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Jean Truchon, à droite, observe l'avocat Jean-Pierre Ménard réagir à la décision d'un juge du Québec d'infirmer, le 12 septembre 2019, des parties des lois provinciales et fédérales sur l'assistance médicale à la mort. La Presse Canadienne/Graham Hughes

Aide médicale à mourir: voici pourquoi il faut aller en appel

Un juge ne doit pas être autorisé à restreindre le pouvoir du Parlement de promouvoir des intérêts sociétaux plus larges et de protéger les personnes âgées, malades et handicapées.
Jean Truchon, right, looks on as lawyer Jean-Pierre Menard gives their reaction to a Québec judge overturning parts of provincial and federal laws on medically assisted dying on September 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The latest medical assistance in dying decision needs to be appealed: Here’s why

One judge must not be allowed to curtail parliament’s power to promote broader societal interests and protect people who are elderly, ill and disabled.
User agreements are often long, complex and inaccessible texts that don’t help users understand what exactly is being done with their information. Shutterstock

Plain language about health data is essential for transparency and trust

As more data are collected, it's important for the public to understand how their health information is being used. But user agreements are often complex, lengthy and written in inaccessible language.
Canadian Forces troops assist a U.S. Navy helicopter unload its cargo of aid at the airport in Jacmel, Haiti in January 2010. Canada uses the rhetoric of a global foreign aid leader, but in fact, it’s a laggard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Neither hero nor villain: Canada stuck in the middle of the pack on international aid

Compared to the size of our economy, Canadian aid has been slipping since the 1980s, and we now lag behind most other donors. Our rhetoric is unmatched by action.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre, takes part in a climate strike march in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Reasserting proper relationships of accountability in the Age of Greta

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired the cross-country climate marches, but accountability lies with governments and corporations.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has his makeup applied during a commercial beak at recent the Maclean’s/Citytv leaders debate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Style over substance: Another uninspiring Canadian election campaign

Given entrenched characteristics of Canadian electoral politics, the 2019 election is unlikely to deal in any meaningful way with concrete solutions to the important problems of our times.
A composite image showing the distribution of dark matter, galaxies and hot gas in a merging galaxy cluster taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii. NASA

Canada’s grand plan to explore the mysteries of the cosmos

The Canadian Long Range Plan 2020 for astronomy and astrophysics builds on Canadian research's previous success to extend Canada's role.
Une lettre adressée aux chefs de tous les partis politiques canadiens par 1200 scientifiques spécialistes des soins de santé réclame l’engagement de leurs partis envers un programme fédéral d’assurance-médicaments. Shutterstock

Il est temps de créer un programme national d’assurance-médicaments

Des centaines de milliers de Canadiens se privent de nourriture, de chauffage et d'autres dépenses en santé afin de pouvoir se payer les médicaments dont ils ont besoin.
The Doug Ford government has introduced a new sex education curriculum in Ontario, and it’s not much different than the controversial one rolled out by former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne five years ago. (Shutterstock)

Doug Ford’s reboot of sex education in Ontario: Same as it ever was

Doug Ford's unveiling of a new Grade 1-8 sex education curriculum is strikingly similar to the maligned 2015 version. The result is confused Ontario parents.
A letter to leaders of Canada’s political parties signed by 1200 academics with expertise in health care calls for parties to commit to a national pharmacare plan. (Shutterstock)

Leave the patchwork to the quilts: The case for pharmacare

The 1964 report that paved the way for Canada's medicare envisaged that after universal coverage for doctors, the next step would be prescription drugs. But that next step hasn't come.
Will Donald Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? The American 1800 election showed that peaceful transitions of power are the result of choices made by individuals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Would Trump concede in 2020? A lesson from 1800

Throughout the course of American history, peaceful transitions of power have been the result of choices made by individuals, not the U.S. political system. What does that mean if Trump loses in 2020?
Jack Letts has been in a jail in Syria since 2017. The British government just stripped him of his citizenship, but he has Canadian citizenship due to his father’s birth here. sky news

‘Jihadi Jack’ and the folly of revoking citizenship

The decision by the British government to revoke citizenship of a U.K.-born man puts Canada in a conundrum and raises serious questions about the practice of stripping citizenship.
Women dance during a protest march against the killing of activists, in Bogota, Colombia, on July 26, 2019. Colombians took to the streets to call for an end to a wave of killings in the wake of the nation’s peace deal. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

El Grito: Violence in Colombia continues to kill activists

In Colombia, a 2016 peace agreement does not contain the ongoing violence. Violence escalates as criminal armed groups replace the FARC rebels in a violent battle for land and resources.
Boredom has historically been an emotion both viewed as an enemy and embraced for its possibilities. (Shutterstock)

The fascinating history of boredom

Scholars link the emergence of the term boredom to European industrial modernity, and the standardization of time, repetitive labour and development of leisure time associated with it.
In this May 2013 photo, residents walk past a cordon of soldiers standing guard at a checkpoint in San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala, near a mine owned by Tahoe Resources Inc. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Courts are handcuffed on corporate human rights abuses abroad

Despite a recent Tahoe Resources settlement and apology to Guatemalan protesters, Canadian companies can still get away with crimes committed abroad — even in the face of insurmountable evidence.

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