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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.

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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.

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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?

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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….

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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.

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Become a blogger with Check Your Head!

Interested in social justice issues and want to write about it? Check is looking for volunteer bloggers willing to make a 3 month commitment (November, December, and January) to produce one post per month. Please respond by Friday, November 6th at noon to justin.rawlins@gmail.com

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Is public health care enough? Considerations for Canadian health care spending

As great as having a public health care system is though, Canada’s Medicare was set up in the 1960’s and hasn’t been updated very much since. The federal election has drawn significant attention to several key points to consider when discussing health care spending but the people of Canada should not allow the conversation to end on October 19th.

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No discussion on climate change is complete without the food system

When it comes to climate change discussions in Canada, energy dominates, particularly proposed pipelines that would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to the BC coast. This narrow field of debate ignores the energy we consume as food: recent figures suggest that one-third of human caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the global food system

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Foreign Policy Debate: Who will rein in Canadian-based mining companies?

On a night made possible by recycled dirty mining dollars, the question of who among the frontrunners would be willing to rein in Canadian-based mining companies for widespread abuses across the globe was never going to be asked.

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“But This is Canada! Men and Women are Equal.” 7 Reasons to Reconsider this Statement

Students were asked to discuss whether equality between genders could ever be achieved. Immediately, people began giving examples of differences between men and women in the parts of Africa and South Asia. I raised my hand and kindly pointed out that there were plenty of instances of gender inequality much closer to home and was met with silent stares.