Raffi Cavoukian
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For millions of fans, Raffi's music was the soundtrack of their childhoods. These "beluga grads" now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children's entertainer in the western world, and Canada's all time children's champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Inspired by Bernie Sanders’ principled and visionary campaign for U.S. presidential nomination, Raffi wrote and recorded the song "Wave Of Democracy.”

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B.C. Needs A Premier Who Will Represent The People

(24) Comments | Posted May 5, 2017 | 2:08 PM

What will the B.C. election on May 9 bring -- an increase on the 55 per cent of eligible voters who cast ballots last time? An NDP government? A Green surge?

Full disclosure: I don't enjoy the partisan bickering of political parties and their candidates. I don't belong to...

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Imagining A Plan B For Bernie Sanders' Grassroots Revolution

(24) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 5:34 PM

Months ago, Bernie Sanders had me at "Enough is enough!"

When he added, "We're going to tell a few billionaires that they can't have it all," I went gaga. "This campaign is not about me, it's not about just electing a president -- it's about a democratic revolution to...

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Declaring Hillary Clinton's 'Historic Moment' Is A Rush To Judgment

(983) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 3:13 PM

The 2016 U.S. presidential nomination race has been one of many surprises, week after week, and probably the first in which the remaining three candidates are often mentioned by their first names. Hillary, Bernie. (and yes, the Donald.)

Tuesday June 7 is the day of the last "Super Tuesday"...

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If The Pope Gets Climate Change, Why Can't B.C.?

(40) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:37 PM

In an unprecedented season of hundreds of B.C. wildfires, Premier Christy Clark can disappear from view for a long time. Yet she is calling a rare summer session of the provincial legislature for an LNG debate (so-called), to rubber-stamp the ratification of her government's first proposed...

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Children's Health Should Be Legally Protected From Environmental Harm

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:04 PM

By Raffi Cavoukian, with Bonnie Hamilton Bogart

Should our children's health be protected from environmental harm? Although most people would answer yes, in Canada this concept is not guaranteed as a basic human right. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens is working to change this in New Brunswick,...

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Christy Clark Is Balancing the Budget at the Expense of Kids and Teachers

(63) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:27 PM

I've been reflecting on why the months-long dispute between the B.C. government and teachers has shaken me so. Why should I be this bothered about a labour dispute?

Why am I so mad at Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender -- aren't there two sides to any...

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Did Police Miss Chance To Protect Amanda Todd From Blackmailer?

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:33 AM

"If Amanda does not stay off the Internet and/or take steps to protect herself online, there is only so much we as the police can do."

-- Coquitlam RCMP email to Carol Todd in 2011

Amanda Todd took her life in 2012 at the age of 15 after...

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Can a Computer Replace the Real Thing?

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 8:05 AM

This blog is an excerpt from Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us, to be published in June, 2103 ©Homeland Press, 2013

If the internet and InfoTech have become the background of our thoughts, something fundamentally human may be shifting. Our relationship to Nature, our...

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Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us

(50) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM

This blog is the preface to Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us, to be published in June, 2103 ©Homeland Press, 2013

As a troubadour and tech enthusiast, as an ecology advocate and children's champion, I'm moved to comment on what I...

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When Social Media Is Used for Bad

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 11:47 AM

In October 2012, British Columbia teen Amanda Todd ended her life after suffering intolerable bullying triggered by a sexual predator who found and blackmailed her through Facebook. Millions were outraged. We were too. We are social media enthusiasts who care deeply about protecting vulnerable young users in the...

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Dear Sheryl Sandberg: Please Keep Predators Off Facebook

(14) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 2:37 PM

Dear Ms. Sandberg,

We are a community of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including Amanda Todd's mother. As
you may know, Amanda was contacted and blackmailed through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated local teens to enter her circles of friends.

We write imploring you to lead change...

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My Dear Kavna: A Whale of a Love Story

(36) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 7:51 AM

My Dear Kavna,

I feel like I've lost a very dear old friend. Yet it's much more than that. Since hearing the news of your death, I have felt the loss of an extended family member -- one who had a profound impact on me. Kavna, meeting you moved...

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Advice to Harper

(42) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Prime Minister Harper,

Your first parliamentary majority comes at a time of considerable change in Canadian political culture, liberty movements in many nations and a systemic crisis in the global ecology. It's worth noting that the Conservative party's founding principles include a commitment to upholding our "obligations among the...

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