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We can't solve an unethical economy with personal boycotts, says Concordia prof

Zeynep Arsel is an associate professor of marketing at Concordia University in Montreal, and she says that though your refusal to eat meat or shop at Amazon might come from a personal, ethical place, it's wrong to put that burden on average people to solve nation-wide and international problems.

These men became dads to baby found abandoned at subway station

Danny Stewart was on his way to meet his partner, Pete Mercurio, for dinner when he happened upon a baby, bundled in a sweatshirt and abandoned at a New York subway station. Here’s how that started the pair’s unexpected journey to parenthood.

Working together to make a family and a better world

Danny Stewart was on his way to meet his partner for dinner when he happened upon a baby, bundled in a sweatshirt and abandoned at a New York subway station. That started him on a path to parenthood. Later, a Concordia professor explains why the world's biggest problems can't be solved by personal boycotts.

Why is it so hard to say goodbye?

Researcher Adam Mastroianni has found that conversations tend to last a length of time that makes no one happy. He says it’s ok to say to goodbye when you want a conversation to end — but why does that feel so difficult to admit?

How people of colour are working through family conversations about anti-Black racism

Conversations about race can be fraught in the best of circumstances. But what happens when you're trying to have that conversation with relatives who've experienced racism themselves?

City-wide playtime should be a post-pandemic goal says design critic

Post-pandemic, design critic Alexandra Lange wants to see city-wide, street-based events given priority. Children need the freedom to play safely this summer — and beyond.

Soundtrack for the Soul — The 2021 Edition

When Vancouver’s Jamie Lee released her debut jazz album at the beginning of 2020, she didn't know the pandemic would almost convince her to leave her music career behind.

How Jane Austen's writing reveals her spiritual side

Reverend Paula Hollingsworth, Chaplain at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is the author of The Spirituality of Jane Austen. She outlines the evolution of faith in Jane Austen’s novels and her personal life.

Now might be the perfect time to start a months-long project. Here's why

Writer Amy Shearn is on a quest to better understand why we take on long-term projects and what keeps us going through the process.

Finding faith in creative acts

Reverend Paula Hollingsworth outlines the evolution of faith in Jane Austen’s novels and her personal life. And writer Amy Shearn, is on a quest to better understand why we take on long-term projects and what keeps us going through the process.

The struggle at home and things we miss

Conversations about race can be fraught in the best of circumstances. But what happens when you’re trying to have that conversation with relatives who’ve experienced racism themselves — and who still dish it out to others? When Vancouvers’s Jamie Lee released her debut jazz album at the beginning of 2020, she didn't know the pandemic would almost convince her to leave her music career behind.

We can learn a lot about music from birds, says composer

Composer and zoomusicologist Hollis Taylor said that she learned a lot about music from the pied butcherbird, showing her that humans are far from being the only ones with musical talent in the natural world.

Why the first thing you should do when the pandemic is over is karaoke

Karaoke is a health hazard right now, but writer Mel Woods longs for the nights singing on a bar’s stage. Woods believes that when the pandemic ends, karaoke would be a great way to celebrate the beginning of a new era.

Top ten ways to get some rest: results from a world-wide study

Reading is the number one most restful activity, according to writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond. Her book, The Art of Rest, reveals the activities - other than sleep - that can most help you relax - even if it’s something you struggle with.

Let's sing

Karaoke is a health hazard right now, but writer Mel Woods longs for the nights singing on a bar’s stage. Woods believes that when the pandemic ends, karaoke would be a great way to celebrate the beginning of a new era. Composer and zoomusicologist Hollis Taylor said that she learned a lot about music from the pied butcherbird, showing her that humans are far from being the only ones with musical talent in the natural world.

Meet the Canadian hockey legend who defied danger to help Soviet Jews

Canadian hockey legend Sherry Bassin risked arrest by the KGB in the 1980s to deliver religious items to synagogue.

The Art of Rest & Smuggling Jewish religious items into the Soviet Union

Pairing science with psychology, Claudia Hammond wrote the book on rest - and why we need more of it. The previously untold story of Canadian hockey executive Sherry Bassin is recounted in a documentary by NPR's Gary Waleik.

How Instagram self-help gurus have become pseudo-spiritual leaders

Some self-help Instagram influencers evoke the feeling of televangelism of days past, says author Leigh Stein. She believes that there’s something religious going on in their comment sections that’s attracting millions of female followers, and yet, she feels that this brand of spirituality ultimately rings hollow.

'Normalizing who we are': TikTokers are showing Hollywood how to tell Muslim stories

After decades of harmful presentations of Muslims dominated the entertainment industry, TikTok is changing the narrative. Entertainment reporter, Anhar Karim, says TikTok has the authentic representations of Muslims that were missing from his own life.

Party like it's 1656: The end of the pandemic should be a moment to celebrate says historian

Studying music and culture from the 17th and 18th centuries gave historian Keith Johnston a vision for how we could mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnston says we can draw inspiration from a 10-day festival hosted in Naples at the end of the 1656 epidemic.

Insta-evangelism and Muslim TikTok: meaning making on social media

Some self-help Instagram influencers evoke the feeling of televangelism of days past, says author Leigh Stein. She believes that there’s something religious going on in their comment sections that’s attracting millions of female followers, and yet, she feels that this brand of spirituality ultimately rings hollow. After decades of harmful presentations of Muslims dominated the entertainment industry, TikTok is changing the narrative. Entertainment reporter, Anhar Karim, says TikTok has the authentic representations of Muslims that were missing from his own life.

When the pandemic hit this researcher turned to a 2,000 year old story — the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is a 2,000 year old sacred text whose central message is “everyone dies.” And yet professor Arti Dhand has found it a place of solace through the pandemic.

Lessons from a war zone: How to emotionally survive and flourish in the pandemic

When COVID-19 struck, Aisha Ahmad recognized very few people around her had lived through a large-scale disaster. Despite being a professor of political science, she found herself acting as an online counsellor, sharing wisdom she earned living in conflict around the world.

Turning to the past for comfort in the present

Studying the culture of the 17th and 18th centuries gave historian Keith Johnston a vision for how we could mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnston says we can draw inspiration from a 10-day festival hosted in Naples at the end of the 1656 epidemic. The Mahabharata is a 2,000 year old sacred text from India whose central message is “everyone dies.” And yet University of Toronto associate professor Arti Dhand has found it a place of solace through the horrors of the pandemic.

Protecting nature, act of faith: Muslim women are leading the charge on climate activism

Memona Hossain has spoken to dozens of Muslim women around the world whose faith inspires their work as leading climate activists. Her field, Applied Ecopsychology, helps explain people’s deeply personal connections to the earth, and Hossain says spirituality is a crucial element.

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