The Fish You (Don’t Know You) Eat

Twenty-five percent of fish caught in the ocean don’t land on our plates. They’re churned into fishmeal, which is used to feed farmed fish. But what are the true costs of this process? We travelled to China, Peru and West Africa—key locations in the global fishmeal industry—to find out.

Stuck.

Stuck. follows the journeys of migrants throughout Turkey’s two-tiered immigration process, and shows the labyrinthine system than non-Syrians face as they try to start new lives in Europe.

Surviving the City

By 2050, two thirds of the people in the world will be living in cities. This dramatic influx is putting pressure on urban life, and raising critical questions for the people living through these challenges. We travelled to China, Colombia, and India to document how cities are handling education, crime, clean water, safe food and rapidly expanding industries.

Hidden in Plain Sight

In the past two decades, Chile has emerged as one of Latin America’s most prosperous nations. But beneath the surface of this success story, people are struggling to have their voices heard amid growing social tensions. Fellows travelled to Chile to investigate why some of the country’s most vulnerable people—migrants and people who are HIV positive—remain hidden in plain sight.

Out of the Shadows

Mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but it remains one of the world’s most neglected diseases. We went to Togo, Benin, Jordan, and India to look at how some countries are addressing this major health challenge and coming up with creative solutions to bring mental illness out of the shadows.

China’s Generation Green

How can China manage its dangerous water, contaminated soil, mountains of waste, and disappearing biodiversity? This series, reported by fellows from UBC and Shantou University in China, is about the generation who are openly and actively fighting to change the trajectory of the country to avoid disaster.

CUT: Investigating Global Logging

Where do the wood and paper products in our home come from? Interpol estimates that up to 30% of our wood is illegally cut by poachers, organized criminals, and corrupt governments and businesses. We traveled to Indonesia, Russia and Cameroon, to investigate the criminal, environmental and social consequences of the illegal timber trade.

Beneath the Boom

In Brazil, economic and energy interests are clashing with environmental concerns; tensions are rising between indigenous people and ranchers, leading to violence and death. Fellows met with Guarani villagers and regional farmers in southwest Brazil to document murder, forced removals and land disputes that went unheard both within Brazil and around the world.

The Pain Project

Morphine is considered the gold standard for medical pain treatment, as it is simple and cheap to make and distribute. But around the world, many can’t access any, and are left to suffer. We investigated why this is, and discovered that bureaucratic hurdles and the global war on drugs are largely to blame.

Cheap Shrimp, Hidden Costs

Although once considered a delicacy, today shrimp is one of North America’s favourite cheap seafoods. But plunging shrimps prices come with hidden costs. We investigated the consequences to Thailand’s labourers, forests, and marine ecosystems.