A Haitian senator’s wife paid $4.25 million—all money down—for a house in Laval, Quebec. Meanwhile in Haiti, people have been protesting against corruption, kidnapping, and a president who they say is over-staying his term in office. How do we talk about Haiti without reproducing unhelpful tropes and stereotypes?

Vélina Elysée Charlier, an activist with Nou Pap Dòmi, joins us from Port-au-Prince to explain why Haitians are taking to the streets.

Canadaland’s French-language media correspondent Emilie Nicolas breaks down how these events are resonating in Montreal’s Haitian community, and discusses how Canadian media should report on Haiti to avoid facile and racist clichés.

Then Ottawa-based activist Jean Jafrikayiti Saint-Vil makes the case for why doing that work is so vital.

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