A line of protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota head to a unity rally on the west steps of the State Capitol in September 2016 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Protecting heritage is a human right

The myth that educated women over 40 find it impossible to find a mate to marry prevails - but it has long been debunked. What are the actual impacts of higher education on a women’s ‘marriageability?’ Here a wedding pic from Cambridge Mill, Cambridge, Canada. Anne Edgar/Unsplash

The marriage prospects for the smart & successful

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018 about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Big Tech is overselling AI in fight against extremism

Many tech titans say they can self-regulate online hate speech and extremism with artificial intelligence, but can they?
If you ditch the Cinderella story and intentionally craft romantic relationships to suit you – evidence from business and philosophy says you might have a good chance of deep happiness. (Shutterstock)

Love-crafting’ your relationships

A polyamorous philosopher draws from research evidence to argue that where love is concerned, we should break all the established rules.
Eroding civility is not just a U.S. phenomenon. We need to learn how to speak to each other, no matter what our politics. (Shutterstock)

Making society civil again

Eroding civility is not just an American phenomenon; it's global. But it's time for a return to civility as we reflect on how we will be judged and remembered when the dust of history settles upon us.
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Mont., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Trump’s perfect location in U.S. politics

Disparate groups that include white nationalists, business elites and evangelical Christians have all tried to put a leader in the White House. They all failed -- until Donald Trump came along.
Calgary beat out Vancouver on this year’s most livable city index issued by the Economist magazine. Flickr

Canada’s most livable city is not Vancouver, it’s…

Vancouver lost out to Calgary as Canada's most livable city this year. Why? Is it the high cost of housing or is it the city's 'neighbourhood first' method that sometimes creates business instability?
Moving to a plant-based diet is one of the top things we can do to stop climate change. Photo by William Felker/Unsplash

Eating as a political act: The World Peace Diet

Our current climate change crisis calls for bold action. Moving to a plant-based diet makes sense for our collective health and for our environment.
Hannah Shaw (Kitten Lady), with Instagram influencer BriAnne Wills (@girlsandtheircats) at a marketing event in New York, Feb. 2018. Loren Wohl for Fresh Step/AP

The ruthless pursuit of ‘likes’ gives you nothing

Although some social media users are able to monetize their social media "likes," much of the pursuit of popularity amounts to nothing and instead turns us into pawns for political and commercial uses
Self-help leaders can convince us that we have the responsibility to improve our lives. But this can ignore the realities of social inequities. Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, personal finance instructor and self-help author on ‘Wall Street Week’ in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Self-help in the ‘age of responsibility’ denies unequal realities

Self-help books can help us get through difficult times by telling us we have the agency to take control. But this method can also ignore structural inequities and negatively influence public policy.
Research among Canadians shows employment to be a critical social determinant of health, partly because those who earn higher wages have more access to safe housing, nutritious foods, social services and medical care. (Shutterstock)

Employment as a public health issue

No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.
Girls are often the target of ‘moral’ dress codes, like no tank tops or ‘no bra straps.’ Pan Xiaozhen/Unsplash

Back to school

The hidden agenda of school dress codes

Dress codes in schools can mask a lot of inequality issues around gender, race and religion. Why not go with a simple policy that applies to everyone equally and discuss the underlying issues instead?
Gap released a back-to-school ad campaign a couple weeks ago which included a picture of a young girl wearing a hijab which raised many questions for many people. Gap Inc.

Back to school

Gap back-to-school ‘hijab ad’ ignites social media

Gap's recent back-to-school ad campaign was praised for its portrayal of the diversity of children. One of the girls in the ads was wearing a hijab: this raised a huge debate on social media.
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Please don’t call it a food swamp

An abundance of unhealthy food choices in neighbourhoods is called a food swamp. But since swamps are actually wetlands and good for public health, we should choose a new term.
An asylum-seeker saying he’s from Eritrea is confronted by an RCMP officer as he crosses the border into Canada from the United States on Aug. 21 near Champlain, N.Y. Canadians have false beliefs about the so-called migration crisis, and politicians are capitalizing on it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canadian politicians are playing a dangerous game on migration

Canada's opposition Conservatives are borrowing from European populists in stoking fears about asylum-seekers and migrants. Here's why that's so dangerous.
In what became one of the defining moments of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain takes back the microphone from Gayle Quinnell, who said Barack Obama “was an Arab.” The moment occurred during a town hall meeting on Oct. 10, 2008, in Lakeville, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

We can learn from John McCain’s vulnerability

John McCain did something during the 2008 U.S. presidential election that would seem very out of place today: he made himself vulnerable by speaking up about the character of opponent Barack Obama.
United States’ Simone Manuel who won the Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in the 100-meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, said she hopes for a day when there are more Black swimmers. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Swimming while Black

Summer time and time to cool off in a pool or lake? The statistics reveal that race complicates the issue: in the U.S., Black people drown at five times the rate of white people.
The decision by the city of Victoria to take down a statue of John A. Macdonald has renewed debate about how historical figures should be remembered. This photo from 2015, taken at Wilfrid Laurier University, shows people protesting Macdonald’s treatment of Métis and First Nations during his time as Canada’s first prime minister. Denia Anderson

John A. Macdonald should not be forgotten, nor celebrated

Should statues of historical figures be removed or replaced? That debate has been rekindled in Canada after Victoria took down a statue of John A. Macdonald, the country's first prime minister.
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony.

‘BlacKkKlansman’ provides comic relief to deep racism

BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
Crazy Rich Asians depicts cosmopolitan rich Asians with complex humanities. Warner Bros.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – a movie and a movement

Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining film, but also has been a long time coming. The struggle for Asian representation in Hollywood and Broadway started more than 55 years ago.
Small business owners provide a service by offering goods not found elsewhere and employing local community members. Here, a sari shop window in Toronto’s ‘India Bazaar.’ Ian Muttoo/https://www.flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/

Immigrant Mom & Pop Shops are social ventures

We may celebrate the contributions of newcomers of the past; however, we make the integration process difficult. Some immigrants turn to business to fill the gaps for themselves and their community.

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...one of the most powerful themes in American culture has been that of the godly settler in a fallen world, beset by demonic foes and blessed by a terrible yet perfect deity. J.M. Opal Associate Professor of History, McGill University

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