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Trudeau’s right about saving SNC-Lavalin jobs

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Drop the doom and gloom in climate journalism

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
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Trump decision to withdraw troops from Syria risks danger

The US president's latest announcement portends a worrying outcome in a part of the world riven by years of conflict.
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Sidewalk Labs plan puts fox in charge of henhouse

Regulating Sidewalk Labs proposed developments poses new challenges for assigning responsibility and oversight.
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Campus ‘zero-suicide’ prevention needed

As universities advocate for 'zero suicide' frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
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It’s the year of Rembrandt again, to the delight of museum audiences

The Dutch master has intrigued art-lovers for four centuries. His strength in depicting the human experience compels audiences even after four hundred years.
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Sports, arts can fight youth homelessness

Research shows meaningful and accessible activity like sports and arts may have significant impacts for homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness.
CRISPR has many applications, including targeted gene therapy, but the precision of the technology still has a way to go. Shutterstock

Gene editing needs to become more precise

CRISPR technology is continually improving to make it more specific, but serious consideration should be given to when and how CRISPR is safe for gene editing.
Democratic presidential candidate and author Marianne Williamson acknowledges applause after speaking at the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention in September 2019. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Marianne Williamson and the religion of ‘spirituality’

The way Marianne Williamson is being dismissed as a viable presidential contender is at odds with the actual history of spirituality in America.
A culture of perfectionism that begins in medical school is one reason why doctors and other medical professionals struggle to apologize for their mistakes. (Shutterstock)

Why is it so hard for your doctor to apologize?

Despite protective apology legislation across Canada, many doctors and other health-care professionals remain too afraid or ashamed to apologize after medical errors.
Land Protectors Jenelle Duval, Susan Oralik, Vicki Allen and Amelia Reimer (left to right) look on as Denise Cole beats the drum on the steps of the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Tuesday, Oct.25, 2016 during a Muskrat Falls demonstration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Paul Daly

Muskrat Falls project poses risks for Canada

A $12.7 billion investment in hydroelectricity has put Canada's economic welfare and its moral credibility on the line.
Despite challenges, teacher education offers a path to begin righting inequities and injustice. Here, people stand on a map from the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada at a launch in Toronto in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

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Teaching truth and reconciliation in Canada

Decolonized education means working with settler teachers to overcome guilt and find the courage to acknowledge privilege, racism and colonialism to work in partnership for a better future.
The system of ‘birth alerts’ across Canada perpetuates the removal of children from Indigenous families begun by residential schools. Pictured here: a historical report on residential schools released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Truth and Reconciliation

Doing away with the B.C. ‘birth alerts’ ban

To make meaningful progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, all provinces and territories should promptly follow B.C. and ban discriminatory 'birth alerts.'
Cross-cultural community gardens that include learning activities can increase food security and also help with reconciliation.

Gardens can bloom resilient, food-sovereign communities

Community gardens with land-based activities can impact community food security and are a good way to forge relationships among new immigrants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members.
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Antibiotic resistance: Why tests are key

Healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to laboratory diagnostics and often have to guess which antibiotics to use for presumed infections.
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The benefits of co-op work programs

For post-secondary students, work-integrated learning experiences offer opportunities to gain that first experience on the resumé while planning a transition from school to work.
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Why Greta Thunberg infuriates conservatives

With her climate strike, Greta Thunberg has upended climate politics and posed the key question of who are the real radicals in current discussions.

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