Elvira Truglia is a Writer, Journalist and Senior Communications & Public
Engagement professional. She writes about the intersections of culture, politics, and social issues. Her work spans the community, media and cultural sector as well as national and international non-governmental organizations.
As the northern ice breaks this summer, two retrofitted shipping containers are arriving in Iqaluit, where they will be repurposed as vessels for growing plants in water. The hydroponics project, called The Growcer, aims to help address food insecurity, and will be the first project of its kind in the city.
Montreal's South West is in the midst of transformation. Some residents have had roots in the borough for generations, while others have flocked to the area attracted by new housing as well as business opportunities.
When seven-year-old Mahmoud in Jordan was fitted with hearing aids for the first time, he started to giggle. "He could hear and this was really exciting," says Audra Renyi, Executive Director of World Wide Hearing Foundation International (WWH), the Canadian non-profit that provides accessible services for people with hearing loss in the developing world.
On one of the final stops during its two-year, cross-country "Our Canada" workshop series, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) held an open conversation about faith and social inclusion in Montreal last month. According to Thomas Gallezot, francophone communities and outreach project officer for the organization, the CRRF aims to promote diversity and social inclusion through community dialogue.
Think a toxic injury that doesn't heal. If you are susceptible, exposure to small amounts of chemicals every day creates a "body burden" that impacts multiple biological systems (nervous, digestive, respiratory system, etc.). Typically, you don't detox very well, and repeated exposures can trigger the "on" switch in your brain, making you hypersensitive.
There is still a lot of bad news for women since the Montreal Massacre, according to investigative journalist, feminist and filmmaker, Francine Pelletier. But there is also some good news: as a social struggle and in the media, feminism is making a comeback.
Canadians love Mexico, especially when crystalized ice on window panes, trigger thoughts of sandy beach retreats from Canada's punishing winters. Over 1.9 million Canadians turn to Mexico as their getaway destination. In Mexico, thousands are seeking refuge from poverty and the human rights crisis, most recently brought to the fore by the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayontizapa teacher's college in Guerrero, Mexico.
APC condemns new regulatory powers to block websites and gather user data The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) strongly condemns the Turkish government for amending a law that tightens internet censorship.
“The idea that we could create alternative communities as a way of resisting the existing culture is not new but doing it in the middle of big cities, in the belly of the beast is new and was a major reason for the power of Occupy.” Judy Rebick (This article was originally published in Vice Versa Online Magazine on November 6, 2012)
Ghost writer for Girls Action Foundation. Editorial on the need to pay attention to the issues facing rural girls in Canada.
According to the latest Statistics Canada report on household demographics, the nuclear family is no longer the norm. But are Italians, one of the country's largest ethnic groups, rethinking family composition in step with other Canadians? If so, how do these changes interplay with cultural identity?
"I felt like they had tried to kill me, I felt like they had tried to kill every girl in the world, that they had tried to kill hope," says Saman Ahsan when she heard the news about Malala Yousufzai, a school girl shot by the Taliban in Pakistan last week.
Nothing riles up Canadian sensitivities more than someone jumping a line. Jason Kenney knew this when he introduced Bill C-49 in response to the arrival of two boat loads of Tamils on Canadian shores in the last year.
Media are the most powerful institutions on earth, says Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! radio, and attempts to repress independent media undermines democracy.
Arts & Culture
The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. ─Neil Gaiman Everyone has a story.
Becoming a Writer, May 3rd There's a tension around owning the label "writer," even among published authors such as Zoe Whittal, Alex Ohlin, Padma Viswanathan and Christopher DiRaddo, all panellists at the "Becoming a Writer" roundtable. Maybe it's because the label is elusive. In today's landscape of writing, publishing and social media, lines are blurred.
The graphic approach or "show not tell." What is the most appropriate way of writing about trauma? Elise Moser, Ann Charney and Koethi Zan reflect.
The tune, which is part of a soundtrack for Antonio Albanese's movie Qualunquemente , an ironic look at corruption in today's Calabria, received 1.5 million views in early 2011, making the song remake a hit even before the film's release. Il Parto gave Albanese permission to reinterpret their original song for the film and the remake has struck a chord.
Occhipinti's latest CD garnered him his eighth Juno nomination in 2009 for the music he shied away from as a child. The album is somewhat a coming of age, "The Sicilian Jazz Project reflects the place where my parents ended up as much as where they started," says Toronto-based Michael Occhipinti.
Fallaci's image controversial symbol at inaugural event on March 7th
Italian immigrant history captured on film
A social justice journalist travels to Italy and rediscovers her roots.
A brochure on the barriers girls and young face related to jobs and money and what needs to be done to support their economic security.
Editorial consultant of this special issue on communications and human rights.
Book Chapter in Kevin Howley's Understanding Community Media
Co-translated book on issues from the World Summit on the Information Society. Translation from French to English.
This is Part One of "Radio-Active", a documentary on Ottawa's CKCU-FM, Canada's first campus-based community radio station. It was broadcast on Maclean-Hunter in 1994. Written by Peter Monet and Elvira Truglia. Directed by Peter Monet. Produced by Elvira Truglia.
Web Production & Social Media
Shifting to temporary migration to fill labour needs creates a disposable labour force, leaving workers with fewer rights and exposed to exploitation: ccrweb.ca/en/trafficking #becauseiamhuman #migrantrights #humantrafficking
GIRLS ACTION FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting girls and young women to overcome barriers and reach their true potential. We operate on a national scale with a local impact reaching over 60,000 girls and young women annually.
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