Resident Bloggers


Is Vancouverism Viable?

From urban sprawl and a rising global urban population to greenhouse gas emissions and the health of citizens, city planners must balance many issues when designing neighbourhoods and creating development regulations. In the Canadian city of Vancouver, a concept aptly named ‘Vancouverism’ emerged over the course of several decades to help meet these challenges in a local context. However, can it meet growing challenges like housing affordability and social isolation?


Welfare Food Challenge 2015: Interview and Call to Action

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Yu, a dietetics student at UBC and 2015 Welfare Food Challenge participant. In the interview, she shares her experience and explains why the welfare rates in BC must be raised.

Van City

Human Connection in a Disposable Society

Working at a cafe, it becomes very clear how much food is wasted. It’s unacceptable to throw out perfectly good food with the reality of hunger so prevalent in the Lower Mainland. That’s when I thought I’d distribute some of the sandwiches to the homeless people I’d seen in Gastown.


Youth Volunteer Bloggers Wanted

Interested in social justice issues and want to write something inspiring, provocative, and/or informative? Check is looking for youth (ages 15-30) volunteer bloggers. Contact Justin Rawlins, Blog Coordinator, at, preferably before Wednesday January 27th.

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Reflections on Electoral Engagement in Election 42 and Beyond

In the 42nd general election, there was a decidedly different feeling of engagement amongst the electorate locally and nationally.


Ideals vs. Pragmatics: Non-Profit Work in the Age of Austerity

For the past month and a half I’ve been on the job hunt, mainly in the non-profit sector, where I’ve been most of my working life. Something I’ve noticed that l find rather irritating is the lack of job postings that provide salary or wage information. No one appreciates spending their time and energy applying for a job that asks for two degrees and five years experience, only to later find out that it pays just over minimum wage.


Becoming an informed global citizen while having fun watching documentary films

I recently rediscovered the documentary film genre as something exciting, relevant, and engaging for people of all ages. Documentaries matter and we should all consider giving them a shot because they’re not always a snooze fest! Rather, they give us insight on global issues and often leave us feeling inspired to work together to combat injustices.


Put a label on it: How Canada can learn from European GMO regulations

I may have been directly impacted by genetically modified foods (GMFs) in my day-to-day life, however I hadn’t realized it until that moment. All of a sudden, I felt that I had no choice between GMF and non-GMF, and in the event that I did have a choice, how would I know which of my produce were genetically modified?


Help! Can you donate a Tweet to Check Your Head?

Check Your Head wants to raise $5000 this holiday season to fund 50 free workshops next year for youth across BC. We think that all youth should have access to social and environmental justice education and that a workshop booking fee should not get in the way….

Airport Check in

Anxiety at the airport and beyond in an age of violent misunderstanding

I am frightened to fly. I hardly pay any attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration; while the cabin crew walks through how to react during an emergency situation, I’m thinking about the invasive security screening I just endured and accusatory looks from fellow passengers all because I’m a Muslim. Not to mention the all too common lingering doubts about airplane safety.