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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

Youthful brains wired for invention

We thought the roof would rip off on Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre when 16,000 teens at WE Day erupted with enthusiastic shrieking normally reserved for homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber. We had to believe the crowd would simmer down when they realized it was the other Justin taking centre stage. But it turns out Trudeau was  the guy  they wa...

December 18th, 2015 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

Blessed are those who count their blessings

Feeling grateful can lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels Thanksgiving can be an epic letdown. If the turkey is dry, the wine is bitter and your relatives are unpalatable, the event you spent weeks looking forward to becomes a small suffering. When unrealistic expectations signal the start of the holiday season, it can be hard to fe...

October 9th, 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

Amazing journey into the human heart

We’ve both dined on guinea pig in the Andes of Ecuador, and sipped goats’ blood in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. We’ve also navigated countless foreign metropolises with merely a grungy map and tattered phrase book. So when we watch The Amazing Race Canada, we envision ourselves as participants, eager to pass each cringe-inducing challenge and hagg...

September 8th, 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