Also known by such names as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day, Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the former Confederacy after the end of the American Civil War.
Juneteenth has grown to be a day that is observed in the US and around the world, as it symbolizes not only the fight against the evil that is slavery, but also the fight against racism in all its forms. In light of current events, this Juneteenth in 2020 is especially significant
May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, as established by UNESCO / United Nations. The freedom of the press is essential to the establishment and health of democracy. In our world of social media, misinformation, disinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories, we need a free, independent, professional and ethical press more than ever.
As the [COVID-19] pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories. The press provides the antidote: verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day.
Although it is pretty insignificant in relation to the entire universe, less than a grain of sand in the ocean of space, the Earth is pretty important to us– it is the only home we have. All human beings should celebrate the Earth, and protect it.
Learn about Alivin Schrader and other “Champions of Free Expression” at freedomtoread.ca . These people and countless others lead the fight for our rights and freedoms. Find out more about them and get inspired to join the fight.
February 23 – 29 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. This week we celebrate our freedom to read. More than that, as citizens of Canada, we must recognize the ongoing fight to protect our freedom to read, and our other rights and freedoms, and to extend those rights and freedoms to all of humanity.
Satchel Paige might be the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball. Sadly, when he was in his prime he did not get the chance to compete at the highest level, as the racism of the times kept black baseball players out of the majors. After Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Satchel Paige finally got to play in the big leagues in 1948 at the age of 42. Even at that age Paige was a dominant All-Star pitcher, and he became the first Negro Leagues player to pitch in a World Series. He retired in 1953, although he came back in his 50’s for a brief 3 inning appearance in one game in 1965. As good as he was in his short major league career, we are left to wonder what could have been had Paige had been able to pitch in the big leagues during his prime.
We are very honoured to welcome Mr. Janos Benisz to the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library today for a presentation to English and Social Studies classes. Mr. Benisz is a survivor of the Holocaust, the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews and five million non-Jewish civilians by the Nazi regime and its collaborators in the years before and during the Second World War.
The visit of Mr. Benisz is made possible through a program of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. To find out more, please visit vhec.org