The Pulitzer Prize winning emcee Kendrick Lamar recently asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video recording of the incident has reignited a controversy that gained wide attention last year. In this 2016 file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs in New York. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

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‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ was the first modern drug memoir and set the tone for opium use for decades. Here: Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy), a group of deep red flowers, buds and seed pods. Opium is extracted from the latex of the unripe seed pods. Ripe seeds are innocuous and widely used in baking. (Rowan McOnegal/Wellcome Collection)

The 19th-century drug memoir that enticed users

Research from around the world shows that at least one in eight teens has had a sexually explicit image of themselves forwarded, without consent. (Shutterstock))

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Sex-education curricula that openly discuss sexting, consent and other online behaviours have never been more important for teens -- in Ontario and globally.
A rally on March 12 at York University to call for the repeal of Section 38-1-C. Laura Bisaillon

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Immigration Minister Hussen recently announced changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act helping to remove health discrimination in immigration. However, we have a long way to go still.
Bertrand Russell is seen in this 1935 photo. (Creative Commons)

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The work of Bertrand Russell, philosopher, social critic, mathematician and anti-war crusader, are still relevant today. Here's why fans should take in the Russell collection at McMaster University.
Canadian and American flags fly as Doug Ford speaks during a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ont., on May 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

Maple-glazed Trump? Doug Ford’s populism

Branding Doug Ford as a Donald Trump impersonator obscures the history of populism in Canada.
Many people are turned away by abusive language on online news sites but new research reveals that only 15 per cent of comments are “nasty.” (Shutterstock)

Online news trolls not as bad as we think

Are online trolls as bad as we think? New research reveals that most online news comments contribute positively to the conversation.
Black people often have a hard time accessing loans for their businesses. Many Black Canadians are engaging in mutual aid groups or peer-to-peer banking institutions. (Shutterstock)

Banking while Black: The business of exclusion

Black Canadians encounter systemic bias when banking and can have a hard time obtaining loans for their businesses. Mutual aid co-operatives can offer some true alternatives.
Healing is a political act says Global Health Prof. Roberta K. Timothy. In this article, she offers eight ways to deal with and heal from racism. Henri Meilhac/Unsplash

Grief is a direct impact of racism

Racism affects us emotionally and physically. Prof. Roberta K. Timothy offers eight ways to strategically empower and care for oneself when dealing with everyday racism.
Artist’s impression of Proxima b, a planet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri within the closest known star system outside of our solar system. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Can AI Intelligence help find alien intelligence?

Using AI to search for ET might help us find things we couldn't even imagine we should look for, but to succeed we also have think critically about how we create and use that technology.
Cowboys Coyote Quartet, Glacier National Park, April 17, 1927. Tullio Saba/Flickr

The bogus ‘crisis’ of masculinity

The notion of a 'crisis of masculinity” clouds the understanding of complex social phenomena and falsely asserts a vision of humanity as being radically divided between men and women.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the United States in April 2017. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Trump’s war against immigrant workers

U.S. President Donald Trump's move to crack down on temporary skilled workers is a terrible mistake that disproportionately harms women and people of colour.
Krish Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, with her daughter Alana. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The 2018 ballot: Busting perceptions of motherhood

In the past, running for political office and being a mother were seemingly incompatible. A scholar of gender and politics explains why times are changing.
Good for you, bad for the air? Gts/Shutterstock.com

Your hair products may be polluting the air

New research is spotlighting personal care products, such as shampoos and skin lotions, as a significant source of chemicals that contribute to urban air pollution.
Women modelling qipao. Shutterstock.com

Chinese prom dress sparks cultural debate

The cultural appropriation debate has flared after an American teenager wore a qipao, a Chinese-style dress, to her prom. But the meanings around the dress are complicated.
A still from the documentary Migrant Dreams which streams this month on Al Jazeera’s Witness. Shasha Nakhai

Migrant workers expose ‘Canada the Good’ myth

Canada's reputation as a land of opportunity is challenged by Migrant Dreams, a documentary that explores the lives of migrants as they navigate dangerous and exploitative working conditions.
Hillary Clinton is seen in this February 2016 campaign event welcoming former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright onto the stage in New Hampshire during the Democratic primary. As both women condemn U.S. President Donald Trump for his creeping fascism, are they forgetting their own pasts? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Whitewashing history in the age of Trump

The likes of Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Michael Hayden are correctly issuing dire warnings about fascism under Trump. But what about their own actions?

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