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Pushing Forward pt 2

Let's Talk

Pushing Forward pt 2

Although our shop is young, our roots in skateboarding and the Ottawa skateboard community are deep. Over the years we've seen great change and progress in shedding the old stigmas associated with skaters and experienced the rise of a more inclusive and welcoming community. Who wouldn't want that? Skateboarding is still gnarly, difficult and dangerous...That's why we love and live it, but it shouldn't be difficult to access and the only traumas it should cause are swollen ankles and a few broken bones. We're embarrassed to say there’s been an alarming amount of abusive and discriminatory behaviour towards the women’s and LGBTQ+ skate community coming...

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Pushing Forward

Let's Talk Pushing Forward Racism

Pushing Forward

Birling is owned by four white men. These are our thoughts. The murder of George Floyd has sparked a powerful international movement that is impossible to ignore. The world is speaking up and we must listen. Among other results, we have seen two broad categories of “calls to action”. The first is to undo the racist protocols that have been weaved into all levels of government over the course of decades. This is necessary not only for the US, or Canada, but for the whole world. Let us never forget that Abdirahman Abdi was murdered at the hands of police right...

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