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The Canadian government has denied the Afghan artist Hanifa Alizada a visa to travel to the country, where she was due to speak and show her work at “The Shrinking World of Photography” symposium next month.

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Butterflies Make Art

by Laura C. Mallonee on August 25, 2014

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Every winter, Monarch butterflies retreat to Central Mexico to spend the chilly months hibernating in the trees. But in the past decade, deforestation, pesticides, and climate change have threatened their journey.

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Sadaf Foroughi peep box

Canadian Border Services have barred Iranian-born filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi from bringing an artwork into Canada because of the country’s sanctions against Iran, the Globe and Mail reported.

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The Ontario provincial government has begun cracking down on unpaid internships at magazines, shutting down programs at The Walrus, Toronto Life, Fashion Magazine, and Quill & Quire, the Toronto Star reported.

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Post image for Bad Book News: Libraries Burned in Lebanon, Dismantled in Canada

Arsonists torched a historic and beloved library in Tripoli, while the Canadian government has gutted its science libraries.

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Post image for Canada, the Country that Dare Not Speak Its Name

NORTH ADAMS, Massachusetts — Framed on the faux-log-cabin wall of Kent Monkman’s piece “Two Kindred Spirits” (which depicts the American western characters of Tonto and the Lone Ranger as lovers in a sort of Horatio/Hamlet life-sized diorama death scene) is a hand-embroidered phrase: “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.” This Oscar Wildean quotation also encapsulates the ever-nuanced Canada/U.S. relationship, and may give us a clue as to what’s really up with our neighbor to the north.

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blank book

The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) is forcing students to buy an art history book for $180 — which wouldn’t be unheard of, but the catch is that the publishers of this book didn’t get any of the image rights for the artwork it includes. To reiterate, that’s an art history survey without any pictures. WTF.

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As an Armenian Canadian living in New York for over a decade, I’m conflicted when it comes to the idea of Canada Day … the question of what it mean to be Canadian pops up now and again.

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Post image for Barbara Kruger Tells You to Love, Shove, Blame … the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Dundas Street façade of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario has been overtaken by a massive block-long banner created by propaganda-inspired artist Barbara Kruger. Titled “Untitled (It)” (2010), the block-long Kruger feels polite and subdued — two words, strangely, often used to describe the city of Toronto itself.

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Post image for Sitting Bull S***: Kent Monkman at the Glenbow Museum

Gender issues and neo-colonialism are having a fine frippery field day courtesy of Kent Monkman a gay First Nations Manitoba Swampy Cree Canadian artist … is part of a small, but burgeoning contingent of Canadian First Nations artists who are engaging in sociological and scatological commentary on the state of the nations, First or otherwise.

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