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I’ll be there to share the land

As I was flipping through my Social Studies text book looking for the answer to another dry text question, a realization started to bother me; every year, in every text book there is a passage about the sufferings of the Aboriginal people. What bothers me is not that our text book recognizes these troubles, but rather that they exist, and that their existence is so closely weaved through out our history as a country.


Fair Trade USA: selling out the global movement

The global fair trade movement has been shaken by the recent split of Fair Trade USA from its umbrella Fairtrade International – and correspondingly the global fair trade system. As the leading fair trade certifier in the US, Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA) will now create its own criteria for what merits “fair” trade, including the controversial certification of coffee and cocoa plantations. This, among other questionably lax certification requirements, has provoked outcry and condemnation globally.

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Self Care, Squatters, and Ryan Gosling

How good are you at taking care of yourself? I don’t mean in terms of showering and flossing and paying bills and so on. I mean at taking care of your brain and your heart. It’s important to take stock of where you’re at, to gauge your stress and anxiety levels and take steps to be good to yourself so you can best be present in whatever movement, or activism, or school work in which you’re immersed.


Rights, Freedoms, and Reading the Charter

The right to an education, or the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual punishment? The right to have freedom of speech or that to not be discriminated for my sexuality, gender, race, religion, or physical disability? How could someone ever pick, and better yet, why should someone ever pick?

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Give the Gift of Education

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? This holiday season, make a donation to support a Check Your Head workshop done in the name of a loved one. Give the gift of education today!


Oh the World, the World

Ask questions, look for context, and think critically about what you read. Just because something is considered ‘scientific’ or is coming from what is thought to be a reputable source doesn’t make it fact. But don’t just take my word for it.


Volunteering Doesn’t Pay: The Priceless Experience of Donating Your Time

As an employment counselor, I interact youth with various employment backgrounds. My job is to assist youth in my program in their search for work. Some youth arrive with a resume; some may arrive without any experience at all.


Rally for Peace

Courtenay has resident protesters. Every Saturday from noon until one, you can see the Comox Valley Peace Group at their spot on the corner of England and 6th. “This is not a protest. This is a peace rally.”


The Purple Letter Campaign

When the government released the Safe Schools Task Force report in 2003, it stated that homophobia was the number one issue in BC schools and that it needed to be dealt with. The Purple Letter Campaign is a province-wide push to lobby the British Columbian government to adopt a sexual orientation and gender identity policy for all schools.


Education and Moral Ethics for a Better World?

I recently attended Montreal’s second annual Peace through Religion Conference. Created in response to the September 11th attacks in New York City, the conference aims to promote dialogue and respect between all world faiths and religions. In hopes perhaps, that peace can be achieved through…