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Jagdeesh Mann

Journalist/ Owner @ Sunflower Media

Location icon Canada

Journalist/ Owner @ Sunflower Media Bylines: @torontostar @georgiastraight @globeandmail @canadaland, @cbc, etc Email: jm (at) sunflowermedia (.) ca

Portfolio
Dailyhive
11/23/2020
Haircuts for humanity: Stylists provide free cuts to Surrey's most vulnerable | Curated

Fresh Start is a program that was launched by Engaged Communities Canada (ECC) in September. ECC has since hosted two “open salons” powered by a volunteer crew of local stylists and barbers — all of whom are donating their services pro bono. Manicure and pedicure services are also available on site thanks to the Fraser Health Authority’s Population and Public Health program.

thestar.com
06/19/2020
Why white-privilege training can't fix Vancouver politics - or many other broken institutions

The City of Vancouver, in tune with ongoing Canada and America-wide protests against systemic racism, recently put forward a dizzying spread of anti-racism measures. This equity-infused smorgasbord of actionable items includes: piloting anti-Black-racism and white-privilege awareness training, declaring a new Day of Action Against Racism and developing an "Equity Framework" to implement a race-forward equity and intersectional lens on city decision-making.

thestar.com
05/24/2020
Pandemic's racist episodes reveal the other curve Canada still has to flatten

We are now more than two months into self-quarantining, and the struggles common across working families in this pandemic have become clear. Our debts are rising as monthly bills eclipse our (CERB) incomes, social isolation is proving harmful to mental health, and home-schooling while home-working is justifying why teachers deserve summers off.

thestar.com
09/21/2019
Why I'm not surprised by Trudeau's use of blackface

Justin Trudeau's blackface is an exceptional performance in privilege. Our prime minister's ignorance of what is and is not racist has been exposed. But in the context of establishment Canada, his lack of awareness is just par for the course.

thestar.com
08/09/2019
History catches up with Komagata Maru villain - and it's good riddance

VANCOUVER-In recent years, various Canadian government bodies and institutions have "unerected" monuments and renamed buildings commemorating historical figures who contributed to the cultural genocide of Canada's Indigenous Peoples. John A. Macdonald, Hector-Louis Langevin, Edward Cornwallis, Joseph Trutch and Matthew Begbie - men who were proponents of odious anti-Indigenous institutions such as the residential school system - have all had their names scrubbed off plaques or statues...

thestar.com
11/11/2019
Dear Don Cherry: Here's the other half of the poppy story. The part you missed

Whether you are a newcomer, or a member of a visible minority living in Canada, there's a reasonable chance you or a family member, will one day be subjected to a random interrogation about your "cultural fit," contribution, or even appearance - and not necessarily by a fellow citizen with more social cachet than you.

The Globe and Mail
04/02/2019
Chekhov's Orchard puts down Canadian roots in this homegrown adaptation

Sarena Parmar reboots the Russian playwright's story about family, heritage and the all-powerful hand of the market through the lens of a Punjabi Sikh household in 1970s Canada. The result is something as personal and of-the-moment as it is timeless and universal

The Georgia Straight
04/01/2019
Jagdeesh Mann: #NotMySecret-a #MeToo moment for Vancouver's South Asian community

Over the past 18 months, the #MeToo movement has decisively corrected-after decades of disadvantage-the balance of power for women working in Hollywood, navigating corporate boardrooms, and campaigning in the public sphere. The hashtag has brought into the media spotlight a range of odious behaviours, from sexual harassment in the workplace to the "traditional" entertainment industry practice of producers extorting sex from women in lieu of acting roles.

The Georgia Straight
10/13/2018
Jagdeesh Mann: In Surrey's muddy election, local media should guard against spreading the dirt

The ongoing story of phony absentee ballots, and vote-buying swirling around Surrey's current municipal election is cast with a perfect mix of characters-vulnerable immigrants, greedy developers, partisan journalists, and amoral politicians-to seem like a plot suited for an Indian soap opera, the nightly programming favoured by many of the city's 160,000 South Asian residents.

The Georgia Straight
06/08/2018
Jagdeesh Mann: Wanted-the first nonwhite mayor of Vancouver

Over its 132-year history since incorporation as a city, Vancouver has had 39 mayors. All of them have been white men. Change seems to be coming, however, and suddenly. Two of the Vancouver's leading municipal parties will be running mayoral candidates from diverse backgrounds for the upcoming 2018 civic election now only four months away.

The Georgia Straight
03/22/2018
Jagdeesh Mann: Lessons from the aftermath of Hurricane Khalistan

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Russian government disseminated false stories that exacerbated division in the American electorate. This malwarelike campaign was extremely effective because of the high concentration of news consumption on Facebook and Twitter and because the supposed AI filters, the sentries on these megaplatforms, were powerless to stop the incoming tides of misinformation.

The Georgia Straight
05/03/2018
Jagdeesh Mann: The Aga Khan brought prosperity to his faithful and now looks to uplift world's...

If you have ever visited an Ismaili home or business establishment, you may have come across a portrait of a gentleman who looks like an industry magnate or European aristocratic. He appears too "official" to be a family member, and then there's the positioning of the image-usually displayed prominently at the centre of a mantle or beneath special lighting.

The Georgia Straight
07/20/2017
The Black Prince is on a serious mission

To be the "last king" of anything means you left this world either a legend or a tragic figure. Maharajah Duleep Singh, the final monarch of the Punjab kingdom, who was forcibly separated from his family as a child, dispossessed of the Koh-i-noor diamond, converted to Christianity as a teenager, died a penniless, broken man in Paris, and is today buried in England, clearly falls into the latter category.

Dailyhive
02/09/2018
Opinion: BC mainstream media continues to negatively portray its South Asian community | News

According to the 2016 Census, close to 600,000 Canadians speak Punjabi, comprising a significant portion of the 22.9 percent of Canadians who speak a non-official language as their mother tongue. Given Canada's language diversity, it's not surprising mainstream media outlets have struggled to provide coverage from within Canada's multicultural communities.

Vancouver Sun
Opinion: Jagmeet Singh fails to typecast easily, despite CBC's best efforts

Nearly 70 years since South Asians won the right to vote in Canada, Jagmeet Singh has become the first non-white leader of one of the country's major political parties. Media coverage of Singh's historic victory has ranged from admiration of the new leader's alpha-male swagger to questions of whether he will hinder his party's appeal at the Quebec polls.

Vancouver Sun
Celebrate Canada with a road trip down its Highway to Haven

For more than 800 kilometers, the Crowsnest Highway ribbons along British Columbia's border with Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This mostly-single lane highway which is today popular with RVs and summer travellers is the modern incarnation of the Dewdney Trail built by the British during the mid-1800's gold rush.

The Georgia Straight
06/09/2017
Jagdeesh Mann: Rupi Kaur's literary ascent is poetry in motion

Poetry is just the evidence of life-and if your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen, who said that quote, was for years Canada's brightest burning star in its poetry-verse. Six months after his passing, a young woman from Toronto is making a legitimate claim for his vacant throne as Canada's most popular poet.

Vancouver Sun
Opinion: Defence minister's Harjit Sajjan's recent trip leaves him seeking cover

Anyone who has travelled to the subcontinent of India knows it's not always such a salubrious destination. Incredible India, as the country sells itself in tourism brochures, can be incredibly chaotic, unwieldy, hot, dusty, venal, bovinely and polluted - and then you accidentally end up drinking the water.

The Globe and Mail
06/10/2016
Sikhs hoping for recognition of 1984 killings in India amid free-trade talks

Though it can be criticized as lip service, the Canadian government's ongoing "dialogue" on human rights with China sometimes has a bite. This was evident last week when China's touchy Foreign Minister threw a temper tantrum at a news conference in Ottawa when questioned about Beijing's dismal human-rights record.

The Globe & Mail
01/08/2016
Canada's forgotten martyr Mewa Singh

Though Mewa Singh is written into Canadian history books as an assassin, in the Sikh community he is their Tiananmen’s Tank Man, the solitary protester saying no and standing his ground against the machinery of institutionalised repression.

Dailyhive
07/26/2016
India's last great Olympic hero leads quiet life in Metro Vancouver | Offside

Where the United States has Michael Phelps and Jamaica has Usain Bolt, India has its own Olympic hero in a nonagenarian living out a quiet retirement in Canada. Balbir Singh is India's most decorated Olympian: former team captain of the field hockey team, flag bearer at the 1952 Helsinki games, and the highest scoring player for the national team.

Alternatives International
04/04/2014
Arundhati Roy: Change Media Ownership Laws

This fusion of religion and politics in India, do you believe this has had an influence in the way the ‘love laws’ of that country have been played out – the term "love laws" alluding to the reference you made in your book The God of Small Things

Asianpacificpost
07/30/2020
Hollyhock promotes life-long learning

At Hollyhock, halfway from where you start to where you want to be could be a five day course in African drumming. Or a three-day practicum in nature photography. Or perhaps even intensive work with a Vipassana instructor. Hollyhock is a coastal retreat located on Cortes Island in the Georgia Straight, and an all-inclusive stay here is unlike most seaside resorts.

Asianpacificpost
07/30/2020
Okanagan wellness resort attracts Asian travelers

Cliches aside, 'health is wealth' is as relevant in youth as it is in our golden years. In our rough and tumble hyper-competitive society, too many of us exhaust the first half of our lives pursuing the latter at the expense of the former, and then the last half expending the former to renew the latter.

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