Canada Activism

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters' | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

China Must Free These Activists and Restore Confidence in Their Country

Patricia Adams | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

Guo Yushan and He Zhengjun are accused of having written and published books and articles, and of having given lectures at universities, on such subjects as taxes, law reform, and environmental protection, with funding that included four foreign sources. They are just two of 1.4 billion Chinese citizens, but their work represented all that is hopeful and optimistic about China. Rather than jailing them, the government should free them, tap their confidence in their country and their dedication to their fellow citizen, thaw the chill that has accompanied their incarceration and help the country thrive.

Civil Disobedience Isn't Helping Your Cause

Ian Carey | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Ian Carey

A study from the University of Toronto recommends that a change in tactics is long overdue for Canada's culture of activism, one that does not include civil disobedience, shouting, or getting angry at all. There have been times and places where civil disobedience has changed the world for the better, there can be no doubt about that. But today, in Canada and in most cases, not only are such actions not helping, they are actually hurting.

Brands Should Support LGBT Rights

Joseph Donia | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.

Should Climate Change Deniers Face Consequences?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

There indeed should be some kind of negative payoff for vehemently arguing against the betterment -- and now survival -- of humanity. Some kind of recompense for assaulting moral progress and engaging in deception, manipulation and overt falsehoods.

Greenpeace Sparked a Revolution. It's Time For Another

Emily Hunter | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada
Emily Hunter

My father, Robert Hunter, had coined the term "mind bomb" as an expression that our greatest tool for revolution was our own consciousness. He believed that mass media (early broadcast media at the time) could help spark that consciousness shift and a societal shift by changing the story of our times. The reality is the tides are turning. Despite the stories of impossibility in the fight against climate change, there are some new stories being written of possibility. It will still take many more of us -- millions and billions of us -- to continue to share these news stories and to create the "mind bomb" moments.

#BringBackOurGirls and the Limits of Clicktivism

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

One year later, what has #BringBackOurGirls accomplished? It didn't bring the girls home. Second-hand reports suggest that 57 of the girls escaped their captors, but the rest are still out there, likely sold off as child brides (or sex slaves). Recently, a UN official said there's evidence they may be dead. It's a sad illustration of the limitations of "clicktivism" -- the use of online media to advance causes. There must be a plan to engage supporters once they've clicked, and keep them engaged, even after the hashtag stops trending.

The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

The celebrants on April 20 don't necessarily know the history of how cannabis came to be illegal, but they do know cannabis is less harmful to users than all other illicit drugs and considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. They know that the greatest threat from cannabis lies in its continued illegality by policy makers who wish the evidence would just go away.

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

What Can We Do About Toronto's Persisting Homelessness Problem?

Dave Colangelo | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada
Dave Colangelo

There are over 5,000 homeless individuals in Toronto; over 400 sleeping outside on an average night and these numbers continue to grow. Across Canad...

Remembering Joe Opatowski: 10 Years Since Canada Lost a Hero

Julie Mannell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Julie Mannell

When I met Joe Opatowski I was looking for a hero. My father had just died from cancer. I was 12-years-old and had read Craig Kielburger's book "Free the Children" and I suppose at the time, given my disposition with regards to my father's illness, I had grandiose questions and was looking for a hero.

Fort McMurray Strikes Back at Hollywood

Tim Moen | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tim Moen

My team and I will go down to L.A. and make a movie about our campaign to put a stop to the movie industry which is destroying so many lives. We will be armed with pomposity, judgement, condescension and constant looks of horror on our faces. We will also be armed with important environmental technology that I invented, such as a smart car of dog sleds (my lap dog attached to a child sled) and a carbon capture mask for joggers so that they don't have to contribute to global warming with their excess carbon emissions.

Canada, You Have Two Days Left To Tell Health Canada to Label GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

It is not too late to exercise your democratic rights and voice your opinions. I may not be old enough to vote in the polls yet, but I am definitely old enough to vote at the cash register. I have also had the honour and privilege to speak with thousands and thousands of people across Canada about GMOs, and it's pretty clear.

Canada's New Nutrition Labels Are Still Missing GMO Labels

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

The topic of genetically engineered crops is not new. They were first introduced into Canada 15 years ago, with four crops -- canola, corn, soy and sugar beets -- which now dominate the food industry. Today it's estimated that more than 70 per cent of the products you purchase at your local grocery store contain genetically modified ingredients.

When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Avi Goldberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

Palestinian solidarity activists are using Zionism isn't Judaism on social media to say that Jews aren't the problem, the Zionist state of Israel is the problem, but will this tactic work? Despite good intentions, the answer is no. One problem with Zionism isn't Judaism is that its primary assertion is inaccurate.

Why 'Privilege' Is Condescending and Manipulative

Angela Hartlin | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

As an evolved species, we can do better than repeating the same patterns of discrimination that feed into a looping and segregating cycle. Let's lay out all issues on the table, educate, and not stamp prejudice onto those who suffer greatly for various other reasons because they fit in with the white/ straight/ rich categories.

More Canadians Should Act Like the Shirtless Jogger

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

When the shirtless jogger encountered Rob Ford at the Canada Day parade he took the opportunity to do something the media had been forbidden to do the day before: He asked the mayor questions. Like it or not, our elected leaders should expect to be asked hard questions -- and they should be ready to answer those questions, because in a democracy, we expect accountability. And we should be relieved that teachers like Mr. Killoran are demonstrating the courage it takes to stand up and hold politicians accountable.

Advice to Boards: Renew Your Directors or Shareholders May Do It For You

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Here is a top 10 list reflecting 40 recent director and executive interviews and ongoing advice and assessment provided to activist investors and boar...

Is Hashtag Activism Against Sports Superstars Really Effective?

Avi Goldberg | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Avi Goldberg

Does digital activism against MacLean, Cooke, and Sterling provide real tools to force change? Or, is it merely a technologically-enabled show of customer-generated publicity that is either entirely self-serving or destined to be co-opted by the very sports-entertainment businesses against which its putative anger is aimed? I say the plusses win out.

Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.

Canada's Healthcare Prospers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

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? To prosper, Africa must keep her brilliant children home. And developed nations like Canada have a role to play here, too. For a start, we must address the issues in our own health care system that requires us to draw so many health professionals from developing countries where they are needed more.

How I Was Uplifted By World Visionaries Fighting Against GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to go to Australia and speak about GMOs for the Uplift Festival. After our 23-hour flight, it finally hit me. We're really here. My life may be changed forever. It was so refreshing to be around other like-minded youth who believe you are never too young to change the world!

Activists Need to Get Out of the Street and into the Boardroom

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Strikes, picket lines and other forms of protest that require significant labour resources are ineffective against corporations that can use automation or outsourcing as significant bargaining chips. If this is the case, how are activists meant to effect real change? One way is in the corporate boardroom.

Doctor's Orders: Raise the Minimum Wage

Ritika Goel | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Ritika Goel

Living in poverty is not just an economic and political issue, but fundamentally an issue of human health. Income is the strongest determinant of health. How much you make is more important than what you eat, how much you exercise, or even your genetic make-up. A recent series of articles in the Ontario Medical Review highlights the fact that poverty is a medical problem, and healthcare providers are seeing the impacts on the front lines. We know that people on social assistance have a suicide rate 18 times higher than those in the highest income bracket. Something needs to be done.

How Nelson Mandela's Words Inspired Me From Prison

Ardeshir Zarezadeh | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Ardeshir Zarezadeh

Since I read Mandela's book, Long Walk to Freedom, in Iran's Evin prison in 2000, I felt stronger and more committed to my activism work. He gave me hope and power to fight against the Iranian dictatorship. What's even more amazing is that every one of my cell mates were reading his book as well. I'll never forget what his words gave me.