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Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger from 11/2012

Star Power: How Cody Simpson Wants to Be Remembered

| Posted 11.01.2012 | Canada

Cody Simpson is not your stereotypical teen star -- self-entitled or shrouded in scandal. Cody is thoughtful and genuine. Even after his rise to super pop stardom, 3.4 million Twitter followers and a sold-out "Welcome to Paradise" headline tour, Cody still travels with his Dad -- he is, after all, just 15 years old.

Hey Kids, Put Down Your Smartphones and Vote

| Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Impact

Can we engage voters -- especially young people already prone to apathy and boredom? In this age of infotainment and indifference, everyone is worried about what young people will do at the polls Tuesday. Or if, in fact, they'll show up at all -- even though it's easier than ever to become engaged.

Why Won't Canada Take a Stand on Cluster Bombs?

| Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Impact

Cluster bombs have been employed in at least 31 countries since the Second World War. Eighty-nine per cent of tens of thousands of cluster bomb casualties are civilians, a quarter of them children. Canada does not use cluster bombs, and was among the first to sign the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2008. However, four years later Canada still has not ratified because of concerns how the Convention will impact our relationship with allies.

Star Power: OneRepublic is Living the Good Life

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Impact

OneRepublic, the pop-rock quintet from Denver, Colorado, has been together since 2002, since they were in high school, or in the band's words, "since forever." They finish each other's sentences like siblings and cite each other as role models. We caught up with Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle at We Day Vancouver last month.

Real-World Fixes to First-World Problems

| Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Impact

Last month, we came clean and admitted that yes, we have First-World problems. Of course we're not alone. Aside from the #firstworldproblem ubiquity on Twitter, we've gotten plenty of unsolicited advice for this Real World Fixes column -- our attempt to insert some perspective into the trivial complaints of the privileged.

Was Amanda Todd's Death a Tipping Point?

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada

This year we see one issue weighing on young people more than any other: bullying. After the event, we shared a moment with the mother of the B.C. teen who had taken her life to offer our condolences. The grieving mother told us she hoped her daughter's tragedy would prove a tipping point. We believe it has.

ChangeMaker: The Downside of Criminalizing Cyberbullying

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Impact

It is widely believed Albertan Bill Belsey first coined the term "cyberbullying," a fusion of Sci-Fi writer William Gibson's word "cyberspace" and the offline term "bullying. We spoke to him about the biggest bullying myths, the best intervention strategies, the downside to proposed legislation that would criminalize cyberbullying.

Star Power: Nelly Furtado Is More Than a Role Model

| Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada Impact

When we asked Grammy-winning Canadian singer Nelly Furtado to travel with us to Kenya a few years back, we had no idea it would lead to an amazing friendship. Now an ambassador for Free The Children, she launched a matching fund to support the construction of a new all girls' high school in rural Kenya.

We Create Change -- And You Can Too

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Impact

Collect pennies to support Free The Children's Water Initiative and help us reach our goal to provide a sustainable source of clean water to 100,000 people around the world.

Affordable Medicine for All the World's Grandchildren

| Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Impact

There are approximately 23.5-million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Without medication one in two children living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world will die before their second birthday. We have an opportunity now to change that. A new piece of legislation before Parliament -- Bill C-398 -- aims to cut the red tape.

Behind the Headlines: Don't We Have Better Things to Research?

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Canada Impact

As non-scientists, we've been casually observing a trend for some time that we'd initially dubbed: the baffling research phenomenon. We still haven't eradicated polio in all parts of the world. Or malaria, for that matter. Or yellow fever. Every day, people die from vaccine-preventable diseases. So we can appreciate science for the sake of science but our collective time and money, as a species, might be better spent elsewhere.