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FLOW: A Tale of Water, People, and Corporations

As FLOW deals with the issue of water privatization, the stories and discussions are framed through a lens of resistance. Activists who work to restrict or eliminate corporate control of water share their stories, including both the impact privatization has had on their lives, and their successes in reversing these effects.

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Migrant Youths and the Food System

As a migrant youth, I look to food for not only sustenance but also identity. Food preferences are closely connected to both cultural and social identities. Growing up in a Chinese household, white rice is deeply embedded in the essence of my culture as a symbol of harvest. A house without the sounds of sizzling white rice in the rice-cooker would not feel like home to me. However, amid the chaos of adjusting to new social practices, the role of food is often overlooked in the migrant experience.

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Gentrification in DTES Leaving Residents with Fewer Housing Options

Vancouver’s landscape is changing and people are being displaced at astounding rates as glassy towers rise from the rubble of what was once affordable housing.

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A reluctant encounter with Canada’s gender pay gap

I didn’t want to write this article, as I felt that writing from a male perspective added little to the conversation around a gender pay gap in Canada. But in doing research on this topic, I began to realize that not only does this issue need to be brought to the forefront more, but that it needs to be talked about in a way that doesn’t prompt response after response of denial and justification for entrenched systemic discrimination.

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The Panama Papers Reveal That We Can Afford to Take the Leap

The revelations contained in the Panama Papers should be enough to encourage Canadians to discard austerity thinking to the dustbin of history and take the Leap.

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Rise of the Machines: Technology and Inequality

The rise of the machines, a popular sci-fi concept, is beginning to take form in our generation, albeit in a less apocalyptic way. As workplace technology continues to grow at an exponential rate, the rate of technological unemployment rises in parallel.

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Housing Refugees in Canada: Crisis or Opportunity?

In late January, Vancouver requested a moratorium on refugee resettlement citing housing needs as a primary concern. The simple fact is that the market is not adequately addressing the housing needs of Vancouverites and the rest of Canadians, new and old.

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Feminism vs Misogyny

When I log onto social media, I do not expect to see a safety warning surrounding the activities of yet another misogynistic group’s activities. And yet, more and more often I am greeted by a discouraging announcement that another anti-feminist, “meninist,” pro-rape, misogynistic, or otherwise repulsive group is among the news items of the day.

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Reflecting on racism: Why race still matters in 2016

In 2015, a group of youth participants at the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC) in Winnipeg started a conversation about race and identity—a conversation that continued beyond the conference and led to this collaboratively produced article.

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Is Vancouverism Viable?

From urban sprawl and a rising global urban population to greenhouse gas emissions and the health of citizens, city planners must balance many issues when designing neighbourhoods and creating development regulations. In the Canadian city of Vancouver, a concept aptly named ‘Vancouverism’ emerged over the course of several decades to help meet these challenges in a local context. However, can it meet growing challenges like housing affordability and social isolation?