Update: Due to the revelations coming out of the U.S. Senate report on the CIA's interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects and its implications for Canada's own anti-terrorism programs, we have decided to make this our story of the week. We remain committed to discussing the issue of racism and the black experience in Ontario and will do so in the near future.
Two weeks ago, we decided we would forego our regular Story of the Week poll, because it was obvious: the ruling in Ferguson, and the protests that followed, were unquestionably the story of the week. Instead, we decided we would ask our viewers how we should cover Ferguson.
Ferguson is a big story, so we heard from a lot of you. And the winning angle? Whether there’s something inherent in “the system” that protects police officers.
As promised, we brought you a discussion on the topic, which featured a former director of the Ontario Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, and former police officer, David Mercury.
That week, the runner-up option for Story of the Week was a discussion on the black experience in Canada, and whether it’s fundamentally different from the black experience in America.
Two weeks later, because of the Eric Garner case, the dominant conversations are very similar, and that topic is still relevant. So, we decided to make that our Story of the Week this week.
Now we'd like you to talk to us. Do you think Canada is less racist or as racist — or more racist — compared to the United States? If you're a person of colour, have you faced racism or profiling from a police officer in Ontario? Share your stories or ideas in the comments section below. You can also reach out to us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We may use some of the stories we get back in our show as we discuss this.
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