Open Door

On the Run with Shadaye

Shadaye opened our eyes to trends in policing black communities in North America, particularly in the United States. Quoting from the book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” by Alice Goffman, Shadaye looked at the systemic racism in policing and the courts, making it is impossible for…

08 Nov 10:10 PM 0 Read More...

The internet: friend or foe?

Mark (marktartz.com) took the stage at Open Door on September 9 to hone our skills of using the internet. Developed by the US military in the 1960s, it has burgeoned today into a tool for roughly 1/3 of the world’s population. He introduced the less techy people…

12 Sep 11:53 AM 0 Read More...

Know Your Legal Rights

Diana and Eric of the McGill Legal Information Clinic gave a very important presentation at Open Door on August 19. As undergraduate law students at McGill, they shared with us current laws regarding citizen interactions with the police (provincial and municipal). They spoke about illegal questioning, intimidation practices, searches and…

29 Aug 12:58 PM 0 Read More...

The Beauty of Dirt

Our friend Tolu told two interesting stories at Open Door on August 12: the story of himself and the story of his business. He grew up as a privileged child with good education and the confidence for entering a glamorous career, but two harsh events caused him to rethink the…

16 Aug 11:15 AM 0 Read More...

Iran 101: from Cyrus the Great to World Cup Soccer

Thanks to Amir, Open Door has a much better understanding and appreciation of the history and modern life in Iran, the country of his youth. As the third largest deposit of petroleum on the planet, Iran is important both economically and geopolitically. He explained the changes in the flag, the…

22 Jul 12:32 AM 0 Read More...