LIVING ME TO WE COLUMN ARCHIVE

Tips and insight on giving back and living a socially conscious life.

Six documentaries that will transform your world view

Filmmaker Elise Pearlstein shared one of the documentaries she produced with her kids — and they promptly stopped flushing the toilet. The doc, Last Call at the Oasis, is a compelling look at water use and issues throughout North America. And Pearlstein, senior vice-president of documentary films with Participant Media (the company behind An Inc...

August 27th, 2015 read more

Have your say: How do we access our inner Superman?

We are among the millions of Superman fans anticipating this week’s release of Man of Steel. There is timeless appeal to the idea of heroes using their superpowers to save the world, and we’ve asked many of our personal heroes what world-saving powers they would want. Archbishop Desmond Tutu would eradicate poverty, TV talk-show legend Larry ...

June 10th, 2013 read more

Have your say: How do we create a safe space for people with mental illness to come forward for help?

Two years ago, we watched one of Canada’s leading sportscasters – as much a man’s man as there could be – stand before 18,000 high-school students at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and say, “I suffer from depression.” The courage it took for TSN’s Michael Landsberg to publicly discuss his mental health struggles inspires us. He says a...

February 20th, 2013 read more

Have your say: Can a disgraced athlete redeem himself?

Following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton, David Letterman and Tiger Woods, former seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong confessed his considerable sins to television audiences around the world last week, sparking a visceral public reaction that was largely negative. Although sports fans tend to forgive their favourite athlete’s pe...

January 22nd, 2013 read more

Your kids are up to some good

Since last WE Day, young Canadians have given 1.7 million hours to their communities and raised $5-million for charitable projects Hey, Canada: your kids are up to something. Traditionally this phrase would end with "no good" - but not today. Not any more. Not when 17-year-old Abbie Lumani is busy organizing her second annual 10-kilometre fundra...

September 25th, 2012 read more

A creative way to make a difference

THE QUESTION I'm an artist, and I'm looking to make a difference using my craft. Any advice? THE ANSWER A quick glance at the paintings and sculptures that our parents kept from our childhood would show that art is not our strong suit. But for those whose creative side appeals to an audience outside immediate family, there's a world of possibili...

September 4th, 2012 read more

Finding athletes with real heart

The question My son is obsessed with the (often violent) NFL. I always hear about the charities of Hollywood actors, but I never seem to hear much about pro athletes. In sports like NFL pro football, do they engage in social activism? The answer We're happy to report that many members of the pro sports world put as much energy into fig...

June 19th, 2012 read more

How do we apply the microcredit model in Canada?

THE QUESTION Your work focuses a lot on helping people in other countries develop their own source of income. But in rich countries like Canada, millions depend on welfare income and still live in poverty. How do we apply those overseas models here? THE ANSWER In December, we travelled in Africa with Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire foun...

January 31st, 2012 read more

‘Changing the world is a marathon, not a sprint’

The question Do you ever take a "me day"? The answer June Callwood once gave us some great advice, at a dinner we shared with her not long before she passed away. We were excited to meet the social-justice icon who had helped found such organizations as Casey House for people with HIV-AIDS, and we peppered her with questions and ideas. She l...

December 20th, 2011 read more

How much do celebrities contribute to a cause?

THE QUESTION A lot of celebrities attach their names to causes, but I'm skeptical about how much they contribute. Mia Farrow seems pretty sincere. What's she really like? THE ANSWER An official with the United Nations recently admitted that while a lot of celebrities gladly show up at cocktail parties for a humanitarian cause, a rare few ask...

October 25th, 2011 read more