Climate Change and its success in the mainstream

Alternative Media has served as a platform for change for many social movements across the globe. Recently we have seen the ‘Idle No More’ movement depicted throughout numerous alternative media outlets as well as mainstream media. The continuation of the movement can be attributed largely in part to alternative media and its ability to mobilize  more »

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Pot Activism & Legal Reform

The recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two states, Colorado and Washington, came as a surprise to many on both sides of the Canadian-American border. Formerly, U.S. federal and state law deemed any usage or possession of marijuana to be illegal. The exception to that rule was medical marijuana, which is legal in  more »

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“No One is Illegal?” Pro-immigration organization creates awkward tension on Byline

“I’m white, you’re black. Should you and I go back to wherever our homeland is and just leave this place to the Native population?” - comment made by newscaster Brian Lilley of Byline No One is Illegal is a Toronto-based campaign that branches out from the human rights and anti-racism movements- the campaign believes that immigration  more »

Oprah’s Little Spectacle

Mainstream media in the Western world generally portrays the continent of Africa as a dangerous place, with countless unmet needs. As a result, various Western social movements and charities that strive for the improvement of conditions and basic human rights in Africa have been founded. One of these foundations is the Ryan’s Well Foundation, which  more »

To Die With Dignity: Euthanasia and a Different Kind of Pro-Life Movement

Euthanasia – while the issue flared to life briefly here in Canada with the introduction, and subsequent defeat, of Bill C-407, the debate continues over the legality of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Just this past summer, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of physician-assisted suicide in the case of severe disability. The Euthanasia Prevention  more »

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Invest In Me: Because I Am A Girl

“And yet research is also clear that when girls reach their full potential, through improved status, better health care, and education, it is the most effective development tool for society as a whole. As a country’s primary enrolment rate for girls increases, so too does its gross domestic product per capita.”

- Kofi Annan, former UN  more »

WildAid: Star Power in Shark Defense

Our oceans have long been protected by various factions and organizations that have primed themselves as front-line, direct-action defense against those that would do them harm.  And while patrolled waters are protected from illegal cargo ships, out-of-bounds fishermen, and pernicious pirates, these efforts have neglected something very important – the integrity of our ocean ecology.  more »

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Rainforest Alliance: Sustainability within the Status Quo

Slowly, people are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental footprints. We are taking small steps in the right direction in order to live more sustainably. However, for many large corporations, environmental conservation isn’t on the top of their to-do list. The Rainforest Alliance (RA) has taken note of this, and is striving to turn awareness  more »

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Greenpeace activists: Radical environmentalists or peaceful protesters?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) thinks they’re radicals. Mainstream, corporate media frame them as radicals. So, are Greenpeace activists truly radicals? Or are they simply misunderstood peaceful protesters? According to the organization’s core values, they are arguably the latter. But, while Greenpeace’s core values may include non-violence, seeing photos in the news of group  more »

First and Third World Problems

There are social movements happening everyday, whether they attract media coverage or not. A social movement that has gotten a lot of social media coverage over the last week is an AD that was created by the charity organization WATERisLIFE. This organization’s vision and mandate is simple; to provide clean water to those in need  more »

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