Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in 2005 for his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. Finding Neverland, a documentary film about two boys who accused Jackson of sexual abuse aired on HBO this month. (Aaron Lambert/CP/Santa Maria Times)

Leaving Neverland

The impact of individual stories of abuse

Palliative radiation therapy is effective regardless of a patient’s original cancer site (for example breast, lung or kidney) and is usually delivered in one to 10 daily doses. (Shutterstock)

Cancer pain eased by palliative radiation therapy

Palliative radiation therapy can improve a cancer patient's life, by alleviating pain and other symptoms. Unfortunately, some doctors associate the term with end-of-life care and fail to refer people.
Multiple people have been killed in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers at two mosques. Martin Hunter/AAP

News outlets: Don’t republish the N.Z. shooter’s livestream

People are sharing the gruesome video posted by the Christchurch mosque gunman. What is the responsibility of news agencies in such a situation?
Members of the Armed Offenders Squad push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. AAP/Martin Hunter

Carnage ends New Zealand innocence about right-wing terrorism

Most New Zealanders see immigration as beneficial for their country, but extreme nationalist politics have been part of communities for a long time.
A Boeing 737 taxies at Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom. nickyhardinguk/Pixabay

Boeing 737 Max: Safety, market pressures & cockpit technology

The 737 Max is the best-selling airliner ever. But two have crashed in five months, killing 346, damaging Boeing's future and raising questions about the increasing sophistication of cockpit technology.
Recent studies suggest that tourists believe that beach access points and resorts are located adjacent to safe swimming areas, but that isn’t always true. (Shutterstock)

March Break

Why your tourist brain may try to drown you

Just because a beach is accessible, has restaurants, lounge chairs and vendors, and is near a resort, does not make it safe.
Next time you are in Cuba, skip the racist curios and bring back some rum, cigars or local paintings instead. Photo by Augustin de Montesquiou /Unsplash

March Break

Spring breakers import Cuban rum & racist curios

Are you heading to Cuba this March break? Think carefully before you bring home your souvenirs. Many of them contain old racist imagery.
Children play on a beach in Palau, in the western Pacific Ocean. The country was the first to place a sweeping ban on sunscreen to protect its reefs. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

March Break

Beaches ban sunscreens to save coral reefs

As the mid-winter break draws crowds to beaches, tourists may be wondering if their sunscreen is toxic to coral reefs.
Ellie, a four-year-old labradoodle, enjoys many pats from students as part of the Building Academic Retention through K9s program (B.A.R.K.) at the University of British Columbia. (Freya L. L. Green)

How dog therapy helps university students

When students are given the option to stay with a dog until they feel their stress is sufficiently reduced, they visit on average 35 minutes.
Washrooms for customers only signs can be seen as an affront to human dignity. Shutterstock

For customers only: Peeing with dignity

With so few public washrooms in our cities, vulnerable people are forced to use café and restaurant washrooms. How do mostly minimum wage café and restaurant workers deal with this?
Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould are seen during a news conference in Ottawa in June 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

SNC-Lavalin saga

Cabinet resignations a rarity in Canadian history

While the Wilson-Raybould/Philpott resignations are historic by the numbers, they may also prove historic in creating a new faith in federal cabinet, a previously elite and closed decision-making body.
Interdisciplinary programs can help to address Canada’s data deficit gap. Shutterstock

The art and science of analyzing Big Data

Canada's data deficit represents an absence of information; however, just as crucial is the deficit in the skills required to analyze collected data.
About 100 homes in Angus, Ont. were damaged by a tornado in June 2014. Ten lost their roofs and had to be demolished. Gregory Alan Kopp, Western University

Building homes to weather climate change

Weather-related catastrophic events have cost Canadians more than $17 billion in the past decade. That only stands to grow, unless building codes change to make homes more resilient.
The evidence shows that vaping is creating a generation of nicotine-addicted youth, who start with e-cigarettes and move on to smoke tobacco products. (Unsplash/Andrew Haimerl)

Vaping is an urgent threat to public health

Vaping devices were designed as a clean way of delivering nicotine, to help people stop smoking tobacco. Now, with gummy bear flavours and celebrity endorsements, they are a serious public health problem.

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