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)

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A unique collaborative journalism project revealed industry and government officials in Saskatchewan were aware of significant public safety hazards from potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide gas. (Michael Wrobel/NSIRN)

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in 2014. In the wake of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein, many in Hollywood are calling for sweeping changes to the entertainment industry to prevent the mistreatment of women. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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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)

John and Yoko gave peace a chance in Canada

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly recently announced a new policy for Canada’s cultural and creative industries competing in a digital world, but it offers little help for organizations that produce serious journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Melanie Joly ignores Canadian journalism

The Canadian news industry is in a crisis. Rather than providing a way forward, the Liberal government suggests that Facebook, Twitter, and Google will "jumpstart digital news innovation."
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)

Hugh Hefner’s narrow visions of sex and beauty

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?
‘The call for Black lives to matter is fundamentally a call for peace. And peace must not be confused with the momentary quiet of submission.’ Annette Bernhardt/flickr

Black Lives Matter is a peace movement

The peace and justice Black Lives Matter seeks require a fundamental transformation of a system that preys on and benefits from Black suffering.
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Sidney Crosby could have stood up

Almost 50 years ago, a white, non-American athlete supported Black athletes protesting racial injustice. Peter Norman paid a price for taking a stand. Canada's Sidney Crosby is no Peter Norman.
U.S. President’s apparent passion for cruelty speaks to a greater American illness. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems to have a passion for cruelty, often publicly celebrating his investment in violence as a source of pleasure. Those tendencies represent symptoms of a broader American sickness.
There’s a global war going on, and a global arms race to go with it. It’s not a race for physical weapons, it’s a race to develop cyber weapons of psychological, emotional, financial and infrastructure attack. (Shutterstock)

World War Three is being waged in cyberspace

Hostile foreign powers and even tech companies are not attacking us with bullets and bombs; they're doing it with bits and bytes. It's Cyber Security Awareness Month, so what to do about the third world war being waged in cyberspace?
122 million of 155 million stunted children live in conflict countries. (Piyaset/Shutterstock.com)

Conflict and climate lead to rise in global hunger

Development officials have been cautiously optimistic that we were on our way to eradicating hunger. But a recent report by the UN shows a surge in global hunger due to conflict and climate change.
Archbishop Tutu teaches that punishing wrongdoers, with an eye for an eye, is unjustified. Filckr/UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Archbishop Tutu’s ubuntu credo schools us on justice and harmony

Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.
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)

The rock concert that inspires social change

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.

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