Making the Invisible Visible: Tackling Air Pollution
Stepping off a plane in Delhi a while back, Craig noticed a billboard in the distance. Your whitest whites, it promised, advertising a new brand of laundry detergent. The once white button-down in the photo had yellowed—so had the teeth of the Bollywood actor wearing it. Both were stained with soot.
We thought of this when, for a few days this...
December 3rd, 2018
Action Planning, CA, Critical Thinking, English, CA, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Local Actions, Local Issues
Think Global, Act Local: What Canadians Can Do About Their Fury at Social Injustice in the News
Immigrant children peer out of barred windows in a building surrounded by razor wire. This isn’t Texas—it’s Laval, Quebec.
Canadians are appalled at stories of migrant children torn from their parents in the United States, asking ourselves what to do from up North. With no vote to leverage, we don’t have much influence over American poli...
November 5th, 2018
CA, Child Rights, Critical Thinking, English, CA, Global Issues, Global Issues, Global Voices, Global Voices Resource, Human Rights, Local Actions, Local Issues, Social Justice
Meeting Our Heroes: The Fight for Diversity in Comic Books
When we were kids, we used to buy comics in bulk at a corner store near the local gas station. It was $3 for a random grab bag. Batman, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four—we never knew what we’d get.
Except in some ways, we knew exactly what we’d get. With few exceptions, we’d get a white male hero.
It’s strange that these stories about out...
September 7th, 2018
A Visit to the Dark Parts of Canada’s Past: Taking Steps Towards a Brighter Future
Not far from the sleepy suburb where we grew up, there is a site of unspeakable trauma.
About 120 kilometers west of Toronto, you’ll find the grounds of the former Mohawk Institute, one of Canada’s longest-running residential schools. From 1828 until it finally shuttered in 1970, thousands of Indigenous children were sent to the boarding sch...
June 10th, 2018
Holding Ourselves Accountable: Our Gender Bias Report Card
Earlier this year, science writer Ed Yong announced in The Atlantic that he'd spent two years consciously trying to level the gender balance in his stories, ensuring the sources he spoke with represented the whole talent pool. We write frequently about diversity and wondered about our own grade on this scale.
So we checked the numbers going back...
May 6th, 2018
Accessibility Isn’t Enough—For Some it’s a Four Letter Word
Chris Pratt knew he’d made a mistake.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star shared a video on social media, asking his followers to ignore the subtitles and turn up the volume.
He didn’t realize how insulting that was for the nearly 400 million people around the world who have hearing loss and rely on those subtitles—until some of them lamba...
March 5th, 2018
13 Reasons: How TV can be smart about mental health
Thrashing and screaming, a girl is hauled away by orderlies in white coats. Nurses follow, sedative needles ready. Watching this scene in the film Girl, Interrupted, Emily Nicholas Angl wondered, “Will that be me?”
As a young woman, Nicholas Angl grappled with severe depression and anxiety. In TV shows and films she saw only stereotypes and ...
May 20th, 2017
Cradles in prison cells: Mothers behind bars
Amid the constant crackle of radios and chatter of inmates, surprising sounds linger in the prison halls.
A baby’s coo. A mother’s gentle soothing. The creak of a rocking chair, rhymes recited from a children’s book, scratches of a crayon.
Behind the barbed wire fence at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, 50 kilometers east of Vanc...
May 6th, 2017
CA, Canada's Indigenous Peoples, Child Rights, English, CA, Global Voices, Local Issues, Mental Health, Parenting, Reconciliation, Values and Ethics, Women's Rights
Speaking the language of reconciliation
“I was angry at my grandparents for a long time.”
Onowa McIvor grew up in northern Saskatchewan, where her grandparents feared prejudice against Indigenous peoples and did everything they could to bury their Cree roots. They refused to teach the language to their children and grandchildren. McIvor felt robbed of her heritage.
As McIvor le...
April 8th, 2017
Giving back is a family affair.
Most holidays come with ready-made traditions—some important, some frivolous. Canada Day is for barbequing and fireworks, and Thanksgiving is for expressing gratitude for our bountiful lives (while devouring a big bird).
Seven Canadian provinces have established a holiday in February to break up the bleak winter months with another long weeken...
February 4th, 2017
CA, Education, Education, Elementary, English, CA, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12, Information Literacy, Local Actions, Local Issues, Parenting, Secondary, Social Conscious Living, Social Justice, Social Justice, Socially Conscious Living, Values and Ethics, Volunteering