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Saving the world with voluntary simplicity

With the mass of headlines warning of humanity’s impeding fall into a climate dystopia, your heart might sink a little. The news points to a bleak future, one that will be experienced if not by yourself, surely your children and grandchildren. A future of civilization collapse...

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Nisa Homes: A Safe Space for Muslim Women

Mariam called Nisa Homes at 10 pm after having spent a night at a friend’s house, after which her friend’s husband said she couldn’t stay any longer. Mariam spent the next night at a motel with the money she had left. Tonight, she had no place...

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A Photographer’s Perspective: Qurrat A’yun Studios

Qurrat A’yun Studios started as my escape from the sterile, suffocating dungeons of University of Toronto’s Engineering department. Whenever I had some time I would grab my little Canon point-and-shoot and photograph anything I could — puddles, my brothers, my jewellery. Some brave investments later, my...

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I want to engage in psychotherapy but…

A teenager with obsessive-compulsive disorder is not allowed to see a psychotherapist because her parents fear that it will affect their reputation. The stress from her OCD causes her to experience heart palpitations and breathing problems. A young woman on antidepressants knows that psychotherapy would help...

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Smart choices make healthy food affordable

Many Canadian Muslims worry that eating healthy is too expensive. In fact, this worry is so widespread that many families assume healthier grocery choices will be detrimental to their family budget and are not practical. When making major family decisions – such as the quality of food...

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On Diversity in the Workplace

A 2005 Royal Bank of Canada report asserted that “society has undergone a profound change since the 1960s in how it views the roles of women, celebrates cultural diversity, and the contribution of visible minorities, and recognises the strong contribution of Aboriginal Peoples in shaping Canada’s...

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Upcoming Brand Alert: Haya Boutique

Launching on August 22nd at the IMFDF fashion show in Toronto – Haya is Canada’s newest modest fashion label. Established in 2015 out of London, Ontario by a husband-wife duo, the name Haya reflects what the brand stands for: modesty, bashfulness, self-respect and humility.  As one can...