People shouting and yelling slogans during a protest in front of the US Consulate to denounce Donald Trump’s immigration policies on January 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Shutterstock)

How Canadian racism differs from American

Media pundits are promoting Canada as exceptional in its tolerance and diversity but the truth is, Canadians have a tendency not to be not less racist than Americans, but to be less loud about it.
A reveller performs in the Grand Parade at the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto on Aug. 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Fifty years of island culture at Caribbean Carnival

Fifty years of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto has had a significant impact on Canada's cultural institutions. It's also helped educate Canadians about Black history.
High school children sit in front of a billboard featuring Ché Guevera in Cienfuegos, Cuba. (Shutterstock)

Cold War kids: How youth is igniting unrest

A war of words among Cuba, Venezuela and the United States sounds a lot like a Cold War revival. A closer look at the conflict reveals a new generation of contradictions.
Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript. Wikimedia Commons

Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

Forget Wonder Woman and Batman. The Maid of Orléans - an uneducated, teenage girl who led armies to victory - is a hero for our times.
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Venezuela’s long history of racism

For all its faults, Chavismo has finally put marginalised Venezuelans at the centre of national culture – and many on the right still resent it.
Citizen militia march in Charlotttesville, August 12. EPA/Virginia State Police

Trump & the dark side of American populism

Having stoked white resentment for his own benefit throughout his campaign, Trump is still emboldening it.
Children learn about culture, social norms and language through play. (Shutterstock)

When immigrant kids’ play clashes with mainstream

Children are masters of play - it's one of the ways immigrant children learn to socialize. But due to language and cultural issues, play can also be complex and confusing.

Can transgender TV characters bridge ideological divide?

In the wake of Trump’s proposed transgender military ban, new research highlights the potential for entertainment –more than news coverage – to open minds on even the most polarizing issues.

Is law a social science?

Most law schools frown upon their students questioning how laws were originally conceived. But a Canadian law school once argued convincingly that law should be taught as a social science.
Nobel laureate David Baltimore of CalTech speaks to reporters at a 2015 summit on the safety and ethics of human gene-editing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“Ability expectations” must be key to scientific debates

Ability expectations are what people rely upon as they seek out productive and satisfying lives. They need to be a key part of the debate over gene-editing and other major scientific breakthroughs.
Cover art from “Annie Muktuk and Other Stories,” Norma Dunning’s first book filled with sixteen Inuit stories which portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters. (University of Alberta Press)

‘Writing is the air I breathe’

Inuit poet, scholar and writer Norma Dunning shares her experiences of trying to get published in Canada.
When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Did you know there has never been a safer time to be a child in Canada? Research shows that kids need freedom outdoors to explore exhilaration and fear, and discover their own limits.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico. Reuters/Kimberly White

Sex work and the law – it’s complicated

Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
This photograph taken in Paris Friday Dec. 2, 2016 shows stories from USA Daily News 24, a fake news site registered in Veles, Macedonia. USA Daily News 24 is one of roughly 200 U.S.-oriented sites registered in Veles. Both stories shown here are bogus. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

The real consequences of fake news

News consumers don't often believe fake news. But it's nonetheless critical that they learn to gauge the legitimacy of news sources and become aware of their own biases.

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