Animal cruelty investigators are doing unappreciated work for low pay and without union benefits or protections. (Shutterstock)

Preventing animal cruelty risky for front-line workers

Animal cruelty investigators do challenging and unappreciated work for very low pay, and normally without union benefits or protections.
Sex with robots will increase, as technological developments produce new love interests. Shutterstock

For the love of technology! Sex robots and virtual reality

Developments in technologies like robotics and virtual reality are opening new possibilities for sexual experiences.
Sometimes faking it on Instagram is just fine. Bruno Gomiero/ Unsplash

Social media fantasies not all bad

Consuming too much social media when users end up comparing their lives to others more glamorous can leave one with bad feelings say researchers. But pretending or fantasizing is not all bad either.
Toronto school board data reveals that Black, racialized and lower-income students face significant gaps in student outcomes. Nik Shuliahin /Unsplash

Red alert: Racialized student achievement gaps

In examining and addressing opportunity gaps for racialized students in schools, school boards must learn to account for present-day and historical inequities.
Members of the families of the victims listen to testimonies during a memorial ceremony to honour the victims of the 2017 mosque shooting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Hate crimes are on the rise in Canada

The tragedy of the Quebec City mosque shootings which killed six men continues to reverberate. But Islamophobia has not been curbed: it is at its highest rate ever.
The boy who went viral: Nick Sandmann shown here in his MAGA cap with fellow students next to Indigenous elder playing the drum. Instagram/ka_ya11

Why the media loves the white racist story

It’s easier to accuse someone else of racism than it is to challenge the racist and colonial systems we participate in.
The South Korean government has decided to dim its office lights at 7 p.m. and shorten its work week hoping to encourage young people to date again. A favourite lover’s activity is to put a lock on Namsan mountain’s Seoul Tower to declare love. Shutterstock

Valentine's Day

Why young people in South Korea are staying single despite efforts to spark dating

South Korea is facing a low fertility trend. Valentine's Day serves as a reminder to help ease the domestic burden on young women so they can consider partnerships again.
Venezuelan citizens rest after they arrive in La Parada, on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Venezuela: Denial of food is a human rights crime

Food shortages in Venezuela are a result of draconian government policies and should be declared an international crime against humanity.
Central American asylum seekers paint murals on Casa Tochan, a refugee shelter in Mexico City. Doris Bara

How art comforts Central American asylum-seekers

A human rights researcher documents the stories of Central American migrants leaving behind endemic poverty and high homicide rates. In limbo in Mexico, many use art therapy to express their anxiety.
The Gender Tracker Tool is used to see how well Canadian media is representing women’s voices. This stock photo depicts an example of journalists interviewing a female source. Shutterstock

Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media

The Gender Gap Tracker uses computational linguistics techniques to analyze how women are mentioned and quoted in Canadian media.
An ad by a beer company was sweet but didn’t challenge any social norms. Stella Artois

Super Bowl ads played it safe on masculinity

After the #me-too inspired Gillette ad, a male therapist says this year's Super Bowl ads were disappointingly mild. But let's not let that stop us from challenging each other.
A prof. of medieval history and his students create, ‘Virtus’ a new board game designed to teach the old rules of masculinity.

New board game teaches old rules of masculinity

Virtus is a card game for 3 to 5 players developed by Frank Klaassen and his students at the University of Saskatchewan.
In this October 1998 photo, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu dance after Tutu handed over the final report of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Pretoria. (AP Photo/Zoe Selsky)

Do truth & reconciliation commissions heal?

Wherever there is an ugly, unresolved injustice pulling at the fabric of a society, there is an opportunity to haul it out in public and deal with it through a truth commission.
The ‘Washington Post’ parody demands a better future and explains that civic action like the Jan. 19 Women’s March can help us get there. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Bye Bye 45: The Yes Men demand a better future

A parody of ‘the Washington Post’ announcing that Donald Trump had resigned was recently handed out in Washington, D.C.

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