Youth Activism

C/O Mark Sissons

An African Friend To Vancouver's At-Risk Youth

We tend to think of charities involving Africans in terms of us providing assistance to them, not the other way around. Yet here is a man who spent part of his childhood in an orphanage in war-torn Uganda, changing young lives on our streets with a message of hope that flows from one powerful realization: Someone values me. I am not alone.
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Is Health Canada Doing Enough to Keep Our Food Healthy and Safe?

After my meeting with the Health Minister Rona Ambrose in November, 2014, I was under the impression that labelling genetically modified foods was up to the scientists at Health Canada. But when I asked two of Health Canada's senior officials about it, I was told that it's not a health and safety issue; therefore it is not within their mandate. Shouldn't the Ministry of Health and Health Canada be looking for conclusive proof that GMOs are safe? I think that is a better way to look out for the health of Canadians.
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How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.
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Canada's New Nutrition Labels Are Still Missing GMO Labels

The topic of genetically engineered crops is not new. They were first introduced into Canada 15 years ago, with four crops -- canola, corn, soy and sugar beets -- which now dominate the food industry. Today it's estimated that more than 70 per cent of the products you purchase at your local grocery store contain genetically modified ingredients.
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Why "Voluntourism" Matters

A young American named Pippa Biddle wrote a piece criticizing "voluntourism" that went viral. Though I agree with much of what she says, I think Biddle is missing one essential point. The mature and thoughtful attitude she has developed on this topic is a direct result of the experiences she has had through her volunteer work overseas. Without her fumbling efforts overseas, she would never have gained the wisdom to support development in the south in a way that does not reinforce the systemic imbalance of power and privilege that is so much a part of our well-intentioned efforts to help.
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My Uphill Battle Against the Government for Kids' Food Safety

I've been a vegetarian my whole life, so the thought of eating GMO foods that contained the genes of animals, bacteria and viruses was totally wrong to me. Since we live in a democratic country, I figured that publicly asking for transparency from our government so we could have a better and healthier future was a pretty reasonable request. What I didn't realize, was what an uphill battle it would be.
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How I'm Spreading the Word on GMOs

What a week it's been for me and the anti-GMO movement! This is my first year in high school and I am noticing that my life as an activist is a bit different than when I was in elementary school. The most exciting news I have to report right now though is that George Stroumboulopoulos asked me to be on his show!
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What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

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

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.
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How to Show your Young Volunteers Appreciation

There are so many issues that it's easy to volunteer for a cause that means something to you. Through texting, facebook, Twitter and talking, our (young) volunteers are likely one of our greatest marketing tools. It's National Volunteer Week, let's show them that we care about their commitment to our cause.

10 Things I've Learned From Craig Kielburger

It's probably better to be optimistic than pessimistic. Being optimistic gives you the passion and drive to keep fighting an uphill battle, even if you aren't seeing results. It's harder, but it's better for you and the world around you.