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The Conversation Canada celebrates its first anniversary on June 25, 2018. Shutterstock

Amid journalistic turmoil, we started a unique Conversation

The Conversation Canada has reached an important milestone. In its first year, The Conversation Canada built an audience of millions eager to read research-based articles from Canadian academics.
Barney Williams Jr., a residential school survivor, hugs Santa Ono, president of the University of British Columbia, during the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at Vancouver, on April 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

A university president apologizes for academia’s role in residential schools

The role of universities in the shameful Indian residential school system needs to be addressed. The president of one of Canada's leading universities explains why it's time to apologize.
Academic research and coursework on giving and volunteering are growing more popular. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

After taking a class in which they give money away, students get more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits.
The manuscript of ‘Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’ shows the words ‘does this apple fall?’ Newton’s curiosity about the falling piece of fruit helped him develop the theory of gravity. (AP Photo/Lucy Young)

No new Einsteins to emerge if science funding snubs curiosity

Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein would have bridled under today's research funding bureaucracy. It's time to allow scientists to indulge their curiosity again.

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