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Canadian youth speak out about Black History Month.

How to write about Black History Month when, to be blunt, we’re two white guys?   We had to recognize that we are coming from a position of privilege, that there’s a history of lived experience that is not our experience. To gain some perspective, we spoke with youth from the black community. These young people said that black histor...

February 11th, 2019 read more

Girls Can Save the World: The Unexpected Benefits of Educating Girls

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child What if we told you that you could simultaneously reduce poverty, counter radicalism, fight climate change, improve the health of entire communities, and increase the global food supply? All of that, with just one investment. That’s the power of girls’ education. Girls could be the world...

October 11th, 2018 read more

Ready for anything: Preparing children for the future

What will your child be when they grow up? Maybe a quantum automotive programmer, or a multi-phasic data sculptor. Ok, we made those jobs up. But consider this: just ten years ago, ‘social media manager’ or ‘mobile app developer’ would have seemed like imaginary job titles to most. With the accelerating pace of social and technological c...

May 13th, 2017 read more

A room of his own: The legacy of Chanie Wenjack

If there’s one thing you don’t expect to find in the middle of a garden show, it’s a railroad track. Amidst the shrubbery and tool displays at this year’s Canada Blooms event, a landscaped pathway will tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died fleeing his residential school in 1966. Chanie walked for days...

March 18th, 2017 read more

Empower a girl, educate a boy

Hundreds looked on as proud young men, decked out in crisp uniforms, led their parents onto the campus that will help unlock their future. This January, the Kisaruni group of girls’ schools in Kenya’s Maasai Mara unveiled its first all-boys high school. After the opening ceremony, village elders christened it with a name. They chose Ngulot, ...

February 25th, 2017 read more

Black History Month can make us all better Canadians

Standing in front of an auditorium of mostly white faces, the president of the Ontario Black History Society asked a group of elementary students what they knew of Black History Month. A precocious girl in the first grade raised her hand. “She said to me, ‘That’s the month we have to feel bad about black people because they were slaves,’...

February 18th, 2017 read more

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 read more

Canada gets poor grade in civics literacy

You’re stranded on a deserted island with 100 others. Organization is vital for survival. How will you choose a leader and make group decisions? What laws will you pass for your little society? At Waterdown District High School in Ontario, Nathan Tidridge plays this simulation game with his Grade 10 civics class. It’s a fun and fascinating w...

January 21st, 2017 read more

How the world can do better in 2017

“Have you tried switching 2016 off and back on again?” says an IT guy in a meme sweeping Facebook. Also making rounds online is a 2016 dumpster fire ornament. Festive and topical. As 2016 draws to a close, social media is alight with jokes and posts lamenting a year that will not go down in history as one of humanity’s finest. Civil war ke...

December 17th, 2016 read more

Universities remove ivory towers to build bridges to the community

It’s the most macabre field trip we’ve heard of. In the fall of 2015, 22 participants in a McMaster University program hiked to a cemetery in Hamilton, Ont., to view the graves of city residents who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. The unusual excursion was part of a free course on the history of plagues in Hamilton, offered through McMa...

November 12th, 2016 read more