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What you get 

  • In-depth reporting that centres the expertise of our own community members, like this story that combats Scarborough stereotypes and this video that looks at mental health in racialized communities
  • Weekly newsletters that help you keep a pulse on our community and the people that make this place special
  • Next series of community events, like our Story Circles on crime and transit

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"Through this independent digital media source, supported by the public, residents of Scarborough finally have a real voice. Great work being done by Aparita Bhandari and Anita Li who are out working with the community to get our stories out there."

Carol Baker
Community member

"Let me first just say that I am a total fan [of] The Discourse. As a Scarberian myself, I truly believe you guys are helping to fill in a massive gap that needed to be filled in our media landscape."

Mandeq Jama
Community member

"I think so far you folks have already left a mark in Scarborough and cannot wait to see all the awesome community building you will do this year. :)"

Joy N. Henderson
Community member

Why us?

Over the past year, here’s what we’ve heard from you: Now, more than ever, we need local journalism that unites, rather than divides. You told us you want an alternative to traditional journalism produced by newsrooms that are disproportionately white, male and based in downtown Toronto, compared to the diverse communities they serve. You said journalism should be accessible to everyone — not only affluent audiences who can pay for subscriptions and are valued by advertisers. You inspired us to fill in the gap left by dying local newspapers.

So, last October, we launched a new model of community-powered journalism in three communities: Scarborough, the Cowichan Valley and Urban Nation. Why support us now? Because The Discourse is not yet sustainable. We can only keep delivering journalism that represents everyone if we can fund it. That’s why we’re asking 1,000 of you to support us by June 15.

Since a group of feminist journalists founded The Discourse five years ago, we’ve served people who are often excluded from public and political dialogue. How? By producing award-winning investigative journalism that creates change in underrepresented communities, like yours. We’re passionate, scrappy journalists committed to building a new kind of media that better reflects us all — because we’re connected to these communities, too.

That brings us to the moment of truth: Is what we’ve built valuable enough to you that you’ll pay for it? Become a monthly supporter of The Discourse today, and help us build a future for community-powered journalism in Canada.


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