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The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and questioned the status quo. With close to 63,000 students from 160 countries and more than 5,400 faculty on two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC is a place where bold thinking develops into ideas that can change the world. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.

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The Scream, by Kent Monkman (2016), is part of a traveling exhibition this year on colonized Canada: Shame And Prejudice: A Story Of Resilience. Kent Monkman

All mouth and no ears: Settlers with Opinions

A leading Indigenous academic says too many Canadians take ugly pleasure in being ignorant about Indigenous issues. It's time for some straight talk about Settlers with Opinions.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age. (Shutterstock)

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder, Janaya Khan, says racism in Canada is on the rise. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist

Canadians have a deep investment in their country as a "colour-blind society." Actually, racism is everywhere, just hidden behind a polite veneer.
Ketika anak-anak menguji batasan mereka sendiri dalam permainan yang mendebarkan, mereka mengembangkan rasa percaya diri, ketangguhan, dan kemampuan mengelola risiko. www.shutterstock.com

Mengapa anak-anak butuh risiko, rasa takut, dan keriangan ketika bermain

Riset memperlihatkan bahwa anak-anak butuh kebebasan di luar ruangan untuk bermain-main dengan rasa tegang dan rasa takut. Mereka akan menemukan batasan mereka sendiri.
In this time of global technological change and sustainability challenges, we need to increase creativity levels in the next generation, to ensure the innovations that will keep us afloat. (Shutterstock)

What creativity really is - and why schools need it

Technology requires humanity to innovate at a faster pace, but it also hampers true creative thinking. The good news? Nurturing creativity in children is easier than most people think.
Disability prejudice in the classroom can teach children early on that some lives are more worthy than others. (Shutterstock)

Think disability is a tragedy? We pity you

Two university professors explore their unlikely longtime friendship, providing lessons for parents of both "abled" and disabled children today.
Assumptions, authoritarianism and errors are just a few of the ways in which the world could be confronted by a nuclear disaster, physicist and disarmament expert MV Ramana suggests in his book reviews. Shutterstock

Worth reading in the Trump era: Nuclear nightmares, authoritarianism and climate change

A nuclear physicist and disarmament expert recommends reading on nuclear disasters, weapons, authoritarianism and climate change.
Still from An Inconvenient Truth (2006) (Handout)

An inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth

Eleven years after its release, An Inconvenient Truth, the iconic climate documentary, has spawned a sequel. But did the original do more harm than good by polarizing Americans on climate change?
There is growing evidence for the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction. (Shutterstock)

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis?

As Canada moves towards legalization of cannabis in 2018, there is growing evidence of the drug's potential to treat opioid addiction itself, as well as the chronic pain that often drives it.
Children learn about culture, social norms and language through play. (Shutterstock)

Immigrant children’s play can clash with mainstream cultures

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.
The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses. (Shutterstock)

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.
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.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan gives a thumbs up after being sworn in earlier this month. Horgan’s coalition government has pledged to make education a priority. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. pledges education action – for the good of democracy, Canada should follow suit

The new British Columbia government wants the province to shed its status as a laggard on education funding and poverty reduction. If it succeeds, B.C. will be a safer place to live.
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.
Large nuclear reactors could fade into history, proponents of small modular nuclear reactors argue. The reality may be more complex. (Shutterstock)

Small nuclear power reactors: Future or folly?

Nuclear industry players tout small modular reactors as an "inherently safe," cost-effective source of electricity. The reality may be less attractive.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility. (Shutterstock)

Canada could lead the fight for life in a post-antibiotic world

Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.

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