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Has Pride been coopted? This year’s Pride parade spectators have been asked to wear black in honour of the victims of serial killers. A drag queen at the Toronto 2016 gay pride parade. Shutterstock

Is queer culture losing its radical roots?

Spectators at Toronto's Pride parade this year are being asked to wear black to honour victims of serial killers. While it's right to mourn, it's not the biggest issue facing gay communities today.
Cattle that are grass-fed, antibiotic- and growth hormone-free gather at a farm in Oregon in 2015. There’s a debate over whether antibiotic use in livestock makes germs more resistant to the drugs, and results in infections being passed on to humans who consume the meat. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Why reducing antibiotics in farm animals isn’t as easy as it seems

The use of antibiotics in raising livestock is complex. We could be moving towards a less-than-ideal result due to poor understanding, over-simplistic messaging and a rush for competitive advantage.
Millennials dream of home ownership. In expensive cities like Toronto and Vancouver, they’re saving up to buy homes by living with their parents or taking on tenants once they save up enough to buy. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s millennials still dream of home ownership – and make it happen

Canada's millennials want to own homes in the country's most expensive cities, Toronto and Vancouver. Here's how they're managing to do so, but is it sustainable?
Canadians are spending more of their money on restaurants. In turn, restaurants have an impact on what we eat at home. (Shutterstock)

Restaurants not only feed us, they shape our food preferences

Restaurants are playing an increasingly influential role in how we live. We not only patronize them more often, they also influence our choices at the grocery store.
Ontario PC leader Doug Ford reacts after winning the Ontario election to become the new premier in Toronto, on June 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ford Nation rises again: What Doug Ford means for Ontario

Ford Nation is once again a force in Ontario politics following Doug Ford's majority victory in the provincial election. What will his premiership mean for the province?
A vaccine (toxoid) against diphtheria first became available in Toronto in 1926. Thanks to the work of the Toronto Diphtheria Committee, the city was diphtheria-free by 1940. (Shutterstock)

How to increase childhood vaccination rates

Toronto's fight against diptheria teaches us the powerful impact of public health campaigns -- in persuading parents to vaccinate their children.
Omega-3 fats can be found in many food sources, including salmon, flax seeds and walnuts as well as over-the-counter supplements. (Shutterstock)

Young adults need to eat more omega-3 fats

A new study shows that most young adults know about the connection between omega-3 fats and brain and heart health. Despite this, only two out of five reported buying or eating omega-3 foods.
Eating raw oysters can put you at risk of food-borne illnesses, such as norovirus, hepatitis A and salmonella. And, sadly, hot sauce, lemon juice and alcohol do not reduce the risks. (Shutterstock))

Why you may never eat raw oysters again

In the wake of a norovirus outbreak traced to raw oysters from British Columbia, our expert explains how to eat this culinary delicacy safely.
Like many migratory songbirds, tree swallows are experiencing population declines in parts of their breeding range. Julia Baak

Birds wearing backpacks trace a path to conservation

Effective conservation of migratory songbirds requires an understanding of how populations are connected between seasons. The challenge is being able to track individuals throughout the entire year.
Exposure to omega-3 fatty acids during a child’s early years may play a role in reducing breast cancer risk later in life. (Shutterstock)

How fish may reduce your child’s breast cancer risk

New research suggests omega-3s from seafood to be more effective at reducing breast cancer risk than those from plant-based sources.
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.
A cell phone user thumbs through the privacy settings on a Facebook account in Ottawa in March 2018. Canadians need to start making companies accountable for mining and using their personal data without their consent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

It’s time we demanded the protection of our personal data

Canadians — and consumers around the world — have the power to hold industries accountable for misuse or unauthorized use of our data. It's time to use it.
While some argue globalization has been bad for the environment, the move towards deglobalization could spell serious trouble for climate. This photo from 2014 shows smoke streams from the chimneys of a coal-fired power station in Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Globalization may actually be better for the environment

Some experts argue globalization has been bad for the environment. But moving away from globalization could have other consequences that could be even more devastating for the environment.
Kematian ibu melahirkan adalah contoh kondisi yang secara mendasar tidak adil dan dapat kita ubah. www.shutterstock.com

Kenyataan mengenai kematian ibu

Kematian ibu melahirkan tidak hanya terjadi di negara-negara miskin. Angka kematian ibu di Kanada dan Amerika Serikat juga meningkat, terutama di kelompok suku asli dan keturunan Afrika.
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.

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