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Justice Vs.

What are your rights, anyway? Justice Vs. is a podcast that explores the ever-changing landscape of civil liberties in Canada. Host Maria Rio will interview activists, lawyers, organizers, and those most impacted by rights violations across the country. Through these conversations, we seek to understand what our rights are in Canada — to protest, to security, to equality — and what their limitations are and how our systems fail the most vulnerable.

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Justice Vs. the G20:
The Legacy that Shapes Protests Today

November 6, 2020 - Protests at the G20 and G8 Summits in Toronto went onto become the largest in Toronto's recent history, scaling at over 10,000 protestors. Ten years later, we ask: what is the legacy of the G20 protests and how do they shape protest today? To find answers, we spoke with Cara Zwibel, director of the Fundamental Freedoms program at CCLA, and Luke Stewart, an activist and professor at Sciences Po Lille in France, who was arrested at the protests and supported by CCLA in his case against police. A note to listeners: this episode contains description of police violence and sexual harassment.

Know your rights with this guide below: 

For ways to get involved and learn more about protest in Canada, please see below: 

Justice Vs. Exclusion:
Fighting for LGBTQ2S+ Representation and Inclusivity in the Classroom

November 6, 2020 - In this episode of Justice Vs., we take a look into the classroom and speak with organizer Becky McFarlane about the fight for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and why queer visibility is so critical for youth. Later, we speak with Kyle McGiverin, a teacher who uses his position as an educator to normalize queer experiences and produce a queer-inclusive school environment.

For resources mentioned in the podcast, please see below:

The 519

  • The 519 is a Toronto-based non-profit organization committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. They have a multitude of in-person and online resources, such as counselling, COVID-19 Resources, Legal Clinics and activities. - https://www.the519.org/

Wyvern, a Novel by Kyle McGiverin 


For ways to get involved and join the fight for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion, please see below: 

Find and Support A Local Organization! 

Create Safe Spaces for Your Students!:


October 23, 2020 - “Justice Vs.” is a podcast about the story of civil and human rights in Canada, and a goal of it is to empower others to realize their own position as activists.

In each episode, host Maria Rio discusses some of the most important civil liberties cases and concepts in Canada. Guests include activists, lawyers, CCLA staff, and other individuals who can shed light on often complex topics.

Thanks to our team of volunteers


·  Arlet Vazquez

·  Hope Arpa Chow

·  Kate Tutu

·  Paul Berry

·  Sae Furukawa

·  Brigitte Pawliw-Fry*

·  Imran Dhanani

·  Leo Ghiran

·  Rachael Bridge

·  Soaad Qahhār Hossain*

·  Eilish Waller*

·  Irene Lee

·  Luke Ryan

·  Rachael Dyal

·  Stella Racca

·  Farid Pesteh*

·  Jeremy Zhang

·  Natalie Sequeira

·  Ren Bangert


* A very special thank you to the Managers of the podcast project. Brigitte and Eilish for Storytelling and Writing, Soaad for Marketing and Communications, and Farid for Audio.