Cradles in prison cells: Mothers behind bars
Amid the constant crackle of radios and chatter of inmates, surprising sounds linger in the prison halls.
A baby’s coo. A mother’s gentle soothing. The creak of a rocking chair, rhymes recited from a children’s book, scratches of a crayon.
Behind the barbed wire fence at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, 50 kilometers east of Vanc...
May 6th, 2017
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Rising tides and the world’s next refugee crisis
As the Brooklyn streets went dark and flooded with water, pummeled by the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, Lizbeth Lucero watched her mother pace the apartment—and pray.
In the weeks that followed, her family went without power or heat. Another 760,000 were forced from their homes.
Churches provided blankets for cold nights while Lizbeth’s f...
April 29th, 2017
Gaming for good
Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don’t worry; an alternative to space war is on the way.
Critics call video games a frivolous hobby, and lately the industry has got a bad rap for enabling gender discrimination and harassment. But...
April 22nd, 2017
Science needs a rebrand: Closing the gap
The data was collected, the numbers crunched and the results are in: science needs a rebrand.
A recent Pew Research Centre poll found that while the vast majority of people—79 per cent—believe in the value of science, huge minorities have serious doubts about the scientific consensus on everything from vaccines to nuclear power.
The gap b...
April 15th, 2017
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
Building resilient cities in the face of natural disasters
As the early spring storm raged outside, the mayor of Toronto burst into the room where 90 community leaders and local government officials had convened. The deluge had caused major flooding throughout the city. They needed a game plan.
You didn’t miss the news—there was no recent flood. This was “Resilientville,” a role-playing exercise...
April 1st, 2017
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
Inside a Canadian hate group
Sarah* knew her fiancé was a racist. But she was just 17 and madly in love, so she tried to ignore it.
In the early 1990s, white supremacist groups like the Heritage Front and the Aryan Nation were active across Canada. Sarah watched, heartbroken as her boyfriend Nick was drawn deeper into the Ottawa branches of the alt-right.
One day, a neo...
March 4th, 2017
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
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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