GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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

A Resolution for All Canadians

Canada’s poet laureate Gord Downie inspired us to think about reconciliation and resolutions. And it’s the Indigenous leaders we’ve spoken to who have given us the tools and advice we need to advance this important project. As we enter 2017 and our country’s 150th year, sharing stories and rewriting the narrative surrounding Indigenous p...

January 7th, 2017 read more

Hub of activity : Working together to make change

Frédéric Sune looked around his kitchen at all the expensive tools strewn on the floor. The web developer bought them for a tiling job, but would never use them again. What a waste, he thought. At HUB Ottawa, a community space where entrepreneurs, professionals and activists gather to work and collaborate, he laughed about his tool woes with ano...

January 28th, 2016 read more

Hollywood can’t compete with real-world inventiveness

Six innovations poised to change the way we live now Our world doesn’t look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like Star Trek or Back to the Future, let alone the latest instalment of Star Wars. Kids aren’t buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren’t duelling with lightsabers. But who needs movies when real-world innovati...

January 28th, 2016 read more

Antidote to consumerism

Challenge yourself to give rather than buy People in Halifax recently awoke to find coats and scarves mysteriously tied to lamp posts. The warm wear was a gift for anyone who needed it, left by local residents who decided to get an early jump on the giving season. If this story inspires you to get your giving on, Dec. 1 is the day to get started: ...

November 30th, 2015 read more

Lethal game of thrones

Death rates from poor sanitation still tragically high Call it toilet-gate. The scandal was splashed across the front page of a campus newspaper, and populated every student’s social media feed. A budding journalist at Ryerson University uncovered a gross inequity in her esteemed institution’s lavatories. Select bathrooms in hallowed halls are...

November 19th, 2015 read more

Success not an inoculation against mental illness

Author Joseph Boyden talks about his devastating experience with 'the darkness' At the crest of his career, Joseph Boyden could feel his spark seeping away like marrow from bone.  The author and activist had won Canada’s most lucrative fiction award, the Giller Prize, for his second novel, Through Black Spruce. Boyden—who weaves harrowing sto...

October 30th, 2015 read more

The spin cycle

Imagine Stephen Harper or Thomas Mulcair as Stuart Little, the talking mouse from E.B. White’s classic children’s novel who pretends to be “king of the world.” This isn’t a PR agency’s vision for a new attack ad. The analogy, from an old issue of Media&Values, was meant to help children understand politicians by imagining themselve...

September 18th, 2015 read more

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

Are you stuck in a purpose rut?

We all seek purpose: a reason to bounce out of bed in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button incessantly. But what if meaning, that exhilarating life elixir, eludes you? We hear it all the time: work feels too much like work, you haven’t found a cause to care about and you’re not indulging your passions. You could be stuck in a purp...

August 21st, 2015 read more