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Recent surveys suggest Canadians are dissatisfied with the direction of the economy. (Shutterstock)

10 reasons why Canadians are still dissatisfied with the economy, despite the upswing

There are a number of reasons why there’s such a significant gap between aggregate economic numbers and the perceptions of everyday people.
Racialized immigrant parents in a study had to find ways to navigate the education system as newcomers, while also addressing intended and unintended effects of special education programs for their children. (Mche Lee/Unsplash)

Navigating special education labels is complex, and it matters for education equity

A study of newcomer Latin American and Black Caribbean parents in Ontario schools found many parents felt excluded from processes surrounding assessments for their child’s learning needs.
A Lynx Air Boeing 737 jet sits at a gate at the international airport in Calgary on Feb. 23, 2024. Lynx officials announced on Feb. 22 that it would be ceasing operations, effective at midnight on Feb. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

What Lynx Air’s failure tells us about the state of the Canadian airline industry

The closure of Lynx is an opportune time to review the state of Canadian commercial air travel and identify the challenges and opportunities Canada has in improving the sector.
Lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, is one of the risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there are ways to improve sleep. (Shutterstock)

Better sleep is a protective factor against dementia

Sleep appears to play an essential role in a number of brain functions, such as memory. So good quality sleep could play a vital role in preventing dementia.
People participate in a walk on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people in Saskatoon, Sask., on May 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

Transportation equity: First Nation communities urgently need solutions now

Improving the intercommunity mobility of First Nation Peoples is a road to more inclusive and safer futures. This calls for recognizing Indigenous agency and sovereignty when developing solutions.
Research shows women are at higher risk for burnout and psychological, emotional and physical stress in the workplace in comparison to their male counterparts. (Shutterstock)

Stop breaking women’s hearts at work: 7 ways to make workplaces better for cardiovascular health

Acknowledging that factors like the built environment, social and health systems, and outdated policies are the problems — rather than people — is a step towards healthier and safer workplaces.
There’s been a big shift in how journalists consider their audiences in newsrooms. That shift is largely due to audience data. (Shutterstock)

How audience data is shaping Canadian journalism

A new study on Canadian journalism examines the impact of audience data on journalistic roles and journalists’ perceptions of their audience
Political commentators have expressed concern that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to appoint former staffers to a committee that helps select provincial judges could politicize the courts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Doug Ford’s political judicial appointments: Good or bad for justice and democracy?

Appointing individuals who may have links to the party in power is not necessarily troublesome, as long as the process emphasizes legal knowledge and fairness, and not partisan considerations.
An aerial view of pools of brine that slowly evaporate, leaving behind lithium and other minerals, in the SQM mine in the San Pedro de Atacama desert, in northern Chile, on April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The importance of critical minerals should not condone their extraction at all costs

The temptation to justify critical minerals mining at all costs is a dangerous fallacy. The social and environmental impacts of poorly mined critical minerals are dire.
Wax figures of the Beatles in Madame Tussauds Berlin represent the pop stars in their youth — the two surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are in their 80s. (Shutterstock)

The ghosts of the past: Pop music is haunted by our anxieties about the future

Artificial intelligence helped produce the Beatles’ 2023 hit “Now and Then.” But despite the sophisticated technology, the song reveals our obsession with the past and our anxieties about the future.
Many have argued the energy industry needs to change to reduce carbon emissions, but one concern that remains is the consequence this will have on economic prosperity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Renewable energy innovation isn’t just good for the climate — it’s also good for the economy

Recent research about energy industry restructuring options for a green transition indicates that innovation in renewable energy positively influences GDP.