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Breaking free in this week's Generation Why

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In this week's issue of Generation Why, several contributors reflect on stories about breaking free -- whether the confines are physical, societal, or psychological.

  • On Monday, 27-year-old Amanda Berry escaped from years of captivity in a downtown Cleveland home, where she was held against her will along with two other young women and a child. The story had an impact on Heidi Oran, a reader from Peterborough, Ont., who remarks that these young women are around her own age, and have already lost years of their lives.

  • A CBC story about a B.C. teacher victimized for over two years by a cyberstalking ex-girlfriend caught the attention of Arielle Piat-SauvĂ© of Montreal and Jada McDermott of Kelowna, B.C. Both readers reflect on the difficultu of shaking off slanderous labels in the echo chambers of the Internet. Is it possible to reclaim one's cyber reputation after it has been so purposefully damaged?

  • CBC staffer Jonathan Ore wrestles free of Abercrombie and Fitch's unapologetically superficial definition of "cool" - which tells customers who aren't slim and conventionally attractive that they "can't belong."

Also this issue, breaking the cycle of youth unemployment and underemployment; breaking the stigma surrounding mental health; and breaking the law to print guns that shoot real bullets.
About Generation Why

Generation Why is a weekly interactive magazine curated by young Canadians for young Canadians.

Each week, readers under the age of 30 and young staffers collaborate to highlight the best content that CBC news and current affairs programming has to offer.

We also hope to spotlight the talent of young artists by offering the magazine's cover as a canvas.

Who is the most innovative young person you know?

Please note that next week we will be running a special edition of Generation Why that profiles opinion shapers, innovators and community leaders in a variety of established and emerging fields.

When you think of someone in their 20s who is already re-shaping Canada, who comes to mind? Learn how to nominate a deserving young person here

How to get involved

  • Submit a written piece or pitch your photo/illustration for the cover
  • Subscribe to receive Generation Why via email every Saturday morning
  • Join our Facebook group for regular contributors
  • Explore the results of our user-driven social poll on important questions for our generation or replay the open forum live chat we ran to discuss those big questions
  • Replay or read the minutes from our first open editorial meeting


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