Canada Activism

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

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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.

With Great Macklemore Comes Great Responsibility

N/A Inc. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Music
N/A Inc.

At the AMAs, rapper Macklemore spent much of his precious acceptance speech time discussing the injustice behind the Trayvon Martin verdict. Here's a radical idea: if Macklemore is so disgusted by the Trayvon Martin ruling, he should be the one to lead Stevie Wonder's list of artists boycotting Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is repealed.

Thanks to Harper, I Recently Apologized For Being Canadian

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Emma Pullman

In addition to the Keystone XL which would increase total capacity of the pipeline to 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per day, Enbridge filed plans to Monday to build the $2.6B Sandpiper pipeline project across northern Minnesota. If approved, the project will move 225,000 barrels per day of unconventional oil to Minnesota, and 375,000 barrels to Wisconsin.

Russell Brand's "Activism" Isn't Fooling Me

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

The most revealing moment of Russell Brand's Newsnight interview is when Paxman asks what his revolution will be like. Brand begins his response: "Well I'll tell you what it won't be like." This response, which knows not what it wants and only what it doesn't want, is indicative of what I've come to think of as Che Activism.

How Tragedy Inspires Young People to Help

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If you're incredibly lucky, you've never had a friend or family member fighting for his or her life, or stolen by tragedy -- be it cancer, HIV/AIDS or a drunk driver. Such luck, we suspect, befalls very few. Sometimes, however, tragedy opens a door. In helping a loved one, some people -- especially youth -- discover a world bigger than themselves, and a desire to make that world better for others.

What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I'm 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. People ask me all the time, "What's it like to be a child activist?" Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! But I love it! It's so much fun and you feel so good because you're doing good for the world.

Can Online Petitions Change the World?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Skeptics take heed: to dismiss online activism as mere slacktivism is to ignore one of the very real positive social benefits of the internet. But a warning to activists as well: e-petitions can help you change the world, but only when mixed with a little old-school elbow grease.

How MC Hammer and Others Found Their Sparks

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Most people know Burrell as MC Hammer -- the man in the neon parachute pants who helped bring rap music into the mainstream in the early 1990s. But we also know him as an ordained preacher, devoted to raising awareness of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that ravage impoverished communities in the developing world.

We Should All Try Harder to Be Better

Lacey Haynes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Lacey Haynes

The idea that you are a singular, impermeable being is totally bogus. The choices you make impact more than just you. Whether you see it now, later or never, all of your actions have consequences -- some insignificant, some wondrous and some dire. Everyday, you should -- we all should -- try harder to be better.

The Journey Of The Jellyfish Project

Mindil Beach Markets | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Mindil Beach Markets

It's a beautiful day in Saskatoon. After an appearance on Global TV this morning, I'm spending the afternoon on a sunny patio reflecting on what has b...

Building Nation-to-Nation Relationships by Bicycle

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Otesha" means "reason to dream" in Swahili -- a word chosen by founders Jocelyn Land-Murphy and Jessica Lax after meeting in Kenya. After 10 years and dozens of tours, this is Otesha's first "nation-to-nation" tour,in collaboration with the ecumenical justice group KAIROS, to nurture the connection between aboriginal peoples and non-aboriginal Canadians.

Standing Up For Yourself Is Harder Offline

Anne Theriault | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I spend a lot of time thinking about intolerance and the various things that I do to combat it. Being a loudmouth who speaks out against hate on the Internet very rarely results in physical violence. Being a loudmouth who speaks out against hate in the real world is much more likely to result in broken bones, a smashed up face or even worse.

Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters

Alex Ilona Abramovich | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Ilona Abramovich

The youth I have spoken to over the years have described Toronto's shelter system as a dangerous place for LGBTQ youth because of prolific homophobia and transphobia. I have heard stories of youth living in parks because they did not feel safe in the shelter system due to daily threats of homophobia and transphobia.

First Nations Youth Walk For Clean Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Acadia Solomon just wanted to swim with her friends. Unfortunately the signs posted last year at her favourite swimming spot were clear: it was not safe to swim in or drink the water. So when she heard about a group of First Nations youth walking from Winnipeg to Ottawa to speak out about the "killing" of our nation's lakes and rivers, no power in the world was going to stop her from joining them.

David Suzuki Empowers 8,000 Youth to Wake Up Canada!

Amy MacPherson | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Amy MacPherson

On April 25, 2013, renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki attended the WFCU Centre to empower the crowd with his Wake Up Canada call. It's a campaign organized by the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition to support a day of action, encouraging kids to advocate for their environmental future through the very media that overlooked them this time around.

When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

Nikki Thomas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Nikki Thomas

Raising awareness is often a good first step, and functions well as a means to an end -- but it cannot be viewed as an end in itself. Activism simply does not end with the sharing of a Facebook post or a retweet; it's great to tell your friends that something is important enough to share with them, but it's virtually meaningless if it doesn't lead to further action.

Interview With an Environmental Activist: Why You Should Care About Canada's Future

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Nadia Chowdhury has been advocating for a better environment for a very long time. The determined environmental activist explains why the environment is an important agenda for her, reflects on her personal journey so far and advises those who may want to emulate such a fulfilling activist journey.

How We Can Fight the FIPA

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

I received a number of comments on my recent column on the trade deal Prime Minister Harper signed with China; Some commenters asked what they can do....

Is Canada Goose Afraid of Facing an 11-Year-Old Girl?

Shannon Kornelsen | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Kornelsen

Eleven-year-old Jasmine was one of about 40 people who gathered at Canada Goose headquarters to hand-deliver 5,000 signed postcards imploring CEO Dani Reiss to stop using real real coyote fur on Canada Goose jackets and hats. Jasmine was met by security, who jumped in front of her as she approached the front door.

I Prefer to Be Green Than to Make Green

Sofi Papamarko | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Sofi Papamarko

Would you take a 50 per cent pay cut to work on something you believed in? Two months ago, I did exactly that when I began working for Earth Day Canada. Coincidentally, I also started sleeping better at night. Because I'd rather be green than have it.