What does coal actually do to the air?

BY: RHIANN MOORE For decades most of the world has been reliant on coal for the production of electricity, and despite widespread knowledge of the damage that coal does to the air it is still in use today. Countries like…

This Toronto photographer captures the tortured routine of a loveless marriage (photos)

BY: QUENTIN STUCKEY All photos from Insipid, courtesy of Tessla Stuckey Photography When we hear the word “marriage” nowadays, we tend to bypass that idealistic, perfect image of a husband and wife being totally immersed in each other like something out…

Nature lovers rejoice: Canada is finishing one of the biggest trails in the world this fall

BY: ELIJAH BASSETT 2017 is the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, but this year it’s the citizens who’ll be getting a gift, in the form of a massive trail that passes through every province and territory in the country. After 25…

Inspired by Norway’s liberal prison island, Canadian prisons are using books to change inmates’ lives

BY: ELIJAH BASSETT When you think of prison, the first image that comes to mind probably isn’t a book club. But some Canadian prisons are doing just that, with the help of an organization called Book Clubs for Inmates. So…

Finally this city has opened Canada’s first vegan fast food restaurant

Healthy eating is becoming more and more of a commodity in these troubling times. Variety and abundance of food is awash in our Western culture, but that doesn’t mean that everyone’s dietary needs are being fully met. Eating meat is…

The Canadian government is paying its students to travel and learn another language

BY: ELIJAH BASSETT Canada is officially bilingual, but how many of its citizens can say the same? A government program, Explore, is trying to increase that number by giving university students a $2,200 bursary (and, often, extra spending money) to…

These breathtaking nature photos prove that beauty exists right in your own backyard

Eric L. Chan is a photographer, filmmaker and teacher based out of Mississauga, Ontario. What started out as a hobby, turned into a job and he has dipped his foot in just about every type of photography. A few years…

The Canadian government just declared internet access a basic right

BY: MIROSLAV TOMOSKI On Wednesday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced it would add $750 million in additional investments toward expanding broadband access across the country. The announcement comes after a survey of more than 50,000 Canadians found…

The bullshit reasons why contraceptives are so expensive

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE There have been countless debates in countries all over the world on the costs of contraceptives for women. Prices are sky high and getting a hold of these products is an infamously awkward and time-consuming experience. Condoms,…

This Canadian Province just passed a motion for universal basic income

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  On Tuesday, Prince Edward Island took a positive step forward by passing a motion to set up a basic income pilot project. The motion was put forward by Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker, who said that a…

The government is working to reverse decades of damage caused by legal drug distribution

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE The rising epidemic of opioid abuse in Canada is spurring the government to take matters into their own hands.  The misuse of marketed drugs has reached an extreme point, with a significant amount of the population having…

To help protect ocean life, the UK plans to ban microbeads from all cosmetics by 2017

BY: AISHA ILYAD  “Beat the micro bead, beat the micro bead.” This is what campaigners against micro beads in cosmetics have been chanting for years. The little tiny beads may seem harmless, but they actually make washing your face, brushing…

This is what it’s really like to be a sugar baby

BY: JESSICA BEUKER Sugar dating: In return for a “mutually beneficial arrangement” (fun, friendship, gifts, money, travel and possibly sex), a young woman, known as the Sugar Baby provides “the girlfriend experience” to a wealthy, generous older man, the Sugar…

The badass robot who hitchhiked across Canada is the coolest thing you’ll see today

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP It is common practice that most people don’t pull over to pick up a hitchhiker on the side of the road to offer a ride. Hitchhiking, a practice that was once accepted, is now considered dangerous and…

Poland rejects a restrictive abortion ban after thousands of women go on strike

BY: AISHA ILYAD “My body, my right.” This was the slogan of Polish Women who went on strike in protest against proposals for a total ban on abortion in their country. These anti-abortion protestors took to the streets of Warsaw on…

This is what it looks like to surgically repair your earlobes after years of stretching them

BY: ADAM THRUSH The creation of large holes in earlobes: an act some alternative, religious or tribal communities have done for centuries. Depending on the size of these holes, the end product of “spacing” or “gauging” your earlobes could be…

Tales of Migration: From Istanbul to Toronto

BY: AISHA ILYAD Mustafa was born in Afghanistan, but continued his studies in Istanbul, Turkey. When he was offered to continue his higher studies in the Toronto branch of his university,  Mustafa was not sure whether he wanted to travel to…

Spherical treehouses let you camp under a blanket of greenery and stars all year round

BY: CHARLOTTE LEFAVE Forget about leaving treehouses in the fond memories of your childhood. Now, on Vancouver Island, you can rent spherical treehouses that take camping to entirely new heights. The creators of the Free Spirit Spheres Resort believe in…

5 simple airline hacks that will let you see the world without going broke

Alright, let’s get down to brass tax. Unless you’re flying on your companies dollar (not likely), or you’re so rich that money isn’t an object, (although that would be nice, it’s also not likely) you want to travel the world,…

Five stunning wineries to add to your bucket list

By: Jocelyn Schwalm Bonnie Heath Estate Winery: The aesthetics of this winery appeals to a vast array of people with their fields of lavender, grape vines and apple orchard. This winery located in Waterford, Ontario has set itself apart with its jack-of-all…