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A Global Agenda: The 2016 World Day of Social Justice

Since its establishment in 1945, the United Nations has been assisting the world in its endeavours for greater social justice. The 2016 World Day of Social Justice presents the theme for the year–A Just Transition–and ushers in a new era following the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals.

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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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The Minimum Wage Guarantees No Minimum Standard of Living

We call $10.45/hour the general minimum wage in BC, yet it guarantees no minimum standard of living.

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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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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?

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015: Interview and Call to Action

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Yu, a dietetics student at UBC and 2015 Welfare Food Challenge participant. In the interview, she shares her experience and explains why the welfare rates in BC must be raised.

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Human Connection in a Disposable Society

Working at a cafe, it becomes very clear how much food is wasted. It’s unacceptable to throw out perfectly good food with the reality of hunger so prevalent in the Lower Mainland. That’s when I thought I’d distribute some of the sandwiches to the homeless people I’d seen in Gastown.