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Production facility manager Derek Delahaye eats roasted crickets at the Entomo Farms cricket processing facility in Norwood, Ont., in 2016. Bugs are a diet staple in most parts of the world. Will Canadians join the masses in their search for alternate sources of protein to meat? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Less meat, more bugs in our dietary future

Canadians are increasingly looking to alternatives to meat to get their protein. Pulses like lentils and chickpeas are becoming more popular. Will insects find a way onto our plates too?
The Loblaws bread price-fixing scandal may have eroded public trust in the company, but will it truly hurt the grocery giant in the long run? Galen G. Weston, executive president and chairman of Loblaw Ltd., is seen in this 2016 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Why the price-fixing scandal might not be all bad for Loblaws

Loblaws' reputation has taken a hit following the bread price-fixing scandal. But will it do prolonged damage to Canada's biggest grocery chain?
Women protest outside a courtroom in San Salvador in 2017, demanding the government free women prisoners who are serving 30-year prison sentences for having an abortion. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador’s abortion laws

Pregnant teens take their own lives, raped children are denied abortions and women who suffer stillbirth are imprisoned for 30 years -- El Salvador's torturous anti-abortion regime must end.
In this 2012 photo, a midwife holds a newborn baby boy she has just delivered by flashlight in Guinea-Bissau. The African country is one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth, with a high rate of maternal death. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The truth about maternal death

It's not just women in impoverished countries dying in childbirth. The maternal death rate in both Canada and the U.S. has risen, particularly among Indigenous and African-American women.
‘Love, Simon’ tells the story of a gay teenager who is ‘just like you’ - a mainstream comedy first - but what happens when they are not just like you? (20th Century Fox)

Homophobia: Old problem, new disguise in ‘Love, Simon’

Given the progress gay rights have made over the last 40 years, we might believe we live in queer friendly North America and that homophobia is dead. But it's not. It is just in disguise.
Pints of craft beer are seen on the bar at Main Street Brewing in Vancouver. Craft beer is experiencing an explosion in popularity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why Canada’s craft beer explosion isn’t leading to big acquisitions

Canada's craft beer industry is exploding. But antiquated regulations stemming from the years of the temperance movement is preventing big acquisitions by larger brewers.
The last male Northern white rhino died in February. Two females remain, but extinction seems likely. (Shutterstock)

A ban on captive animals could speed up extinction

We can't save all endangered species, but we could save some. Zoo populations will be the last hope for many threatened species.
Killmonger, the evil villain of ‘Black Panther,’ has plans of global insurgencies to liberate Black people. (Marvel/Disney)

‘Black Panther’ villain can teach us about revolutionary history

The lead villain of Black Panther is a complex character who represents years of conflicting debates among African American leaders about how to achieve Black liberation.
Get out of your routine and do something different, like taking a hot-air balloon ride, on your long weekend. It will help you feel fully recharged. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

How to turn your long weekend into a vacation

A long weekend approaches. Here's how to make it feel like a vacation, and return to work feeling fully recharged.
Protestors stand behind burning barricades during clashes with riot police near the Tunisian capital of Tunis in January 2018. Violent protests over price hikes raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

The dismal failure of efforts to empower people in the Arab world

Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Attention aux yeux des bovins. Freestocks/Unsplash

Quand les parasites des animaux nous infectent

Des maladies touchant les animaux peuvent se transmettre aux humains. C’est le cas de pathologies portées par des parasites. Plus nous perturbons l’environnement plus des cas peuvent se produire.
Thelazia gulosa is an eyeworm parasite that infects cows. But an Oregon woman’s discovery of the worms in her own eye has raised concerns about parasites that jump from animals to humans. (Shutterstock)

How animal parasites find a home in humans

A stomach-churning viral video of an Oregon woman who describes removing cattle eyeworms from her eye has renewed interest in parasites that jump from animals to humans. Here's all you need to know.
Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

Canada is legalizing marijuana on July 1. But how the drug became criminalized in the first place is an interesting saga that involves anti-Chinese racism and international influence.
Most Canadians eat at least double the daily adequate intake of sodium. And, shockingly, 93 per cent of children aged four to eight exceed Health Canada’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level. (Shutterstock)

Dietary salt, the silent killer: How much is too much?

Most men, women and children in Canada exceed the tolerable upper limits of salt for their bodies. Consumers need to understand how much salt is too much -- to avoid hypertension and heart disease.
National Day of Unplugging is soon upon us. For the good of your mental and physical health, unplug your smartphone – not just for one day a year, but routinely. (Shutterstock)

The importance of actually unplugging on National Day of Unplugging

March 9-10 is a National Day of Unplugging, a 24-hour break from technology. Disconnecting from our devices is good for our health and our connections with loved ones and our communities.
Women face myriad barriers running for office and it’s time to knock down those obstacles starting at the municipal level. In this November 2017 photo, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sits between Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, right, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

How to ensure more women run for public office

Canadian women are under-represented in politics and are hesitant to run for office for myriad reasons. Here's what needs to be done, especially at the municipal level, to get more women in office.
On International Women’s Day in 2016, a demonstrator carries a cross that reads in Spanish: “For you, for all” to protest violence against women. International Women’s Day is much more widely celebrated in Latin America than it is in Canada and the United States, but injustices for women is a global phenomenon. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

International Women’s Day: Reminder women must keep fighting — everywhere

Women everywhere have low status relative to men. This is a global phenomenon and there are no exceptions, and there is much work to be done in Canada and everywhere. The time is now.

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