For 7 years this vagabond collected 1,000 stories from strangers who helped him on his journey

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  All photos by Gabor  Gabor hasn’t had a place to call home in over seven years. Instead he has spent those years backpacking the world and meeting new people. Gabor decided to document his journey through the…

Beautiful wildlife sanctuary could be yours for free – as long as you’re willing to care for the animals

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  In what could only be one of the greatest and most rewarding jobs ever, Harry Kunz has spent the last 30 years working with animals and building a thriving wildlife oasis – Eagles Nest Wildlife Sanctuary. His…

Video exhibition portrays the dark side of 1950s domestic life

BY: QUENTIN STUCKEY Sarah Anne Johnson may or may not be a familiar name, but her striking brand of photography has left a mark on Canadian art and culture. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Johnson’s diverse photographic exhibitions…

Five unique Halloween traditions and rituals from around the world

Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows Eve, Hallowtide… Halloween is one of the world’s oldest and most widely celebrated holidays. Historians believe that Halloween began with Irish and Scottish Gaelic festivals that had roots in Paganism. Christians then took those Gaelic ideas and morphed them into All Hallows…

A look Inside the village that is home to India’s resilient Tiger Widows

BY: KRUPA JOSEPH For me, it all started with a book. Saba Naqvi’s In Good Faith, to be precise. In the book, the political editor of Outlook takes us to distant corners of India to show that in a country…

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…

How ancient Egyptians paved the way for today’s beauty standards

BY: AISHA ILYAD Egypt – the land of magic and unknown ancient secrets, decorated with the greatest man-made structure of the ancient world, the great pyramid of Giza – is a land of many treasures. When Greek historian and philosopher, Herodotus,…

Is the rise of citizen reporting responsible for the death of journalism?

BY: AISHA ILYAD Explorations in today’s modern world, both in terms of quality and quantity is different – and preferable – than any other era in history. One example is the formation of the virtual world in parallel with the…

Travel company launches gap year program that takes learning around the globe

BY: SAMANTHA TAPP Not all learning happens in a classroom, sometimes a plane ticket can trump a text book. Geckos Adventures, a travel company that plans adventures for 18-29 year-old travellers, is taking the popular gap year, a year-break students…

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…

New program offers travellers free accommodation in exchange for teaching hosts their language

BY: JESSICA BEUKER With more than 7,000 different languages spoken worldwide, the human population is extremely fragmented. Communication is essential to not only understanding one another, but also to minimize conflict and maximize empathy and kindness among the global population.…

What it’s like to grow up as a Third-Culture-Kid in Saudi Arabia

  It was Orientation Week at Virginia Tech, and a pivotal moment. It was not only my induction into the world of university, but also my re-integration into life “stateside.” My group’s (stereotypically obnoxious) “Orientation Leader” instructed us to sit…

How I turned a short-term volunteer trip into a full-fledged life abroad 

BY: ELSA THOMASMA Life as I knew it changed forever when I stepped foot in the Philippines for the very first time. My eyes were opened, my senses invigorated, and my mind introduced to a country, people, and culture that I never could…

Reclaiming their culture—these black women are poised to take back their hairstyles.

  BY: LAUREN ALI Cultural appropriation pulls from a culture’s tradition and reshapes it from its original context. Many people like to defend themselves when they are called out for appropriating a culture, telling you they’re just “appreciating the culture”…

Cultural genocide and addiction ruined this Native community—now skateboarding is saving it

BY: TYLER FYFE Next to a dirt parking lot of beater cars, cradled by a perimeter of sun-bleached trees, members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux glide in circles inside a smooth concrete bowl like a Ghost Dance on skate decks.…