Actors Luana Anders and Peter Fonda smoking a joint in a scene from the 1969 film ‘Easy Rider,’ a countercultural movie that influenced drug use by baby boomers in the 1960s. (Columbia Pictures)

How Canadian boomers got into pot

The 1947 and 1956 editions of the ‘Green Book,’ which was published to advise black motorists where they should – and shouldn’t – frequent during their travels. Image on the left: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. Image on right: Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

‘Traveling while black’ guidebooks still resonate today

Activists protest in Barcelona, Spain on June 21, 2018. A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse, a case that has shocked Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Rethinking the penalties for rape

In this Nov. 12, 2017 file photo, participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Lawmakers are expected to take up bills to crack down on sexual harassment when they return from their summer recess in August 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,file)

#MeToo: Eight responses to toxic workplace culture

Women gather outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013 to dance as a part of the One Billion Rising movement, a global campaign by women for women which calls for the an end to violence against women. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A woman or girl is killed every other day in Canada

In 2016, the Ontario government promised the province’s schools would teach all students about residential schools and add more Indigenous perspectives into the provincial curriculum. The newly elected Conservative government has scrapped those plans. Library and Archives Canada

Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Ontario's move to ignore the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to add Indigenous content to its history and social studies curriculum is foolish and dangerous.
Aug. 12, 2017: white nationalist demonstrators use shields as they guard the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The 100-year-old rallying cry of ‘white genocide’

White supremacists push an agenda that have their followers believing they are in danger of extinction. But their 'race suicide' ideas are based on 100-year-old unscientific and racist research.
Hamilton resident, Peter Khill, 28, admitted he shot Jon Styres but said he fired in self-defence, believing Styres was about to shoot him. A jury acquitted him last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Erasing race, not racism, in Khill trial

A jury found Peter Khill not guilty of second-degree murder of Jonathan Styres, an Indigenous father of two. Questions about jury selection and the justice system are raised by one of the jury triers.
MIT’s experiment with a serial killing AI called Norman, based on Psycho’s Norman Bates, underscores the importance of ensuring we get it right when embedding AI with culture. MIT

How to get culture right when embedding it into AI

Artificial Intelligence is set to explode and, as a result, multiple versions of AI are bound to co-exist. It's time to influence its development into a truly pan-global cultural environment.
Javier Garrido Martinez holds his four-year-old son during a news conference in New York on July 11, 2018. The pair were reunited after being separated for almost two months when authorities stopped them at the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

The disgrace of detaining asylum seekers

The U.S. immigration detention system under Donald Trump is abusive, racist, sexist and haphazardly implemented, all designed to terrorize people attempting to exercise their right to seek asylum.
Faith Goldy, an alt-right champion who appeared in an interview on a white nationalist site, speaks outside Wilfrid Laurier Univesity in March 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

How not to defend free speech

Free speech may protect offensive speech, but we degrade this central right when we see it as simply the right to offend, regardless of the impact on others.
Debates over the history of colonialism have sparked controversies on university campuses in recent years, as illustrated by the removal of a statue honoring Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Desmond Bowles

Genocide hoax tests academia’s ethics

Would an academic work that makes a case for genocide be fair game for publication, or is it beyond the ethical bounds of legitimate scholarly debate?
As the population of “elder orphans” grows, research is needed so that we can develop effective systems of public guardianship and care. (Shutterstock)

Will you be old and ‘unbefriended?’

The number of old and incapacitated adults who live without the support of a family caregiver is growing.
Jordan Peterson speaks to a crowd during a stop in Sherwood Park, Alta., in February 2018. Peterson is suing an Ontario university and three of its staff for defamation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The hypocrisy of Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson's lawsuit against Laurier is hardly the action of a free speech advocate. Here's how he resembles Cleon of ancient Greece.
Genetic ancestry testing might all seem like harmless fun, but there is a downside. (Shutterstock)

Ancestry tests don’t change your identity, but you might

The results of genetic ancestry tests are grossly over-simplified. A new study shows the tests reinforce what you want to believe rather than offering objective, scientific proof of who you are.
Do you sometimes feel you need a vacation from your vacation? Ricardo Gomez Angel/Unsplash

How to have a successful summer vacation

How can you ensure you have a successful summer vacation and don't return more tired and stressed than when you left? Follow a few simple tips.
An immigrant child from Guatemala is seen at a facility in Texas on June 21, 2018. President Donald Trump’s policy to separate children from their parents at the U.S. border is an example of an incident that could result in toxic socialization. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The harm we’re doing to our children

We must work to protect our children from Toxic Socialization, violent experiences in their lives that do lifelong damage.
In 2016, Norwich City Football Club was one of dozens of English football teams that took part in the Stonewall Charity’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign to combat discrimination against LGBT fans and players. Canaries.co.uk

Soccer’s homophobia & imposed heterosexuality

Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.
The Oberlin rescuers, with Simeon Bushnell and Charles Langston 9th and 12th from the left. Library of Congress

Anti-slavery heroes deserve pardons too

Two men were convicted in 1859 of violating the Fugitive Slave Act. They had rescued a runaway slave from slave hunters in Ohio, one of the small acts of resistance that led to the Civil War.
The recent crop of so-called free speech warriors. From left to right: Gad Saad, Ben Shapiro, Lindsay Shepherd and Jordan Peterson. From left to right: (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz/AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli/Lindsay Shepherd, still from YouTube video/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

The strange origins of the free speech warriors

Though the cultural origins of free speech are progressive, there is nothing actually liberal about the current crop of free speech warriors in the Canada and the United States.
Math Catcher volunteer, Janelle Dobson-Kocsis from the Kwanlin Dun Band, works with a student to build an object called “tensegrity.” This is one of Math Cather’s hands-on activities developed by volunteer and former PhD student, Alejandro Erickson. Math Catcher Program

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Math talent abounds in Indigenous communities

The Math Catcher Program aims to encourage youth - with an emphasis on Indigenous students - to consider mathematics as a field of study but also to have them appreciate mathematics in everyday life.
A recent analysis of profile pictures on Grindr show that most people using the site emphasize their physical fitness and bodies indicating that they using it as the Uber of casual sex. (Shutterstock)

Pride Month

Grindr profile pics are all about the hookup

Grindr, the largest queer dating app worldwide, is all about the short term hookup; the currency used to attract your date is physical fitness versus wealth symbols, used by straight men on Tinder.
Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Trump’s act of state terrorism against children

Donald Trump's policy to separate children from their migrant parents lays bare his fascism. The time has come for Americans to resist this act of domestic terrorism.
Refugee Journeys is a board game designed to help front-line workers and educators confront their bias towards refugees. Michelle Lam

Board game challenges ideas about refugees

Many Canadians have volunteered to help newcomers adjust to society. This board game was developed to help these volunteers understand what it feels like to enter a new country and build a new life.

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