GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

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

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

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

Volunteerism—today’s MBA for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Remember that gung-ho teen who hit you up at the mall for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow’s millionaire entrepreneur. Sure, manufacturing and natural resources remain an important part of Canada’s economy, but the real economic drivers and job creators are entrepreneurs. The Canadian ...

August 8th, 2015 read more


What has 20 years taught us?

Without the shelter of trees, talons of wind rend the vulnerable farm fields of Salabwek, Kenya, stripping away precious topsoil. But one 16-year-old arborist is bringing back the trees. Mercy Chepchilat, a Grade 11 student at Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in southern Kenya, saw that deforestation from charcoal burning had taken a heavy toll...

April 18th, 2015 read more

Community involvement is just good business

Kneeling on the rocky ground, the tall thin labourer used his bare hands to prepare a mound of sand, gravel and cement mix. Under the blazing Indian sun, he wiped his brow with an arm caked to the elbow in grime before grabbing a shovel to work the materials into another batch of concrete for the schoolhouse floor. You’d never suspect this swea...

May 26th, 2014 read more

Stemming the African brain drain

Last year the Canadian health care system managed to save $400 million. Sounds great, right? Now what if we told you that Canada did it by poaching trained doctors from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world? According to a recent study by the University of Ottawa, even as Canadian aid programs are giving to help Africa build be...

January 27th, 2014 read more

For young people, tragedy can inspire a life of service

If you’re incredibly lucky, you’ve never had a friend or family member fighting for his or her life, or stolen by tragedy—be it cancer, HIV/AIDS or a drunk driver. Such luck, we suspect, befalls very few. Sometimes, however, tragedy opens a door. In helping a loved one, some people—especially youth—discover a world bigger than themselve...

October 28th, 2013 read more

Can online petitions change the world?

Across Canada doorbells are ringing and diets are falling to the irresistible sales pitches of little girls in uniform. It’s Girl Guide cookie season. But nine-year-old Maya Fischer of Victoria, B.C. isn’t out pushing delectable chocolate-mint treats, she’s trying to remake them—free from genetically-modified ingredients. She’s gatherin...

October 21st, 2013 read more

Syrian activists get human rights training in Canada

When Ariya slips into the car, she must carry two sets of clothes: a hijab, and western garb. Without both, she risks arrest, beating, and rape. She takes a harrowing, 500-km car ride from her home in the city of Al Hasakah, Syria, to Lebanon. Along the way are numerous checkpoints—some manned by Syrian government forces, others by rebels. If ...

July 8th, 2013 read more