In this image taken from video footage run by China’s CCTV, Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg attends his retrial in northeastern China. A Chinese court has sentenced him to death in a sudden retrial in a drug smuggling case that is escalating tensions between the countries over the Canadian arrest of a top Chinese technology executive. (CCTV via AP)

Canada and China must tone down the rhetoric

Alexander Joseph from the Babine Lake First Nation joins supporters of the Unist'ot'en camp and Wet'suwet'en First Nation as they gather at a camp fire off a logging road near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Companies don’t get Indigenous jurisdiction

Parent uplifting ceremony at Squamish Nation’s Totem Hall. (Nadia Beyzaei)

Using design for healthier Indigenous communities

A design team at Emily Carr University worked with families from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation to support the development of healthy environments for children.
Evidence shows that the growth of air pollutants – as well as rising temperatures, increased rain and flooding – connect breast cancer with climate change. (Shnutterstock)

As the oceans rise, so do risks of breast cancer

Most cases of breast cancer are related to environmental causes. When we talk about climate change, we must not forget this part of the story.
Treaty 4, which covered present-day southern Saskatchewan and a small part of western Manitoba was negotiated and signed at Qu'appelle Lakes. Here Saulteux from Upper Assiniboine River, Oct. 16, 1887 were promised for every ‘man, woman and child $1,200 …blankets and other articles.’ (Library and Archives Canada/Natural Resources Canada fonds/PA-050799).

Historical lawsuit affirms Indigenous laws

A recent historical win for Ontario First Nations against the government of Canada is as significant for the legal process, which took into account Anishinaabe law, as it is for the win itself.
Sunrise in the Salinas Valley, an agriculture hub of central California. Depleted aquifers have left once-valuable cropland useless. Shutterstock

The global race for groundwater speeds up

Groundwater supplies around the world are under threat as drilling companies bore deeper and deeper wells.
Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data. Shutterstock

Transparency and privacy: Blockchain can empower

Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
Luiz Capitulino,11, and his mom Sheyla Do Vale of Brazil embrace after becoming official Canadians during a citizenship ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

It’s time to change the way we teach English

The language learning approach called "plurilingualism" empowers people to draw on many languages and cultural modes of communicating.
Meaghan Hennegan, who was shot twice during the Dawson College shooting in 2006 in Montreal holds up a board showing assault weapons as she joins other gun control advocates at a news conference on Bill C-71 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in December 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Should Canada ban assault-style firearms?

Canada must decide if modern semi-automatic rifles should be widely available to its citizens. Our current classification system for such guns is irrational.
Protesters gather outside parliament while MPs vote inside. EPA/Neil Hall

Brexit

Theresa May Brexit deal hammered in parliament

After her historic loss in parliament, the PM will hold cross-party talks to find a way out of the impasse. But will she really be listening?
It’s time to seriously rethink giving tax breaks for charitable donations, since ultimately taxpayers foot the bill for the deductions anyway. (Shutterstock)

Donating to charities shouldn’t be a tax break

Several countries — namely Austria, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland — have removed tax benefits for charitable donations. Here's why Canada should follow suit.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens. Matthew Henry/Unsplash

How states use Big Data to violate human rights

If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Indigenous women’s activism in Canada has a long history. The organizing work of Isabelle McNab, first president of the Saskatchewan Women’s Indian Association, can be seen as the precursor to later activism like this First Nations Idle No More protest for better treatment of Indigenous peoples at the Douglas-Peace Arch near Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous women’s activism in Saskatchewan

Built on historical research, this article tells the resilient, fascinating and rarely told history of Indigenous women's organizing and resistance in Saskatchewan.
The Yes Men in 2009 handing out spoof editions of the ‘New York Post’ with the lead story ‘We’re Screwed’ outlining how “climate change is threatening the lives of New Yorkers — especially those who take the subway to work.” Still from the documentary by Laura Nix and the Yes Men

Humour and media hoaxes put social justice ideas on the map

For media activists The Yes Men, hoaxes have emerged as a proven tactic to generate public discourse on social justice issues that are not generally given space and time in mainstream news media.
The Chronic Pain Association of Canada has received money from Eli Lilly Canada Inc., Purdue Canada Inc. and Merck Frosst Canada. A blog post on the association’s website contains messages favourable to increased opioid use. (Flickr/Ajay Suresh)

Big Pharma must disclose payments to patient groups

Evidence shows that opioid manufacturers fund patient advocacy groups in Canada, distorting policies to protect public health.
One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet. (Shutterstock)

Stop buying vitamins, get more sleep instead

Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Women in government make us healthier

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
This photo from May 2018 shows Cyntoia Brown at her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. On Jan. 7, 2019, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to Brown, serving a life sentence for a murder that happened after she was forced into sex work. (Lacy Atkins /The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

Clemency for Cyntoia Brown was long overdue

Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency for killing a man when she was a teenager and forced into the sex trade. The case showed why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
Astronauts on space missions experience various physiological effects. Shutterstock

Twins in space: How space affects genes

Here's what NASA scientists discovered when an astronaut went into space and his twin remained on Earth.

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