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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free The Children

Brothers and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger are two of the world's leading figures in youth empowerment. Free The Children, which works with more than one million youth every year, is the world's largest network of children helping children through education.

Marc and Craig are syndicated columnists and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, Me to We, and most recently, The World Needs Your Kid.

Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes and The Today Show, and in People, Time and the Economist.

Craig and Marc are represented by Me to We Speakers.

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Student Debt Is Canada's Debt

(29) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:33 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Jessica McCormick graduated from high school, she was all but forced to leave home to a find a province where tuition fees wouldn't break her.

It was 2006 -- the eve of the global recession -- and her working-class parents in Cape Breton...

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From Generation Me to Generation We: How Millennials Are Changing Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Talk about harsh. The TIME magazine cover last May cried: "The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents."

From magazines to op-ed pages, we're not surprised if millennials -- that generation who came of age in the new millennium...

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Afghan Illiteracy Can't Be Solved by Simply Slapping Up More Schools

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:13 PM

The Afghan mother looked her Canadian visitor in the eye. "You can move around, come here and see us," she said. "I am also a human, why shouldn't I be able to do these things? When I see an educated woman like you, I think: I want to be that...

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How To Save Energy With Your Appliances

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 8:51 PM

There's a vampire stalking your home and we're not talking about those mournful, sparkly types from Twilight. This is something far more sinister: Vampire power. That's the energy your appliances suck off the power grid without you even knowing about it. Think plasma TVs, laptops, cell phone chargers and the...

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Discrimination and Denial: The Racial Skeletons in Canada's Closet

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:19 PM

In Hugh Burnett's home town, "whites only" signs were common in store and restaurant windows. While Rosa Parks was refusing to sit at the back of the bus, Burnett, a black World War II veteran, waged his own epic court battle against racial segregation. His tireless activism led to laws...

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One Child's Education Is a Whole Community's Dream

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Bernard Rotich could have been a farmer, struggling to prevent his livestock from dying in the increasingly dry climate of East Africa's Great Rift Valley. He could have been a labourer, wandering the Kenyan countryside hunting for odd jobs, or the nearest city looking for trouble -- one of an...

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Is Harper Stealing From the Future to Feed the Present?

(5) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:05 AM

The children squirm, kick the table, cover their eyes -- anything to distract themselves from the beckoning marshmallow. It was a sugary iceberg of temptation just waiting to sink their resolve.

On YouTube you can find many recreations of Walter Mischel's famous marshmallow experiment. In 1970, Mischel,...

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Gross Global Happiness Has No Limit

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 11:49 AM

"Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty."

We've witnessed both sides of this famous argument attributed to 20th-century Polish-American writer Leo Rosten. Just as British car-racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone confessed last year that he's never known happiness despite his billions, we've encountered a startling number of...

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Cyberbullying Is Not an Olympic Sport

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:35 AM

British speed skater Elise Christie had her eyes on gold when she tried to pass Italian skater Arianna Fontana on the inside of the Sochi short track. The pair collided, tumbled, and took out Korea's Park Seung-hi. In the aftermath, however, it seems Christie's biggest mistake did not happen on...

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Words This Aboriginal Education Activist Never Thought She'd Hear

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Verna Kirkness had been on a quest for 42 years. Now that journey brought the 78-year-old to an Alberta high school auditorium. Waiting for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take the podium, she wondered if her odyssey might finally be over.

Born on Manitoba's Fisher River Cree reserve, Kirkness...

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"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:53 AM

Movie star Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently came out on national television to Ellen DeGeneres, telling her that he is... a feminist. A couple months earlier, Joss Whedon, noted creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other feminist characters, sparked a heated Internet debate when he told an Equality Now...

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Do Family Dinners Really Help Your Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 7:59 AM

Sit-down family dinners weren't a regular feature in our house. We chowed down in front of the tube as often as not.

Occasionally dad dragged everyone to the table, and oh the conversations we had -- the problems facing the world, the challenges in our own lives, the merits...

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Sochi: What $50 Billion Could Have Accomplished

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:02 PM

The residents of 5a Akatsy Street in Sochi have an unparalleled view of Olympic athletes and visitors heading for the ice rinks via the nearby $635 million highway. We suspect the apartment dwellers would happily trade the new view for running water, or somewhere to go to the bathroom.

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Human Rights In Sochi: If Exploited Migrant Workers Built It, Should the World Still Come?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Cheaper?

As we gather excitedly before our televisions this month to marvel at Olympic quadruple jumps and backside 1440 triple corks (yes, these tricks look as cool as they sound), yet another human rights issue in Sochi marks a stain on the ice...

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How Does Canada Spend Your "Matching Funds" Money?

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:29 AM

When typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines last November, leaving more than 6,000 dead and four million homeless, Canadians smashed open their piggy banks, baked and sold oatmeal cookies and wrote big cheques to help families in shattered cities a world away. Within two days of the disaster, the Canadian government...

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Why Do We Take Doctors From Countries That Really Need Them?

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Last year the Canadian health care system managed to save $400 million. Sounds great, right? Now what if we told you that Canada did it by poaching trained doctors from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world? According to a recent study by the University of Ottawa, even...

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Why the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Crisis is Greater Than You Realize

(25) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Half a skull, and an anklebone -- that's all that remains to tell us she ever lived. Nineteen years after a roadside souvenir vendor found her skull fragment in a ditch near Mission, B.C., and 11 years after police matched her skull's DNA with an anklebone found on the farm...

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Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 8:19 PM

Tremonica is an obviously obese seven-year-old girl in Mississippi. She tells a nurse that she ate nothing for breakfast and only potato chips after school. Her mother, Kimberley, explains: "I look around and see what's the cheapest. The fruit are very high. And you've got chips that are 35 cents...

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Charity Works Better Without Pity

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Wide shot: A boy and a woman, balancing a water jug on her head, shuffle down a long, dusty road. Sad piano music plays. The words "Somewhere in Africa" appear at the bottom of the screen. The camera zooms on their bare feet, plodding in slow motion, then their faces,...

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The Dilemma of Ethical Eating

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 6:58 AM

How many New Year's resolutions revolve around food? Lose weight. Eat less junk. Eat more kale. Cook more and eat out less. Find out what kale is.

A global resolution that we as a planet have failed to keep is to "feed the world." We hear that phrase several dozen...

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