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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.

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Living with their eyes closed: how youth are being disenfranchised in Canadian democracy

Canada is a democracy that decides the laws of the land based on a system of representation. The fact that youth are not voting means those currently deciding the laws are not considering the views of more than 4.8 million youth aged from 19-24.

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The Globe Debate broadcasts silence on income inequality from all four podiums

Debates are generally as interesting for what is said as what is left unsaid, and the Twitterverse quickly pounced on the three leaders for, among other issues, the lack of discussion on inequality in Canada.

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Three Media Workshops To Choose From!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest workshop, Media Awareness Part II, created in partnership with OpenMedia! This brings us up to three media related workshops in our workshop offerings, and provides a great opportunity to engage more youth in conversation about…

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Become a Workshop Facilitator with Check Your Head!

Our peer-led popular education workshops provide participants with a greater understanding of key issues facing our society and planet, empowering youth to link global issues to local realities. With your help, we’ll continue to create opportunities for young people to develop critical analysis, hope and tools…

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The A-word: A policy that must be named

Austerity is to politicians as Voldemort is to the characters in the Harry Potter universe: “He who must not be named.”

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Dear Democracy

Dear Democracy, What happened to us? What happened to our relationship? It used to be so strong. You would always listen to what I had to say.  But now it’s like it doesn’t even matter. I share you with 25,337,735* of my closest Canadian friends. It’s…

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I Vote but I Don’t Like it

Parliament can’t say they represent all of us when only 6 out of 10 eligible voters actually voted in the last federal election. Only 4 out of 10 eligible voters born after 1981 bothered to participate. Being amongst that broad bunch defined vaguely as “youth”…