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Far From The Celeb Spotlight, Free The Children's WE Villages Is Changing Lives

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 4:48 PM

"We're not future leaders. We are current leaders."

Rebecca Sanaipei Shunkur, a tall 16-year-old student in a school uniform and a shaved head like all her Kenyan classmates, is explaining the "leadership pillar" of Kisaruni, her all-girls high school, to our group of voluntourists.

It’s one of several concepts...

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CNE Installs The Best All-Gender Bathroom Signs: 'We Don't Care'

(141) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 11:24 AM

While ducking into the Canadian National Exhibition's Northern Comfort Saloon on Sunday to use the facilities, I came across their new bathrooms. It's always nice to use new bathrooms at public places like The Ex, but the doors of these portable toilets also offered a perfect response to...

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Who's Afraid Of Ugly Fruits And Veggies? (Spoiler: Not Your Planet Or Pocketbook)

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2016 | 4:35 PM

One of the biggest causes of food waste is also the most avoidable — "ugly" fruits and vegetables.

This isn't unsold food that retailers toss, or that you throw out after forgetting what was in the back of your fridge. This imperfect food doesn't even make it to the grocery...

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Gourmet Chef Feeding Rio Homeless With Garbage-Bound Olympic Food Waste

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2016 | 2:59 PM

Food waste is a problem everywhere from your own kitchen to the Rio Olympics' cafeteria. But while you deal with the former, famed Italian chef Massimo Bottura is in Brazil, trying to turn the Games' garbage-bound "surplus" food into gourmet meals for Rio de Janeiro's poorest residents.


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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Sings Goodbye With Grace (Too)

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2016 | 5:10 PM

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From left, Paul Langlois, Johnny Fay, Gord Downie, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip perform on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Toronto. (Photo: Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

The great joke built into The Tragically Hip's misnomer of a name is that while Kingston's...

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Help Us End Food Waste In Canada Now

(16) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Would you cash your paycheque and then set a third of it on fire? Or fill up your tank and burn off a third of your car's carbon-emitting gasoline while idling? What about going to your bookshelf and tossing every third novel into the fireplace?


Of course not...

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It's Possible To Stop The Olympics From Screwing Over Host Countries

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2016 | 3:08 PM

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Anti-government demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest on the Rio de Janeiro state economic crisis and against 2016 Rio Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 6, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Twelve summers ago, the Olympic torch was lit...

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Toronto Neighbourhood Parkdale Brings Free Wi-Fi To Those Who Can't Afford It

(21) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 12:39 PM

This deep into the information age, it's hard to imagine living without Internet access. But what if you had no choice?

Many people in Canada and around the world simply can't afford access, creating a "digital divide" that is preventing low-income Canadians and their children from escaping...

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The Night Drake's Success Made OVO Fest Obsolete

(8) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 12:35 PM

"And this is what I'ma do 'til it's over / 'Til it's over / But it's far from over."

Drake first made this boast on his major label debut's lead single "Over" back in the spring of 2010 and he wasn't kidding. The song resurfaced during a dominance-asserting medley of...

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Music Festivals Like WayHome Provide Refuge From The Real World

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 5:42 PM

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The opening licks of Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" launch a chorus of 40,000 screams of recognition that coalesce into the classic song's first verse. As the Montreal band's rapturous music rings out and up into the starry sky, these tens of thousands of...

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Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

(105) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 12:47 PM

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Radio Host Laura Ingraham gestures while speaking during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

It seems forever ago that Justin Trudeau made the world swoon by matter-of-facting that his cabinet...

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Duran Duran Remind Us Why '80s Music Deserves More Respect

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 12:28 PM

The late, lamented Vancouver nightclub Luv-A-Fair launched its signature '80s night pretty much the first Tuesday of 1990. Effectively, it just meant was that gritty warehouse club would continue playing the new wave "Retro Klassix" they'd built their reputation on.

But it was also a cheeky flag-planting...

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This Is What You Mean When You Say, Tweet Or Sing 'All Lives Matter'

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 5:47 PM

On the eve of the third anniversary of Black Lives Matter, a movement that exists to prevent anti-black racism by the police, one of The Tenors inserted the phrase "All Lives Matter" into the lyrics of "O Canada" during major...

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What Is 'Pokémon GO' (And Why's Everyone Gone Crazy Trying To Catch 'Em All)?

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 4:59 PM

Don't call "Pokémon GO" a comeback, Pikachu's been here for years.

Twenty years, to be exact, an anniversary celebrated this past February. But even if kids like my poké-obsessed six-year-old have never stopped playing and trading the collectible card game, the viral launch...

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Canadian Muslims Donate $250,000 Eid Gift To Rebuild Fort McMurray Homes

(16) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 4:56 PM

To mark this year's Eid al-Fitr, the July 6 celebration concluding the fasting month of Ramadan, a Canadian Muslim charity is giving $250,000 to the people of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray.

The Toronto-based International Development and Relief Foundation, founded by in 1984, was named one of...

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Black Lives Matter Protest Proves Pride Needs More Empathy, Less Prejudice

(511) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 2:31 PM

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Members of Black Lives Matter argue their case with the public who wanted the Pride Parade to go on. Photo by Roberto Machado Noa, Getty.

Toronto's Pride Parade on Sunday was an historic success. An estimated million revellers were joined by,...

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Let's Celebrate Immigrants This Canada Day

(47) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 5:51 PM

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

While on Kenya's south coast last week, I got a preview of the eventual Brexit vote when a couple blonde British ladies began ranting about immigrants. They took offence when I pointed out their views were kinda...

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Baby Storm Now: Dad David Stocker On The Uproar And Storm's Gender Identity

(367) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:05 PM

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Baby Storm, a then-four-month-old Toronto tot who was being raised "genderless," became one of the biggest viral news stories worldwide back in 2011.

A Toronto Star article headlined "Parents keep child's gender secret" explained how Storm's parents sent a birth announcement email that...

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How Canadian Technology Is Tackling The Food Waste Crisis

(31) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:00 AM

The issue of food waste has grown from your parents telling you to finish what's on your plate into one of the defining challenges of our era. Despite rising food insecurity, $31 billion of it is wasted every year in Canada, a number soaring to $1 trillion worldwide...

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Matthew House Is Where Refugees Who Have Nowhere Else To Go Find A Home

(25) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 4:26 PM

Dr. Paulin Rukiko Polepole greets me warmly in the lobby of his downtown Toronto apartment. He's wearing a natty, navy suit jacket paired with a bright blue button-up, shiny, black leather shoes, a metal watch and stylish socks.

He works at SickKids Hospital, counselling pregnant women and new mothers....

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