Coal smokestacks are seen peeking through the clouds in Kentucky. Both Canada and the U.S. need Green New Deals to help create healthy and sustainable economies that are no longer reliant on fossil fuels. Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash

Canada needs its own Green New Deal

Research shows that so-called angel investors who write cheques to startups have a much bigger and more positive impact than governments providing ‘founding’ help to entrepreneurs. (Shutterstock)

Angel investors need government support

The Guelph Mercury office in Guelph, Ont., is seen in January 2016 after the final print edition of the newspaper was published. Ottawa has announced initiatives to support local journalism, including a measure to classify nonprofit news organizations as charities, making it easier for them to attract donations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Nonprofit news: Lessons from south of the border

Indigenous youth planning on attending post-secondary education would benefit from appropriate financial literacy information. Here students Cheyenne Wilson, 13, Roy Joseph, 13, centre, and Connor Roberts, 13, after attending a presentation by B.C.‘s representative for Children and Youth at Shoreline Community School in Victoria, B.C., on May 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Financial empowerment for Indigenous youth

Tumblr’s new rules will likely shut much of the LGBTQ youth activity. Here a chaptered LGBTQ youth themed comic on Tumblr. Akshay Varaham

Tumblr adult content ban bad for LGBTQ youth

LGBTQ youth use Tumblr more frequently than others. The platform has provided a safe space for youth to explore sexual identities and find crucial support. A new regulating policy may change all that.
Protesters are seen outside an event Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was attending in Calgary on Nov. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta needs a transition plan, not new pipelines

Canada has joined the international community in calling for a transition away from fossil fuels. There is no reason to wait for more painful disruption before planning for that transition.
Québec Premier Francois Legault, left, exchanges hockey jerseys with Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Queens Park, in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2018. Ford’s recent cuts to francophone services in Ontario haven’t spawned nearly the media outrage that Québec language moves have. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

The media’s selective outrage on bilingualism

To read English-Canadian media, you would think that Québec’s anglophones are under greater threat than the rest of the country's minority language communities. Why the selective outrage?
New research indicates women are much happier when they work with other women, as opposed to men. Here a scene from the set of ‘Ocean’s Eight’ with Cate Blanchett and Rihanna looking happy working together.

Women feel better when they work with other women

Men have defended gender segregation by treating women who cross over into male-dominated occupations with scorn and ridicule.
A woman smokes a large joint in a Toronto park on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, as they mark the first day of legalization of cannabis across Canada. Lead Caption: Research shows that cannabis legalization is unlikely to either reduce criminal involvement or reduce availability to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why did Canada really legalize weed?

Research shows that cannabis legalization is unlikely to either reduce criminal involvement or availability to youth. Could legalization be a result of neoliberalism, or a way to woo young voters?
MBA programs that produce leaders who are committed to sustainability are on the rise. Here’s why Canada can lead the pack in turning out business leaders who can change the world. Baim Hanif/Unsplash

Today’s MBA graduates can help save the world

In a world where employees and consumers want businesses to be more sustainable, there's a growing need for business leaders who share these values — and a new type of business education.
Though agriculture is a necessity, we rarely take time to understand the realities of the farming industry and the farmers who toil on the land. Shutterstock

Honouring our dwindling farm communities

Changing demographics in small-scale farming have had a severe impact and affect farmer motivation, especially among youth
Disruption does not always drive the most monumental or ingenious innovation. The stress of running from wolves is hardly conducive to good planning. Shutterstock

Disruption is overrated in terms of innovation

Necessity and desperation are portrayed as the prime motivators of innovative behaviour, but in reality, stability and holistic incentives go a long way to freeing up creative energy.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to supporters at Ford Fest in Vaughan, Ont., in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

How Ontario isn’t really ‘open for business’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Conservative govenment is showing interventionist tendencies that undermine its free-market claims.
Canadians are up in arms about Statistics Canada’s push for their financial data. They shouldn’t be. (Shutterstock)

In defence of StatsCan’s push for financial data

Statistics Canada has been tone-deaf in its push for the financial data of Canadians from banks, but that data is essential to forming good public policy.
Cargo containers from Asia are seen in the port of Vancouver in 2015. Canada needs to diversify its trade beyond the United States and increase our links to rapidly growing emerging market economies, particularly in Asia. (Shutterstock)

Canada must diversify its trade

Canada needs to diversify its trade beyond the United States and increase links to rapidly growing emerging market economies, particularly in Asia, despite the "anti-China" clause in the USMCA.
Should you have trusted this man with so much of your personal data? AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Tech giants never deserved public trust

Scholars and skeptics warned about Facebook long before its founder was even born. Technology companies keep asking for more and more data and proving they can't be trusted.
In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The uncertain future of U.S. coal communities

Despite politically powerful coal communities helping elect a president who vowed guarantee their continued prosperity, their future remains more uncertain than ever.
Design is now being lauded as a much-needed mindset for business leaders – those seeking a customer-centred approach to innovation, reimagining operations and rethinking supply chains and financial models. (Shutterstock)

Designers have arrived in corporate boardrooms

New design executives are making the case that integrating design across an entire company will have a positive impact on employees, customers and the bottom line.
There already exist some promising new antibiotic therapies, and more are in the pipeline. However, our economic model prevents researchers from moving them out onto the market. (Shutterstock)

The dire threat from antibiotic resistance

The end of effective antibiotics will be frightening. Life expectancy will fall dramatically and people of all ages will die from illnesses that we are used to treating with $10 worth of pills.
Barcelona is a city where various “smart” aspects contribute to everyday life. Photo by Tim Easley on Unsplash

Cohousing: A path to smart, sustainable cities

Smart cities need places for people to engage in meaningful ways, and cohousing is one model of smart citizen development.
Doug Ford on the campaign trail in May 2018, promising to “open” Ontario for business. His Bill 47 does nothing of the sort. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

New Ontario law erodes workplace rights

Ontario's Conservative government, despite its "for the people" slogan, is repealing basic protections for the province's most vulnerable workers.

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