GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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

Not treats, just food to eat (Calgary 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-Snicke...

October 31st, 2011 read more

Not treats, just food to eat (Vancouver 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

The bottom line for Occupy protests? Better values

As the Occupy movement spreads from its impromptu vigil on Wall Street, encroaching on financial districts in cities worldwide, the protestors gain momentum. So it's clear we need to rethink business as usual. But it should start with how business leaders are trained to view their roles, analyze risks, and understand the moral implications of stra...

October 17th, 2011 read more

Not treats, just food to eat (Winnipeg 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 1st, 2011 read more

Playing games for social change

Mission One: Tokyo, 2020. The city is on the verge of famine, with rice rations expected to run out in weeks. Pacific fisheries are at an all-time low. Temperatures are rising; crops are dying. The population is malnourished. It's not just Tokyo, but the entire world. Will you help? You, yes you, can become part of a global network of secret a...

June 27th, 2011 read more

The dad factor

On Mother's Day, we wrote about feminism to honour our Mom. Strangely, even putting Father's Day on the calendar was a gender-based battle. Apparently, the idea of men receiving sentimental greeting cards was comical. Not to our father, who wasn't big on stereotypes. We're feminists, in part, because of him. Anyone can become a father, but not ...

June 20th, 2011 read more

Rioters are rebels without responsibility

Neighbours cowered in their homes while the "animals" — more than 100 teens — "went wild" and spray painted graffiti all over a west Toronto house slated for demolition. The inside was trashed and strewn with empty beer bottles. There was no worthy explanation. It was sort of like a mini riot. Fun. Wild. Alcohol-fueled. It happened a month ...

June 4th, 2011 read more

Dying for life-saving drugs

We build schools in Kenyan villages where teachers die, but their students refuse to name the cause because of its potent stigma, even as coffins are lowered into graves. We've seen husbands, mothers, and then their children, wither away from a mysterious illness rather than be ostracized with a diagnosis. In North America, access to treatment ...

May 30th, 2011 read more

Vote in solidarity with those who can’t

Years ago in Sierra Leone, we met young Santosh, a survivor of the west African country's brutal civil war, where rebel forces took 30,000 child soldiers— some forcefully recruited with an injection of cocaine and gunpowder to induces fits of rage— and handed them AK-47s. Santosh told us a harrowing story about the lasting consequences of conf...

May 2nd, 2011 read more

Investing in services is investing in economy

This afternoon, a young, unemployed Canadian will come to two conclusions while navigating the depths of daytime television. The first is that the producers of Judge Judy are the only people profiting from the recession. The second is that they're using those profits to keep any discussion of youth unemployment off the airwaves during the federal ...

April 25th, 2011 read more