Must-read news for Canadian Youth
March 1 2013
MUST-READ NEWS FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
About this week's cover
‘Fully Interactive,’ illustrated by Sabina Lindemann, explores our cultural integration with technology and the internet: have we isolated ourselves or are we more connected than ever?
Sabina Lindemann is an illustrator based out of Toronto, Ontario, where she studies Illustration and Animation at OCAD U.
It was Sabina's idea to have CBC community members illustrate the cover of every issue!
Want to illustrate next week's cover? Email email@example.com
Note from the editors
Greetings from the heart of Canadian Broadcasting Center, and welcome to the inaugural issue of Generation Why: weekly must-reads for Canada's youth.
We've launched this digital magazine to help the CBC reach out to Canadians under the age of 30, whether they be teens, college students, new grads or young members of the workforce.
In an increasingly crowded new media landscape, Gen Why is intended to serve as your guide to the best of what CBC News and current affairs programming have to offer each week, from a youthful perspective.
This magazine is a collaboration between young CBC staffers and youthful Canadians like you in every corner of the country. The format isn't set in stone, and we welcome your ideas!
If you'd like to submit an entry or have an idea for the publication you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @CBCcommunity.
Fabiola Carletti and Lauren O'Neil
CBC community writers/producers
- Fabiola and Lauren (and our very own photobomber) at CBC's Toronto headquarters.
MUST-SEE OF THE MONTH
These questions are explored in Generation Jobless, a documentary that recently aired on CBC Doc Zone.
Watch the entire film and check out bonus material here.
Replay the CBC webcam chat with the filmmakers here.
If you're finding it tough to launch your career, it might help to know that you're far from alone.
Thousands of young Canadians are struggling to find work in their fields, biding their time in temporary jobs and referring to their university degrees as "expensive pieces of paper."
Many more are witnessing stable, long term and full-time careers giving way to contract work, part-time jobs and one-off projects.
It's important to figure out how much of these trends are tied to the current economy, and how much of it is simply the new normal.
CBC COMMUNITY WRITER/PRODUCER
TOO GRAPHIC FOR PRETEENS?
A story about a Nanaimo mom outraged by what she calls "pornographic material" in classrooms caught my attention.
I am definitely against pornography, but I don’t see the harm in teaching children the consequences of having sex at such a young age, or even when you’re older.
From my personal experience, I feel that my schools haven't taught enough about the diseases and infections you can get from unprotected sex. I feel like our generation is too naïve, and clueless about how harmful sex can be.
So my point here is yes, it is okay to show children what is right and wrong when it comes to sexual intercourse, but I do not approve of how detailed the materials are for this women’s 13-year-old son and his fellow classmates.
You can read the story here.
Submitted by B.C. high school student Anita Rainville
As my friends and I begin new jobs, buy our first homes and start thinking about saving for retirement for the first time ever, managing our finances has all of a sudden become much more important.
But for many of us, even something as simple as making a budget is a mystery.
Thankfully, there are lots of apps out there to help make it easier. Using my phone, I'm able to track every dollar that moves in and out of my bank account. I even get helpful notices telling me when I've spent too much on coffee that month.
CBCNews.ca put together a list of some of the most popular personal (and free!) finance apps -- just in time for tax season. See the interactive here.
Whether you ‘re a history buff, have a morbid fascination with all things that … ended badly, or were only 12 years old in 1997 when you fell for Leonardo Dicaprio’s boyish charm, you’ll want to read about the Titanic II.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer says that his plan to build a full-scale version of the Titanic is on track, and that its maiden voyage could happen soon.
That voyage would, of course, be from Southhampton, England to New York – the same path the original Titanic was meant to take in 1912 before hitting an iceberg and sinking, leaving more than 1,500 people dead.
Tragic ending notwithstanding, there are plenty interested.
Palmer claims that tens of thousands of people have said they would be willing to pay as much as $1 million for a ticket.
A young Leonardo DiCaprio, unfortunately, will not be among them.
The number of times Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been threatened with punishment for his actions is a sign that our checks and balances are failing us.
That our leader calls it "a good day for democracy" when there is no punishment for influence peddling, regardless of the beneficiary, or for a near-endless list of campaign violations, is tragic.
If one thing is true of crimes, their occurrence and our suffering rise when there is no punishment, or when the punishment -- the "cost of doing business" -- is vastly outweighed by the proceeds of crime.
But this is not a new problem; we are merely suffering from fatigue over these issues. We are so consistently and fragrantly assaulted that we shy away and embolden their perpetrators.
We drift quietly into the night, and it is our own right to proper governance that is being put to bed one last time, silently being snuffed out with a pillow as we refuse to scream out against the spreading darkness of the night.
Read the story here.
Submitted by: Andrew Dodds
call in prosecutor
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I listened to this documentary last week with a heavy heart and a vague idea of how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects people and those around them.
It really affected this military chaplain in a roundabout and surprising way.
This man had never seen combat, but was in the field as emotional and spiritual support for those who had.
The second-hand stress he was subjected to left him ruined.
His plight of not being able to talk about his feelings in a macho society left him internalizing his pain as so many of us do.
I think it’s very important that young Canadians are aware and understand that it’s okay to seek help with mental health issues.
I think that this documentary demonstrates the very important point that mental illness can take many forms and we need to start talking about it.
Listen to the doc here.
PTSD AND THE PADRE
This blog post about isolated North Korea allowing 3G networks for Instagram and Twitter was such a fascinating story to read.
For a long time we have all wondered what is it like to be in one of the few remaining communist countries in the world.
This post gives you a sneak peek.
Looking through pictures, it’s like you are travelling 60 years back in time and exploring the life of people during that era.
It’s so amazing, to think that while the world surrounding them is developing, they are stuck forever in their own little community.
Submitted by high school student Putthipat Preecharwongsiri
A GLIMPSE INTO NORTH KOREA
Even if you're not a big sportsfan you've probably heard that Hockey Night in Canada is celebrating its 60th season.
That makes it the longest-running sports television show in the world!
I'm lucky to be a part of the CBC Sports team and I see how the production comes together from the inside on a weekly basis.
We use social media to share behind-the-scenes goodies all the time, but CBC Manitoba did an amazing job piecing together this timeline.
It shows how the Hockey Night in Canada crew recently put together a live broadcast of the Winnipeg Jets game as the Pittsburgh Penguins came to town.
Get a candid look at how the magic happens - 60 years later and still going strong!
If you have an idea for an Only In Canada segment, click hereto send The National your pitch!
The National’s Only in Canada series showcases personal, compelling, and sometimes quirky stories from across the country.
Two recent segments about model trains - both small and large - reminded me both about Canada’s storied history with the railway, and my own fond memories reading The Railway Series as a child.
In this video, Havard Gould checks in on the Model Railroad Club of Toronto, who have built a replica of the Central Ontario Railway. The gargantuan project, built over 76 years since the club’s inception in 1946, includes 90 locomotives, 70 passenger cars and 800 freight cars, tracks and landscape built as the railway’s landscape was in 1959.
And in this video, Ron Charles visited Jason Shron, a train enthusiast from Vaughan, Ont. Shron’s replica is only a single car of a single train - VIA Rail car No. 5647. That’s because it’s a life-sized replica built in his basement.
After the original train was scrapped, Shron recovered parts from the car and re-built it over the course of four years.
It includes original blinds, seats, doors, and even accurately replicated garbage bags!
CBC ONLINE WRITER/VIDEO ENCODER
A great cover of a classic song can be born from myriad circumstances -- say a fresh arrangement or perhaps an unexpected juxtaposition of artist and song choice.
Here's a perfect example: CBC Music enlisted viral video sensations and budding Nashville stars the Stella Sisters to cover Johnny Cash's legendary Ring of Fire as a birthday tribute.
Preview the sisters' unique sound in the video embedded above, but don't miss CBC Music's exclusive video here.
(And let's not forget the Canadian connection! Lennon, 13, and Maisy, nine, grew up in Oshawa, Ont.)
CBC Arts online
Stella sisters take on johnny cash
When young drivers go to take their N (novice license), one piece of advice they receive in the instructional book is to never drive after having an argument.
It clouds your judgement and can lead to dangerous driving, so it is best to wait and cool down before getting behind the wheel.
Following the same logic, wouldn’t talking to another person while driving be even more dangerous than thinking about an argument that happened earlier?
I think this article about hands-free driving is relevant because it can help protect us and is eye-opening.
Many people assume driving while using a hands free device is safe because you still have two hands on the wheel, but the fact is that it can impair the part of your brain needed to make left hand turns safely.
This is something all young Canadians need to be informed of.
Submitted by B.C. high school student Alec Molander