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Policing Masculinity through Homophobia

Although many people use these terms out of context, not intending their words to be associated with homosexuality, the implications are real and assert homosexuality as negative, abnormal and to be rejected.

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Shifting Gears: Youth & Sustainable Transportation

My goal in setting out to make this podcast was simple: help youth to celebrate and get to know each other’s work in making sustainable transportation delightful, welcoming and enjoyable in their community.

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Partisan Politics: A Disintegrating System?

Inevitably – and the recent elections are a prime example – politics becomes a contest of campaigning, where political candidates are dependent on funding to participate in an election. This becomes problematic for many reasons, not the least, the voices of those without political, social, and economic capital are subordinated, and people are left to choose from a handful of parties that may or may not reflect the values they hope to see in a government.

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Love and Hate are Beasts and the One that Grows is the One You Feed

Something that is normally hushed and not understood, suicide is a complex issue. However, I was given the opportunity along with an incredibly beautiful group of young people from my community to break that silence.

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Argo and Islamophobia

Despite its acclaim, several critics claimed that Argo demonizes Iranians, fails to portray “a more conventional side” of Iranian society, and is guilty of racist stereotyping.

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Contribute to a Youth-Created Documentary: Show Me What You Care About

Get involved in “Show Me What You Care About”, a short, youth-created documentary profiling a group of people representing Vancouver’s diverse communities.

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On Marriage and Family

I was raised, not by one mother and one father, but by an entire community which consist of a whole network of family, extended family, friends, mentors, teachers, bosses, and role models of all age and gender. To deny the many children in need of loving homes the chance to be loved by single parents or same-sex couples is an act, not of protection, but of deprivation.

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Burnaby’s Got Talent: A Youth Organized Charity Event

And that’s just the beauty of helping out locally. You’re able to see the effects immediately and know that you have done a good thing and given to a good cause. By the end of the night, the theatre was sold out and we raised over $5,500, well over our goal. Youth are capable of great things, and can make great change in society, but to me, it is best to start at home.

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Youth Voting Interests

These youth might not have the right to vote yet, but they know the power of politics and what the next election could bring. And more importantly, they know what they’ll vote for once they get to the polls.

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YAC presents: “Let’s Talk: A Guide to Teens and their Health”

On Thursday, May 16th, please join us in a panel discussion featuring members of Youth Advisory Committee, joined by adolescent health experts to discuss ways to support youth during their teen years. This event is open to anyone; you do not need to be connected to the hospital to attend. Parents, healthcare professionals, teens, kids, and families are all welcome.