Global Stage

How one Sikh freedom fighter is helping political prisoners by committing himself to a hunger strike

BY: NADIA ZAIDI   You might not have heard of him, but Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa is a current day freedom fighter. He’s also an 84-year-old grandfather — and the oldest person to be on a hunger strike till date.…

Your love of chocolate is leading to devastating forest destruction in West Africa

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Most of us don’t overthink as we indulge in our favourite piece of chocolate. Okay, maybe we think about putting in five extra minutes on the elliptical – but it doesn’t keep us up at night. Yet…

The harrowing culture of Bacha Bazi – where young boys are auctioned to the highest bidder for sex

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  The trafficking of young girls and women is a global human rights violation, but in Afghanistan young boys are exclusively the targets of sex slavery.  It’s an underground world that operates in secrecy from misguided extremism, and is gaining…

The US will still meet half of its Paris Climate Agreement promises despite Trump’s climate change denial

BY BROOKLYN PINHEIRO With much backlash, Trump announced that the US would be leaving the Paris Climate Agreement in June. But those in positions of power who disagreed with him didn’t let that stop them from being committed to their…

This exhibition gives a voice to the silenced women prisoners of Syria

BY: SYDNEY KEEFE Manchester based organization, Rethink Rebuild Society recently held an important event to highlight the horrific aspects of Syrian imprisonment under Assad’s regime. Assad’s regime has been accused of barrel bombing and the use of torture detention centers.…

The zero-waste woman shows us how we can all lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle (video)

BY AILEEN ZANGOUEI Lauren singer dedicates her blog trashisfortossers.com and her YouTube channel to teaching people how to live a zero-waste lifestyle, therefore being eco-friendly. For five years, she saved her trash in a jar, and made a video exposing…

Why Amsterdam is one of the most eco-friendly places to live (EDITED)

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful and whimsical places in the world. But it goes beyond windmills and red lights. It’s one of the most ecologically friendly places to live — and visit. Supporting local farmers…

Why updating Canada’s food guide is a win for the environment and your health

BY BROOKLYN PINHEIRO Since the early ’90s the ‘Got Milk’ campaign has graced the pages of glossy magazines everywhere. The classic advertisement ended in 2014 and has been recently replaced by a swirl of new commercials this year. The ‘grab…

Algae just might be the green, slimy superhero needed to save out coral reefs

What makes amateur ichthyologists and would-be fish tank organizers cry? Is it waking up to fin rot? A case of the ick? Or what about waking up to discover that your pristine blue tank has degenerated into a green, scummy,…

Barbaric acid attacks are becoming part of a growing gang problem in the UK

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  When we think of acid attacks, we often think of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or other South-Asian countries where acid is a heinous method of control. Now a surge of acid attacks by gangs in the UK are…

The Dandy Men: Inside the colourful and expensive subculture of the Congo

BY: NADIA ZAIDI Photo Credit: Daniele Tamagni  Most of us probably wouldn’t associate made-to-measure suits, the finest silk ties, and fancy smoking pipes with the areas of the world’s poorest countries. Yet, such a subculture exists in the Congo. Le…

How the AquaDam can save you thousands in post-flood repairs

In the wake of Hurricane Irma residents are being forced to evacuate their homes for weeks to maybe even months in order to escape the dangers of the largest category-5-hurricane ever to be recorded in satellite history. Last year, when…

What does a category 5 storm look like? Hurricane categories explained

BY AILEEN ZANGOUEI With the emergence of the latest Hurricane Irma, the Atlantic’s most catastrophic category 5 hurricane ever to be recorded, taking over the news,  you might be wondering what this looks like compared to other hurricanes in the…

Which countries are (and will be) leading the renewable energy revolution?

In the words of Bob Marley, the times are a-changing. Unfortunately, change can take a while to truly kick in, and that’s what we’re learning as we struggle to overhaul an energy economy for the needs of the 21st century.…

One less whale died on shore thanks to the intervention of hundreds of people

BY BROOKLYN PINHEIRO It seems like there is always news of people putting wildlife in danger for a cool story or photograph. Whether its dolphins, turtles, or a harmful animal spectacle people have shown they do not not always have…

Pakistan is putting the U.S. to shame on transgender rights, but the rest of the LGBTQ community is being left behind

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Pakistan is one of the most conservative countries in the world. Its conservatism on issues like women’s rights have continually made headlines on major world networks. The blurred lines between religiosity and governance have been a contentious…

Animal cruelty and the importance of ending the commercial fur trade

BY RHIANN MOORE Many fashion consumers don’t realize the cruelty of the fur industry, or that they are easily able to obtain warm winter jackets without it. Because of marketing campaigns by companies like Canada Goose, people think fur is…

How you can adopt a dog (and save a life) from a Korean dog meat farm

For those of you who #adoptdontshop and are looking for a place to find the newest member of your family – look no further. Free Korean Dogs and Korean K9 Rescue are two sites that are dedicated to saving dogs…

How otters are making a comeback from the brink of extinction

Everyone has a favourite animal. What animal we choose to idolize says a lot about ourselves – some people choose based on their innate cuteness, some pick a favorite animal based on their intelligence or unsual traits, while still others…

The best cities for cyclists in the world

BY RHIANN MOORE It’s safe to say that cycling is pretty much the best; unfortunately, a lot of cities aren’t the best for it. Although it may take significant time and effort for a city to truly transform itself into…