The activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, which has been at the centre of periodic controversy around who can and cannot march in the annual Pride parade, has disbanded. Formed in 2008, QuAIA encountered frequent opposition from a handful of city councillors, but won rulings under the City’s anti-discrimination policy and at the province’s Human Rights Tribunal. In a post on their website, group members write that they hope to move on to other issues to provide Palestinian solidarity.
Journalist Maziar Bahari speaks to an audience at a screening of To Light A Candle.
Times were much easier for members of Iran’s Baha’i community before the country’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.
“In those days you did not have to declare your religion,” says Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker, Maziar Bahari, over the phone from England. His latest film, the documentary To Light a Candle, takes a look at the Iranian government’s systemic denial of post-secondary education to Baha’i Iranians. The film will be shown in 95 cities around the world, including Toronto, on February 27 as part of Bahari’s Education is Not a Crime initiative. But Bahari quickly points out that the Iranian government’s suppression of Baha’i rights does not stop at education.