Tales of migration: Chasing after the North American dream

BY: AISHA ILYAD Toronto, a city with a population of more than 2 million people and home to 6 million people in The Greater Toronto Area, is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and is ranked as the…

The world’s most friendly (and powerful) passports

BY: TONY BUCHNON If you had the choice of any passport you liked, which would you choose? As it turns out, your passport says more than you might realise about your level of access to the world. European countries tend…

How using Tinder while travelling completely revolutionized my epic backpacking adventure

BY: ADAM THRUSH This year, I decided to make Tinder my travel buddy while I backpack solo across Mexico, Central, and South America. Testing the hypothesis that, together, two great things – tinder and traveling – can create something even…

Racism is alive and well, but the conversation is dying

For the average person, a typical day consists of waking up, going to work and then heading back home – seldom taking the time to think about what is happening in the world around us. Individual problems and concerns keep…

Becoming a Canadian Senator is now as easy as filling out an application

BY: MIROSLAV TOMOSKI Early last fall Canada was promised, “real change” by its new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Among the most anticipated promises was the legalisation of marijuana by 2017, but this week the country’s Liberal government also announced plans…

Students and inmates are becoming sustainable farmers due to a new urban gardening initiative

By: Jocelyn Schwalm After volunteering on farms around the world, Jenny Spring decided to return to her hometown of Huntsville to give starting her own farm a try. The Spring Farm is a locally run urban farm owned by Jenny…

Anti-immigrant vigilantes are patrolling the streets of Europe, and locals seem to be ok with it

  BY: M. TOMOSKI Founded in September 2015 by Mika Ranta, a self-described neo-Nazi and ex-convict, the Soldiers of Odin (SOO) is a vigilante group that has spread across Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, the UK, Canada, the United States…

This dating website doubles as a ticket out of the sure hell that is Trump’s presidency

  BY: M. TOMOSKI If you’re going to keep threatening to leave the country over what is looking like less of a joke with each passing day, then you should consider finding a loving Canadian home…or a Canadian lover, perhaps?…

Will Canada’s Cannabis Future Be a Stoner’s Paradise or Corporate Nightmare?

M.TOMOSKI In the Nixon administration’s hallmark hammering tone, John Ehrlichman, a former aide to the President, summed up the motivation behind the War on Drugs by saying, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had…

Canada’s elusive civil rights movement: are Canadians polite bystanders to national tragedy?

BY: ROB HOFFMAN Last month, Prime Minister Trudeau sat down with Nikki Fraser, the Youth Representative of B.C.’s Native Women’s Association (BCNWA) to discuss the pressing issue of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Fraser, who personally lost…

This student built a yurt at the base of a mountain to save rent money and live the off-grid dream

BY: ALEX BROWN For $150 a month, recent undergrad Michael Jeffery claims one corner of a horse paddock at the foot of British Columbia’s Mount Paul in Kamloops, rented out by a local farmer for his yurt. As a student of…

This Canadian island is welcoming Trump refugees

BY: M. TOMOSKI Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent, threatening to leave the country when democracy doesn’t quite match your personal preference has become something of a tradition in America. In 2000, several celebrities, including Eddie Vedder and the…

Ontario plans to launch a basic income project this year to give Canadians free money

BY: ALEX BROWN Ontario recently announced plans to launch a basic income pilot project at some point this year, known by some as the free-money initiative. The radical concept is gaining popularity as experimentation continues in European countries like Germany,…

Unethical Canadian mining practices shed a harsh light on Canada’s good-guy image

BY: AIDAN MACNAB Photo by Roger LeMoyne / Macleans Canada is back, or so we’re told. After a decade-long dark age of Harper lunacy we have allegedly re-established ourselves as the global nice guys. We love refugees. We’re sorry about…

VICE is stepping up their game in the maple-syrup heartland of counterculture

BY: EDITORS There comes a time when you need to hang up your leather jacket and Converse lest you become that middle-aged youth-parasite crashing college freshman house parties. And while some publications have lamented the death of VICE’s brand of…

John Baird promoted mining giant’s interests while in office, and now he’s working for them

BY: MITCHELL THOMPSON   Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird accepting a job at Barrick Gold—the world’s largest gold mining company that lobbied him several times while he was in office—raises questions as to whether this is a part of…

In 2017, the government is making admission to all of Canada’s national parks free

BY: JESSICA BEUKER 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday, and Parks Canada has an early birthday present for all Canadians. In an initiative brought forward by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Parks Canada is waiving all park entrance fees for a year.…

Here are some things that Canadians can hope for now that Harper is out  

BY: ERIK HUSTON The October 19th election was a doozie. Tensions have always been high between parties but never have the stakes been this stacked. Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May battled it out in an intense…

Here are the weirdest Canadian political parties that you never knew existed

BY: AIDAN MACNAB This was the longest election campaign in over 100 years and as far as Canadians can tell, they have three options tomorrow: NDP, Conservative, or Liberal. But the truth is we have a much more diverse set…

Want a day off work? Turns out your boss legally has to give you time off to vote

BY: JESSICA BEUKER “I’m too busy,” or “I work all day,” won’t cut it as reasonable excuses for not voting in the coming Canadian election. Because legally, your boss has to give you time off to vote. According to Federal…