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Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger from 10/2012

Behind the Headlines: What Your Flight Attendant Really Thinks of You

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Living

We travel an average of 300 days per year and always thought no one cares what we wear on airplanes. Until Fox News online posted Flight attendant confessions. It surprised us to learn that the men and women who work the friendly skies are sizing us up so superficially beneath their neck scarves.

Obama Challenges You to Fight Modern Slavery

| Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Impact

Before a room of big names like former UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright, Walmart's CEO Michael Duke, Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, and celebrities like Matt Damon, K'naan, and Barbra Streisand, Obama reminded his nation and the world that slavery is still very much with us. Obama called the fight against human trafficking "one of the great human rights causes of our time."

Behind the Headlines: More Than Just a Bacon Shortage

| Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Living

The alleged pork "fiasco" that broke recently about a bacon shortage was not for want of real news: there is a serious conversation to be had. Not just about the perfect storm brewing in the rise of corn, wheat and fuel prices that's poised to increase food costs for the consumer. But also, what's really behind all of this, and where we're headed.

Don't Let the Penny Die in Vain

| Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Impact

As a final tribute to this Canadian icon, let's demonstrate the power of the penny and make the wishes of so many around the world come true: let's collect enough pennies to provide clean water for life for 100,000 people. Just $25 in pennies provides a permanent source of clean water for a person in a developing country.

The Last Maasai Warriors

| Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

It is a test of manhood from another time and place, with a modern twist: For 15-year-old Jackson Ntirkana to earn a chance to go to high school, he had to become a warrior first -- by killing a lion. Although born into a traditional nomadic Maasai family that tended livestock on the savannah, Ntirkana dreamed of going to school and becoming a politician, building bridges between his people and the rest of Kenya. Now Ntirkana and his friend are touring Canada promoting their joint autobiography, The Last Maasai Warriors.

First World Problems, Meet Real World Fixes

| Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Impact

First World Problems has become a meme of such epic proportions. Your Laundromat doesn't have Wi-Fi!? The magazines in your dentist's waiting room are from last month?! This week, when "First World Problems Anthem," a video devised by a U.S.-based marketing agency for a charitable campaign, went viral, we could hardly keep up with the backlash.

ChangeMaker: How One Artist Made His Mark

| Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Impact

It was an urban restlessness that first drove graphic artist and Toronto native Jonathan Cruz to explore the far reaches of Canada's North. It was the simple pleasure of eating a hardboiled egg that compelled him to stay. But we'll get to that. The 30-year-old founder of Iqaluit-based Nuschool Design Agency, a multidisciplinary graphic design studio, has literally made his mark all over Canada.

Taliban Shooting Reminds Us of Another Tragedy

| Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada

Last week's horrific assault on Malala Yousafzai, a teenage heroine who stood up to the Taliban in Pakistan, hit us with a powerful déjà vu of Iqbal Masih, the boy from Pakistan who first inspired our awakening to social justice issues. If Malala's story has you seething, don't just shake an angry fist in the air. We may not be in a position to put our lives on the line like Iqbal or Malala, but that doesn't mean we're helpless.

Star Power: This Singer Has Some Advice for Her Younger Self

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Impact

Energetic and empathetic and always stylish, Kay Boutilier -- better known by her stage name "My Name is Kay" or MNIK for short -- rocked the We Day stage in Vancouver last week. At We Day, she got the 20,000 young people, and even some of their teachers, on their feet dancing. We got an opportunity speak with the 25-year-old backstage about the issues that matter most to her.

Learning to Laugh at Our First World Problems

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Impact

"I hate when my leather seats aren't heated," says a grinning boy, who isn't sitting in a luxury car, but perched atop a pile of gravel outside a cinder block building with no windows. This is from a short video called The First World Problems Anthem -- a cheeky, teasing shot at us pampered First World dwellers featuring Haitians reciting a litany of complaints you're far more likely to hear at Second Cup than in a seedy slum.

Scare Hunger Away: Collecting Food For Others On Hallowen

| Posted 10.25.2012 | Canada Impact

Not all trick-or-treating is created equal. This Halloween, use an existing food supply and delivery system for a good cause; collect canned goods for your local food bank while you stockpile candy.

Behind the Headlines: Could This Anti-Bullying Campaign Make It Worse?

| Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada

When we first learned that one beauty brand is joining the battle against bullying by donating to a fund that offers a teen help line for bully victims, our heads turned. There are others. An admirable message, all. But what about the medium? For us, campaigns like these raise more questions than answers. Can a cosmetics company make a sincere plea to stop bullying and plump up the customer's pout or zap a zit? Or are these token donations -- made by companies whose marketing strategies tend to reinforce teens' fixation with physical appearance -- suspect?

One Family's Battle With Their Daughter's Eating Disorder

| Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Impact

Imagine watching a loved one slowly wither and having no idea what's wrong, or how to save them. Michale Cerswell, an Ontario teen, fell victim to one of Canada's most common mental illnesses -- an eating disorder. The greatest challenge was finding treatment.