Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system. (Shutterstock)

National pharmacare will save money and lives

Some Canadians go without heat and food to buy their medications. Others simply don't take them because they can't afford to. This is why we need a national pharmacare plan.
Explicitly teaching graduate students project management - a skill set they typically learn through trial and error - could mean better research and employability. (Shutterstock)

How universities can help PhD grads get jobs

Graduate students have much to offer the non-academic workforce based on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Universities need to help them articulate these skills for employers.
Advances in sex robots and technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Shutterstock

Beyond sex robots: the field of Erobotics

Beyond revolutionizing sex and intimacy, erotic technologies have applications in health care, education and research. Erobotics explores implications and possibilities of these technologies.
Exercising in hot weather adds stress to the body and comes with risk of heat exhaustion. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid heat exhaustion in the summer

You can stay fit during soaring summer temperatures — if you follow some simple precautions.
Rats are part of the urban ecosystem and an urban ecology approach to managing their populations may involve learning to share the city. Mert Guller/Unsplash

Living with rats: The city as an ecosystem

An ecosystems approach to cities that recognizes rats as part of the ecosystem can help address the challenges presented by urban rats.
A fisherman carries a yellowfin tuna to be weighed and sold in Mindanao, Philippines in 2013. John Javellana / Greenpeace

How AI makes fishing more sustainable

Earth-orbiting satellites and AI tools can track fishing vessels around the world.
Canada’s Parliamentary debate around captive whales and dolphins touched on the animals’ intellectual and social properties. (Shutterstock)

‘Free Willy’ law: Animal rights contradictions

As the field of animal law continues growing, so does public awareness of the problems with inconsistent ways that Canadian law protects some animals, while leaving others behind.
We need many more funded research studies to fully understand exactly how CBD might play a role in the treatment of opioid use disorder. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

CBD misinformation can be life-threatening

There is no evidence yet that cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating heroin addiction, despite news headlines claiming this.
Sunflowers and luffa vines — related to cucumber, gourd and squash — are tended by a Community Roots participant and mentor in a Brooklyn school community garden with their instructor (right). (Pieranna Pieroni)

Growing community roots & critical consciousness

Urban gardening is a departure point for learning about land and relationships, as well as food, consumer culture and social activism.
Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, pictured right, says Democrats should talk more about faith. Here, Coons prays with U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. James Lankford (left) during the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

How the conservative right hijacks religion

Spirituality may not align with scientific values, but even psychologists say 'peak' experiences can change people. Will society allow the entire language of religion to be owned by conservatives?
The Canadian tax system can, and should, put more money into the pockets of the country’s most disadvantaged citizens. (Shutterstock)

Refundable tax credits could alleviate poverty

Tax credit refunds are an effective means of ensuring that Canada's poverty gap, now clearly identified, is addressed for low-income families. So what's taking so long?
Migrants rest on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as they sail off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said the health of the 54 migrants it rescued at sea is rapidly deteriorating. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

Migrants drown at sea as we do nothing

Authorities in Italy would sooner turn ships carrying migrants back to strife-torn countries like Libya rather than allow them to seek asylum. It's amounting to repeated Voyages of the Damned.
The global water crisis means scientists face urgent decisions on how to foster water managers’ care. Here, the North Saskatchewan River with the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park. (Shutterstock)

Do people put their own survival first?

Imagining how to increase water managers’ empathy for others in a holistic way is critical for our human and planetary future.
When leaders show employees they care, trust and empathise with their situations, it motivates employee performance and commitment. (Shutterstock)

This summer, rekindle your energy and leadership style

Motivation means to move. That means leaders must not only be aware of their own roles, but others' needs, goals and journeys.
A teenage boy throws rocks in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat in April 2016. Poverty has a profound impact on First Nations, and Canada needs to take bold wealth- and income-creation measures for the Indigenous. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

An economic path forward for First Nations

The MMIWG report didn't address the poverty that has had such a devastating effect on First Nations. Encouraging active participation by the Indigenous in the Canadian economy is a win-win for everyone.
A Rohingya boy looks out from trucks carrying detained Rohingya Muslims who fled by boat from Rakhine State in KyaukTan township, about 100 kilometres from Yangon, Myanmar, in November 2018. The group had unsuccessfully tried to sail to Malaysia. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Rohingya diaspora helps those back home

Equipped with rights, knowledge and skills, the global Rohingya diaspora is poised to be influential against the genocidal regime that seeks to erase their people.
A wildfire rips through the forest near Fort McMurray on Highway 63 in May 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

How to fight wildfires with wetlands

As unlikely as it may sound, a new approach for fighting the destruction of wildfires in Canada’s boreal region may lie in wetlands packed with soaking layers of peat and topped with living moss.
A neuro-otologist at the University of Miami reported “central vestibular” (inner ear) findings in 36 per cent of American diplomats and their families affected by Havana syndrome. (Shutterstock)

‘Havana syndrome’ is not mass hysteria

Multiple sclerosis and endometriosis in women both used to be diagnosed as hysteria. The same could be happening with 'Havana syndrome.'

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