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Put a label on it: How Canada can learn from European GMO regulations

I may have been directly impacted by genetically modified foods (GMFs) in my day-to-day life, however I hadn’t realized it until that moment. All of a sudden, I felt that I had no choice between GMF and non-GMF, and in the event that I did have a choice, how would I know which of my produce were genetically modified?

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Anxiety at the airport and beyond in an age of violent misunderstanding

I am frightened to fly. I hardly pay any attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration; while the cabin crew walks through how to react during an emergency situation, I’m thinking about the invasive security screening I just endured and accusatory looks from fellow passengers all because I’m a Muslim. Not to mention the all too common lingering doubts about airplane safety.

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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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Connecting the Dots. Taking Action.

Youth can spark massive movements that fundamentally change society despite institutionalized power and oppression. Do we have to wait until the guns start firing and the square starts burning until we begin to pay attention and act?

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It’s Not All About the Bottom Line

There is nothing wrong with wanting to have financial success… However, I argue that such a goal cannot be achieved in the long-run without simultaneously considering the “profitability” of the environment in which the company is situated as well. The financial profitability of a company cannot be healthy while everything around it is being exploited.

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Back in Action with the Youth of 2013

There are millions of youth who often go unrecognised for their day-to-day hard work and kind acts towards making this world more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. To reflect upon the year, I have selected a few kick-butt stories that stood out for me in 2013.

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Globalization, Migration, Shopping and the Richmond Youth Art Mart

What do we as consumers of materialistic things do about the issue of globalization, poverty and sweatshops? How can we even know whether or not these companies participate in unfair, unsafe, unclean, and unjust labour?
Here’s a few things you can do: 1) Be informed. Do your research. 2) Be a smart shopper, shop locally.

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The Gendered Anatomy of the Great Recession

The effects of the economic failures on the female population reveal the gendered architecture of the global financial system. While virtually every nation on the planet was impacted by the crisis, it is important to observe the disproportionate impacts that were felt by certain populations.

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Rethinking Our Culture of Competition

We live in a society that assumes competition is the best way to advance individual and collective well being. However, is this really true, or just something that has been normalized? I argue that the culture of competition we live in is not something that is normal, but rather learned, and is deeply embedded in our conception of human nature.