sit back, 'cause you know he's going to tear it up. Kardi was one of three keynote speakers kicking off a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Fresh Arts Program. Here's what Kardi threw down at the keynote address.
While volunteering and working with autistic children, Lisa Fraser noticed one of the key therapeutic devices of the day was, in her eyes, really ugly. The weighted vests was like slapping a label on kids and saying "Hey, look at me! I'm different." She believed that bringing a better design and even some style into these kids' lives, was an endeavour worth pursuing.
In a recent op-ed, Wente trashes French immersion and ultimately suggests the program should be rolled back to the status of a restricted luxury good to be enjoyed by a privileged, lottery-winning few. In a fight against the momentum of generational poverty, my parents deployed different strategies with me and my siblings so that we would not have to grow up restricted to the world of narrow and depressing options that were surrounded by in our troubled neighbourhood. For me, they decided that French immersion would be my ticket out: I thank God every day for their foresight and wisdom.