Resident Bloggers

Call for participants: Join Check Your Head’s Inclusion and Anti-Racism project

Check Your Head is seeking youth participants (ages 16-22) to join our ‘Inclusion and Anti-Racism’ project! Learn about issues of migrant justice and become a peer educator with Check Your Head. This is an opportunity for racialized youth – including youth who identify as people of…

Gentrification in DTES Leaving Residents with Fewer Housing Options

Vancouver’s landscape is changing and people are being displaced at astounding rates as glassy towers rise from the rubble of what was once affordable housing.

A reluctant encounter with Canada’s gender pay gap

I didn’t want to write this article, as I felt that writing from a male perspective added little to the conversation around a gender pay gap in Canada. But in doing research on this topic, I began to realize that not only does this issue…

The Panama Papers Reveal That We Can Afford to Take the Leap

The revelations contained in the Panama Papers should be enough to encourage Canadians to discard austerity thinking to the dustbin of history and take the Leap.

The Minimum Wage Guarantees No Minimum Standard of Living

We call $10.45/hour the general minimum wage in BC, yet it guarantees no minimum standard of living.

Rise of the Machines: Technology and Inequality

The rise of the machines, a popular sci-fi concept, is beginning to take form in our generation, albeit in a less apocalyptic way. As workplace technology continues to grow at an exponential rate, the rate of technological unemployment rises in parallel.

Housing Refugees in Canada: Crisis or Opportunity?

In late January, Vancouver requested a moratorium on refugee resettlement citing housing needs as a primary concern. The simple fact is that the market is not adequately addressing the housing needs of Vancouverites and the rest of Canadians, new and old.

A Critical Look at Canadian Perspectives on the Global Refugee Crisis

It is imperative for Canadians to be critical of media coverage and refugee policies. This ensures that we are not viewing this situation in an overwhelmingly self-congratulatory light at the expense of honouring the lived experiences of refugees.

Feminism vs Misogyny

When I log onto social media, I do not expect to see a safety warning surrounding the activities of yet another misogynistic group’s activities. And yet, more and more often I am greeted by a discouraging announcement that another anti-feminist, “meninist,” pro-rape, misogynistic, or otherwise…

Reflecting on racism: Why race still matters in 2016

In 2015, a group of youth participants at the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC) in Winnipeg started a conversation about race and identity—a conversation that continued beyond the conference and led to this collaboratively produced article.