GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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The Greatest Canadian You’ve Never Heard Of

We have a challenge for you. Get a piece of paper and a pen. You have five minutes to write down the names of five Canadians who changed the world. Ready? Go. Who did you come up with? There are so many who have made a difference. But we'd be willing to bet that if we collected the lists from everyone reading this column, one incredible Canadia...

May 21st, 2012 read more

Empathy is the antidote to bullying

Bullying is fast becoming the celebrity cause du jour. Perez Hilton's YouTube campaign "It gets better" reads like a who's who of Hollywood, TV, the recording industry, and North American politics. Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, President Obama, the list goes on. There are even some Canadian names in there, like Rick Mercer and forme...

March 26th, 2012 read more

Seeking inspirational leaders

There’s almost no one better positioned to give the inside scoop on U.S. politics than CNN’s star political pundit, Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer, who has moderated three of the last Republican primary debates, told a gathering of about forty advertising executives, with us as observers, that the GOP had hoped the public exposure from all these deba...

March 5th, 2012 read more

A safe space to learn

Robert Genaille was not a big fan of teachers. His mother would talk about the scars the Kamloops Indian Residential School had left on his grandfather, how he refused to teach her his native language because his own experiences made him fear it would get her hurt. Living on his mother's Stó:l? Nation reserve., Genaille was bussed to a public ...

February 20th, 2012 read more

Can a Savings Bond Save the World?

In 1988, Naser Kaid left his home in the Ethiopian city of Jimma to seek opportunity here in Canada. His widowed mother stayed behind, and today Kaid is her only lifeline. What Kaid can afford from his wages as a Toronto taxi driver, he sends home to his mother. It's usually $50 to $100 each month and it's the only income she has. In November, 2...

January 23rd, 2012 read more

A look back at 2011

Hindsight is 20/20. This is especially true of 24-hour news cycles, where breaking items are updated every moment and "hindsight" kicks in immediately after posting random observations to Twitter. In the case of our column, we get a bit retrospective post-publication, and the feeling accumulates weekly. This year, social media manifested as the...

December 26th, 2011 read more

Why we’re all confused about climate change

You'd think most of us would have a knee-jerk instinct to protect Earth; good planets are hard to come by. If the Earth were in distress, say, heating up to dangerous temperatures, the public would band together. We'd all scrutinize the problem to help climate scientists and environment ministers find a solution...wouldn't we? Many people wouldn'...

December 19th, 2011 read more

Should Canada stand guard over Congo’s elections?

There are 32 million registered voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is about the size of Western Europe but with a fraction of the infrastructure. Ballots for last week's election travelled to remote regions by canoe, delivery men portaging like nomads to reach the farthest of the polls, which totalled 63,000. Adding to the logistics...

December 5th, 2011 read more

Child labour is Canada’s invisible crisis

Two teens. Two deaths. Two unsafe summer jobs. Maxime Degray was loading corn cobs on a western Quebec farm late in August 2005 when he fell off a slow-moving trailer and was crushed to death by its wheels. He was 13. Andrew James was offloading materials for a paving company in Stony Mountain, Manitoba, in July 2008 when he was buried alive bene...

November 7th, 2011 read more

Not treats, just food to eat (Waterloo edition)

Call us nerds (not the candy kind), but Halloween makes us think of food security. And we don't mean ensuring treats were safely wrapped and free of razor blades before indulging. We're thinking of reliable and equitable access to nutritious food sources. After all, it's only the richest nations that can afford to give out millions of mini-Snic...

October 31st, 2011 read more