As an artist, Zahra’s identity is deeply entangled with her South Asian roots and my spiritual and artistic influences. She was reared in an environment which fostered creativity and community work as interdependent virtues. Jada Reynolds-Tabobondung has been plugged into the oils of various Toronto communities for years. They have had involvement in event planning in BIPOC, and queer spaces, as well as involvement in various web based media outlets and social groups. Jada has written and performed music at festivals in Ontario and Quebec with their band FATHERS, and is currently hosting a monthly POC dance night at a west end queer bar. Most know for his series Queer Portraits, Alone Time, and Switch, Levine’s photography explores gender, sexuality, self-identity, and queer space. Levine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Levine has been honoured with several portfolio awards and received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.
She is currently pursuing further research on Canadian Broadcasting and the future of New Media regulation in Canada. Fizza Kulvi is a PhD candidate at McMaster University exploring the networked governance of communication and media. Her dissertation critically assesses the legality and economic viability of hyperpartisan media sites like Rebel News in Canada, Breitbart in the US and Germany’s Compact magazine. She is particularly interested in the governance of online anti-Muslim and racist discourses in relation to freedom of expression and journalistic freedoms in Canada. Daniel Bernhard is Executive Director and Spokesperson for FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, an independent citizens’ group committed to the defence of Canadian culture and democracy, on air and online. Daniel has spent his career working to advance the public interest, including several years as a consultant serving public benefit organizations. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
Centre For Gender Advocacy Launches Trans Discrimination Case Against Quebec Superior Court
In this talk, we’ll cover the history and key turning points in the struggle for gender equity in Canada’s film and television industry. We’ll highlight some current research and developments for getting more women into jobs. Gender equity matters deeply, both on a personal level for women and in cultural recognition, since who’s behind the screen profoundly influences what’s on the screen. Jesse is best known for more than two decades spent as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.
Monique also facilitated the production of videos and community radio programming with women and youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Barriere Lake, Moose Factory and the Indigenous community in Ottawa. Monique is a Knowledge Keeper working closely with Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont. Currently, Monique is a student at Carleton University taking a doctorate program in Anthropology focusing on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community. Her Master’s Degree is in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a specialty in Digital Humanities. Monique also holds a post- graduate diploma in Indigenous Policy and freetorontostarclassifieds.com Administration. Kait Kribs is a Ph.D. candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University/Ryerson University. She holds a MA in Popular Culture and a BA in Communication, Media and Culture Studies from Brock University.
Festival Forró Forró Montréal Brazilian Festival
Running from Monday, July 30th to Sunday, August 5th, the 20th incarnation of the multidisciplinary LGBT festival features a wide variety of live music, DJs, films and art that “celebrate the value of diversity in a spirit of sharing, solidarity and openness with the world”. The two outdoor main stages have moved from their usual home in the Village to the Old Port’s Quai Jacques-Cartier. Behind the agit-prop and the harrowing political drama lies an elegy to Uganda’s gay rights hero, David Kato, who was beaten to death halfway through principal shooting in 2011. “We are consumed by these people’s story, perhaps even a little more than we would like to have been,” the documentarians admitted, reflecting on the intimacy with which they treated their film’s subjects, and their responsibility to promote the Ugandan LGBT cause.
A lover of the odd, dark, and overlooked elements in pop music, they find inspiration in unexpected sources, like off-the-radar acts Su Tissue and Francis Bebey. Rising from artist-run spaces such as La Briqueand Drones Club at the turn of the current decade, Ellise Barbara has seen their work soar to enduring acclaim in Japan and Europe, in a short career whose highlights include duets with Laetitia Sadier and R. Barbara’s recent efforts are partly centered around LGBTQ+ community organizing. They’re working on new music with their band the Black Space, whose lineup is solely made of musicians of Sub-Saharan African descent and mission is centered around the theme of blackness and the rejection of modern racialized tropes. The audience was invited to participate in the performance by writing testimonies of a time they experienced micro-aggressions within institutions. They rolled the testimonies and left them behind as part of the installation, which grew heavier with the stories as the performance progressed.
Sharon’s background is as an award-winning documentary writer and director and as an independent producer of internationally recognized feature films. She has an MFA in Film Studies and is an Associate Professor at UBC where she served for several years as Chair of the Film Production Program and Associate Head of the Department of Theatre and Film. She has also served as a mentor and workshop leader for many national industry organizations and training programs. Laura Tribe is the Executive Director at OpenMedia, a community-based organization working to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free.
Canada Life School Program
In 2017, YouTube re-built its artificially intelligent recommendation algorithm “to maximize users’ engagement over time by predicting which recommendations would expand their tastes and get them to watch not just one more video but many more” . According to the New York Times, Reinforce, YouTube’s new reinforcement learning-driven recommender, changed which videos the site suggested to viewers and arguably led them to watch more extreme videos. We argue that deploying Reinforce was as much an act of cultural and media policymaking as an act of programming. Platforms rely on AI algorithms to filter, rank, recommend, sort, classify, and promote information and content. Unlike the debatable but public policies that motivate governments, these black-boxed algorithmic regulations are driven by inscrutable, profit-oriented optimizations, leaving this emerging area of cultural policy largely unaccountable.