Generation Why: Must-reads for Canadian Youth
Welcome to the second issue of Generation Why, CBC must-reads from a youth perspective!
Each week, readers under the age of 30 and young staffers collaborate to highlight the best content that CBC news and current affairs programming has to offer. See what you might have missed!
MARCH 8 2013
MUST-READS FOR YOUng CANADIANS
This week's cover was created by Joe Osei Bonsu, a freelance Toronto artist and co-founder of Heroes of the World (HOTW).
His illustration represents "the sad reality that involves youth who have trouble finding work after college or university."
Osei Bonsu has studied Art Fundamentals at Sheridan College and Applied Arts and Tecbnology at Seneca College.
He has since collaborated with make-up artists, photographers, fashion designers, and musicians.
In 2005, Joe co-founded HOTW with his good friend, Mark Williams. The comic-inspired brand features an international crew of heroes and villains.
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Joe Osei Bonsu
NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
Hey you! Yes, you!
We're thrilled by how many sharp young minds have taken an interest in this magazine so far. Thanks for the love, ideas and feedback. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that this can be your project too!
Each week, young CBC staffers and Canadians under 30 are invited to help us curate the best news and current affairs content that your public broadcaster has to offer.
Great stuff can be easy to miss among the tweetdumps and listicles in today's increasingly crowded media environment!
We'd also like to send a shout out to everybody who participated in Thursday's episode of CBC Live Online, an open forum webcam chat on issues that matter to young Canadians (you can watch the replay video if you missed it!). We invite you to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GenWhy.
Fabiola Carletti and Lauren O'Neil
CBC Community writers/producers
CHRIS HADFIELD: CANADA'S QUOTABLE ASTRONAUT
Ever since astronaut Chris Hadfield blasted off into orbit, he has become a hero of mine -- not just for his out-of-this-world accomplishments, but for his outlook on life, the universe and everything in it.
The soon-to-be commander of the International Space Station has been dropping inspirational nuggets all over the internet and the airwaves, from satellite interviews to social networking sites.
One artist even drew a comic strip called
‘An Astronaut’s Advice’ based on Hadfield’s
response in an ‘Ask MeAnything’ thread on
Hadfield’s words of wisdom resonate
especially for those of us who are still trying
to figure out what we want to do with this life
and how to make our mark on this world.
You can see a roundup of some of Hadfield’s
most poignant tweets and quotes here. It’s a
great read for anyone who needs a little
Thunder Bay, Ont.
The Genies and Geminis have morphed into The Canadian Screen Awards. This is great news because having three Canadian media awards shows that begin with the "j" sound was confusing, right?
The first show was broadcast on Sunday, and Rebelle/War Witch took the big haul of TEN awards.
It's the story of an African child-soldier, written and directed by a Quebecker.
In Short Documentary, The Boxing Girls of Kabul picked up the win. It opens with one of the young boxers telling us how the stadium they train at was previously used for public executions of women. Yikes.
Survival weighs heavily in both of these stories.
If you were listening in English class, you might know that Margaret Atwood wrote a whole book about how "grim survival" is the central theme of pretty much every story we Canadians tell.
That got me thinking about Argo.
As much as the directors of Boxing Girls and Rebelle told Canadian stories, Affleck told an American story.
Should we be sore about that? If we propped up our own heroes, would the Hollywood machine leave them alone?
CANADA'S PENCHANT FOR GRIM SURVIVAL STORIES
I am always interested in outrageous things that people will do to obtain what they want, so when I saw the title Banksy graffiti ripped off London wall, put on auction in U.S. (read the post here); I was immediately hooked.
It’s never ceases to astound me on how people look at a piece of art and just see money. What is the world coming to these days?
Why is it such a problem to come across quirky, inspirational, and creative works of art on the street corner? It adds character and spark to plain old city streets.
If these people wh are going to buy it for 500,000 to 700,000 dollars are so rich, why don’t they just travel to London and see it?
This work is meant to be put out there to be seen and shared by everyone.
This caught my attention because of the obscure circumstances in the title and the familiar but terribly secretive artist who did the graffiti.
It made me search Banksy on Google because of my intense interest in the story.
This world-worthy story would have Canadians clicking, looking for information about the ever elusive Banksy.
A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes.
That saying hit home for me looking at this photo gallery of Kenyans lining up to vote -- even though it could get them killed.
Nineteen people were killed in violence on election day this year. And five years ago, more than 1,000 people were killed in attacks linked to a national election.
But that looming threat didn’t stop these Kenyans from casting their ballots.
The strength and resolve in the faces of these voters gives me chills.
Their story is a poignant reminder of how lucky we are to live in a country where we can vote freely without the threat of violence or death.
B.C. Online writer
A TRAGIC CALL TO ACTION
While perusing the CBC website, I couldn’t help but click on the title of this article.
Pacemakers in the brain? To treat an eating disorder?
My first reaction was sheer awe at the medical community and its capacity to identify potential solutions to some of our most perplexing and worrying health challenges.
Reading the article, however, I was overcome with feelings of confusion, frustration and anger.
The article states that 15,000 to 20,000 people in Canada, mainly young women, suffer from anorexia, and the mortality rate is six to 11 per cent.
For a small percentage of sufferers, extreme treatment, like implanting electrical stimulators in the brain, may be necessary to save them from slowly killing themselves.
This is mind-boggling.
As community members and citizens, how can we continue to tolerate the cultural messages and unrealistic standards of physical appearance being imparted upon young women, which contribute to this disease? Why aren’t we talking openly and critically about the dangers of these ideals, and actively breaking them down?
How has it gotten to this point? Why is this research needed in the first place?
This scientific breakthrough is promising, but also a tragic call to action.
If you’re eating too much junk food, it may not be entirely your fault.
That is the premise of this fascinating min-doc that aired on Wednesday’s The National.
The CBC’s Health reporter Kelly Crowe uses the new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss as the jumping off point for her investigation into the science of addictive food.
You see, most of the processed food we eat has been the subject of years of scientific testing and tweaking.
Food companies fiddle with their formulas, until they reach the exact right combination of salt, sugar and fat in their foods - that will trick our brains into eating more and more.
The most interesting part of the piece for me is when Moss talks about trying a special batch of one of his favourite snack foods, without the extra added salt.
To quote Moss: “It was a god-awful experience.”
This piece will definitely get you thinking about what’s really on the shelf at your local grocery store.
CBC NEWS STREAM
will wearable computing CHANGE THE meaning of privacy?
In a recent episode of CBC Radio's Spark with Nora Young, Kate Hartman from the Social Body lab at OCAD spoke about the why wearable computing is starting to hit the mainstream.
Another CBC News feature released this week looks at how the widespread adoption of these tools could affect human privacy, public safety and personal freedom in the future.
I talk about why young Canadians should pay attention to these issues in the video above.
PATTI SMITH: Love AND LOSS
The appearance of punk pioneer Patti Smith on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight made my heart smile this week.
Smith is woman who inspired a whole unique generation of powerful women with her raw poetic words and unapologetic performances.
There is no one more poignant than Smith make an appearance on the eve of International Women’s Day.
She was everythingl I expected, however her interview was peppered with a humility and bashfulness that made her even more endearing to me.
More and more, so many of us have to fight to make our mark doing something that we love and she continues to inspire me and push me to be fearless and unapologetic in that pursuit. You can watch the full interview here.
SUFFERING IN SILENCE
As cardinals convene in Rome to elect a new pope, a hard-hitting documentary about decades of sex abuse in the Catholic Church has opened in Italy.
Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibey, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God aired last Saturday night on CBC’s The Passionate Eye.
It’s a must-watch for those planning to keep an eye on the upcoming conclave.
The film tells the story of four men determined to expose the priest who abused them and hundreds of their peers at a school for the deaf.
It's heartbreaking and difficult to watch, but gives victims a chance to be heard as media outlets around the world turn their attention to the church.
You can watch the full documentary online here.
field producer for The National
YOUTH PERSPECTIVES FROM THE CBC ARCHIVES
Young people born from the early 1960s to late 1970s believed that the future was theirs.
As baby boomers aged, employment and prosperity would be passed along.
Instead, "Generation Xers" complained that they were propelled into a changing, recession-driven workplace that offered little but "McJobs."
They became the first post-war generation to be worse off than their parents, left with reduced expectations and downsized hope for the future.
-- CBC Archives
Like us, Gen Xers were variously described as overeducated, underemployed, and struggling to compete with the generation that came of age during the glory days of flower power.
Archival footage of anxious Gen Xers is oddly relatable, as young people growing up today face many of the same challenges and uncertainties.
Check out some of the great archival material we have on this like-us-but-not-quite generation.
Funky hairstyles aside, how much do we have in common with those that grew up watching Beverly Hills 90210, making mix tapes and driving their parents insane with a well-timed eye roll.
CBC COMMUNITY WRITER/PRODUCER