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Is medical crowdfunding “healthy”?

My ultimate curiosity is this: If people are willing to shell out $30 million USD in crowdfunding for those who need help with their medical needs, why is the concept of tax-funded, socialized healthcare so inconceivable in the US? Is there too much of a disconnect between taxation and donation?

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The Frosh Rape Chants are (Unfortunately) Simply Symptoms of the Broader Culture

When you tell us the content doesn't matter I know it's because we've become so inured to sex and violence portrayed in our media culture and played 24/7 on cable news. Have you ever thought welcoming new students like this normalizes rape culture? And that this has actual consequences? Consequences that continue the fatal cycle of people believing that it's normal to violently take advantage of someone.

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Talking Health Care in Victoria

On January 16th Premier Christy Clark hosted premiers from across the country to discuss health care sustainability and the 2014 Health Accord. As part of “Check Up,” a collaborative project that engages youth on health care issues, Check Your Head and BC Health Coalition organized a youth delegation of more than 15 amazing people from the Mainland and the South Island with the aim of bringing a message to the premiers from young people about the future of our health care system.

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Are Technological Innovations in Healthcare a Reason to be Hopeful about Overall Health Inequality?

Before we get excited about these innovations we need to face the hard facts about health inequality. The solution to these problems won't come in the form of new technologies here and there. Instead we will need to look at solutions and indicators that are more broad in their scope.

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Policing Masculinity through Homophobia

Although many people use these terms out of context, not intending their words to be associated with homosexuality, the implications are real and assert homosexuality as negative, abnormal and to be rejected.

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Contribute to a Youth-Created Documentary: Show Me What You Care About

Get involved in “Show Me What You Care About”, a short, youth-created documentary profiling a group of people representing Vancouver’s diverse communities.

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On Marriage and Family

I was raised, not by one mother and one father, but by an entire community which consist of a whole network of family, extended family, friends, mentors, teachers, bosses, and role models of all age and gender. To deny the many children in need of loving homes the chance to be loved by single parents or same-sex couples is an act, not of protection, but of deprivation.

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Youth Voting Interests

These youth might not have the right to vote yet, but they know the power of politics and what the next election could bring. And more importantly, they know what they’ll vote for once they get to the polls.

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At Maladjusted: A Poignant Reminder of How the System Defines Us

Maladjusted is presented by Theatre for Living (formerly headlines). It is an experiential and interactive play based on Augusto’s Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. It presents a short play about how health care currently treats the mentally ill. After that, members of the audience may replace the actors as they reenact scenes.

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Recognize, Revitalize, and Reconnect: A Recap of The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2013 Fundraising Gala

Recently I had the privilege of attending the annual fundraising gala for the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA). I use the word privilege because it felt truly special to be in the same room with so many inspiring people working individually and collectively to effect positive change across a multitude of platforms.