The TV show Star Trek contains lessons for sustainable and inclusive innovation. Shutterstock

Star Trek’s formula for urban innovation

The Star Trek formula for sustainable urban innovation: collaborate, share, use technology for the greater good and invest in people.
A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly’s countdown party in Toronto as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Where’s the weed? Clues to Canada’s shortages

Government data suggest medical cannabis availability improved after legalization in Canada. But producers have struggled to meet demand for recreational cannabis other than oils.
For businesses to make a success of design thinking, they must exercise common sense by being clear about their goals and setting realistic targets. (Shutterstock)

Why businesses should choose design thinking

Design thinking isn't a cure-all for every organization, nor is it a dying fad. But in the right circumstances, it can bring great value to a business.
Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard, who will likely be a free agent soon, is seen in a recent game. NBA salary caps make it difficult for the Raptors to attract elite players. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How NBA salary caps hurt the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have the money to attract the NBA's top players. Here's why the league's salary caps makes that so difficult.
Vegetable prices are on the rise. How can Canadians cope? Scott Warman/Unsplash

Getting your veggie fix as prices rise

Canada’s Food Price Report, recently published by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, predicts significant price hikes for vegetables this year.
Tax breaks or exemptions for those working in pharmacy, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries could help bolster support for a national pharmacare plan. (Shutterstock)

Tax breaks could ease cost of pharmacare plan

Two community pharmacists suggest a way for improving the palatability of evidence-based universal pharmacare -- for those working in health insurance, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.
As U.S. President Donald Trump continues to cry ‘fake news’ and stir up distrust of the media, it’s time to embrace ‘solutions journalism’ that focuses on how to solve problems. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How journalists can rebut ‘fake news’ claims

"Solutions journalism" aims to give more prominence to solution-oriented narratives. It reports on responses to social problems by moving the solutions out of the footnotes.
Recent reports suggest Airbnb is having an impact on housing markets in cities popular with tourists. (Shutterstock)

Airbnb’s adverse impact on urban housing markets

It's now clear that a single American company, Airbnb, has upended local housing markets, pushed rental prices skyward and could be contributing to poverty, especially in cities popular with tourists.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office in Vancouver in December 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Huawei case puts Canada in tight spot

In the absence of trust, greater cultural understanding is a powerful diplomatic tool and one that Canada needs to wield expertly when dealing with China.
An ad by a beer company was sweet but didn’t challenge any social norms. Stella Artois

Super Bowl ads played it safe on masculinity

After the #me-too inspired Gillette ad, a male therapist says this year's Super Bowl ads were disappointingly mild. But let's not let that stop us from challenging each other.
Does the new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men’s razors represent a cultural shift in ads directed at men? Here’s a still from the new ad. Gillette/Procter & Gamble

Gillette’s #MeToo-inspired ad is a cultural shift

The new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men's razors has attracted some negative attention from men. Is the ad aimed at men or women? If men, does it represent a cultural shift in ads for men?
Sunrise in the Salinas Valley, an agriculture hub of central California. Depleted aquifers have left once-valuable cropland useless. Shutterstock

The global race for groundwater speeds up

Groundwater supplies around the world are under threat as drilling companies bore deeper and deeper wells.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens. Matthew Henry/Unsplash

Using Big Data to violate human rights

If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
If citizens think they’ll personally and financially benefit from a carbon tax, maybe politicians would take action. Thomas Hafeneth/Unsplash

Getting citizens to care about climate change

Millions of people worldwide are either indifferent to a carbon tax or opposed. If citizens were motivated by potential carbon dividends, maybe politicians would finally take action on climate change.
Coal smokestacks are seen peeking through the clouds in Kentucky. Both Canada and the U.S. need Green New Deals to help create healthy and sustainable economies that are no longer reliant on fossil fuels. Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash

Canada needs its own Green New Deal

A Green New Deal would confront both climate change and social inequality. Its prospects in the United States are uncertain, but Canada should endeavour to develop one of its own anyway.
Alexander Joseph from the Babine Lake First Nation joins supporters of the Unist'ot'en camp and Wet'suwet'en First Nation as they gather at a camp fire off a logging road near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Corporations don’t get Indigenous jurisdiction

TransCanada Corporation has misunderstood or misrepresented the risks associated with Indigenous jurisdiction.

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