Raffi Cavoukian
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Raffi Cavoukian is known to millions simply as Raffi, a renowned Canadian singer once called “the most popular children’s singer in the western world” (Washington Post).

Raffi was a pioneer in music for children and families, bringing quality music to children with respect for their age and growing minds. Parents and educators embraced his music and his CDs, tapes, videos, and DVDs sold over 14 million copies in Canada and the US, and his books, more than 3 million copies. A generation saw him in concert and grew up singing Down by the Bay and Raffi’s signature song Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him they’re now raising their own kids with his songs.

In his three-decade music career, Raffi refused all commercial endorsement offers, and his triple-bottom-line company never directly advertised or marketed to children. He is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation.

In the 1990’s Raffi turned his attention more fully towards global issues of sustainability and for his work has been recognized with many awards including the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award, among others.

Raffi's years of working with children and educators has evolved into a philosophy that we all can apply to help create a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come.

Raffi is Founder and Chair of the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, which serves as an education hub for the advancement of Child Honouring as a universal ethic. www.childhonouring.org.

In the anthology Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around —co-edited by Raffi, foreword by the Dalai Lama—luminaries from a number of disciplines join the call for a new covenant with the world’s children. (Published 2006) Raffi has also released two CDs with songs expressing the book's themes: Resisto Dancing, and Communion.

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Children's Health Should Be Legally Protected From Environmental Harm

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:04 PM

By Raffi Cavoukian, with Bonnie Hamilton Bogart

Should our children's health be protected from environmental harm? Although most people would answer yes, in Canada this concept is not guaranteed as a basic human right. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens is working to change this in New Brunswick,...

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Christy Clark Is Balancing the Budget at the Expense of Kids and Teachers

(63) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:27 PM

I've been reflecting on why the months-long dispute between the B.C. government and teachers has shaken me so. Why should I be this bothered about a labour dispute?

Why am I so mad at Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Peter Fassbender -- aren't there two sides to any...

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Did Police Miss Chance To Protect Amanda Todd From Blackmailer?

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:33 PM

"If Amanda does not stay off the Internet and/or take steps to protect herself online, there is only so much we as the police can do."

-- Coquitlam RCMP email to Carol Todd in 2011

Amanda Todd took her life in 2012 at the age of 15 after...

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Can a Computer Replace the Real Thing?

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 9:05 AM

This blog is an excerpt from Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us, to be published in June, 2103 ©Homeland Press, 2013

If the internet and InfoTech have become the background of our thoughts, something fundamentally human may be shifting. Our relationship to Nature, our...

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Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us

(50) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 1:00 AM

This blog is the preface to Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us, to be published in June, 2103 ©Homeland Press, 2013

As a troubadour and tech enthusiast, as an ecology advocate and children's champion, I'm moved to comment on what I...

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When Social Media Is Used for Bad

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 12:47 PM

In October 2012, British Columbia teen Amanda Todd ended her life after suffering intolerable bullying triggered by a sexual predator who found and blackmailed her through Facebook. Millions were outraged. We were too. We are social media enthusiasts who care deeply about protecting vulnerable young users in the...

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Dear Sheryl Sandberg: Please Keep Predators Off Facebook

(14) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Dear Ms. Sandberg,

We are a community of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including Amanda Todd's mother. As
you may know, Amanda was contacted and blackmailed through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated local teens to enter her circles of friends.

We write imploring you to lead change...

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My Dear Kavna: A Whale of a Love Story

(36) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 8:51 AM

My Dear Kavna,

I feel like I've lost a very dear old friend. Yet it's much more than that. Since hearing the news of your death, I have felt the loss of an extended family member -- one who had a profound impact on me. Kavna, meeting you moved...

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The Environment Is Dead: Long Live Mother Nature

(115) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 3:53 PM

"Environmentalism has failed" is a statement that deserves attention. It comes from famed environmentalist David Suzuki marking 50 years since Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, widely regarded as having sparked the environmental movement.

Suzuki's May 2, 2012 blog (The Huffington Post, rabble.ca) on the fundamental...

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My Pete Seeger Spring: A Visit to Say Thanks

(20) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 5:16 PM

On a fine spring day with trees in soft green bloom, I left Manhattan for Pete Seeger's place, near Beacon NY, courtesy of his longtime friend and noted videographer Jim Brown. During the drive Jim and I talked non-stop: about my singer-songwriter beginnings, about the early folk music scene, Jim's...
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Advice to Harper

(42) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Prime Minister Harper,

Your first parliamentary majority comes at a time of considerable change in Canadian political culture, liberty movements in many nations and a systemic crisis in the global ecology. It's worth noting that the Conservative party's founding principles include a commitment to upholding our "obligations among the...

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Cairo Sunshine All Around -- Reflecting on the Rebirth of My Birthplace

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 7:16 PM

A siren song is this Cairo freedom fire, the Tunisian spark now a roaring flame.
A new Mecca in Tahrir Square.

I close my eyes and wander to the city of my birth, and I'm just eight years old in the helio-polis my Armenian family called home,...

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The Right to a Future: We Need a New Lexicon for Conveying Climate Collapse

(170) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 1:16 PM

"Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed, the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines, is in imminent peril." -- James Hansen

"We're screwed!" -- David Letterman

Are we tweeting while Earth burns? Is climate collapse our new collective Titanic? How do we best describe...

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