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Leaving it all behind for life in Africa

A year ago I had a great job, and a nice apartment. One year later, I can hear wild dogs barking and am writing from Tanzania. What happened? Curiosity.

My hot, sweaty commute on the tube during the 2012 London Olympics

As the train lumbered into the station, I could feel a collective groan down the platform. Kings Cross Underground Station - 6:28 p.m. on a Monday. Rush hour. Summer had finally come to...

How we made a difference in Nicaragua

For two and half weeks recently, I gave most things up in my world and had a life changing experience. Over the past 10 years a small group of students from West Vancouver Secondary School have taken...

Lessons from an (unusual) Asian immigrant father

Immigrant dads in Canada tend to have a bad rap -- Asian fathers especially. The stereotypical Asian immigrant dad is super-strict and overbearing, expecting nothing less than straight A's from his...

Canada upside down

A deep look at the strategy behind the Harper government's attack on the world's most respected foundations, organizations which a short time ago, the government regarded as important friends.

VolunTourism: seeing the world to save the world has unexpected complexities

Emily Chan graduated from high school and became a "VolunTourist" in rural India. Now she looks back.

Chris and Hedvig Alexander on Canada's role in Afghanistan's future

Canada has made a huge contribution to Afghanistan and can continue to do more, says Conservative MP Chris Alexander.

Vancouver researcher examines health of HIV-exposed but uninfected infants

One Vancouver based researcher is examining some of the most at-risk people on the planet, hoping his research can play a significant part in studying and treating HIV in our community.

Caine's cardboard arcade: nine-year-old's amazing project raises $100,000

Caine Monroy, a nine-year-old with an exceptional imagination, has won over hearts around the world with his elaborate cardboard arcade.

Aung San Suu Kyi elected to Burmese parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi, the charismatic Burmese pro-democracy leader, has won a seat in parliament.
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