On World Water Day, 2918 First Nations Homes Won’t Have Clean Water.
When we think about the 2.1 billion people who live without safe drinking water worldwide, we tend to think of drought-stricken families in countries where lakes and rivers are scarce. Most Canadians don’t consider the crisis closer to home, where vast freshwater resources help us forget that thousands of people within our borders are living with...
June 17th, 2019
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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
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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
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Can Mobile Mental Health Apps Turn Your Life Around?
The world can look grim through the window of a smartphone screen.
At its worst, the Internet is a stream of depressing headlines, cyberbullies, trolls and political rants—and our data plans keep us constantly connected. One mental health author recently referred to smartphones as “nightmare rectangles.”
But what if the LCD screen keep...
January 31st, 2019
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
What Happens When Day Zero Comes Here?
A winter of bitter winds but little snow gives way to a dry spring. April showers are just a nursery rhyme. City officials ask citizens to take shorter showers. The drought drags through summer. By September, the town pumps are dredging up mud. One morning, you turn on your tap and nothing comes out.
What do you do?
Cape Town is struggling to...
April 4th, 2018
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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
Empathy in the Face of Addiction
Ruston Baldwin took his first drink when he was two years old. His father was an angry man and a drinker himself. He raised Baldwin on beer.
When Baldwin was seven, his mother was diagnosed with a severe case of scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder. Every year, doctors would amputate parts of her hands and feet as her blood stopped circulating. W...
February 12th, 2018
Beware of Hidden Messages in Memes—Think Before You Click
A man gapes over his shoulder at the pretty girl who just passed him on the street. Beside him, his girlfriend glares in outrage. The punchline is in the captions: the head-turner is the new iPhone X, while the jilted girlfriend is the already-passé iPhone 8.
You’ve probably seen—and shared—some version of this popular “distracted boyfr...
January 7th, 2018
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
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