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Physical violence in dating relationships has decreased over the past decade among youth, but boys are still reporting higher rates of dating violence, according to a recent study. (Shutterstock)

More boys hurt by dating violence than girls

Surprisingly, a study of more than 35,000 Canadian adolescents shows that boys report higher rates of dating victimization than girls.
An Ottawa high school student looks at plain cigarette packaging examples on World No Tobacco Day in May 2016. Tobacco companies are railing against Ottawa’s plans for plain cigarette packaging in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Big Tobacco’s opposition to plain packaging is plain spin

The Canadian government is currently drafting regulations on plain packaging for cigarettes. Tobacco companies are trying to weaken the regulations via lobbying and misleading PR campaigns.
A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol in September 2016 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Protecting heritage is a human right

Development projects are claiming ancestral sites at alarming rates. This ineffective protection of Indigenous heritage is a violation of human rights.
Calgary beat out Vancouver on this year’s most livable city index issued by the Economist magazine. Flickr

Canada’s most livable city is not Vancouver…it’s Calgary

Vancouver lost out to Calgary as Canada's most livable city this year. Why? Is it the high cost of housing or is it the city's 'neighbourhood first' method that sometimes creates business instability?
There are physical, emotional, mental and even business benefits to being virtuous, kind and acting with integrity. (Shutterstock)

Is it good for you to be good?

Research shows that virtue in all areas of life contributes to good physical, emotional, mental and interpersonal health. It is, in fact, good for you to be good.
Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving. (Shutterstock)

Play games with your kids this summer to boost their brains

From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
Cities were once considered a source of many problems. But that vision has changed over the last generation. Graeme Roy

Our changing views of the city: A new urban celebration

Our current celebration of cities is a big shift from the past generation when cities were seen to contain all of our problems. Should we believe the hype? Are the new ideas equally problematic?
Fire burns the hillsides along Highway 129 near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County, California, on July 3, 2018. (Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

How to protect your children from wildfire smoke

And wildfires rage along the West Coast of North America, parents should know the impact on their children's health, and how to protect them.
Math Catcher volunteer, Janelle Dobson-Kocsis from the Kwanlin Dun Band, works with a student to build an object called “tensegrity.” This is one of Math Cather’s hands-on activities developed by volunteer and former PhD student, Alejandro Erickson. Math Catcher Program

Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

The Math Catcher Program aims to encourage youth - with an emphasis on Indigenous students - to consider mathematics as a field of study but also to have them appreciate mathematics in everyday life.
This photo was taken at a resort just outside Chennai, India that caters to medical tourists following discharge from hospital. (V.A. Crooks)

Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care

Informal caregivers play a vital role in medical tourism yet find themselves unprotected as "shadow workers" in a multi-billion dollar industry.
Margaret MacLean visited and wrote about the Royal Ontario museum’s collections as well as visiting Egypt for Saturday Night magazine. (Database of Canadian Women Writers)

Playing detective with Canada’s female literary past

Did you know Lucy Maud Montgomery also published under the name Belinda Bluegrass? A new database of early Canadian women writers reveals thousands of stories about women's lives in Canada.
Tobacco leaves dry on a farm in Africa. Big tobacco companies exploit impoverished African farmers, particularly in Malawi. On World No Tobacco Day, it’s time to focus on the tactics of Big Tobacco in Africa. (Shutterstock)

It’s time for Malawi to quit tobacco

On World No Tobacco Day, the focus is usually on the health risks of cigarettes. But what about the way Big Tobacco exploits impoverished farmers in Malawi?
Many people are turned away by abusive language on online news sites but new research reveals that only 15 per cent of comments are “nasty.” (Shutterstock)

Online news trolls not as bad as we think

Are online trolls as bad as we think? New research reveals that most online news comments contribute positively to the conversation.
Research shows that just 10 minutes of meditation per day can increase business students’ physical, mental and emotional awareness. (Shutterstock)

The many benefits of meditation in the classroom

Classroom meditation shows promise for improving student attention, focus, happiness and self-awareness.
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and memory. (Shutterstock)

How exercise can boost your brain function

From opioids to endocannabinoids, an exercise scholar digs into the science to explain the mental health benefits of a regular workout.
Organized labour held demonstrations in front of Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario in January 2018 to protest the actions some Tim Hortons franchises have taken in response to an increase in the province’s minimum wage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The issues facing Canadian workers this May Day

May Day is a time to reflect on labour struggles of the past and demands for the future, and Canada's move toward increasing the minimum wage is not enough. Labour politics is about who counts
After a diagnosis of HIV, some women see themselves as blameworthy, contaminated or contagious, because of societal discourses of risk and stigma. (Unsplash/Allan Fillipe Santos Dias

Why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

On International Women's Day, everyone can pledge to be an ally to women living with HIV and support their access to sexual health and sexual pleasure.
Governments in countries such as Mexico and the United Kingdom have responded to the over-consumption of refined sugar with a “sugar tax;” Canada lags behind. (Unsplash/Neven Krcmarek)

Just how bad is all that sugar for your heart?

Too much refined sugar in your diet is not just a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, it also increases your chances of heart disease.

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