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Canada does well growing crops and raising livestock, but it's missed the boat in developing its own popular food brands. As preferences change, Canada has a chance to shine in the agri-food sector.
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While many market observers blame the growing threat of inflation for the stock market crash, the real culprit may be concerns that the economy is about to slow.
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How should Canada approve new drugs?

Health Canada is proposing to allow some prescription drugs into the country with only 'cursory clinical review.' Here's why we should be worried.
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Canada’s need to invest more in early childhood education

Schools across Canada should 'grow down' and offer two years of full-day preschool, according to a new report. This would allow mothers to work, improve child outcomes and reduce income inequality.
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E-cigarettes need global regulations

The e-cigarette industry emerged as an alternative to traditional tobacco, but now it's dominated by Big Tobacco. That's why transnational regulations are needed for the industry.
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Are today’s stock markets overvalued?

The record level of the price-to-earnings ratio for equities is increasingly worrying. But how do we determine whether the price of a stock – or an exchange – is valued at its fair price or overvalued?
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Do businesses have to act like businesses? Or could we pay slightly more for goods, like coffee, and recognize that stability for working people is essential to a robust economy.
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Helping youth recognize energy ‘fake news’

Critical thinking is of paramount importance, especially as it applies to research on the internet -- and to our energy future. Educators have a duty to ensure students avoid fake news on energy.
Election workers count votes by the light of candles and a kerosene lamp at a polling station without electricity in the Yoff neighborhood of Dakar, Senegal in 2007. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

How we can end energy poverty

Distributed-energy technologies are a disruptive force that can improve the quality of life for the world's most disadvantaged and poor.
Villagers enjoying the evening fishing in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. (Colette Wabnitz)

Trying to get marine fisheries right

Sustainable fisheries tick all the boxes. They can fill your belly and your wallet, and generate less CO2 than conventional agriculture. So why is some integral funding for marine fisheries falling?
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Pipelines and Pacific salmon

Pacific salmon are ingrained in the culture and economy of Canada. They are also a key link between ocean and land. But what happens if a pipeline failure contaminates their habitat?
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All you need to know about produce and E. coli

The recent E. coli outbreak in North America was linked to romaine lettuce. Many such outbreaks are often linked to fresh produce. Here's what you need to know to keep your family safe.
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