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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.

Each story comes with a teacher guide that provides discussion prompts, viewing questions and activities that emphasize collaboration, inquiry-based thinking and connections to real-world problems.

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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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  • NIR-20-10 - PPT - Tragedy in Lebanon: Deadly Explosion in Beirut

  • NIR-20-10 - PDF - Tragedy in Lebanon: Deadly Explosion in Beirut

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

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

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
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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News in Review - September 2020 George Floyd: Why He Matters New

In May 2020, 46-year-old George Floyd, a Black American, died during an arrest under the knee of a White police officer. His death galvanized a nation fed up with police brutality and racism against the black population. The fury spread as hundreds of thousands of protesters and rioters took to the streets demanding change in cities across the country. Those ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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News in Review - September 2020 Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality New

The death of George Floyd in May 2020 during an arrest in Minneapolis led to widespread protests across the U.S. and around the globe, with calls for an end to racial inequality and police violence against Black people. In Canada, thousands marched under the banner of Black Lives Matter, demanding an end to racism here too. Those protests highlighted the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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  • NIR-20-09 - PDF - Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality

  • NIR-20-09 - PPT - Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality