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Repairing the damage in this week's Generation Why

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What happens after the damage has been done? How does one get through the days and weeks following a natural disaster, a senseless tragedy, or even a crash-landing back on Earth?

Things, places, and people are broken every day -- but then, everyday people assess the damage, feel what they need to feel, and begin the often painstaking process of trying to rebuild.

In this week's Generation Why, several contributors recommend stories about repairing the damage and moving forward.

  • Montreal reader Arielle Piat-SauvĂ© remarks at the horror of the tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. -- leaving 24 people, including 10 children dead -- but also marvels at the kindness and heroism displayed by those who were left in the rubble.
  • Jada McDermott, a reader from Kelowna, B.C., highlights a sombre report about "suicide contagion" -- the phenomenon of teens becoming more likely to attempt or consider taking their own lives when they know peers who have done it. How can communities fight through the despair and prevent it from spreading?
  • Abeera Shahid, a Grade 10 student from Brampton Ont., recommends a story about astronaut Chris Hadfield re-adjusting to "Earthling" life. The grueling process of repairing his eroded bones and atrophied muscles, after months of living without gravity, has been a mission all its own.

Also this week, CBC photographer John Rieti tells the tale of a greying island in his native Newfoundland that he hates to see abandoned -- but which he could not imagine inhabiting himself. Staffers Andrew Lupton and Adam Carter update us on the Rob Ford fiasco and the Tim Bosma case, respectively. And reader Stephanie Boyle, of Quispamsis, N.B., struggles to make sense of the hacking death of a British soldier in broad daylight on the streets of London.
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.

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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