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Open House at Check!

Our second Open House workshop is coming up this week! The theme this time is Digital Storytelling for Environmental Justice. Storytelling is a powerful and accessible method of relaying social and environmental justice efforts person to person, day to day. In this workshop, participants will…

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Paying for Popularity

Last December the Guardian newspaper released six articles in one week under the globalized theme: Taming Corporate Power.  After the fall of Wall Streets banks in 2009 byway of its subprime mortgage debacle, the eyes of the West began to defog and we, its citizens,…

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Why I Love Frozen

There’s still work to be done… but overall, Frozen has done something noteworthy and is a remarkable movie of the Disney princess genre that deals with the traditional constricting stereotypes and assumptions of women.

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Big Media and Oil Interests: Polluting Democracy

Good journalism is key to a healthy democracy. In Canada, it’s becoming apparent that the conversation around the environment is being tightly controlled… Such a system means that the voices of corporations, fossil-fuel interests, and climate change contributors are heard over those of our communities.

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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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What Real-Life Barbie Reveals About Us

Valeria’s blatant honesty about her motivation behind her look points out a saddening truth in our society – girls have more of a voice because of the way they look. Isn’t it silly that we are more willing to listen to a message because of the appearance of the person delivering it?

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Beauty Ideals and Body Image in a Multicultural-Multifaith Society

We are surrounded and bombarded by media of all kinds every day, so it is essential that we empower ourselves to consume media critically and intelligently.

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Most Inspirational Film of 2013: Tough Guise 2

I am sure you are aware of the major film categories at the Oscars, so now imagine the Oscar ceremonies if there were a category for “most inspirational” film. I’d like to think this might one day become a reality, so for that reason I am going to offer my selection of the most inspirational film of 2013.

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The Frosh Rape Chants are (Unfortunately) Simply Symptoms of the Broader Culture

When you tell us the content doesn't matter I know it's because we've become so inured to sex and violence portrayed in our media culture and played 24/7 on cable news. Have you ever thought welcoming new students like this normalizes rape culture? And that this has actual consequences? Consequences that continue the fatal cycle of people believing that it's normal to violently take advantage of someone.

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More Than Just an Image

In an age where digital editing is so easy, it’s difficult to even tell the difference between what’s fake and authentic. In the end, the persona we’ve created online can be so different than who we are day to day.