The family of D’Andre Campbell, a Black man in a mental health crisis who was shot and killed by Peel police in April in his home in Brampton, is pictured outside their lawyer’s office in Toronto. Left to right: Sister Michelle Campbell, mother Yvonne Campbell and brother Dajour Campbell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Police encounters reveal a mental health system in distress

A New York Mets employee places cutouts of fans in the seats before the team’s first game of the year on July 24. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Sports resume, but at what cost?

Do you know where your coffee comes from? The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

We must unravel food’s murky supply chains

People wear face masks as they pay for parking in Montréal, July 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

A brief history of masks: From the plague to today

The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first time people have been required to wear face masks for protection. Mask-wearing has a long history, and reflects society's sense of shared responsibility.
Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about the rebranding of skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
The myth of Asians being good at math both encourages a “blame-the-victim” approach to math failure and imposes significant psycho-social pressure on high-achieving students. (Chuttersnap/Unsplash)

Racist stereotyping of Asians as good at math harms students

A Vancouver study found Mandarin-speaking girls were more likely to be eligible for university than Cantonese-speaking boys. High-achieving students were from wealthier families who had tutors.
The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to copy strands of DNA. (Pixabay/PixxlTeufel)

COVID-19 tests and a Canadian biotech pioneer

COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
Staying in touch with other entrepreneurs via video calls during COVID-19 builds a sense of community among startup founders, research has shown. (Chris Montgomery/Unsplash)

Startup founders help each other

How are startup entrepreneurs getting through the COVID-19 pandemic? Talking to each other to offer tips, expertise and a sympathetic ear is helpful, according to an ongoing study.
Love up-tempo bebop? Try ‘The Romance of Improvisation in Canada,’ an album of jazz-inspired film scores by Canadian composer Eldon Rathburn. (Shutterstock)

A summer playlist of lesser-known songs

Check out these hidden gems for listeners who love jazz, Beethoven, Gershwin and beyond.
Participants attend a vigil for COVID-19 victims at the Orchard Villa long-term care home in Pickering, Ont. in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

COVID-19 exposes perils of profit in seniors’ homes

COVID-19 has shown that what's known as financialization in seniors housing has intensified the profit-seeking approach of private owners, with harmful outcomes for residents and workers alike.
Canada doesn’t extradite people to countries with the death penalty. But there are other ways to put those accused of crimes at serious risk. (Erika Wittlieb/Pixabay)

Is Canada helping other countries kill people?

Canadians should know more about how our government co-operates with other countries in criminal cases. Are we unwittingly risking the lives or rights of those accused of crimes?
Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline is unloaded in Edson, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Avoid manipulation on energy issues

Villain, victim or hero? It all depends on who's telling the story. When an audience is aware of how a story is framed, it can focus on the arguments, not the frame.
The regulation of user privacy must consider potential future applications of any collected data. (Shutterstock)

Dated online privacy rules aren’t protecting you

Any update too Canada's current regulations to manage online privacy and data protection needs to anticipate emerging trends in data collection.
Mental health issues resulting from COVID-19 and efforts to contain it are the fourth wave of the pandemic. (Pixabay, Canva)

Mental health, COVID-19 and marginalized groups

The pandemic's mental health toll is not distributed equally. Its impact is disproportionately felt by racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities and those experiencing poverty.
Some sports teams in the United States and Canada have finally abandoned the use of racist team names and logos. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Applying corporate pressure to change racist team names isn’t enough

Putting pressure on corporate sponsors is a tactic that has worked when it comes to changing racist team names. But it's not enough to address systemic racism.
People work in a rice field in Nepal. (Shutterstock)

How countries can tackle environmental crises

To reverse the current climate and ecological crises, governments must put an end to the damaging forms of technology, innovation, investments and incentives that contribute to it.
Italian fishers unload a fishing net aboard a trawler during a fishing trip in the Tyrrhenian Sea in April 2020. Fishing subsidies are resulting in serious overfishing. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Fisheries subsidies deplete oceans, hurt communities

Everyone who cares about marine biodiversity, fish, fishers, coastal communities and fishing industry workers of today and tomorrow must push for the end of fisheries subsidies.
A wildfire burns outside Fairbanks, Alaska, after a lightning strike. (Catherine Dieleman)

Heat waves, wildfire & permafrost thaw

Arctic heat waves were once rare and unusual events. But as their intensity and frequency increase with climate change, their fallout could affect the north — and the planet — for decades to come.
2020 presents opportunties to work together to create schooling that betters our lives and communities. (Shutterstock)

Schools: Seize ‘teachable moments’ on racism

How anti-racism social movements and teaching disruptions due to COVID-19 can lead to more equitable and inclusive schooling.
Implicit bias training has become a lucrative business in recent years, but it doesn’t always deliver the expected results. (Dylan Gillis/Unsplash)

Addressing systemic racism is not an easy fix

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of businesses offering employees bias training. However, bias training is not a one-size-fits-all solution and unless tailored to specific contexts loses its value.
People wearing face masks ride an attraction at the Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver on July 10, 2020. While Canada has done a better job than other countries at managing COVID-19, its death rate still exceeds that of similar nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 cases & deaths in Canada and the world

While Canada has done well compared to countries like the U.S. and the U.K. in containing COVID-19, rates of infection and deaths are higher than in many similar western democracies. Why?

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