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The male cast of ‘And Just Like That’ — Chris Noth on the far right — pose before the show’s premiere in December 2021 in New York. (Shutterstock)

#MeToo changed online communication

The Sunwing saga highlighted the role of influencers, which in this case was negative, but they are still considered role models followers identify with, or whose example they want to follow. (Unsplash/Mateus Campo Felipe)

Sunwing saga: Why do influencers have so much sway?

Jonathan Marchand, a 43-year-old man living with muscular dystrophy, protested in a cage near the Québec legislature, in Québec City, on Aug. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger

Warehousing disabled people in long-term care homes needs to stop

We must support disabled people’s call to abolish long-term care and develop a national home care, palliative care and pharmacare system that funds and prioritizes their desire to live in communities.
A Syrian-Canadian family poses outside their home in Peterborough, Ont., in December 2021. They were among thousands of Syrian refugees resettled in Canada by April 2017 under a program introduced by the Liberal government in 2015 — and now thousands of Afghan refugees are arriving in Canada, many of them under the age of 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

How Canada should be preparing to help young Afghan refugees

As Canada welcomes refugees from Afghanistan, we must take a moment to learn from the past. Communities across Canada need to be asking how they can be supporting young refugees in their integration.
A researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in December 2021. African countries were penalized by Canada’s travel ban even though they discovered the Omicron variant via complex sequencing work when western nations failed to. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

I was caught in Canada’s harsh, unscientific African travel ban

Ottawa’s travel ban against African countries made clear its underlying policy: What matters is not your test result, but where you’ve been. It’s yet another example of anti-Africa discrimation.
A pedestrian views his smartphone as he crosses a city street. Right-to-disconnect laws are aimed at improving the work-life balance of employees, but giving them more freedom over how they work might be a smarter approach. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How businesses can best help employees disconnect from work

The best way to help employees disconnect from work is to allow them the autonomy to choose for themselves how, when and where to disconnect.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a thumbs up signal after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at a pharmacy in Ottawa on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada isn’t responding with foresight when it comes to COVID-19

Canada’s strategy must include global engagement. Without it, we will be living on borrowed time, waiting for a new variant, a new booster, a new quick fix.
Jean-Marc Vallée attends a press conference to promote the film ‘Demolition’ at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. His unfinished work was an ode to human complexity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Québec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée told stories of human complexity

If Vallée’s films are so moving, it is because for him, cinema and television are an act of communication. He said he hoped his stories would “give back a little.”
Police in Montréal stop and question a woman at the start of a curfew in Quebec from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. intended to help curb the rise of infections due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe

The dangers of Québec’s pandemic curfew & expanding police powers

There’s a continued necessity to develop the legal limits of police discretion, especially in advance of subsequent pandemic related restrictions that may occur.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation former Federal Director Aaron Wudrick announces the winners of the 18th annual Teddy Waste Awards during a news conference on Parliament Hill in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s politics are anti-Indigenous, so why do media quote them?

When the media consults the CTF, it demonstrates contemporary hostility towards Indigenous nations. Viewing the CTF’s advocacy as a whole demonstrates their orientation very clearly.
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ryan Conrad)

How sex workers navigated pandemic relief efforts

Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
The editor of a Communist Party newspaper posted a video online that he said showed missing tennis star Peng Shuai as the ruling party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

#WhereisPengShuai: Totalitarianism, violence against women and an overdue Olympic boycott?

The disappearance of Peng further underlines the need for an international boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The CCP’s assaults on democracy activists deserve more than willful blindness.
Today, teens are often seen as troublesome and difficult. Ancient Roman writers also described adolescence as a period of “hooliganism and debauchery.” (Shutterstock)

Bones and teeth help reveal whether teenagers have always been a source of worry for their parents

Teens across millennia have yearned to explore, try new things and participate in risky behaviours. The key difference, however, seems to be the experience of a rebellion or restlessness.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being? (Shutterstock)

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.

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