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#1196 Thieves, murderers…and knitters

By Cathryn Wellner / January 30, 2015

They are kidnappers, murderers, thieves and, um, knitters…seriously. We have all heard of burly athletes who take up knitting without worrying about undermining their macho images. But prison inmates? Who on earth would come up with a scheme like that and expect anyone to come on board with it? Her name is Liz Zwerling. She […]


#1190 Missouri students raise funds for ailing custodian

By Cathryn Wellner / January 16, 2015

Their high school custodian is 72 years old, a fixture at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri. The school’s building manager Scott Bolamn, told CBS St. Louis, “Our students look at him like a grandfather figure.” When they learned he was facing serious health issues, they rallied around him, launching a GoFundMe campaign to […]


#1189 The Potluck Cafe, where job barriers come tumbling down

By Cathryn Wellner / January 14, 2015

Soup’s on at the Potluck Café, and it feeds both body and soul. The social enterprise, based in an area dubbed the poorest postal code in Canada, is bringing hope to some of British Columbia’s most marginalized residents. The organization describes its work this way: “As an award winning Social Enterprise, the mission of Potluck […]


#1187 Take the seeds of life and turn them into flowers

By Cathryn Wellner / January 9, 2015

Some days our mistakes are so embarrassing they make us want to crawl into a cave. What Herbie Hancock learned from Miles Davis was how to turn those mistakes into something that worked. Hancock told the story in a CBC interview promoting his new book, Possibilities. He said he was touring with Davis. One night, […]


#1182 An impossible dream? Not for Danny MacAskill

By Cathryn Wellner / December 29, 2014

If you are afraid of heights and steep drop-offs, the Isle of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse will not be on your list of dream destinations. Though only 12 kilometres from start to finish, adding it to your bragging rights is gruelling. It requires peak fitness, a six-hour approach and descent, 9-15 hours of hazardous scrambling […]


#1174 Sister Megan Rice is in prison for us all

By Cathryn Wellner / December 8, 2014

She may very well die in jail, and she is grateful for the chance to do so. Sister Megan Rice is the anti-nuclear activist who broke into a Tennessee plant and exposed security issues that made government more than a little uneasy. She was 84 when she was sentenced to a three-year term. If she […]


#1171 We can build cities on a human scale

By Cathryn Wellner / December 1, 2014

Whenever a high rise is proposed for my small city of Kelowna, British Columbia, residents who fear densification’s worst impacts come to public meetings to oppose it. And although I live in a condo building myself, I understand where they are coming from. Take a look at the high rise neighbourhoods that clog cities around […]


#1167 Laura Bates wants Everyday Sexism to stop

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2014

Karen was cornered by three drunken men in a train station. Sarah’s work colleagues told her she should be a stripper because she has big boobs. Aoife’s best friend told her family she had news. They assumed she was pregnant, but she had been offered a job in a law firm. A man on paternity […]


#1165 Awkward…7 black kids on racism

By Cathryn Wellner / November 17, 2014

The clever young people behind have come up with anti-racism video that made me nod my head all the way through. The 7 black kids, aged 6 to 13, who deliver their lines with such flair are all from the Ferguson, Missouri, the same town where an unarmed black teen was gunned down by […]

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