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FOCUS Broadcast News

(Released September 25th, 2020)

The FOCUS Broadcast News is committed to informing the broader community about the latest Radio Regent and Regent Park TV broadcasts produced by the FOCUS Media Arts Centre (FOCUS).


Regent Park TV News

 
Regent Park TV (RPTV) is a community television station serving Regent Park that is operated by the FOCUS Media Arts Centre. RPTV is accessible to Regent Park residents on Rogers Cable Channel 991 and to the general public on the Regent Park TV YouTube.
The MASJID OMAR BIN KHATAB
A Mosque in Regent Park
Regent Park is currently home to approximately 12,000 people. Many of the residents are of the Muslim faith. A mosque is a house of worship for Muslims. It is also a place to gather for special events. It could also be used as a community centre. The Omar Bin Khattab Mosque, located on 232 Parliament Street between Dundas Street and Shuter Street, serves all these purposes above and is a safe place where Regent Park Muslims could come together and celebrate their faith.
The Connection between Racism and the Origins of Policing
In an effort to deter violent crime, police forces across North America heavily rely upon a strategy of highly visible and aggressive patrolling of low-income neighbourhoods often populated by people of colour. In Toronto, the Toronto Police Services called this strategy TAVIS (Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy). In Regent Park and other communities these patrols resulted in allegations of carding, racial profiling and police conflicts with community residents and visitors who were stopped by police and asked to confirm their resident status or state the reasons for their visits to the area. In Toronto, the 10-year TAVIS officially ended in 2016, in favour of community policing (where officers are embedded in the community and try to get to know residents to help identify perpetrators of crime). As we witness the wave of Black Lives Matter protests and outrage over the killing of George Floyd and others by police, many are beginning to critically reflect upon the relationship between racism, colonialism, white supremacy and policing. In this intriguing discussion, U of T historian and academic, Max Mishler, explores the history of policing.
International Overdose Awareness Day in Moss Park - Toronto
On August 31, 2020, an event was held in Moss Park honoring International Overdose Awareness Day. The day was an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to overdose and promote the message that the tragedy of drug overdose death is preventable and more must be done to save lives. Regent Park TV was on hand to cover the event.     
The Toronto Rent Bank Program
Neighbourhood Information Post (located in the Regent Park area at Parliament and Gerrard) is one of 7 agencies across the City of Toronto that is involved in the Toronto Rent Bank Program. The Rent Bank provides interest-free repayable loans to low-income households facing eviction due to short-term financial difficulties. Learn more about the program in this segment of Regent Park TV news in our interview with Coordinator Maja Bryon.   
FOOD INSECURITY IN CANADA Part One
In this part one episode of Regent Park TV news on the issue of Food Insecurity in Canada we explore the role of Food Banks in low income communities. Our guest is Leslie Campbell who is the senior coordinator of FoodShare Toronto. In the past Foodshare Toronto has run programs in the Regent Park community. Part two of this video is also available for viewing on Regent Park TV.   
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HAIR SALONS IN REGENT PARK (611 PURPLE FACTORY HAIR SALON)
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HAIR SALONS IN REGENT PARK - 611 Purple Factory is the first of a three part series examining the struggles of Regent Park hair styling businesses during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lock-down period and the subsequent re-opening. In today’s episode of RPTV News we speak with Martin Ferreira owner of 611 Purple Factory on sustaining his business in Regent Park during Covid.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Hair Salons in Regent Park (DUNDAS BEAUTY)
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HAIR SALONS IN REGENT PARK (Dundas Beauty) is the second segment of a three part series examining the struggles of Regent Park hair salons that have been forced to close their businesses during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lock-down period and the subsequent re-opening. In today’s episode of RPTV News we speak with Theresa Betou of Dundas Beauty.
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HAIR SALONS IN REGENT PARK (SUPREME CUT)
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HAIR SALONS IN REGENT PARK is the third segment of a three part series examining the struggles of non-essential businesses during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lock-down period and the subsequent re-opening. In today’s episode of RPTV News we speak with Flory Wembolwa of Supreme Cut Barbershop.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Captain Canada & The Tropicola Taste Challenge
In this 2008 humorous taste challenge commercial, Good Taste No Name goes head to head with Canada Cola. Which one will Captain Canada choose and which one would you choose?
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Captain Canada - Canada at Risk
In this 2008 humorous political satire, the country's finest surgeons operate on Captain Canada in hopes of curing Canada's life threatening ailments.  
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Radio Regent News & Views

Radio Regent (www.radioregent.com) is a 24-hour digital community radio station operated by FOCUS Media Arts Centre. Radio Regent News & Views is a weekly, hour-long news program produced by FOCUS.
Radio Regent News & Views - Episode 51

In this September 23, 2020 broadcast segment of Radio Regent News & Views, News Coordinator David Wall talks to Toronto Central School Board Trustee Chris Moise about a number of topics, including the reopening of schools across the city and his plans for redistributing resources in different communities in the name of equity.
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Catch Da Flava On-line

Interested in reading articles about Regent Park and the issues that matter. Visit Catch da Flava Online to read articles written by our community of journalists. 
 
Featured Articles

Understanding Bill 184 with MPP Suze Morrison
by Chloe Nguyen-Drury

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What I Learned from Speaking to City Councillor Kristyn-Wong Tam
by Fabio Heredia-Casalins

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I Heart Neighbourhood Charity Gala & Live Auction

Still Time to Get Your Tickets for I Heart Neighbourhood Stay At Home Virtual Charity Gala and Live Auction on Tuesday September 29th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


Support the FOCUS Media Arts Centre in this unique collaborative online event hosted by The Neighbourhood Group, UrbanArts, St. Stephen's Community House, FOCUS Media Arts Centre and Neighbourhood Information Post. This event raises much-needed funds to support vital programs and services.

Tickets for the gala evening event featuring speakers, music performances and a live auction, costs $50.00 for individuals and $100.00 for households. You will also obtain an official charitable receipt for the full amount of your donation.

In addition to the September 29th gala, the I Heart Charity Silent Auction is now live. To get tickets to the live gala and visit our silent auction and bid on items go to:
www.givergy.ca/iheartneighbourhood

Remember Your Donation Matters!

www.givergy.ca/iheartneighbourhood
Community Media Journalists Wanted!!!
 
Interested in joining our team and  serving as a Community Media Journalists/Reporters for Radio Regent News & Views, Regent Park TV News, and for the Regent Park Community Newspaper. 

For more information or to apply contact us at   info@focusmediaarts.ca

News Stories Wanted

Do you have a news story that you would like featured on Regent Park TV or Radio Regent News & Views?  Contact us at  info@focusmediaarts.ca.
Focus Media Arts Centre serves as a Community New Media, Radio and Television Arts Broadcasting Centre dedicated to best practices in training and mentorship of youth and community members in radio and television broadcasting and digital arts.
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38 Regent Street,
Toronto, Ontario 
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