Homeless camps like this one in downtown Nanaimo, B.C., photographed in 2018 can be seen all over North America.
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The number of seniors experiencing homelessness in Vancouver has increased in recent years, according to the city’s Homeless Count.
Guitarist David Hinds at Reggae on the Rocks in Denver, Colorado.
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Reggae is the musical expression of Rastafari, a belief system of migrants to Jamaica. A popular song, ‘Rivers of Babylon,’ offers a window into their spirituality and longing for their homeland.
Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland: in one episode, she stops taking her medication in order to solve the puzzle of who is attempting to kill her.
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A spate of recent TV shows feature protagonists whose mental health condition gives them special skills. But these are often accessed by rejecting medication.
Unsurprisingly, the Jason Bourne films won’t tell you much about ASIO.
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James Bond and Jason Bourne have little to tell us about modern spycraft.
Foreign PR campaigns have been waged for decades. Films like 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front were significantly altered to appease Germany’s Nazi Party.
Feature films and television shows notoriously play fast-and-loose with the facts. When prologues proclaim “Based on a True Story,” they’re gracefully implying that what follows is mostly fiction. Awards…
Positive portrayals of people with mental illness exist in the media but these are the exception rather than the norm.
When Homeland first aired in 2011 starring a CIA agent with bipolar disorder, Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), it was commended for its realistic portrayals of people with mental illness. Courtney…