A patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan, in October. Cases of dengue fever – a painful mosquito-borne spread disease – have doubled every decade since 1990. Environmental health experts are pointing the finger at climate change. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Climate change requires anti-smoking tactics

Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Growing weed with science & tech

Canadian grocery chains are recognizing the potential for growth in online shopping and delivery, but Canadians are slow to embrace the service. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada is wary of online grocery shopping

Online grocery shopping is a potential growth area for Canadian grocery chains. Yet Canadians are proving to be lukewarm about buying groceries online, preferring to shop in stores.
Women make up more than half the workforce in Canada. It’s time for employers to provide supports for workers who are enduring domestic abuse situations. (Shutterstock)

Companies must help abused employees

Women make up a major portion of the Canadian workforce. That's why employers need to step up to help those in domestic abuse situations.
Loaves of fresh-baked bread line the shelves at a bakery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Douglas C. Pizac

The probe into Canada’s alleged bread cartel

Canadian consumers could benefit from the Competition Bureau’s investigation into the so-called bread cartel, but not in a way they think. Here's how.
The Paradise Papers reveal much of Michael Hutchence’s estate is tied up in offshore tax havens. AAP

The Paradise Papers and rock stars

Rock has long railed against The Man, but problems with the taxman highlight its internal contradictions.
Blockchain technology, in which real-world assets are symbolically represented by digital objects, harks back to medieval times when helmets, swords, and other items represented land and other valuables. (Shutterstock)

Blockchain technology has medieval roots

Blockchain is a hot, innovative technology — with roots in medieval treasuries.
Why has B.C. become home to Canada’s most vibrant news ecosystem? Credit the wellspring of creativity here — the province’s beauty and potential has long attracted change-makers. (Shutterstock)

Good news about the news in B.C.

A good news story about the news? It's true. In British Columbia, a digital news ecology is flowering through ‘coopetition’ – as Media Democracy Day will soon showcase.
“Grocerant” is a new term that describes what smart grocery stores are becoming – a place for shoppers not only to stock up on essentials, but also to buy high quality prepared meals that can be taken home or eaten on site. (Shutterstock)

How smart grocery stores are becoming hybrids

The “grocerant” model is going mainstream, and it’s not just because of millennials. A wide swath of consumers from different demographics are demanding the convenience of a grocery store/restaurant.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially dismissed as “crazy” the warnings that Russia had been using Facebook to spread propaganda in the 2016 U.S. election. He has since apologized and introduced plans and tools aimed at fighting false information on the platform. In this file photo, he delivers the commencement address at Harvard University in May. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Regulate social media firms before it’s too late

In a fight for the global flow of information, social media firms must be regulated. Their billions of dollars in revenue put their financial interests in conflict with truth and democracy.
Approximately 87,000 children in Canada are affected by autism. A new web platform promises to help their families access much-needed research knowledge.

Design lab helps autism families

Families supporting children with autism urgently need better access to the latest research about evidence-based treatments. A new health design project from Emily Carr University is helping.
New census data gives insight into Canada’s immigrant population, including how English language proficiency can impact wages. Here, a group of new Canadians take part in a citizenship ceremony in Ottawa in September. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Census

Closing the immigrant wage gap

New census data provides a chance to understand why immigrants earn lower wages than Canadians who have been here for many generations. Whether immigrants speak English at home may be a clue.
Staff at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea monitor possible ransomware cyberattacks in May 2017. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)

Ransomware like Bad Rabbit is big business

Like legitimate e-commerce, ransomware e-crime is increasing in scale, value and sophistication.
Research shows that holding down a job as a teenager has real benefits later in life. (Shutterstock)

Why teenage jobs are good for your kids

Instead of trying out for band or the hockey team, adolescents might do better to choose a part-time job as an extracurricular activity. Research shows it pays big dividends later in life.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled her government’s plan to cut electricity bills in March 2017 amid a public uproar about skyrocketing fees driving ratepayers into energy poverty. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

How Canada can end energy poverty

Energy companies routinely cut off service to vulnerable people who experience energy poverty. Here's how to fix the problem.

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