The future and the past, money, technology and politics documented and imagined in fact and fiction, in an economist's recommended reading.
A total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States Aug. 21, treating amateur and professional astronomers alike to sights similar to this NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory ultraviolet image of the moon eclipsing the sun on Jan. 31, 2014.
If you've ever wondered why you can look at a solar eclipse and why it can harm your eyes, the answer is in the sun's rays.
People reject science such as that about climate change and vaccines, but readily believe scientists about solar eclipses, like this one reflected on the sunglasses of a man dangerously watching in Nicosia, Cyprus, in a 2015 file photo.
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
People universally believe scientists' solar eclipse calendars, but vaccine warnings or climate predictions are forms of science that strangely do not enjoy equivalent acceptance.
Former Globe and Mail newspaper reporter turned novelist Omar El Akkad contemplates his debut book
American War in his publisher’s Toronto office in this 2017 file photo.
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Astronomer Bryan Gaensler picks five speculative and science fiction novels worth reading, including Omar El Akkad's _American War_.
Ontario is the only Canadian province to offer a unique two-year, full-day and play-based kindergarten model.
Ontario's investment in a unique two-year, full-day and play-based kindergarten program is paying off. Could similar results happen elsewhere?
Ontarians got a taste of privatization in the 1990s, when the Conservative government of Mike Harris handed over the lucrative Highway 407 toll road in a 99-year lease for a fraction of its value.
Canadian governments aren't completely selling off major public works, but their embrace of public-private "partnerships" is giving private financiers control of major infrastructure projects.
The cover of “Yo Soy Muslim,” one of the new books for young readers out this August. From the imprint, Salaam Reads.
(Simon & Schuster)
Book publishing is starting to take note of calls for inclusivity and diversity. A new imprint, Salaam Reads, may finally help educators round out their inadequate classroom reading lists.
When picking books to read this summer, reach out for the unknown. Here are five expert recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for which deserved attention is just starting to shine.
Children who witness crime are more vulnerable to error than adults when identifying the perpetrator.
Child eyewitnesses make more mistakes than adults when identifying criminals. A new police lineup design could help us assess their reliability and prevent wrongful convictions.
Violent and distressing news video and images such as this girl fleeing fighting in Mosul, Iraq, on July 2, pose mental health risks for journalists in newsrooms — a new phenomenon.
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Journalists face psychological trauma from producing news even when they are distant from the scene of violent incidents. What can news organizations do?
There’s an urgent need for a new ethic of dementia care that supports the facilitation of sexual expression.
The sexuality of persons living with dementia is demonized by media and ignored by clinical guidelines. But sexuality is fundamental to being human and vital to a humane culture of residential care.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.
Blockorama celebrated its 19th year this Pride; a hard won right to celebrate.
One of the lesser known demands of Black Lives Matter is the right to a safe space to celebrate Black Queer Lives. This year's Blockorama party in Toronto is evidence the movement is progressing.
Will AI and robotics erode or enhance the labour market for humans?
What will Canadians do to earn their keep in 150 years? We won't manufacture goods, but jobs with the "human" touch, like nursing, will still be important.
People from the Black Lives Matter lead the annual Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, July 3, 2016.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)
It took only 30 minutes to plunge Toronto's queer community into civil war. All across North America, Pride parades are debating police brutality.
Canada in 2167 could see genetically engineered humans living alongside sentient machines in cities radically altered by ecological change.
By 2167, genetically designed, digitally enhanced humans with Internet-connected brains will live with intelligent machines in a transformed environment and maybe even among the stars.
Les communautés d'apprentissage professionnelles innovantes peuvent-elles aider à appuyer le bilinguisme?
Comme les professeurs de langue française du Canada fuient la profession, les communautés d’apprentissage professionnel en ligne promettent d’inverser cette tendance.
The use of more than four medications by one patient is frequent.
(AP Photo/Chris Post)
One in five Canadians suffers chronic pain and almost 2,500 died last year from opioid overdose. A National Pain Strategy promises to tackle both problems.
A recent flurry of tweets about cultural appropriation from members of the Canadian media elite show their ignorance the publishing industry remains overwhelming white
William Shatner as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is depicted on a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post in 2016.
Canada's economy faces a radical shift as abundant energy and resources could propel the country toward a Star Trek future.