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Coaching Black students across the finish line

As if high school didn’t have enough challenges to overcome, a report released by Toronto's York University revealed what many have known for decades: the system puts Black students at a disadvantage.In addition to juggling classes and extracurriculars, Black students are forced to navigate a system that is...

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Books for learning about Canadian Black History

Now is as good a time as any to dedicate some effort to learning more about the history of Black people in Canada, from its earliest days to the recent past. From books for young readers to serious academic works, there is plenty to delve into. Whether you’re...

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Books for teaching kids about race and racism

Race and racism are complex, difficult, and often uncomfortable topics to talk about. And trying to explain these concepts to kids is one of the toughest jobs a parent can take on.Where do you start? How much do you tell? How do you protect kids from things they...

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The best books on the Trump presidency

For readers prepared to look in the rearview mirror, these are the essential eBooks and audiobooks for understanding the administration of the 45th president of the United States.While it’s tempting to say that the administration of Donald J. Trump was good for the publishing industry, the truth is...

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10 must-read business books recommended by entrepreneurs

Whether you’re thinking about launching a new venture or you’re already running your own business, here are 10 must-read business books recommended by entrepreneurs.Society is very much enamoured with the idea of “being your own boss,” and it’s not difficult to understand why. We live in a world...

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14 books for getting smarter about anti-racism

For non-Black people wanting to be part of positive change, it can be tough to figure out where to begin. Change can come from many places -- and education is a powerful tool for getting started. Change will require wading through discomfort, having difficult conversations, and leading by...

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Must-read book recommendations from women around the world

“A world with only one narrative would be, frankly, boring.”Books teach us empathy. They allow us to step into another’s shoes and experience their challenges, their joy, and their perspective. This Women's History Month, we’re not only sharing books that showcase women in literature; we’re amplifying women’s voices...

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Which #MeToo book should I read first?

In the early fall of 2019, a trio of books arrived all addressing the topic of sexual harassment, the criminal justice system's handling of sexual assault, and nefarious agents working to cover up sex crimes. It was a lot for readers to take at once but with Harvey...

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You shouldn’t wear that

Jasmin Kaur is a poet and public educator who is fascinated by words and the power they hold to shape our world. Here, she writes a personal essay about growing up Sikh and overcoming the opinions of others.She stood beside me as a Sikh girl in a turban...

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