Gord Downie performs on stage in Toronto, on Friday Oct. 21, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation

John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Pierre Trudeau at the Parliament Hill, Ottawa on 23 December 1969. The peace activists came to Canada to stage a love in and to meet with the Prime Minister. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Bregg)

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Emma Cooper created the show “Rape is Real and Everywhere” with fellow comedian Heather Jordan Ross. Scot McLean

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The original ‘Blade Runner’ took place in a dreary, dystopian Los Angeles in 2019. Warner Bros.

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The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn't have imagined.
In this1999 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in France. Hefner has died at age 91. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

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With the recent death of Hugh Hefner, come questions about his impact on sexual culture: Did his empire broaden the sexual landscape or did it usher in a pitiful era of objectification of women?
Comedian, actress and YouTube entertainer Lilly Singh inspires 20,000 students and educators at WE Day Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on October 19, 2016. (We Day)

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Large benefit concerts can bring attention to various social issues - but research on their impact has been mixed. Two strategic management scholars believe We Day provides a new and positive model for change.
The city of Vancouver is set among a beautiful background, but the scenic wonder masks other problems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

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Vancouver may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but the president of Emily Carr University says the city could benefit from the discipline of design.

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