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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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

Youth Volunteer Bloggers Wanted

Interested in social justice issues and want to write something inspiring, provocative, and/or informative? Check is looking for youth (ages 15-30) volunteer bloggers. Contact Justin Rawlins, Blog Coordinator, at justin.rawlins@gmail.com, preferably before Wednesday January 27th.

Reflections on Electoral Engagement in Election 42 and Beyond

In the 42nd general election, there was a decidedly different feeling of engagement amongst the electorate locally and nationally.

Ideals vs. Pragmatics: Non-Profit Work in the Age of Austerity

For the past month and a half I’ve been on the job hunt, mainly in the non-profit sector, where I’ve been most of my working life. Something I’ve noticed that l find rather irritating is the lack of job postings that provide salary or wage…

Becoming an informed global citizen while having fun watching documentary films

I recently rediscovered the documentary film genre as something exciting, relevant, and engaging for people of all ages. Documentaries matter and we should all consider giving them a shot because they’re not always a snooze fest! Rather, they give us insight on global issues and…

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