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Whether it’s George Floyd, systemic racism and defunding the police, or forestry monoculture and increasing wildfires, give your students the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives on many of today's most important issues. From September to April, four news stories every month are broken down and given context.

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News in Review - November 2020 COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic New

COVID-19 is exposing the social inequalities in our society. Socio-economic data being studied on the coronavirus pandemic is now revealing that the most at risk in our society are the poorest, living in densely populated communities, as well as low income residents and front line workers. Data is also showing those most at risk are from racialized communities. We look ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/05/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic

  • NIR-20-11 - PPT - COVID-19: Social Inequities Exposed by the Pandemic

News in Review - November 2020 Resilience in the Bahamas: Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian New

In September 2019, the northernmost islands of the Bahamas were hit by the most powerful hurricane to ever make landfall there. Hurricane Dorian killed over 70 people — though numbers could be higher with so many still unaccounted for. Homes, cars, boats and infrastructure were completely destroyed. Months later, residents are still trying to rebuild. Now they’re getting some extra ...
  • 2020
  • 00:13:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/05/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PPT - Resilience in the Bahamas: Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

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News in Review - November 2020 Unaffordable Cities: Canada’s Housing Crisis New

Does Edmonton have the answer to the homeless crisis? Affordable rental options in Canada were already a scarcity prior to the onset of COVID-19. But the pandemic has increased the housing challenge as more people lose their jobs and government rent benefits run out. As the pandemic drags on, housing experts predict that the number of people living on the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:14:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/03/2020

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  • NIR-20-11 - PDF - Unaffordable Cities: Canada’s Housing Crisis

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News in Review - November 2020 Election 2020: Battle for the U.S. Presidency New

The U.S presidential election race is in its final days. It’s been an unprecedented race, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided across the country. It's taking place during a global pandemic that has seen more than 200,000 American lives lost. The president himself contracted and survived COVID-19 during the campaign. News In Review takes a look at some of the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/02/2020

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News in Review - October 2020 COVID-19 Update: What Have We Learned? New

The coronavirus pandemic that spread across the world in early 2020 changed all our lives. In March, Canada closed its borders, shuttered all non-essential business and asked its citizens to stay home. For months we waited. Once the infection numbers dropped significantly, the country began to reopen cautiously. But COVID-19 is still here. And some countries are being forced to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:18:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/30/2020

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  • NIR-20-10 - PDF - COVID-19 Update: What Have We Learned?

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News in Review - October 2020 Care Homes and The Elderly: What COVID-19 Exposed New

When COVID-19 came to Canada we saw a large number of deaths. Four out of five of those deaths were among the elderly housed in long term care homes. The situation in Ontario and Quebec was so serious that the government called in the Canadian military to assist in the worst-hit facilities. The military produced a report that shocked many. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:20:25
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  • Added on: 10/30/2020

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  • NIR-20-10 - PDF - Care Homes and The Elderly: What COVID-19 Exposed

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News in Review - October 2020 Tragedy in Lebanon: Deadly Explosion in Beirut New

In August 2020, a huge explosion decimated a large part of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The blast killed almost 200 people and injured thousands of others. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless. The explosion was a result of highly explosive materials that had been stored in a port warehouse for years. Residents accused the government of mismanagement and corruption ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/23/2020

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News in Review - October 2020 The Shooting of Jacob Blake: Protests, Boycotts and Racial Tensions New

In August 2020, an African-American man named Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protestors took to the streets demanding an end to police violence against Black people. Counter-protestors also poured into the streets bringing about clashes during which three more people were shot — two fatally. A 17-year old teenager was charged. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:14:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/21/2020

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  • NIR-20-10 - PDF - The Shooting of Jacob Blake: Protests, Boycotts and Racial Tension

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News in Review - September 2020 Defunding the Police: What Does it Mean? New

The police killing of George Floyd in 2020 led to worldwide protests with many people calling for an end to police violence against Black people and for the defunding of police. Research done by the CBC over a 20 year period shows that Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately represented among fatalities in encounters with police. And a majority of ...
  • 2020
  • 00:14:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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  • NIR-20-09 - PDF - Defunding the Police: What Does it Mean?

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News in Review - September 2020 Systemic Racism: Does it Exist in Canada? New

After the death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis in May 2020, and the global protests that followed, many began to hear the term “systemic racism.” The term suggests that many businesses, institutions and society itself is rife with underlying racism. In Canada, we tend to deny that our culture is racist, from ignoring ...
  • 2020
  • 00:10:59
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  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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