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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

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 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

A Resolution for All Canadians

Canada’s poet laureate Gord Downie inspired us to think about reconciliation and resolutions. And it’s the Indigenous leaders we’ve spoken to who have given us the tools and advice we need to advance this important project. As we enter 2017 and our country’s 150th year, sharing stories and rewriting the narrative surrounding Indigenous p...

January 7th, 2017 read more

How to raise gracious competitors: Raise cooperators instead

Donald Trump once had his own board game. "It's not whether you win or lose," promised the ad, which ran in 1989, "It's whether you win." It seems the US presidential candidates have taken this advice to the campaign trail. Winning is the only option. Trump has suggested he wouldn’t concede an election loss, bucking the US tradition to l...

November 5th, 2016 read more

Canada’s unwritten smash hit historical musical

When we heard about Wexford Collegiate School in Scarborough receiving a cease-and-desist letter for their unlicensed production of Hamilton, we got to wondering. First, about heartless intellectual property lawyers. Second: why would a group of Canadian students risk a takedown notice to perform an American history musical? What about Canada...

October 22nd, 2016 read more

Don’t go back to school…yet

Not every high school graduate knows what they want to be when they grow up (some adults we know still don’t). “Coming out of Grade 12 and already choosing what you’re going to do with your life? There wasn’t enough time to transition,” says student Ben Simon. Simon enrolled in a science program at the University of British Columbia...

October 8th, 2016 read more

Could the United Nations make history this year?

There’s another election fraught with gender politics and global consequences, with one candidate braced to become a world leader—and no one is talking about it. This summer, outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki Moon publicly called for his successor to be a woman. In a body of 193 nations, the Secretary General of the United Nations is both...

October 1st, 2016 read more

The insect food trend: Changing palates and lives

Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won’t find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there. On the shelves at Summerhill Market, a Toronto grocery store, there are mealworm protein balls and scrumptious cricket key lime pie. Last year, chef Meeru Dhalwala put delicacies like a flatbread made from cricket flour...

June 11th, 2016 read more

Libraries: Relics of the past of more relevant than ever?

If you really want to rile up a Canadian, threaten to take away their library. Craig got his first taste of activism speaking out to save our local library. We’ve noticed ever since then that when provinces and cities experience a budget crunch, libraries are often first on the chopping block. Yet invariably, citizen rise up to protect them fr...

May 28th, 2016 read more