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How TV Can More Accurately Represent Mental Health Issues

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.26.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has sparked an international controversy for its depiction of teen suicide. But the hit drama has become a scapegoat for an entire industry that, experts say, could do better in its depictions of mental illness.

How Can We Prepare Kids For Jobs That Don't Exist Yet?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

What will your child be when they grow up? Maybe a quantum automotive programmer, or a multi-phasic data sculptor. OK, we made those jobs up. But consider this: just ten years ago, 'social media manager' or 'mobile app developer' would have seemed like imaginary job titles to most.

Prison Should Never Come Between A Mother And Her Child

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Behind the barbed wire fence at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, 50 kilometres east of Vancouver, is a state of the art nursery. It's one of the only mother-child units in a Canadian prison system that leaves many children without mothers.

Rising Tides Will Create The World's Next Refugee Crisis

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As human-caused climate change continues to warm the planet, sea levels will rise, storms will grow stronger, floods more violent and draughts harsher. All of this puts some of the world's most vulnerable people at greater risk.

Video Games Can Be A Force For Good

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don't worry; an alternative to space war is on the way.

Science Needs A Rebrand, Not A Protest March, To Convince Skeptics

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This Earth Day, thousands of scientists will descend on Washington DC to protest budget cuts to their departments. The science seems to suggest that when people in lab coats align with one political side, they only drive people further away. Instead, scientists need to stoke our wonder.

Reconciliation Is Canada Embracing Its Many Indigenous Languages

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language trees like Algonquian, Athapaskan and Inuktitut drove their roots into this country millennia before a word of English or French was spoken here. Today, there are more than 60 distinct indigenous languages in Canada. Teaching non-indigenous Canadians would build bridges.

How To Build Resilient Cities In The Face Of Natural Disaster

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canadians can help make their communities resilient. Get together with your neighbours and make a community emergency plan. Identify the most vulnerable in your neighbourhood -- seniors living alone, large families with young children -- and create a volunteer network to check up on them when extreme weather strikes. If you own a business, consider how you could help out--for example, a restaurant might prepare meals for residents stranded in emergency shelters.

Pushing A Social Cause Is The Hot New Advertising Trend

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Conventional wisdom in advertising says steer clear of politics. But at the Super Bowl, the Holy Grail of advertising, brands broke the rules. Companies represent 58 per cent of the largest economic entities in the world, with tremendous resources to grow and scale. When they invest meaningfully in causes, marrying profit and purpose, they make sales and social impact.

A Room Of His Own: The Legacy Of Chanie Wenjack

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Amidst the shrubbery and tool displays at this year's Canada Blooms event, a landscaped pathway will tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died fleeing his residential school in 1966.

Looking Beyond World Water Day

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Tyler and Alex Mifflin spent summers in the water. Childhood memories of canoe trips and pristine waves contrast heavily with something they heard from adults time and again: "Don't swim in Lake Ontario. It's too polluted." That warning was the first drop in the bucket that's become a shared life goal. March 22 is World Water Day and we need the conversation to extend beyond the environment. So we spoke with the Mifflin brothers about the importance of water and how ordinary people can take action every day in unexpected ways.

Inside A Canadian Hate Group

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

After her assault, the police officer handling Sarah's case invited her to a meeting. A CSIS agent was there. Would she be willing to go undercover, inside a hate group, using her fiancé's connections to get information? There would be no pay. No police protection. Still, Sarah volunteered.

When Empowering Girls, We Must Include Boys

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Sadly, women still march in the streets for the same fundamental rights men take for granted. In developing communities especially, huge gaps remain in areas like women's education, health and economic opportunity. Overlooking men can actually worsen inequality, according to a 2013 World Bank study that examined two decades of research on gender equity programs.

Black History Month Can Make Us All Better Canadians

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ask most Canadians about black history and they'll tell you about slavery in America, victories of the Civil Rights Movement and the giants who led it. But what about Canada? Mathieu Da Costa, a renowned translator hired by Samuel de Champlain, was the first recorded black person in the country.

Let's Break Out Of The Personalized Internet Bubbles Dividing Us

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The Internet was meant to be this great contest of ideas. But instead of expanding our perspectives, the Internet shows us what it thinks we want to see. Is it also dividing us?

Make Giving Back A Family Affair

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Family Day is thus far a holiday without a tradition. Rather than retreat into separate rooms in the February darkness or risk it becoming just another greeting card holiday, let's imbue this unclaimed occasion with a tradition of giving. Not giving gifts, but giving back as a family to our communities.

The Power Of Letters In The Digital Age

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Growing up, there was an unspoken absence in Zainib Abdullah's life. In Richmond Hill, Ontario, far from the home her family left in Iraq, she pieced together the story of her uncle. He had been unjustly arrested and disappeared years earlier by Saddam Hussein's government, without a trial or a chance to say goodbye to his loved ones. Now she puts pen to paper, writing letters on behalf of people unfairly imprisoned around the world.

Canada Gets A Poor Grade In Civics Literacy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Civics means learning about citizenship -- how our nation is governed, and our rights and duties as Canadians. It's a subject we believe is every bit as vital as math or science. Yet, across much of Canada, civics is tucked away in high school history or social studies curriculums.

Diverse Toys Could Help Children Become Compassionate Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Kids connect with characters who look like them, even if those characters are sidelined. But during playtime, your kid is the casting director. A toy they can identify with makes them the hero of their own story, and could overcome what we call 'activist's block,' the self-diminishing excuse we hear often: "I'm just one person. What can I do?"

It's On All Canadians To Seek Out Indigenous Stories And Art

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We need to hear tales that move beyond stereotypes to challenge and teach. These stories are out there - indigenous people have been telling them for generations, but too often we haven't listened.

How The World Can Do Better In 2017

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu counselled us not to get discouraged by disheartening news headlines. Instead, think of them as a to-do list for changing the world, he said. As we look to 2017, we're taking that advice, focusing on positive outcomes and galvanized communities instead of lamenting past events.

Looking Beyond A Cure For Autism To Build A Network Of Care

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the 18 years since Kilee was diagnosed, David Patchell-Evans' evolving understanding of her condition has mirrored changes in the way scientists talk about autism. From an incurable disease to a spectrum that will affect one in 68 children, we now view autism as a range of conditions that are distinct in every individual.

Indigenous Cuisine Offers A Path To Reconciliation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There's a new cadre of indigenous chefs who are part historian, part cultural ambassador. Piecing together recipes long passed down orally, Chef David Wolfman helps people find a sense of history and identity through food. For many experiencing the residual effects of residential schools, food provides a link to a culture they didn't even know they were missing.

Rise Up, Canada, And Revoke The Licence To Hate

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Go back to your f---ing country," the white man screamed at the non-white man. This outburst was caught on camera, not in post-Brexit England or post-election America, but on a streetcar in the middle of multicultural Toronto. Lately, Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. So what can you do? Lots.

Creativity Is The Future Of Senior Care

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Too often, the elderly live forgotten in depressing conditions. The mind of a five-year-old might be exactly what elder care needs. What about a facility designed by Disney? It's just one of the creative solutions popping up around the world, proving that engaging, personalized environments improve quality of life, health and longevity for seniors.