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A migrant rests on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as it sails off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. Despite being rescued, migrants sit offshore, often in sight of land, as NGO boats become floating mobile border sites. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

Standoffs at sea highlight the shameful criminalization of rescuing migrants

Standoffs at sea represent yet another attempt by EU officials to obstruct the movement of migrants by producing further bureaucratic blockades to mobility.
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, and actor Danny Glover, right, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What Canada and South Africa can teach the U.S. about slavery reparations

Reparation opponents who oppose truth and reconciliation by insisting that America’s “original sin” of slavery is in the distant past should heed the lessons of Canada and South Africa.
A wildfire rips through the forest near Fort McMurray on Highway 63 in May 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

How to fight wildfires and climate change with wetlands

As unlikely as it may sound, a new approach for fighting the destruction of wildfires in Canada’s boreal region may lie in wetlands packed with soaking layers of peat and topped with living moss.
Oberlin College’s lawsuit raises issues for global higher education, and has implications for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rich private colleges in the U.S. are fuelling inequality – and right-wing populism

Is a $25 million judgement against Oberlin College going to chill free speech – or is the wealth of a publicly subsidized private college helping polarize debates about race and politics?
Des amis et des membres de familles de victimes de l'attentat d'Air India cherchent les noms des êtres chers, lors de l'inauguration d'un nouveau monument commémoratif, le 23 juin 2011 à Montréal. L'attentat n'a pas occupé une place importante dans la mémoire collective. La Presse Canadienne/Ryan Remiorz

L'attentat terroriste le plus meurtrier au Canada a tué 82 enfants… Qui se souvient d'eux?

Le deuil de ceux qui ont perdu des êtres chers dans l'attentat d'Air India n'a pas occupé une place importante dans la mémoire collective. Il en est revenu aux artistes d'occuper ce vide.
A growing number of ‘dad bloggers’ are using social media to provide a window into their lives as fathers. Here, blogger and father Casey Palmer and his sons. (Casey Palmer via Casey Scheibling)

Dad bloggers want social change for Father’s Day

As dads blog about their lives and changing norms and issues around fatherhood and parenting, they're pushing for social changes to benefit families in Canada — one blog post at a time.
This 13-year-old boy from India’s Bihar state who worked 15 hours a day making bread was rescued by the workers of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save Childhood movement in 2014. India’s far-right BJP is taking aim at NGOs. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

NGOs need international protection from Hindu nationalism in India

Narendra Modi's BJP views NGO activists as defiant because they challenge conventional notions of power, social structures and hierarchies that conflict with the idea of Hindu majoritarianism.
One of the more destructive conspiracy theories paints Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros as the puppet master of a vast left-wing and globalist elite. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Scapegoating George Soros: How media-savvy far-right activists spread lies

Media-savvy, far right-wing activists in the U.S., Hungary and Poland spread white nationalist politics using paranoid Soros conspiracy theories. This new global extremism is coming to Canada.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party supporters, standing next to his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah at their headquarters in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. (AP/Manish Swarup)

Narendra Modi’s victory speech delivers visions of a Hindu nationalist ascetic

India's re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a victory speech that presented himself as a selfless and humble ascetic. This vision goes far to promote a Hindu nationalist 'new' India.
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Are we witnessing the death of liberal democracy?

Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives for her baby shower at the Mark Hotel on Feb. 19, 2019, in New York. She was rumoured to want to deliver her baby at home rather than in hospital. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Royal baby: Did Meghan Markle have a home birth?

A professor of midwifery education reviews the research evaluating the safety of home versus hospital births.
Rapidly advancing technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D-printing, smart-phones, smart-homes, precision medicine and diagnostics, promise to disrupt health care as we know it. (Shutterstock)

Canadian health care needs agile leaders and bold visions for the future

In an era of rapid technological advance, devastating climate change, increasing inequality and a steadily aging society, health-care leadership development is vital.
A team of researchers has mapped out smart city technologies across Canada. Shutterstock

Seeing the smart city: Mapping technologies in Canada

Canadian researchers have mapped smart city technologies throughout the country. The interactive map is intended to inform urban residents of the locations of technologies that may affect privacy.
Actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged with fraud and conspiracy along with dozens of others in a scheme that according to federal prosecutors saw wealthy parents pay bribes to get their children into some of the nation’s top colleges. (AP Photo)

Subsidized privilege: The real scandal of American universities

The real scandal in U.S. higher education is that it's the most expensive system in the world, being subsidized by the working and middle class who increasingly can't afford public colleges.
A female blacklegged deer tick crawls along a piece of straw. (Shutterstock)

Tick, tock: The countdown to peak tick season is here

Ticks are generally inactive in the winter and start to look for their next meal as temperatures warm up. But as winters warm, every season may become tick season.
La science fait partie de la vie quotidienne. Beaucoup d'informations circulent, et disent un fait et son contraire. La démarche journalistique est d'autant plus nécessaire. Shutterstock

Avenir du journalisme scientifique : il y a de l’espoir!

La science fait partie de la vie quotidienne. Les informations circulent et disent un fait et son contraire. Les journalistes doivent tenir compte de toutes les ambiguïtés d'un sujet.

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