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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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A Critical Look at Canadian Perspectives on the Global Refugee Crisis

It is imperative for Canadians to be critical of media coverage and refugee policies. This ensures that we are not viewing this situation in an overwhelmingly self-congratulatory light at the expense of honouring the lived experiences of refugees.

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Feminism vs Misogyny

When I log onto social media, I do not expect to see a safety warning surrounding the activities of yet another misogynistic group’s activities. And yet, more and more often I am greeted by a discouraging announcement that another anti-feminist, “meninist,” pro-rape, misogynistic, or otherwise repulsive group is among the news items of the day.

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Reflecting on racism: Why race still matters in 2016

In 2015, a group of youth participants at the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders Conference (JCYLC) in Winnipeg started a conversation about race and identity—a conversation that continued beyond the conference and led to this collaboratively produced article.

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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.