Generation Why: March 22
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MARCH 22 2013
MUST-READS FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COVER
Adam Dietrich is a freelance photojournalist and student at Loyalist College. He has a degree in Political Science and has worked in both Canada and Costa Rica.
Adam took this photo at an Idle No More event in Ottawa.
"Young Canadians today are an empowered demographic. Idle No More is, at its core, about empowerment and self determination and I think those are things that Canadian youth definitely understand," he said.
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TAKING CARE OF OUR ELDERS
Let’s talk about getting old.
You’re maybe thinking, “Wait, what? This is an online magazine for young Canadians! Let’s talk about Lululemon pants and Drake!”
Two recent CBC news items made me realize that young Canadians need to seriously think about our aging population.
First, a March 18th article provided an update on the federal government’s appeal against a B.C. Supreme Court ruling last June. The court had ruled that laws prohibiting physician-assisted suicide violated the Charter.
Later in the week, the CBC reported that a third of Canadian seniors are at risk of being poorly nourished. Finances, depression and loneliness are key factors.
We all know that our population is aging, and younger generations will have to pay for the rising costs of health care and income support. These stories really pointed out to me that our burden as young Canadians will be far more emotional, personal and complex than that.
We’ll have to resolve legal and ethical debates, design new support programs, and change our daily routines to better care for our society’s elders.
Aging is a taboo subject in our youth-obsessed culture, but it’s a major societal challenge; one that no amount of wrinkle-fighting cream can make disappear.
When I read that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “mad as hell” about Canada’s high unemployment versus labour shortage problem, I thought, “It’s about damn time!"
I have been frustrated by this issue since I launched TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates, in 2008.
Grads can’t find jobs -- youth unemployment is double the national average -- yet many employers struggle to fill engineering, healthcare, skilled trades and technology jobs.
As an arts grad myself, I hate to admit that there are “too many kids getting BAs and not enough welders,” but the reality is that our economy desperately needs more of the latter.
As one of the few advanced industrial countries without a national education strategy, it’s high time for the federal government to take leadership on this issue and work with provincial governments and the private sector to encourage Canada’s youth to pursue the types of education that are in demand in our economy.
Cyprus may have no other practical choice.
Essentially, a foreign government would have control over a country’s resources; how and when they are extracted, processed and exported, possibly with no accountability to environmental or safety standards.
Foreign investment can be scary, especially when a country has been backed into a corner, with so few options, and so little time.
What’s been proposed in Cyprus this past week, in an attempt to manage the county’s debt crisis, has serious implications for future debt management approaches.
The main point of contention: the idea of taxing personal bank accounts. The government would simply withdraw an agreed upon percentage from savings accounts, effectively stealing from its citizens.
The crisis has also highlighted the issue of foreign investment in a nation state.
The CBC reported “…that state-controlled Russian natural gas giant Gazprom was considering making its own offer to bail out Cyprus by itself — as long as it received exploration rights to look for natural gas in and around the island in return.”
Recently the government has stopped funding the Experimental Lakes Area in Northern Ontario and is rejecting private researchers who want to use the space. As of now, the area is closed and it appears that the facility may sit idle indefinitely.
The Experimental Lakes Area is a one of a kind project that has been open since the 60's.
Research here has helped with our understanding of ecosystem wide environmental threats including acid rain, leaching of heavy metals and dumping of chemical waste. This project has also helped decrease harmful algae blooms that have threatened the Great Lakes in the past.
These types of projects should be receiving more attention and government funding as we continue to threaten our natural spaces in Canada and abroad.
This is especially fitting as Lake Winnipeg has been given the title of threatened lake of the year 2013 by the Global Nature Fund. Read the latest update here.
I'm an artist based in Nanaimo, B.C. I try my best to draw something new every day.
It's a habit I've developed to try and combat the depression that I've been living with for nearly a decade.
The recent article Ottawa company pushes alternative to depression treatment really struck a chord with me, as I've tried anti-depressant medication with terrible results.
I don't know why an alternate, and perhaps, more effective method isn't being given the attention and funding that it deserves.
It's in our country's best interest to make sure its youth make it through and become useful, functioning adults.
NOTE: Odessa's artwork will be featured on a future cover of Generation Why. Look out for it!
PUTTING WORDS TO THE PROBLEM
If you've used the internet lately, chances are you've questioned if all the "feministing" that happens on social media and blogs is actually helping to make the world a better place for women.
As a former media student, I'm inclined to believe that the medium in which a message is broadcast has a lot to do with the message itself.
And I think that feminism might be the most important social justice cause of the internet age.
I listen to the radio while I make dinner, and this Wednesday on As it Happens the radio reported a story from a Feminism in Advertising panel in England.
There, the editor of Esquire UK -- a man appropriately introduced by his British cartoon-villain moniker Mr. Bilmes -- "spoke his mind" about Esquire UK objectifying women in their magazine.
Writer's interpretation of what Mr. Bilmes' monologue: "Yeah, we objectify women, and we make fat stacks doing it! What it is, yo! "
While anyone could smell Bilmey's B.S. from a mile away, an interesting thing happened when I realized that I actually had the linguistic framework to pinpoint exactly what it was about his address I found so disturbing.
Who would have guessed that reading blog comments would create a generation of more empowered feminists?
Six high school boys from Red Deer, Alta. have committed suicide since May.
In that province alone, 33 teens committed suicide in 2012, up from 14 in 2011.
With months long wait-lists for psychiatric care and a patchwork approach to outpatient services, it's clear many young people are falling through the cracks.
Startled by the stats, reporters and producers at CBC Calgary launched an investigation into the overburdened mental health system.
They spent weeks researching and speaking to parents, support workers, school districts and students themselves. All spoke out, calling for the need to get to people sooner and to talk about the issue more openly.
Watch, listen and read about how the system got so bad, and what people are doing to make it better.
WHY NOT FOCUS ON WHAT
It seems that whenever Conservatives and Liberals are at odds, it’s a war between Christians and Atheists. The “Bible Bill”, a 2011 poll, showed that the more religious you were, the more likely you were to vote Conservative.
Still, lumping all religions together, saying none have any place in politics, may not be as productive as we imagine.
Yes, some people who practice a religion might say things that aren’t well-informed. But blaming all of religion for a few bigoted comments is the equivalent of blaming all teachers for one bad apple in the school.
It’s limiting the potential of seeing what religion has done - and will do - for society. It’s more relevant than we may realize, because it goes beyond politics and into the hearts of people the government aims to serve.
To ignore religion is to ignore the very core of people’s beliefs, which is actually what the law is supposed to reflect.
Maybe religion has no place in politics ... but if the national government is supposed to reflect the opinions and goals of the people, how can we possibly exclude religion in that vision? Silencing that 46 per cent won’t solve the problem, it’ll create new ones.
I like to think that it's less about conversion, and more about discussion. Learning perspectives to live peacefully. Focusing on the things that unite is a more productive and positive use of our time than emphasizing the details of our differences, don’t you think?
Earlier this week, two teenage males were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Ohio. You may not have learned of the conviction from a news media source, but you've certainly heard or seen the outrage and controversy through social media outlets.
CNN and its reporters have been specifically blasted by social media users for spinning the story to one that offers sympathy and empathy for the delinquents, glorifying them and their lives while ignoring the impact on the young girl, potentially re-traumatizing her, and quite likely re-traumatizing survivors from all over who have experienced sexual assault.
CNN is not alone in displaying this distorted thinking; other news outlets have spun the story this way too.
There is a clear fundamental problem in our society if we, even for a moment, think that this is acceptable.
What are we teaching our young girls and boys when we blame the victim, and when we believe that her actions, behaviour, or dress override her right to say no and make her unconscious body a free-for-all?
It might tell a young girl that she is a problem and must live to protect herself.
It might tell young boys that they have a free pass in life, and assure them that they are not a part of the problem. Is this really what we want?
STEUBENVILLE COVERAGE ON TRIAL
Monday morning slapped B.C. residents with a whole new meaning for the word "spouse".
As outlined in this CBC News article, British Columbia’s Family Law Act now considers common-law couples who have been living together for two years or longer as legal spouses, sharing the same responsibilities and rights as married couples.
With these revisions in place, it certainly makes me wonder if other provinces will follow the lead, and how this would affect the relationships of young Canadians.
An act that legalizes your relationship certainly complicates the situation. You’re not only weighing your emotional connection and maturity level with your partner, it is now part of the deal to discuss the division of assets if things go awry.
Drafting a common-law agreement may not be the most romantic idea but if you have assets to protect, "I’m just not that into you," may not suffice any longer.
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Most people had a favourite toy growing up -- maybe a little matchbox car or a stuffed bunny with a wonky eye.
For me, it was a beige electric typewriter (yes, I was a nerdy child.) I can still remember the way it buzzed, and the clicking and clacking of the keys as I typed out Shel Silverstein poems.
A project called Toy Stories by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti takes us back to those good old days of dolls and plastic dinosaurs.
His photographs, which feature kids around the world showing off their prized possessions, are full of childish imagination and playfulness.
When you're having a stressful day and feel weighed down by grown-up problems, it can be nice to take a mental break and tap into your inner child.
You can read the blog post about Galimberti 's photos here.
remember your favourite toy?