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A wall at a supervised consumption site in Ottawa is decorated with notes written in chalk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Supervised consumption sites reduce drug overdoses and disease transmission — and deserve government support

Supervised consumption sites provide essential community connections and services for those who use them. By closing them, governments are risking the welfare of people who use drugs.
A woman carries an umbrella outside a protest to defund the police in front of Toronto Police Service headquarters in July 2020. Police budgets have increased, not decreased, since then. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Two years after the defund the police movement, police budgets increase across Canada

New research shows police budgets have continued to increase in all major Canadian cities in the aftermath of the defund the police movement.
Language policy in Canada suggests misunderstanding among government officials and the general public about language use, international language rights and their implications. (Shutterstock)

Supporting minority languages requires more than token gestures

Canada’s population is more diverse than ever, with many different languages represented. Government policy must reflect that diversity and offer meaningful support to minority languages.
Defence Minister Anita Anand holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in December 2022 on her report to Parliament on culture change reforms at the Canadian Armed Forces. It’s the latest of many pledges to reform the CAF’s culture. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What’s taking Canada’s Armed Forces so long to tackle sexual misconduct?

Sexual violence in the Canadian Armed Forces is a common, dominant and serious issue that can have severe consequences for victims. Why is the military so slow to seriously address it?
Throughout the pandemic, much discussion about COVID-19 transmission focused on individual-level decisions, making it easy to blame the unvaccinated. (Pixabay)

Beyond vaccine hesitancy: Understanding systemic barriers to getting vaccinated

Systemic social issues affect vaccine access and acceptability. Yet, the term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ overlooks this, reducing the multiple factors that affect vaccine uptake to individual-level choices.
There has been a public outpouring of love for the dancer and producer Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss who died this week at the age of 40. (Donald Traill/JetBlue's Soar with Reading Program via AP Images)

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’s death and the cost of Black celebrity

A scholar of Black entertainment history reflects on the death of producer Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and reflects on the history of Black male entertainers dancing or telling jokes to their deaths.
A new law will erode public oversight into police misconduct. In this July 2021 photo, police are seen clearing a homeless encampment in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Changing how police complaints are handled in Ontario violates the public trust

Upcoming changes to how complaints against Ontario police officers are processed will make it even harder to monitor human rights violations by police.
At corporations and organizations like universities, policies meant to promote equity, diversity and inclusion are being used to enhance wealth and status. (Sam Balye, Unsplash)

How equity, diversity and inclusion policies are becoming a tool for capitalism

Equity, diversity and inclusion policies are being used to obtain status and financial benefit. It’s the very antithesis of EDI as a tool for democratic and equitable citizenship.

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