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Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger from 12/2012

ChangeMaker: At 16, Her Hero Is a Homeless Man

| Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Impact

Some people avert their eyes or cross the street to avoid an encounter with a homeless person. Not Hannah Taylor. At age five, she watched a man dig through a dumpster, braced against the unforgiving chill of a Winnipeg winter in search of his dinner. He was the first homeless person she'd ever seen, and Hannah refused to do nothing about it.

Star Power: This Olympian Thinks Outside the Box

| Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Impact

Certain people have such boundless inner energy that it seems the whole global deficit might be solved, if only we could tap into their power reserves. Sylvie Fréchette is one of those people. It's not hard to see how this vivacious Québécoise helped Canada bring home the Olympic gold for solo synchronized swimming. We managed to pin down the bubbly Fréchette just long enough for a quick chat in Montreal.

Behind the Headlines: An Anti-Consumer Guide to the Holidays

| Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Impact

We just saw a cartoon on Facebook of a man posting a "Happy Holidays" sign, and another man looking up and yelling, "I'm sick of all this political correctness! Can we just call it what it is?" How do we celebrate the spirit of giving without being part of the hyper-consumption that makes us feel uneasy?

Building An Igloo? What Nunavut Children Learn in School

| Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Impact

Today Aariak is both Premier and Education Minister for Nunavut, and she is building an education system that combines the skills young people need to work in the 21st Century with a solid grounding in their language, culture and the traditional skills that even today are necessary for life in Canada's far north.

Behind the Headlines: Our World Could End, Just Not in One Day

| Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Impact

Conspiracy theorists say the world will actually end on the darkest day, the winter solstice, December 21, 2012. So, like, next week, we could be toast. There are a number of ways in which the world as we know it could end, not with a bang or with a whimper.

Behind the Headlines: Why Chief Theresa Spence Is Hunger Striking

| Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Impact

The story behind the headline is that Chief Spence's hunger strike is not simply about the appalling conditions her people continue to face. Spence is one of many aboriginal leaders looking for a way to express her frustration with the Government of Canada passing laws that affect their lives and land, as well as violating treaty rights without involving them in any of the decision making.

Why Do We Expect So Little of Young People?

| Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Impact

I'm told that 30 is a big step in the long march from an idealistic youth to a staunchly conservative mid-life. I'm pretty sure I won't become any less idealistic in my approaching dotage. I will still advocate for these same policies; the only difference being that as an adult my opinions are taken seriously. Why do we have such low expectations for young people?

This Christmas, Give a Gift That Counts Twice

| Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Impact

We know it's the thought that counts, but this holiday, why not give a gift that counts, too? Each Water Rafiki Friend Chain is unique, handmade with love by Maasai mamas in Kenya. Proceeds from the $10 chain support Free The Children's clean water programming worldwide. One chain provides one person with clean water for an entire year.

Behind the Headlines: Can Good Come of Newtown's Grief?

| Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Impact

What will come of the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the coming weeks and months remains to be seen. But in the wake of this and other tragedies, young people have proven that strength, resilience and compassion can prevail. We can bring meaning to these atrocities that seem to negate all that is right in the world.

ChangeMaker: Don't Call Him Disabled

| Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Impact

During his 22 years at CityTV, David Onley was an anchor, producer, science and technology specialist and weatherman. He was also Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken down many social barriers. He has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all.