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With the legalization of cannabis in Canada just around the corner, there’s still too much panic over drug education. There’s no need to rush awareness campaigns in advance of legalization; it’s better to start doing them right. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why we need better, smarter, panic-free education on cannabis

When it comes to cannabis legalization, we don’t need more education, we need to do education better.
Ambassador of China to Canada Lu Shaye is photographed at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ottawa on May 24, 2018, following the announcement that Canada had turned down China’s takeover bid for Aecon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s disturbing lack of vision on dealing with a rising China

In the wake of the Canadian government's rejection of a Chinese takeover bid for construction company Aecon, Canada must drop the 'Red Scare' rhetoric and figure out how to engage with a rising China.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to local residents at a public barbecue ahead of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Justin Trudeau’s narcissism reveals Canada’s divisions

Justin Trudeau's pattern of bizarre behaviour is coming into focus, previously obscured by his progressive politics and human rights activism at home and abroad.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer immigrants are generally not considered by policymakers and settlement providers. Shutterstock

LGBTQ immigrants need better settlement services

A recent study reveals that immigrant-serving organizations in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador do not demonstrate an awareness of racially diverse LGBTQ immigrants.
President Donald Trump releases a ‘blueprint’ to reduce prescription drug prices, with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No, raising drug prices in Canada will not help the U.S.

The logic behind U.S. president Donald Trump's proposal that Canada and other countries have been “free-riding” off high prices in the United States is bizarre at best.
Nearly every Canadian family has a wait time story. This is because our system is not designed to provide optimal care for patients with multiple chronic diseases. (Shutterstock)

How to solve Canada’s wait time problem

To improve wait times for surgery, Canada needs to fix its health-care system. Developing a national seniors' strategy would be a good place to start.
Cowboys Coyote Quartet, Glacier National Park, April 17, 1927. Tullio Saba/Flickr

The bogus ‘crisis’ of masculinity

The notion of a 'crisis of masculinity” clouds the understanding of complex social phenomena and falsely asserts a vision of humanity as being radically divided between men and women.
With Rilla of Ingleside, the eighth in the Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery shaped Canadian memories of the First World War. She wrote of Anne’s children as being influenced by the war effort which included victory bonds posters like this one. University of Guelph

Anne of Green Gables goes to war

Lucy Maud Montgomery has shaped Canadian memories not only with 'Anne of Green Gables,' but also with the eighth of her series, 'Rilla of Ingleside,' which provides glimpses of the First World War.
The captain of a Finnish icebreaker looks out from the bridge as it sails into floating sea ice on the Victoria Strait while traversing the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. The waterways of the Arctic are of particular interest to non-Arctic jurisdictions like China and the European Union. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Why the Arctic isn’t a ‘global commons’

The recent Arctic Council meeting in Finland shows there's still avid interest in developing the Arctic. Some are arguing the entire region should be considered a 'global commons.'
Canada’s minister of international development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, launches Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy during an event in Ottawa in June 2017. Canada is set to announce a feminist foreign policy soon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The uneasy co-existence of arms exports and feminist foreign policy

Sweden has enacted what's known as a feminist foreign policy, and Canada plans on doing the same. One fly in the ointment is both countries' arms sales and how they're at odds with feminism.
An obese Quebec man is seen in this photo. Canada is resisting U.S. attempts during NAFTA renegotiations to stop it from putting labels on processed foods to warn of their health risks. (Shutterstock)

How NAFTA will make us fat if the U.S. has its way

The U.S. is vehemently opposed to Canada's intention to put labels on unhealthy processed foods. Here's why Canada should continue to stand its ground during NAFTA renegotiations.
Quebec school children are seen here in this 2008 photo. In 1997, the province of Quebec divided secular schools along English and French lines instead of by religion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Why Canada divides children into separate schools

Recent calls to create one secular school system in Ontario for each official language, like the system in Quebec, may actually reinforce the divisions that have plagued Canadian history.
Some LGBTQ Canadians who travel for work may purchase an extra laptop or cell phone to ensure no personal photos or contacts are on their devices. Bambi Corro/Unsplash

Ensuring equity for LGBTQ Canadians on the road

How do LGBTQ people navigate international business, scholarship or sports competition when traveling to countries hostile to LGBTQ people?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an eye-dotting ceremony to awaken the lion as he is given a tour of the Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou, China in December 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada-China trade deal: Is Ottawa selling out our democratic values?

A high-ranking Chinese official was reportedly just in Canada getting China-Canada trade talks back on track. If true, that means Canada is blithely selling out liberal values.

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