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From an online citizenship ceremony to an inspirational retail empire, we have compiled some of this week’s best good news stories from thestar.com.
1. Indigenous B.C. tour operator keeps culture alive through virtual journeys
Spread across a series of posts, viewers were taken across the waters of Bute Inlet, introduced to a grizzly feeding near the shore, taken into lush forests and given a glimpse of Homalco First Nation member Janet Wilson offering a strand of her hair to a cedar tree as a token..
2. Social innovations have emerged during the pandemic. Here’s how to ensure they stick around
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown Canadians are really good at taking care of each other. This story highlights five ways civil society can preserve the best of the social innovations that have emerged and build a supportive apparatus around them.
3. She was watching another racist incident on a Vancouver bus. And then, something different happened
Eight per cent of Chinese Canadians say they have been physically attacked by strangers during the pandemic, according to a recent survey from the Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta. Incidents of racism toward Asian Canadians are also on the rise. This article tells the story of one woman who just wouldn’t stand for it anymore.
4. A Canadian border agent told him to ‘Get the hell back to your country.’ Instead, this Algerian went to court — and won
Smail Khaniche is one of thousands of visitors turned away from entering Canada. When he was told to “get the hell back to your country” in 2018, the Algerian man instead challenged the border agent in court — and won.
5. Want to learn more about Black art? These Toronto curators can help you find it
While more people are examining the books on their shelves and the TV shows they stream for anti-Black racism, visual arts consumption is often ignored. For those who want to start celebrating and buying Black art but don’t know where to start, we asked four curators for their advice.
6. This tiny B.C. community wanted to buy a forest to save it from loggers. The world chipped in
A 20-acre parcel of timber in British Columbia symbolizes the achievement and ongoing battle by a tiny coastal community to protect as much mature forest as they can on their remote island. The community managed to raise $150,000 inside of four months from all over the world to protect the land.
7. Demi Moore is launching an erotica podcast from her disgusting bathroom
Actor Demi Moore posted some photos to Instagram that left Star columnist Vinay Menon with some hilarious questions for the budding podcaster and her head-scratching bathroom.
8. Joy, tears and pride in citizenship ceremony online
For many, the citizenship ceremony is a moment to turn the page to a new chapter in their lives. But what does that moment look like during a pandemic? One man recently presided over a unique virtual ceremony turning the traditional model on its head.
9. This Black woman entrepreneur built her hairstyle into a million dollar hair extension business
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Vivian Kaye says she has been overlooked by banks, business accelerators and other agencies that failed to understand her products and her market. But now the million-dollar, Hamilton-based hair extension business owner is paying it forward by teaching other women how to parlay their ideas into a thriving enterprise.
10. Blue Jays charity steps up to the plate for Canadian families in need
The Jays Care Foundation has pledged $7.5-million support Indigenous communities, families enrolled in their Challenger Baseball program for kids with physical and cognitive disabilities and children who were already facing significant barriers in their everyday lives. The foundation pledged has also adapted their programming intended to support families in underserved communities.