Articles by: Kiah Berkeley

Working with children is the most popular voluntourism activity — and the most questionable. (Courtesy  Promise Tangeman)

Voluntourism: Lavish charity trips abroad could be causing more harm than good

We’ve all seen the photos on our Facebook feed: bright-eyed, well-meaning friends post endless pictures of themselves laughing with African children, petting a lion or striking a quirky pose with a group of other young, mostly white people. These selfies act as advertisements for volunteer tourism companies, who charge participants a fee for the privilege of volunteering in an impoverished community.

by Kiah Berkeley· · Features
Linda McQuaig, Bill Morneau and Colin Biggin at the St. James Town debate. (Kiah Berkeley / Ryersonian Staff)

Audience participation limited at Toronto Centre candidates debate

Toronto Centre candidates participated in their first debate of the 2015 campaign Tuesday night, but some of the attendees at the forum were upset that they didn’t get to ask questions of their own. While Conservative candidate Julian Di Battista did not attend, Bill Morneau (Liberal), Linda McQuaig (NDP) and Colin Biggin (Green) spoke before residents in St. James Town, answering questions that dealt with the community’s top four concerns: […]

by Kiah Berkeley· · News, Off Campus, Politics
Conservative candidate Julian Di Battista will not be at the debate.

Debate in Toronto Centre to take place without Conservative candidate

A Toronto Centre candidates’ debate is happening tonight, with all but one of the main four candidates scheduled to take part. Linda McQuaig (NDP), Bill Morneau (Liberal) and Colin Biggin (Green) will debate issues like immigration, poverty, housing and employment at St. Simon’s Church in St. James Town.

by Kiah Berkeley· · News, Off Campus
Magic mushroom lovers gather to tout psychedelics on 9-20 day

Magic mushroom lovers gather to tout psychedelics on 9-20 day

Toronto’s magic mushroom enthusiasts gathered Sunday in a bid to make Sept. 20 (9-20) a collective day of action, modelled on the marijuana community’s 4-20.

by Kiah Berkeley· · Arts & Life, News, Off Campus