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Think Global, Act Local: What Canadians Can Do About Their Fury at Social Injustice in the News

Immigrant children peer out of barred windows in a building surrounded by razor wire. This isn’t Texas—it’s Laval, Quebec. Canadians are appalled at stories of migrant children torn from their parents in the United States, asking ourselves what to do from up North. With no vote to leverage, we don’t have much influence over American poli...

November 5th, 2018 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

Speaking the language of reconciliation

“I was angry at my grandparents for a long time.” Onowa McIvor grew up in northern Saskatchewan, where her grandparents feared prejudice against Indigenous peoples and did everything they could to bury their Cree roots. They refused to teach the language to their children and grandchildren. McIvor felt robbed of her heritage. As McIvor le...

April 8th, 2017 read more

Rise up, Canada, and revoke the license to hate

“Go back to your f---ing country,” the white man screamed at the non-white man. This outburst was caught on camera, not in post-Brexit England or post-election America, but on a streetcar in the middle of multicultural Toronto. Lately, Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. In Edmonton, a family of Syrian refugees found their ...

November 28th, 2016 read more

Bringing creativity to senior care

Recently, we visited our Aunt Pat at her nursing home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Marc’s five-year-old Lily-Rose had seen the tiny rooms and lonely seniors there before, and this time insisted we bring a box of teddy bears. Residents were thrilled—it was just what the doctor ordered. Too often, the elderly live forgotten in depressing c...

November 19th, 2016 read more

Water: One of the First Casualties of War

When the people of Aleppo, Syria, turned on their taps in early March, they saw clean, running water for the first time in months. In January, the Islamic State seized the sole water plant that serves the entire city of Aleppo and shut it down, depriving three million people of drinking water. Syrian government forces took back the facility last...

April 15th, 2016 read more

Confronting gender violence, International Women’s Day

The catcall came as Brynn Chleirich walked alone through an Ottawa grocery store parking lot. A stranger in his late 30s was leaning against a car, smoking and staring at her. “Hey sweetie, you look pretty badass,” he leered, following up with lewd suggestions. “This has to stop,” Chleirich, a 41-year-old single mother replied, staring b...

March 5th, 2016 read more

Canada’s no fly list—Alienating the innocent

Don’t ask Syed Adam Ahmed about the airport. Normally shy but amiable, the six-year-old growls in frustration while his face clouds over like an oncoming hurricane. The little hockey fan from Markham, Ont. is still extremely upset that he almost missed out on attending an NHL game in the U.S. because his name is the same of a person on Canada...

February 6th, 2016 read more

The puzzle of missing and murdered Aboriginal women

ADVISORY: This article was inspired by tragic events. Please take caution when sharing it with students. The distraught woman paced the streets, clearly in search of someone. She broke down in tears when police approached. “I’m looking for my daughter. She’s being pimped out by a boy who’s in a gang, and I need to find her.” In no...

February 14th, 2015 read more

The battle of Syrian refugees and Canadian sponsors

Militias set fire to homes with families still inside. From her safe refuge here in Canada, Dahlia heard the horrific reports and knew she had to get her family out of Syria. But to sponsor them as refugees in Canada would take an agonizing 18 months of bureaucracy and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dahlia’s ordeal raises the question, Ar...

January 24th, 2015 read more