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Are You Food Literate?

This year, Canadians will throw away over two million tonnes of food—that’s the equivalent of 18 CN Towers. As you toss out mouldy cheese and slimy cold cuts, you probably aren’t thinking about prairie farmers, struggling to feed their animals this winter after last year’s drought destroyed feed crops. Maybe you should be. Canadians are ...

March 28th, 2019 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

Do Awareness Days Make a Difference?

What better way to usher in spring than spending a day planting flowers in the buff. Isn’t that what every Canadian did on World Naked Gardening Day in early May? The year is full of some pretty wacky days of awareness we’re all encouraged to acknowledge: International Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Hairball Awareness Day, and our pe...

May 17th, 2016 read more

How Can We Raise Boys to Care About Women’s Issues?

Reading the news headlines reminds Glen Canning of how much work he has to do. “Every day there is some story about a girl or woman being harassed, assaulted, raped or slut-shamed,” says Canning in dismay. Canning put himself in the national spotlight when he took on the role of impassioned activist after his daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons, hu...

May 4th, 2016 read more

What Support Would You Offer a Young Person Dealing with Mental Illness?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently came out with a bold recommendation: Primary care physicians must routinely screen patients aged 12 to 18 for depression. We’re certain parents would be relieved if such a measure were introduced in Canada, where there’s a mental health crisis among young people, with family members on the f...

April 20th, 2016 read more

Have Your Say: How can we encourage more girls into science careers?

Following the lab-coat tails of the Big Bang Theory’s popular character, Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (played by real-life neuroscientist Mayim Bialik), are four female tween spies who use math and physics to save the day on Netflix’s new show, Project Mc2. We’d like to see these brainy young women use their genius to solve the real-life ridd...

September 23rd, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How can companies win your trust?

In the era of eBay, Craigslist and Kijiji, Canadians trust perfect strangers in buying and selling their cars, furniture, concert tickets and everything else imaginable. (What, we wonder, exactly is a zombie lamp?) We rent vacation homes from people we’ll never meet, and hop into their cars with Uber. When it comes to bricks and mortar corporatio...

August 26th, 2015 read more

Have Your Say: How can we do home renovations with a green and socially conscious twist?

Is it just us, or does anyone else associate summer with house paint and drywall dust? Some kids go to camp on school breaks. We joke about our parents being thrifty teachers who enlisted us in home renos, long before fixing up old houses to resell them became a trend. We were a do-it-yourself family who learned carpentry and plumbing on the fly. O...

August 12th, 2015 read more

How to tackle child marriage and FGC

In a developing community, a child willingly skipping class is nigh unthinkable; education is a resource more precious than gold. So when the students filed in to see Khady’s empty seat, it was a gaping void that could not be ignored. The 12-year-old had been pulled from school by her father. She was to be married the next day. Child marriage...

May 20th, 2014 read more

Girls’ education in Afghanistan

  The Afghan mother looked her Canadian visitor in the eye. “You can move around, come here and see us,” she said. “I am also a human, why shouldn’t I be able to do these things? When I see an educated woman like you, I think: I want to be that too.” Around the room, other women nodded. For months they’d come to that small house ...

March 31st, 2014 read more