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Since launching Oxfam's campaign on women and work last week, we've received all kinds of questions and comments about whether women are really being shortchanged by the global economy. Some suggest that gender inequality doesn't exist here in Canada, only in poor countries.
Since travelling to Tanzania this September I have a more useful way of looking at addressing food scarcity. I got to see World Vision at work providing communities with the tools necessary to create a sustainable living. We met fish farmers, bee farmers, food and milk processing workers, and saw water projects that helped farmers feed multiple communities.
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"I did not want my daughter to grow up seeing our culture and sacred regalia mocked."
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Award-winning philosopher Charles Taylor on Trump, Brexit and how to convince your parents that diversity is good for Canada.
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Lawyer, activist, champion for human rights.
Engaging all of your senses to commune with nature sounds a bit hokey. But it is part of a growing movement that recognizes green space is more than just lungs for the Earth. Nature is also vital to the well-being of people -- not just hippies -- and hard science shows it can help address real health concerns.
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Most of us couldn't imagine that it would come to this, at least not in our lifetime. The Arctic is changing from a white, ice-covered, predictable environment to one that is increasingly unstable. And because of the tight linkages between Earth's systems, changes in the Arctic will reverberate around the world.
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What are you going to be for Halloween? The answer for many girls will be different in 2016: after 11 years as the most popular costume, princess has been beaten out by superhero. Halloween and the costumes we choose are mirrors of our culture, reflecting back to us our values, taboos and norms.
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The SDGs are a refreshing return to the original multifaceted concept of sustainable development. Sustainability is not just about the environment, not just about community investment, or just about the economy. It is not the responsibility of just one industry or one government or one group to solve all the world's problems.
Marine mammals such as the North Atlantic right whale are threatened by shipping collisions and entanglement in fishing gear. Beluga whales are threatened by chemical and noise pollution, as well as loss of habitat. And all species in Canada will feel the effects of climate change, which is happening faster than species can adapt.
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The bill is just a few short paragraphs.
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"Everything's going to end up being OK. It's just a nightmare right now."
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Running for Edmonton City Council this year, and failing, was the best thing that ever happened to me... because I had the ultimate realization. Politics was not my thing. Now, I say this very intently knowing that I never want to close a door in the future. But that statement has put me so much at ease that I know it's the right thing for me.
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Now that Syrian newcomers have arrived safely in Canada, they can start building their new lives. As the focus shifts from managing the large number of arrivals to integrating families, particularly youth, we see a critical need for more collaboration, research, and knowledge sharing of best practices in Canada and around the world.
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Whether it's a result of increased need, improved awareness or maybe both, millennials are asking for help in the form of access to mental health services that are often fragmented province to province and particularly difficult to access. Millennials are also most likely to be underinsured or have no insurance at all.
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Over the last 25 years, the number of people suffering from hunger dropped by 50%. Yet, in 2015, there were still 800 million people suffering from hunger in developing countries -- this amounts to twice the population of the entire North American continent.
A new film reminds us that colonization is still with us.
When Rick Hansen first started his tour, the cinema in his hometown didn't have an accessibility ramp.
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The ladies get in formation at We Day Toronto 2016!
About four million Canadians -- including more than a million children -- lack food security, defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Sadly, it's not just humans who are affected by mismanagement of food systems and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Wildlife feel the impacts as well.
That Toronto Blue Jays fans can act like British football hooligans is bad enough, but this bad behaviour becomes far worse when fans resort to racism. Now maybe the Blue Jays didn't want to deal with their own racist fans just before they had to face off against a Cleveland team with a racist name and mascot. But now that the post-season is over for the Blue Jays, this needs to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed immediately.
We Day makes the case that Indigenous issues should matter to the youngest Canadians.
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They told Chanie Wenjack's story to 20,000 students Wednesday. And the students listened.
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On the one-year anniversary of the election that brought us Canada's first 50/50 cabinet, a day after Person's Day and heading into the final weeks of the U.S. election, we are at a peak moment to assess how we doing both in terms of getting women into public life and politics and why it matters.
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Thanks perhaps to our own anguish over the last few years as we emerged from that dark tunnel where we finally began to understand the harm we have caused Canada's Indigenous people over the last 100 years, many Canadians are prepared to stand with First Nations in this fight.
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When my husband answered the phone you gently took over the job of restraining my son...something that no public servant has ever dared to do. We've had teachers and support workers tell us that they're not allowed to touch a child, even when it's a matter of keeping our son safe. But you held him firmly and respectfully, as gently as you could, without a trace of anger or fear on your face. "I have a lot of experience with autistic kids," you told me, and it showed.
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In my experience, equity in Canada's health systems is discussed a lot, but that seldom translates into effective action to ensure equal access and equal outcomes for all people regardless of their race or culture. Provinces rarely have a person who is in charge of health equity; lacking health equity plans or targets.
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As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.
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Cities are more important than ever in efforts to address climate change. By 2050 global city populations are expected to almost double in size, but urban areas already account for nearly 75 per cent of total carbon emissions. Cities all around the planet have the opportunity to transition "from grey to green."
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In Nigeria last week, an outbreak of polio prompted UNICEF to launch a massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children. The ongoing conflict there due to the Boko Haram insurgency has already displaced 2.6 million people and left more than four million people in north-east Nigeria facing a humanitarian crisis. Four hundred thousand children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year.
"Why we still tolerate language on a jersey that we would not tolerate on the field is beyond me."