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How CIDA Is Changing -- For the Worse

The Conservative government's recent decision to use Canadian development dollars to subsidise the activities of the extractive sector is troubling. Under the direction of its new Minister Julian Fantino, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is, shockingly, changing its focus from poverty reduction to promoting Canadian extractive industries abroad. During a recent speech before the Economic Club of Canada, Minister Fantino said that from now on, CIDA will be "in the business of building Canada's markets for the future" and "creating an environment where the (extractive) industry on its own can achieve success." This is not the business of CIDA.
Alamy

Giving Girls in Ghana the Tools to Make a Difference

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ghana as youth ambassador with Plan Canada. We know that young educated girls are vital for the growth of a community, but seeing it firsthand is a whole other kind of understanding. Ghana is no longer that faraway place that you might hear about on TV. It's a country full of youth just life us who can transform their community if they have the right tools to do so.
AP

Human Rights vs Human Monsters in Norway

While it recently played host to the Oslo Freedom Forum, Norway's capital is gripped by the Anders Breivik trial. What happens at the Breivik trial has a bearing on the libertarian and humanitarian values that underly the Forum -- one that is neither left wing nor right win, and has highlighted oppression and dissident courage in places as various as China, Singapore, Turkish Kurdistan, India and Sudan.
Alamy

The Great Lakes Aren't So Great Anymore

Environmental NGOs in Ontario are hoping to make a promised new provincial law to protect the Great Lakes as strong as possible. The Great Lakes Protection Act, promised in the Premier's 2011 Throne Speech, is a big deal. And why not? The drinking water of 37 million people depends on healthy Great Lakes.
ESA/NASA

When Profit and Social Responsibility Collide

We fuelled a belief in our capitalist society that you can't make a profit without harming the world -- and that the only people who can do good for our world don't make a profit. "Giving back" has become one of the most fashionable lines -- as if to imply that we really must have stolen something as we were making a profit!

4 Sites to Fight Greenwashing

Trying to go green and not sure how to protect yourself from the "greenwashers"? Not sure if a company is being upfront. Read on fellow greenie read on! Here is a list of resources to help you weed through all the enviro-mental claims.

The Positive Power of Selfishness

While I believe one needs to have altruistic tendencies to commit to a volunteer position, I just as firmly believe that some of the most awe-inspiring and powerful examples of volunteerism are often rooted in selfish motives. I believe this because I have witnessed it firsthand.