Monopoly was designed 100 years ago to teach the dangers of capitalism

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Do not pass GO! Monopoly was designed by a progressive writer to teach players the dangers of wealth concentration. Shutterstock

Benjamin Hoy, University of Saskatchewan

Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that many still play today.

But the way they are played today may not be teaching the lessons their designers hoped to share.

At the start of the 20th century, children were part of the regular workforce. They possessed few toys. When U.S. manufacturers created games, they built them to market to parents: to teach as well as to entertain.

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Toy Story 4 to introduce “Canada’s greatest stuntman”

If you are a fan of the Toy Story series by Disney – Pixar then you will want to plan a date with a theater beginning June 21 when Toy Story 4 is scheduled to release.

Toronto-raised Keanu Reeves is set to voice Duke Caboom in the upcoming fourquel.

Caboom is a vintage 1970s-era toy, inspired by Canada’s greatest stuntman. Perched atop his powerful Caboom stunt-bike, Duke flashes off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger, but he has one itsy-bitsy problem: he can’t actually do the stunts advertised by his own commercial. Weighed down by the failures of his past, he has some serious identity issues when he encounters Woody (Tom Hanks) at an antique store.

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Summary

Toy Story 4 (June 19, 2019)

Release Date: June 19, 2019
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 100 min
Original Title: Toy Story 4
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Trailer Toy Story 4

Queen of Katwe

Inspirational movie based on the true story of a young girl who overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

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Summary

Queen of Katwe (September 23, 2016)

Release Date: September 23, 2016
Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 124 min
Original Title: Queen of Katwe
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Cine Mosaic, Mirabai Films
A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

Trailer Queen of Katwe