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A man hangs a protest banner where the Egerton Ryerson statue used to sit at Ryerson University. The statue was toppled in June by those protesting the discovery of graves at Indian Residential Schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?

The suburban-built environment whitewashes the violence and theft on which Canada is built.
Hundreds of residents of Toronto’s M3N postal code, a hotspot for COVID-19 infections, line up at a pop-up vaccine clinic on In April 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Even with equal vaccination rates, COVID-19 hotspots still have higher infection rates

Hotspot neighbourhoods with greater COVID-19 risk exposure continued to have higher infection rates even when they achieved vaccination levels equal to lower-risk neighbourhoods.
Incels rank all racial groups by attractiveness. The most attractive white men and women are ‘Chads,’ ‘Stacys’ and ‘Beckys.’ (Shutterstock)

Incels are surprisingly diverse but united by hate

Our research suggests that incel discussion boards are surprisingly diverse. Despite this diversity, we find that incels are united by their hatred of women.
A woman walks past a mural in Vancouver, B.C. The power of public art is its ability to turn artistic practice into a social action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel

Bringing art into public spaces can improve the social fabric of a city

When public art pairs artistic expression with community engagement, it can honour the diverse communities that share public spaces and spur important conversations.
The Northern Bruce Peninsula in Ontario has been a popular domestic tourism destination during COVID-19. Luke Smith/Unsplash

The COVID-19 pandemic has created regional tourism hotspots as big cities suffer

Large Canadian cities, usually major tourist destinations, have have experienced drastic declines in tourists and tourism spending while some regional hotspots have been overwhelmed with visitors.
Paramedics walk gurneys back to a multi-patient transport bus at Kingston General Hospital on April 30 after dropping off COVID-19 patients from the Toronto area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why Ontario had to transfer thousands of Toronto COVID-19 patients to other cities’ hospitals

The need to transfer 2,500 COVID-19 patients around Ontario, and bring in extra doctors from other provinces, exposes two fallacies about Canada’s health-care system.
Illustration of the 2009 Gardiner Expressway protests which saw Tamil people from Toronto bring traffic to a standstill. (Sindu Sivayogam)

This Mother’s Day, pay attention to racialized women leading resistance movements, like Tamil mothers

This Mother’s Day reflect on why mainstream media doesn’t recognize racialized women-led resistance movements as feminism. On the 12th anniversary of the Gardiner protest, let’s centre Tamil mothers.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask on after announcing new lockdown measures at a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 16, 2021. The government later walked back some of the announced restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Doug Ford’s flip-flops: A dangerous failure of risk communication in COVID-19 third wave

As the third wave ravages Ontario, there is public confusion and mistrust. Premier Ford’s flip-flops on restrictions indicate not just poor risk communications, but the lack of an informed plan.
Survivors and victims, along with their family and friends, share a moment outside the courthouse after Alek Minassian had been found guilty for the Toronto van attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto van attack: Guilty verdict, but Canada still needs to tackle ideological violence

The judgment document in the Toronto van attack case pointed out that the attacker’s motivations were unclear but related to other ideologically informed violent acts.
After an extensive renovation, an old house in a laneway in Toronto became a new two-bedroom home. (LGA Architectural Partners, Ben Rahn/A Frame)

How cities can unlock the potential of laneway housing

Laneway suites could increase rental stock in established neighbourhoods without affecting their character. Toronto has lagged behind other cities in Canada and North America.
Our social lives are complicated and interdependent — social bubbles and physical distancing are difficult to sustain. (Shutterstock)

Social bubbles always burst — from COVID-19 to the past 10,000 years

Our lives consist of a complex and dense web of interactions that ultimately make physical and social distancing attempts impossible. And this has always been the case in human society.
Poet Miriam Waddington (left) participated in the rise of modernist Canadian poetry and Helen Weinzweig (right) wrote the classic feminist novel ‘Basic Black with Pearls.’ (John Reeves/ /Image (cropped) courtesy Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick)

Daring reads by the first generation of Canadian Jewish women writers

A rich diversity of Canadian Jewish experience is reflected in the poems of Miriam Waddington and the prose of Adele Wiseman, Fredelle Bruser Maynard, Helen Weinzweig and Shirley Faessler.
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. After the SARS pandemic in 2003, Toronto hotels faced a recovery period. (Shutterstock)

SARS didn’t prepare the hospitality industry for the prolonged impact of COVID-19

After SARS in 2003, an effort was made by Toronto’s tourism and hospitality industries to stimulate the sector’s recovery. But measures weren’t put in place for future pandemics.
New DNA analysis revealed that Calvin Hoover killed Christine Jessop in 1984. Toronto Police Chief James Ramer sits next to a screen displaying photos of Calvin Hoover during a news conference on Oct. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Christine Jessop’s killer identified: Solved cold case raises questions about genetic privacy

Christine Jessop was murdered in 1984 and, 36 years later, DNA evidence finally identified her killer. But the police investigation’s use of genetic genealogical databases raised questions about privacy.
A homeless woman sits outside a fenced-off camp in Vancouver after a 12 p.m. deadline for the park to be vacated in Vancouver on May 9, 2020. The province relocated hundreds of people from tent encampments in Vancouver and Victoria to hotel and community centre accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cities must end homeless camp evictions during the coronavirus pandemic

Without sufficient safe shelter space and universal testing, cities are forcing homeless people into encampments, limiting their ability to stay safe and violating international human rights laws.

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