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The Health Accord talks: what it’s about, why it matters, and how it affects the future of public health care

Post by former CYH blog team member Jannie. ——————————————————————————————– While our federal and provincial/territorial governments argue amongst themselves over renewal of our Health Accord, civil society groups are demanding more public participation in the process. But amidst the political maneuverings and economic formulas, there are few…

Jackson Katz: A Peace-builder

Katz is, as his biography reads, “an educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist who has long been recognized as one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists.”

The Struggle for Equality

When the world celebrated Women’s Day last year, I was shocked by the prevalent attitude that the battle for women’s rights had already been fought and won in Canada. They could not possibly be referring to political participation, given the deplorable representation of women in…

We’re not there yet; we just didn’t know that until now

I remember my friend remarking to me that same sex marriage wasn’t federally recognized, because certain regions/jurisdictions haven’t legalized it. Honestly, I didn’t believe him (sorry man). But now, due to recent reporting on the issue, this whole thing is quite the slap in the…

Hey girl, show us some love

Looking for some puppy-love this Valentine’s Day?  One click can make a huge difference! Visit http://www.checkyourhead.org/valentine to support workshops and training for young people across the province. Together, we can build a better world through education!              

Fotoshop by Adobé

I recently ran into a commercial spoof that sums up unrealistic beauty standards really wonderfully. I would love to see this spoof of a make up commercial actually on television. It is a great parody of an advertisement and allows for an effective delivery of…

Learning: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

In early January, Kanye West had himself a massive Twitter session, waxing Kanye about fashion, his mom, and his views on education, among other things. As he sees it, the current education system is out of date, structured to breed mindless factory workers. This of…

Feasts, Buffets, and Hunger

The time has finally come – it is January 2012! Throughout the past year, there have been many things to celebrate and be thankful for. While these times should be cherished through celebration with food and drink, it has occurred to me that while we…

The Music and the Message

Using a critical lens can sometimes mean having to re-evaluate things you hold dear. Byron Hurt, documentary filmmaker and anti-sexism activist, knows this. In his excellent film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Hurt talks about his love of hip hop, the place it’s had (and still…

I’ll be there to share the land

As I was flipping through my Social Studies text book looking for the answer to another dry text question, a realization started to bother me; every year, in every text book there is a passage about the sufferings of the Aboriginal people. What bothers me…

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