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Farming for the Future

Famous chef and campaigner for fresh, Jamie Oliver, recently went to “the most obese city” in the US, and asked elementary school students to identify fruits and vegetables by sight, in their natural forms. Sadly, many of them couldn’t even tell the difference between a tomato and a potato. And most did not know that they were grown in the ground.


Oiligarchy: Peak Oil Videogaming

I don’t think this game is intended to be an edu-game, but even elementary school students can learn of the relationships between petroleum and power in the US through this. It can be a phenomenal tool for anyone wanting to learn something about petroleum and the complex political, environmental, cultural, and social justice issues surrounding.


Judith Butler: A truly amazing story teller

Walking down Granville Street towards the Vogue theatre the first thing I noticed was a gigantic line curving around the block. “Surely”, I thought, “that’s not for Judith Butler…” It was.

CJ Rowe (left), mentor for the Youth and Gender Media Project with Emily (right) at a monthly volunteer gathering.

Mentorship in the Youth and Gender Media Project

For the past seven months I have had the privilege of taking part in the Youth and Gender Media Project with Check Your Head. Developing facilitation skills, engaging with my peers, and having the opportunity to participate in and help lead workshops that critically engage youth with issues of gender representation in the media, as well as other social justice issues, has been incredible. Most invaluable to my experience with the project, however, has been the mentorship program.

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West Coast LEAF Workshop: Making Connections

As a facilitator, I’ve found making a connection with the workshop participants provides a great chance to learn about other organizations, perspectives, and issues. West Coast LEAF was a great example of that, as we got to peek into their meeting style, the issues that they face as workshop facilitators, and the questions that they ask about gender, media and representation.


Scrabble Event at Frontier College

For the last 6 months I’ve worked with the DWA ESL program for Frontier College designing and running classes and workshops for migrant women working as domestic workers (nannies or care-givers). This is a program offered through Frontier College run partially by government funds and partially by the hard work and dedication of the Frontier College staff and volunteers.


Water, water everywhere… but not for all to drink

This March, the United Nations proudly announced that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for water has been achieved, three years ahead of the 2015 deadline. It claims that now 89% of the world’s population has access to “improved drinking water sources.” Though certainly an impressive statement, it needs to be tempered with a few critical reflections. What, exactly, does this goal achieve?


The Health Accord talks: what it’s about, why it matters, and how it affects the future of public health care

Post by former CYH blog team member Jannie. ——————————————————————————————– While our federal and provincial/territorial governments argue amongst themselves over renewal of our Health Accord, civil society groups are demanding more public participation in the process. But amidst the political maneuverings and economic formulas, there are few…


The Struggle for Equality

When the world celebrated Women’s Day last year, I was shocked by the prevalent attitude that the battle for women’s rights had already been fought and won in Canada. They could not possibly be referring to political participation, given the deplorable representation of women in parliament (25%) or the abysmal numbers of women in senior management positions (26%).

Fotoshop by Adobé

I recently ran into a commercial spoof that sums up unrealistic beauty standards really wonderfully. I would love to see this spoof of a make up commercial actually on television. It is a great parody of an advertisement and allows for an effective delivery of its message: beauty standards aren’t realistic.