Getting young Canadians involved in issues that impact us globally.
What's your Just Because?
So what exactly do we do? We run events, such as an awesome development related video contest. YOU could win a free trip anywhere in the world!
We are currently renovating and designing the next phase of the campaign BUT we are committed to raising awareness, about social justice issues. FOLLOW US! We promise not to disappoint.
Is International Foreign AID a good thing?
Not according to a large majority of the people in Yemen who are yet to see the benefits.
According to a recent article in the Guardian 45% of the people in Yemen are going hungry, unemployment is at 70% and, according to the IMF, the economy contracted by 10.5% in 2011.
In a predictable fashion, the government is doing what it can to secure MORE AID - as “essential to Yemen’s future development.” BUT there is a debate about how beneficial AID really is … especially given that aid organizations have to overcome corrupt institutions and inefficient bureaucracies.
Hesitancy and ill feeling toward foreign aid is strong in Yemen (and elsewhere) as highlighted by Atiaf al-Wazir, (a researcher and blogger) :
“We have a corrupt government that lacks the capacity to handle large amounts of aid. Before we keep pumping aid, we should build the capacity of the government and make sure it is more transparent so that the money can actually reach the people it is intended for.”
Perhaps it is true that both the reliance on, and business of, foreign aid, causes more harm than good?
Read further about the situation in Yemen at: http://bit.ly/Vxrjym
OR CHECK OUT a billionaires perspective on Foreign Aid, and recommendation to the British government to “‘turn off the golden taps’ of foreign aid and stop pandering to ‘St Bob and Bono’” !! http://bit.ly/PCTjMX
2012 International Youth Day: Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth… August 12 was declared International Youth Day by the UN in 1999.
So what has the UN done for youth, other than passing a Resolution 54/120 to declare this magnificent day so that everyone can remember youth once in a while?
Quite a bit. But more could be and should be done.
You gotta give credit when credit is due. Some cool stuff happens August 12 every year.
BUT… there’s always a But. What youth need is better future. That comes with better planning. Better management of resources. Less war mongering and more caring about what kind of planet are we leaving for the youth we commemorate today.
A bullet costs much less than a piece of bread, or medication to treat Neglected Tropical Diseases, or stationary so a child can learn how to read and write, or… many other things.
Yet, for instance in Canada, we spend billions of dollars every year in arms races for wars we’ll never fight and unlikely enemies we’ll never face.
Let’s just hope that a new generation of leaders would have the sense to change the development discourse more towards where it should be: focused on the future of youth.
Happy International Youth Day everyone!
Here in Canada, gang violence has been a serious problem for urban areas for a long time. But the problem is not that we don’t have enough police officers. How much can the police do? Militarization of marginalized communities only adds to the tension in those areas.
What Mayor Ford is proposing is merely political pandering to the Right. More guns for the police, more officers, more fire power. There are many people who feel that’s the way to go when dealing with gang problems.
To put it in the most simple terms possible, what they fail to realize or decide to ignore is that even if we incarcerate all the criminals in Toronto, gang culture won’t subside unless the at-risk youth are given alternative lifestyle choices to that of being involved in a gang: chances of respectable employment, opportunities for civil involvement, a sense of community and support from the ‘fat cats’ sitting in Queens Park.
Obese or not, the feline controlling our democracy need to get their act together and realize that, Green, Orange, Red or Blue need to gather and develop solutions for these problems. If appropriate attention is not invested in these areas, the criminal activity in Toronto and other metropolitan areas will soar in the next decade and then we will have impulsive criminal activities, even in beautifully constructed gated neighbourhood the ‘job creator’ class lives in.
Now lets put this in economical terms, when young Canadians don’t finish high school….. It costs the country, annually…….
wait for it 10.3 BILLION freaking DOLLARS in private earnings and a whopping 378 Million Dollars in public revenue in taxes. (source: http://bit.ly/OXb1wG)
How do we help at-risk youth? Yes. We need to stop guns from getting into their hands. But we must also invest in them, help them grow, allow them to reach their potentials.
Here’s to a better future, for all of us. :)