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Anita Anand, Canada’s minister of public services and procurement, opens a box with some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured last March through a deal with the Serum Institute of India. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL

Canada is waffling on global access to vaccines

Employees are often shocked to find their dream job involves menial tasks and drudgery. While they need to manage their expecations, employers should also be more honest about the true nature of the jobs they’re hiring for. (Unsplash)

When your dream job is a nightmare

So you snagged your dream job. And it quickly became the stuff of nightmares, filled with mundane tasks and drudgery. What can employees and employers do?
Sexual encounters with men do not affect how these straight men perceive their identity. (Shutterstock)

Why some straight men have sex with other men

Why do men identify as straight if they have sex with other men? And why would a straight man have sex with another man in the first place?
Relatives of a person who died of COVID-19 mourn outside a field hospital in Mumbai, India, on May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Indians are trying to save lives during COVID-19’s second wave

India is in the grips of a health and humanitarian catastrophe, in stark contrast to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declaration of readiness to fight the pandemic.
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

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.
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of numerous gold prospecting pits in eastern Peru. (NASA/SS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center)

Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

NASA satellite images reveal the extent of gold-mining in Peru. This information can be used to shut down illegal mining and prevent environmental destruction and contamination.
A boy sits on a bridge over a man-made channel in the First Nation of Shoal Lake 40, straddling the Manitoba/Ontario border, in June 2015. Until recently, a boil-water advisory had been in place in the community for more than 20 years despite its relative close proximity to Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The truth about drinking water advisories in First Nations

The federal government's announcement that boil-water advisories on First Nations won't end until 2023 at the earliest isn't surprising. The true crisis is much greater than widely known.
South Carolina Rep. Justin Bamberg, a Democrat, spoke out against a proposal to add firing squads to the state’s methods of execution. AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins

South Carolina aims to bring back the firing squad

The legislature of South Carolina recently voted to allow death row prisoners to choose a firing squad over electrocution and lethal injection.
It’s virtually impossible to make and maintain eye contact during videoconferencing. (visuals/Unsplash)

Rebuilding trust after a year of Zoom meetings

Eye contact is essential for building and developing trust. But after more than a year of working and socializing online, our ability to make and maintain eye contact has been diminished.
Activists and supporters of Honduran environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres hold signs with her name and likeness during the trial against Roberto David Castillo, an alleged mastermind of her murder, outside of the Supreme Court building in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/ Elmer Martinez)

Environmental activists are being killed in Honduras

Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world for environmental activists. Those who have opposed mining, hydroelectric, logging and tourism have faced violence and death.
A voter waits to enter a polling area to cast his ballot for Assembly of First Nations National Chief on July 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Online voting key for Indigenous communities

The federal government needs to amend the necessary regulations of the Indian Act and First Nations Elections Act to allow First Nations to choose their own voting methods.
Workers manufacture partitions made from cardboard and chipboard material in Mississauga, Ont., in January 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Some bosses are using COVID-19 to push workers

The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, and new study shows it's also changed workplace dynamics — mostly to the detriment of workers.
Photos of graduating students are seen on lockers during a graduation ceremony at Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, on June 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5 factors that contribute to students finishing high school

Relationships, inclusivity, anti-racism and flexibility matter. So does offering students learning opportunities, and supporting and following their transitions over time.
For teens, the pandemic has spotlit the risk of not being able to take risks associated with establishing new intimate relationships outside of the family. (Pexels/ Helena Lopes)

Quaranteenagers: Why parents must talk to them about sexual health

As teens forge their post-pandemic identities, let’s afford them the 'dignity of risk,' in their whole lives including their sexualities.
The recent rise in anti-Asian racism, subsequent protests and increased activism has sounded alarm bells. (Shutterstock)

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Asian Heritage Month: Solidarity amid anti-Asian violence

As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month, the time is now to collectively centre dialogue against anti-Asian racism, with an optimistic view for a global reset.
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 thousands of Toronto COVID-19 patients were transferred to other cities

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.
We’re still studying the long-term implications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on populations. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 may bring dramatic changes in demographics

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reducing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and slowing down immigration. These changes may produce concerning trends in populations globally.

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