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Netflix’s documentary series Making A Murderer shines a light on wrongful convictions in the US. Wrongful convictions, however, are not just an American issue, says Mark Gervin, interim director of UBC’s Innocence Project at the Allard School of Law. He and his students work with potential victims of Canada’s criminal justice system. Unless you’ve spent the last three months […]

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This interview was first published on On Purpose, a series profiling people who are making a difference. There was nothing surprising to me in Serial or Making A Murderer. I think it’s very easy for people to think that wrongful convictions only happen in small towns in the US, but our files indicate otherwise. It happens […]

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Universities as Charities from Chimp on Vimeo. Every year about two million Canadians enroll in postsecondary classes in order to further their education, broaden their life experience, and experience the collegiate lifestyle. Ideally, a university or college education will lead to quality employment prospects down the road, or at least a better understanding of how […]

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A post-secondary education is increasingly necessary to find employment in Canada’s information economy. But once you’ve finished your degree, traded in your book bag for a briefcase, and paid off your student loans, what happens to the institution you left behind? Many universities and colleges face financial difficulties and require further support beyond your tuition […]

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It’s the calm before the storm at the narrow annex of Queen Alexandra Elementary School. Volunteers scurry around to get the last bags lined up on the long school tables. Each plastic bag contains an assortment of food items: canned tuna, ready-made meals, apple juice and fresh fruit. “We have Backpack Buddies today”, a loudspeaker […]

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Parents want their kids to grow up to be generous, thoughtful, community-minded adults, but putting our good intentions into practice can be a challenge. In our busy day-to-day life, creating opportunities to talk about generosity and giving back sometimes feels like heavy lifting. If you’re looking for a thoughtful, yet easy-to-do way to teach your kids about generosity, […]

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Christmas can be a magical time — for kids and adults alike. But for kids especially, there’s nothing more exciting than planning a wish list, asking Santa for presents, and listening for reindeer on Christmas Eve. But with its emphasis on getting presents, the focus on consumerism during the holidays can make it tough for […]

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“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.”  – Hank Rosso For many schools, fundraising is an important part of the teaching and learning experience. Fundraising not only helps schools raise money for supplies, extra-curricular activities and special events, it’s also an opportunity for them to reach beyond the classroom, contribute to […]