Social Justice

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.

Can Metadata Solve Washroom Graffiti?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Instead of reassuring yourself that since you have nothing to hide, collection of metadata won't reveal anything interesting about you, ask your children how they feel about the proposed washroom math lesson. Then you can both stand up for your rights.

Do You Know Where Those Valentine's Chocolates Came From?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

What is it about chocolate that says 'love' on Valentine's Day? The first year I was married, I remember an almost overwhelming instinct to concoct h...

Animals Are Workers, Too

Kendra Coulter | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Kendra Coulter

There are workers who are not counted in censuses, protected by labour laws, or given a paycheque for their labour. Some of these workers are not humans. One thing we know for sure is that animals do so much for people. So what will people now do for animals?

Why Philanthropy is the Best Medicine

Kim Smiley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Kim Smiley

I know several philanthropists who will only fund the projects that no one else will touch. Give me the most stigmatized cause, the most complex client group! What does this teach us about life? The nobility of standing in solidarity with the marginalized.

Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Life is an ongoing exercise in empathy. As a human being, your job should be constantly learning how to make your own way in this world while causing as little harm as possible. Which is why I'm ultimately baffled when people wonder aloud if they're supposed to look at everything critically and worry about its potential to harm others. Because yes, that is exactly what you are supposed to do.

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.

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Kendra Coulter | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

There are many threads which interweave people working in stores and in factories, near and far. Yet too often we compartmentalize and divide issues, creating silos of concern. People interested in making more ethical consumption choices are forced to pit priorities against each other.

Life is Beautiful? Even the Marginalized Can Benefit from Art

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

As humble as they might be, beauty and art can play a part in the support service toolkit that helps the homeless with life challenges and provides assistance that is emotional, social, and spiritual in nature.

The Homeless Deserve Compassion, Not Condemnation

Ward Draper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ward Draper

The multiple tragedies faced by individuals living on the margins are further complicated by homelessness, which is in itself disempowering, painful, destructive, and unpredictable. It is in this pandemonium that there is little opportunity to reclaim personhood, control and clarity which is necessary to make healthier and richer decisions. They are barely recognized as persons let alone seen as having the capacity to make choice. There is so little our friends on the streets can take responsibility for nor are they even given many opportunities to claim responsibility.

What It's Really Like to Live as a Fat Person Every Day

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I don't believe that acceptance means that I'm making excuses. Who are you to decide if my experience is an excuse? That's derailing and dehumanizing. When you present your fitspiration article and ask me, a fat person, why I don't look like you and what my excuse must be, you're asking a question that is none of your business. I get that it's supposed to be inspiring and make me think, but you have no idea what I do for myself and what I'm working on personally. I don't owe anyone explanations, excuses, or anything else. I only owe myself those things.

Toronto's Future: Safe Injection Sites Are a Win-Win

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of a safe injection clinic in Toronto. So our mayor -- surprise, surprise -- is against it. The provincial Liberals -- surprise, surprise -- have been ducking the issue. Since the feds are not on board, the Liberals have an excuse to sidestep rather than do the right thing and speak up (which would jeopardize their share of the redneck vote). Hey, Liberals will be Liberals. History will vindicate these efforts. History will condemn those who oppose these efforts. And, for the purpose of this article: history will not be kind to those who lag, stay on the fence, and do nothing. Toronto cannot afford to make that mistake.

6 Reasons Why There's No Wrong Way to Be a Woman

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's become apparent to me that the other side, the feminists working tirelessly to get rid of misogyny, are going too far in the other direction and trying to dictate what women should do and be. Enough, already. Here are six reasons why there's no wrong way to be the woman you are.

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

JRAN: Standing Up For Human Dignity In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Bernie Farber

As a result of what many in the refugee advocacy community believe to be a time of social cruelty here in Canada, government policy in our country has...

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.

Why Stop at Red Lights?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

In my part of Toronto, I have noticed a new understanding of traffic regulation. Stop if it is convenient to do so, but if you are in a hurry, forget about it. If we only teach children that red means stop and green means go, we could be courting disaster.

How Young People Are Using Social Intraprenurship to Change Their World

Kira Burger | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Kira Burger

In an economy in which employment is increasingly scarce, Canadian youth need hard and soft skills to create their own opportunities. The Otesha Project, the youth-led non-profit where I work, combines experiential learning and bicycle tours to foster personal and professional development.

We're Queer. We're Muslim. Get Used to It.

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

Many queer activists rise above their circumstances and assert their voice for justice that is not limited to LGBT issues. Belonging to a vulnerable minority, they understand prejudice and can empathize with "others." Queer Muslim activists, despite facing immense prejudice, continue their work quietly and with dignity. Their work ends up helping the very Muslim communities that so strongly shun them. They truly know the meaning of spiritual chivalry, to practice good without expecting the same in return.

Will This Man Give Canada's Healthcare a Shot in the Arm?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Boozary

The Canadian Medical Association's 145th annual meeting is taking place this week. The mantra of the meeting is health equity, and Sir Michael Marmot, the white knight of social determinants, undoubtedly provides the human and scholarly element the issue of inequality deserves. There may be no better person to articulate Canada's barriers to better health outcomes.

Watching the Watchdog: Will Microsoft Produce the Next Walter Cronkite?

Tim Knight | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time when the world was young and had hope, and global warming, the one per cent and social media hadn't yet been invented, there truly was a golden age for TV news in North America. Could Microsoft bring that golden age back since its split from MSNBC?

Bill C-38 Ate Away All of Canada's Social Progress

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Bill C-38 will wreak havoc on provincial budgets through measures that will shift costs onto provincial social programs. This is but one of the ways in which the Conservative government is determined to use legislation to bully and weaken its opponents, as well as the quality of democratic debate.

The Future of Occupy: Love, Respect -- and Name-Calling

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada Business
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If you take the many media portrayals of the Occupy camps at face value, you might believe that they are (were) filthy dens of iniquity: disorganized, dangerous, unruly, smelly. While not an overnighter, I became a regular. Whenever I left Occupy, I was a nicer guy than when I had arrived.

Is Oil Ever Ethical?

David Suzuki | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Ezra Levant acknowledges that exploiting and using fossil fuels has environmental impacts. Does that mean there is a hierarchy of ethical practices or that one ethical practice cancels out other unethical activities?

Israel's Tent Protests: Whose 'Social Justice'?

Mira Sucharov | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

In my opinion, the Israeli cost-of-living tent protests are not necessarily about the broadest reaches of social justice. They are confined to how Israelis want their own society to be ordered. And whatever the borders of the Jewish state, Israel must not sacrifice democracy on the altar of ethnicity.