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13 Reasons: How TV can be smart about mental health

Thrashing and screaming, a girl is hauled away by orderlies in white coats. Nurses follow, sedative needles ready. Watching this scene in the film Girl, Interrupted, Emily Nicholas Angl wondered, “Will that be me?” As a young woman, Nicholas Angl grappled with severe depression and anxiety. In TV shows and films she saw only stereotypes and ...

May 20th, 2017 read more

Ready for anything: Preparing children for the future

What will your child be when they grow up? Maybe a quantum automotive programmer, or a multi-phasic data sculptor. Ok, we made those jobs up. But consider this: just ten years ago, ‘social media manager’ or ‘mobile app developer’ would have seemed like imaginary job titles to most. With the accelerating pace of social and technological c...

May 13th, 2017 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 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

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 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

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 read more