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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 read more

How to raise gracious competitors: Raise cooperators instead

Donald Trump once had his own board game. "It's not whether you win or lose," promised the ad, which ran in 1989, "It's whether you win." It seems the US presidential candidates have taken this advice to the campaign trail. Winning is the only option. Trump has suggested he wouldn’t concede an election loss, bucking the US tradition to l...

November 5th, 2016 read more

Could the United Nations make history this year?

There’s another election fraught with gender politics and global consequences, with one candidate braced to become a world leader—and no one is talking about it. This summer, outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki Moon publicly called for his successor to be a woman. In a body of 193 nations, the Secretary General of the United Nations is both...

October 1st, 2016 read more

Failure to launch, or a smarter way of living?

A twenty-something slacker lounges in his parents’ basement, beer in one hand and TV remote in the other. We’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen this cliché character in television shows and movies. The media loves to heap scorn on prodigal youth who return home to live with their parents. An avalanche of articles offer up tips for...

May 21st, 2016 read more

Why the world needs you to let your kids fail

Silicon Valley has an unofficial motto: “Fail.” Whenever we visit the California tech hub, we see evidence of pro-failure leanings. Facebook’s office features posters that read “Fail Fast.” Failing “often” and “early” are also encouraged. There’s even a global conference for tech entrepreneurs, called FailCon, to learn from w...

May 14th, 2016 read more

The Power of Choice

Every day presents us with so many choices, we often take them for granted. Hit the gym for hot yoga, or a spin class? Have a nutritious and responsible kale smoothie, or indulge in a whip cream frappuccino? The choices we make—even the little ones—shape our identities and empower us in our own lives. Now try to picture your life without ...

April 30th, 2016 read more

Water: One of the First Casualties of War

When the people of Aleppo, Syria, turned on their taps in early March, they saw clean, running water for the first time in months. In January, the Islamic State seized the sole water plant that serves the entire city of Aleppo and shut it down, depriving three million people of drinking water. Syrian government forces took back the facility last...

April 15th, 2016 read more

Can Service-Learning Help Troubled Youth?

On any given day in Los Angeles there are more youth behind bars than in all of Canada. Lucas was one of them. At 17, drinking and doing drugs, even hotwiring a car for a joyride, was nothing for Lucas. Last year, police caught him and some friends in a stolen vehicle. Even though Lucas (his name has been changed to protect his identity) was jus...

April 2nd, 2016 read more

Millions suffer in forgotten conflicts

When the Grade 8 class of North Ward Public School in Paris, Ont. graduated last summer, they made their teacher promise to continue educating students about the terrible plight of people in war-ravaged Yemen. “Don’t give up on them, Ms. Connors,” they said to her. North Ward had a pen pal exchange with aid workers and activists in the ...

March 26th, 2016 read more

Record-smashing renewable energy projects

The city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, is no stranger to Hollywood. With scenic desert vistas, Ouarzazate has provided backdrops for Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Now Ouarzazate is rolling out the red carpet for the biggest star of all: the sun. Morocco is building the world’s largest solar power plant in Ouarzazate. Already, ha...

March 19th, 2016 read more