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Join the Economic Justice Project!

Applications for our Economic Justice Youth Team are now OPEN! Check Your Head is looking for passionate, driven and justice-oriented youth to be part of this amazing project! Along with a team of other young people, you will receive knowledge and training in leadership, facilitation and…

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A message to those celebrating Pride this year

This past May, after much deliberation with the Vancouver Police department (VPD), the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) released a statement announcing their decision to allow uniformed police officers to march in the upcoming Vancouver Pride Festival 2017. This announcement comes after a year of intense…

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It’s that time again. Lawn signs, ads, debates, and lineups at the polling stations. While many of us feel frustrated with formal politics, electing the government is still a really big deal, and ultimately it’s up to us to fix the system by engaging with it. The provincial government…

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Watching Politicians at Work

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending an All Candidates Meeting in Vancouver. It was the most educational two hours of my life. Fact and fiction diverged at frightening speeds and produced an eye-opening study in human behaviour, both on the part…

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Is public health care enough? Considerations for Canadian health care spending

As great as having a public health care system is though, Canada’s Medicare was set up in the 1960’s and hasn’t been updated very much since. The federal election has drawn significant attention to several key points to consider when discussing health care spending but the people of Canada should not allow the conversation to end on October 19th.

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No discussion on climate change is complete without the food system

When it comes to climate change discussions in Canada, energy dominates, particularly proposed pipelines that would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to the BC coast. This narrow field of debate ignores the energy we consume as food: recent figures suggest that one-third of human caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the global food system

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Foreign Policy Debate: Who will rein in Canadian-based mining companies?

On a night made possible by recycled dirty mining dollars, the question of who among the frontrunners would be willing to rein in Canadian-based mining companies for widespread abuses across the globe was never going to be asked.

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“But This is Canada! Men and Women are Equal.” 7 Reasons to Reconsider this Statement

Students were asked to discuss whether equality between genders could ever be achieved. Immediately, people began giving examples of differences between men and women in the parts of Africa and South Asia. I raised my hand and kindly pointed out that there were plenty of instances of gender inequality much closer to home and was met with silent stares.

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Living with their eyes closed: how youth are being disenfranchised in Canadian democracy

Canada is a democracy that decides the laws of the land based on a system of representation. The fact that youth are not voting means those currently deciding the laws are not considering the views of more than 4.8 million youth aged from 19-24.

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The Globe Debate broadcasts silence on income inequality from all four podiums

Debates are generally as interesting for what is said as what is left unsaid, and the Twitterverse quickly pounced on the three leaders for, among other issues, the lack of discussion on inequality in Canada.