GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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

Holding Ourselves Accountable: Our Gender Bias Report Card

Earlier this year, science writer Ed Yong announced in The Atlantic that he'd spent two years consciously trying to level the gender balance in his stories, ensuring the sources he spoke with represented the whole talent pool. We write frequently about diversity and wondered about our own grade on this scale. So we checked the numbers going back...

May 6th, 2018 read more

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 read more

The hottest trend in advertising: A social cause

Conventional wisdom in advertising says steer clear of politics. But at the Super Bowl, the Holy Grail of advertising, brands broke the rules. Shelling out $5 million for a 30-second spot, marketers made poignant statements about gender pay equity and immigration while hawking cars and beer. They used the biggest ad stage to take a stand for a c...

March 25th, 2017 read more

How Internet algorithms are dividing us

Search engines can seem like magic. You have a question; the Internet has the answer. But not all search results are equal. Everything from your location to previous searches and your social media habits builds a little content bubble. A personalized corner of the World Wide Web has been curated just for you. A travel writer from Vancouver ma...

February 11th, 2017 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

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

The Power of Choice

Every day presents us with so many choices, we often take them for granted. Hit the gym for hot yoga, or a spin class? Have a nutritious and responsible kale smoothie, or indulge in a whip cream frappuccino? The choices we make—even the little ones—shape our identities and empower us in our own lives. Now try to picture your life without ...

April 30th, 2016 read more

Impact hubs provide the tools for social change

Frederic Sune looked around his kitchen at all the expensive tools strewn on the floor. The web developer bought them for a tiling job, but would never use them again. What a waste, he thought. At Hub Ottawa, a community space where entrepreneurs, professionals and activists gather to work and collaborate, he laughed about his tool woes with ano...

January 30th, 2016 read more

The science of the intergenerational poverty trap

The story begins with two babies. Alike in potential, a lifetime of possibilities lie ahead. It ends with two adults: a man sporting a tux and sipping champaign, and a woman in a waitress uniform, serving him oysters. In May, this brilliant online graphic comic strip (by New Zealand artist Toby Morris) went viral. Entitled On a Plate: A short st...

June 20th, 2015 read more

What happened to #BringBackOurGirls? Was it clicktivism or slacktivism?

One year ago the world stood with a small Nigerian community to demand “bring back our girls.” Today, there may be no one to bring back. Most Canadians had never heard of Boko Haram—a Nigerian radical Islamic militia violently opposed to western education and culture. But in a matter of days they became a household name after abducting 270...

April 11th, 2015 read more