GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

Giving a voice to the world's most fascinating untold global and social issues.

Beyond a cure for autism

At three years old, David Patchell-Evans’ daughter seemed to retreat inward before his eyes. Once bubbly and bright, she began struggling with words she previously knew, stopped making eye contact and awoke screaming on many nights. When a doctor diagnosed Kilee with autism, he advised Patchell-Evans to institutionalize her and move on with his l...

December 10th, 2016 read more

Without packages, boxes or bags: Your zero waste grocer

What’s in your fridge? Perhaps there’s bacon. Or the fixings for an omelet with cheese and tomato. But how much is actually edible? How much of it is packaging? Bacon slices are peeled out of a disposable plastic packet, while the eggs stand sentinel in a Styrofoam carton. Tomatoes are locked in a clamshell box, those miniature plastic pr...

October 29th, 2016 read more

Youthful brains wired for invention

We thought the roof would rip off on Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre when 16,000 teens at WE Day erupted with enthusiastic shrieking normally reserved for homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber. We had to believe the crowd would simmer down when they realized it was the other Justin taking centre stage. But it turns out Trudeau was  the guy  they wa...

December 18th, 2015 read more

The spin cycle

Imagine Stephen Harper or Thomas Mulcair as Stuart Little, the talking mouse from E.B. White’s classic children’s novel who pretends to be “king of the world.” This isn’t a PR agency’s vision for a new attack ad. The analogy, from an old issue of Media&Values, was meant to help children understand politicians by imagining themselve...

September 18th, 2015 read more

Amazing journey into the human heart

We’ve both dined on guinea pig in the Andes of Ecuador, and sipped goats’ blood in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. We’ve also navigated countless foreign metropolises with merely a grungy map and tattered phrase book. So when we watch The Amazing Race Canada, we envision ourselves as participants, eager to pass each cringe-inducing challenge and hagg...

September 8th, 2015 read more

Six documentaries that will transform your world view

Filmmaker Elise Pearlstein shared one of the documentaries she produced with her kids — and they promptly stopped flushing the toilet. The doc, Last Call at the Oasis, is a compelling look at water use and issues throughout North America. And Pearlstein, senior vice-president of documentary films with Participant Media (the company behind An Inc...

August 27th, 2015 read more

Are you stuck in a purpose rut?

We all seek purpose: a reason to bounce out of bed in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button incessantly. But what if meaning, that exhilarating life elixir, eludes you? We hear it all the time: work feels too much like work, you haven’t found a cause to care about and you’re not indulging your passions. You could be stuck in a purp...

August 21st, 2015 read more

Attitude, not ability, gets us across life’s ‘finish lines’

Ezra Frech dribbles an imaginary basketball like he’s reigning over an NBA court. He bobs and weaves around the crowds backstage at WE Day Illinois. Immersed in his own game and oblivious to everyone, Ezra is suddenly in the air, scoring a dunk shot only he can see. Ezra is 10. He has a prosthetic lower left leg and was born with only one finger...

August 15th, 2015 read more