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What youth are getting wrong in Canada

By Aaron Joshua Pinto & Chris Zhou      

As polarization plagues the world around us, young Canadians are not immune. We must recommit to bursting our filter bubbles.

Young tourists gather on Parliament Hill in July. Youth are not a monolith, write authors Aaron Joshua Pinto and Chris Zhou. They are learned and uninformed; engaged and indifferent; right-leaning, left-leaning, and everything in between. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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We all know the drill: Doug Ford supporters? Shame them. Refugees? Shun them. Anti-feminists? Block them. They’re racist, misandrist, dumb, manipulated—or downright evil. Or are they? Zealous beliefs amongst different groups of young Canadians have prevented us from meaningful civic engagement. Being constantly told that “our voices matter,” many of us youth tend to unflinchingly push forward our own opinions while pushing aside those of “the other.” Worryingly, many of the loudest youth advocates have characterized young people

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