Wooden stakes representing the 2,224 confirmed overdose deaths in British Columbia - many of them young Indigenous people - over the last three years, are placed on the ground at Oppenheimer Park, in Vancouver on September 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Indigenous women suffer greatest risk of injury

Cory Watson of the Edmonton Eskimos reacts to losing to the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West Final on Sunday. The word Eskimo signals negative and archaic stereotypes and is considered by most Inuit to be a racial slur. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Edmonton Eskimos is a racial slur. Stop using it.

In this 2008 photo, Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs during a concert in Los Angeles. Noel is seen on the screen behind him. The brothers have a notoriously dysfunctional relationship. Could their father’s documented abuse of their mother explain the animosity? (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Oasis brothers: Abuse explains their feud

The famous feuding Gallagher brothers of the rock band Oasis illustrate what research shows: Kids who grow up in homes where there is domestic violence often grow up to have troubled relationships.
Adele Bellis (left) and Laxmi Agarwal during a Fashion show for the British Asian Trust, where the two acid attack victims took part in the cat-walk show for charity in London in 2016. John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

Fashioning identity for burns survivors

Can fashion and make-up be utilised to help acid attack victims on the road to recovery?
The act of spending money to impress others is a signal of resources to potential mates. Having resources is a valued trait by females. (Shamim Nakhai/Unsplash)

What your photo says of you in the Tinder age

Dating apps have changed the way people present themselves. Visual cues and short 100 word bios are the new currency of dating.
Rick Sanchez of the animated series Rick and Morty embodies the erroneous popular archetype of the scientist as eccentric lone genius. (Handout)

The dangerous myth of the lone scientist

The myth of the lone genius, hero scientist is dangerous for science and society. Here's how to fix it.
Increasingly, North American millennials identify as spiritual as opposed to religious. To them, part of this spirituality means being compassionate, empathetic and open-hearted. (Shutterstock)

What does it mean to be spiritual?

Millennial Canadians are identifying themselves as spiritual, but not religious. This entails the desire to develop inner knowledge and to embody the virtues of compassion, empathy and open-heartedness.
Hidden Figures, the movie, showcased the importance of Black women in mathematics. (Twentieth Century Fox)

Math needs gender parity, queer awareness

Mathematics departments in Canada have a poor record on equity, diversity and inclusivity says a gay mathematics professor. Here he speaks about the hopeful changes he sees coming.
A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Indigenizing education should not feel this good

Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the launch of Oculus Go virtual reality headset in October. (Handout)

Oculus and our troubles with (virtual) reality

Will the arrival and popularity of Oculus Go and other VR systems make us think differently about alternative realities and so-called alternative facts?
U.S. President Donald Trump raises his glass in a toast at the start of a dinner in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s first anniversary

U.S. President Donald Trump's "scourge of oppressive stupidity" has been in the Oval Office for a year. His assault on higher education is among Trump's more disturbing penchants.
Ovidie is a French feminist who published a book about the ignorance of pornography. Her documentary Pornocracy is an exploration of porn’s multinational corporations and their exploitation of performers. (Courtesy of Pornocracy)

Porn not to blame for public health issues

Both the U.S. and the U.K. have blamed porn for a wide range of medical and social ailments. But a recent Canadian report suggests there's no credible evidence of this co-relation.
Germany has introduced new legislation to try to stop the rise of online hate speech. It’s a phenomenon that’s happening in Canada too and many analysts point to the impact of Donald Trump’s politics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Trump effect on hate speech in Canada

There has been a 600 per cent increase in online hate speech since Nov. 2015. The solution to stop the tide lies in both anti-hate laws and self-awareness education for audiences.
Police investigate the scene where a car crashed into a roadblock during a suspected terrorist attack in Edmonton on Sept. 30. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Terrorist propaganda to recruit lone wolves

The recent Edmonton attack raises questions about a new type of terrorism and the different methods required to stop it. Labelling such attacks as the work of a "lone wolf" obscures a larger problem.
Ian Hanomansing, left, and Adrienne Arsenault are part of a new four-person anchor format that will be used by The National newscast on CBC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The new National: Four times as good?

The CBC has unveiled its revamped flagship news show, "The National," with a brand new four-anchor format. The role of the news anchor has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.
Métis Family and a Red River Cart, 1883. (State Historical Society of North Dakota, A4365)

The rise of Eastern Métis in Canada

New census data sheds light on the country's Indigenous population. In Eastern Canada, the rise in people claiming to be “Métis” is a controversial case of "settler self-indigenization."
Warda Naili poses for a photograph on a city bus in Montreal. Last week, Bill 62 was passed in Quebec, outlawing the wearing of a niqab on public transit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec's Bill 62

Quebec’s niqab ban bolsters ultra-right

Bill 62, a bill passed last week banning the wearing of Niqab in Québec for those seeking access to public services, is widely seen as an attack on Muslim women. Why is it even necessary?
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)

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.

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