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April 2024 Newsletter




APRIL E-NEWS


  • Online Hate

  • Next Gen in Chatham

  • Central Tibetan Administration

  • New Committee Appointments

  • Calling Mosaic Alumni

  • Moving...Online


The only way to make progress is by working together.

 

This month, we are proud to share the partnerships, opportunities, and collaborative efforts of our team. Every youth workshop, coalition, and committee provides an opportunity to learn from one another and build a more inclusive Canada for all!

 

How has community moved your work forward? Respond to this email and let us know––we may feature your answer in our next newsletter!

 

In solidarity,

 

Leigh Naturkach, Executive Director



Online Harms Bill


The Online Harms Act, Bill C63, is a step in the right direction, but it will take multi-pronged, prolonged approaches to continue combatting it.


Through our membership in the Coalition to Combat Online Hate and the Anti-Hate Community Leaders Group, we released statements on the bill. We also met with the office of the Minister of Justice to express our support of action, and share our approaches to combatting hate through our research, education, training and dialogue initiatives.




Youth Workshops



Recently, the Next Gen team delivered eight workshops over two days to 200 students in grades 9 -12, and engaged a number of educators.

 

They established a new relationship with Ursuline College Chatham, part of the St. Clair Catholic School Board. Peacebuilding from the Inside Out and Social Change: the Individual and the Collective were the chosen workshops. 

 

When prompted to think of topics on the top of their minds, the carbon tax and climate change rose to the surface. Students learned about Mosaic’s Brave Spaces policy, using it to engage in respectful dialogue through their different perspectives and knowledge levels on the issues. Thank you to the Ursuline community who gave the Next Gen team an incredibly warm and supportive welcome.




Central Tibetan Administration



As part of their strategy for Tibetan youth engagement in Canada, Mosaic was once again invited to meet with Sikyong (President) Penpa Tsering, Sherap Therchin, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee, and Dr. Namgyal Choedup, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Office of Tibet.

 

We look forward to building on these conversations and engaging with local Tibetan organizations!



New Committee Appointments


Toronto District School Board Equity Policy

Community Advisory Committee

(EPCAC)


Vice-President Rachel Mansell was recently appointed EPCAC Co-Chair to help address matters concerning the implementation of their Equity Policy. It also identifies issues regarding equity in education for consideration of the TDSB and staff. The EPCAC is comprised of recognized equity seeking groups across Toronto, Community Liaison Groups, parents, and designated TDSB staff and trustees. 


MediaSmarts “Motives and Methods” Digital Citizen

Contribution Project Advisory Committee (DCCP)


Senior Program Manager, Steph Ta, has joined the MediaSmarts Committee to provide organizations the expertise, capacity, and support to empower people in Canada with the tools and skills needed to mitigate disinformation and other online harms. This research study will address gaps in tools and services aimed at building resilience to disinformation, provide much needed knowledge and models for future work, and focus on issues such as foreign interference, visual disinformation, and AI.



Moving... Online


We’ve been pleased to share offices with the Walrus over the last six months. It’s been a wonderful collaboration to improve sustainability. However, due to budget considerations in a challenging environment, we’ve ended our lease and will move fully online effective May 1. 

 

Our mailing address reverts to our head office address:

2 Bloor Street West, Suite 3400

Toronto, ON M4W 3E2

 

The phone contact will remain the same for now: 416-203-6919 

 

Thank you to the Walrus, particularly Jennifer, Karl and Emma for their support. We look forward to exploring continued partnership in the future!

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