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Muna Mire is passionate about information. And about impacting her generation.

Some people say today’s 20-somethings are vain and self-absorbed. But Muna is working together with Canada-based youth news organization Young{ist} to prove they’re not – and also make sure her peers don’t become like that.

Mira and her team – all under 26 – are a critical voice in today’s media landscape, aiming to reach anyone who wants to stay engaged with what young people are doing on the ground.

Listen to the report by Ellie Gordon-Moershel in Toronto, Canada:

Muna Mire

Muna Mire is changing the media landscape for her generation (Photo: Young{ist})

Mira Muna

Muna says her generation is especially diverse – and not as apathetic as people say (Photo: Asam Ahmad)

Date

Tuesday 03.12.2013 | 13:05

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Democracy goes grassroots in Montreal

North America’s longest student strike in Canada’s French-speaking province Quebec is leading to new and interesting social developments in the region. After Premiere Jean Charest passed an emergency law to quell protests in May 2012, communities defied this law by holding nightly “casseroles” marches – a phenomenon that is now spreading across Canada. The community-based activity is spawning neighborhood assemblies throughout Montreal, where residents are discussing ways to combat everything from social service cutbacks to police repression. Jerome Charaoui, an IT consultant at a Montreal college, got together with some friends to start the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area assembly.

Listen to the report by Carmelle Wolfson:

Democracy goes grassroots in Montreal

Jerome Charaoui

Jerome talks with assembly members

Jerome talks with assembly members

Agenda order for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Neighborhood Assembly

Agenda order for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Neighborhood Assembly

Date

Tuesday 31.07.2012 | 12:18

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Canadian high school student campaigns for gay rights

Driving along the wide highway streets of Mississauga towards St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, you’ll pass a gas station, a Mercedes-Benz dealership and a handful of barren shopping plazas. The suburb of Mississauga, about a 45-minute drive from the economic center of Canada in Toronto, isn’t the most exciting place for a teenager. Seventeen-year-old Leanne Iskander says there’s not much to do there aside from going to the mall. She doesn’t do that often either. She’s looking forward to the end of the school year, when she can escape to Toronto for university, where she hopes to study history or political science.

For now, Leanne is stuck at St. Joe’s, battling her school principal and the Catholic school board for a Gay Straight Alliance club. At age 11, Leanne began thinking she wasn’t straight. Now she calls herself “gender queer.” Leanne explains that she doesn’t conform to either male or female gender norms. When she proposed initiating a Gay Straight Alliance club a year ago, she thought the principal would allow it. Instead, it raised a debate that went all the way to the Catholic school board and the Premier of Ontario. Now, gay Catholic students across the province are asking Leanne for advice in starting their own Gay Straight Alliance clubs.

Listen to the report by Carmelle Wolfson:

Canadian high school student campaigns for gay rights

Leanne Eskander

Leanne is looking forward to university

Leanne Eskander's bag

Leanne is bold with her opinions

Date

Tuesday 06.03.2012 | 13:27

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Canadian goes self-sufficient for a year

Inspired by Hollywood films like ‘Julie and Julia’ and enviro-challenges like the 100-mile diet, young Canadian Elizabeth Fraser has decided to get back to basics by creating what she consumes with her own two hands.

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Have you ever made any everyday products yourself? Share your recipe with us!

Here is Elizabeth’s blog.

Date

Monday 08.08.2011 | 14:05

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