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A boy sits on a bridge over a man-made channel in the First Nation of Shoal Lake 40, straddling the Manitoba/Ontario border, in June 2015. Until recently, a boil-water advisory had been in place in the community for more than 20 years despite its relative close proximity to Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The true state of drinking water advisories in First Nations

A woman is pictured at the window of her west Toronto apartment in March 2020 as her landlord issued eviction notices at the start of the pandemic. Secure and affordable housing is a big concern of those collecting social assistance, whether it was CERB or provincial programs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

CERB was luxurious compared to provincial social assistance

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson manages military personnel command, which gives him authority over career consequences for military members found to have engaged in sexual misconduct, he is on indefinite leave with pay after being accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Sexual misconduct, abuse of power in Canada’s military

The pandemic shone a spotlight on the plight of exotic animals after the Netflix Tiger King series. It also resulted in a run on pet adoptions. But what is the state of animal welfare more than a year into the crisis? Tom Copus/Unsplash

The pandemic is the best of times and the worst of times for animals

One year ago, the 'Tiger King' docuseries raised public concern about animal cruelty to new heights. But what's happened to animals since?
The recent rise in anti-Asian racism, subsequent protests and increased activism has sounded alarm bells. (Shutterstock)

Asian Heritage Month: Gold ribbons show hope, solidarity

As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month, the time is now to collectively centre dialogue against anti-Asian racism, with an optimistic view for a global reset.
To control the spread of COVID-19, various public health measures have been put into effect. (Shutterstock)

Why COVID-19 lockdowns are unethical

Different levels of governments have ordered physical distancing measures of varying degrees, but are they truly lawful?
People cheer after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Could Chauvin guilty verdicts spell the end of police immunity?

In the wake of the conviction of the police officer who killed George Floyd, recent court decisions against what's known as "qualified immunity" are promising.
People in masks shop for essential items at Costco in Mississauga, Ont., on April 18, 2021. Costco insists its in-store customers wear masks even if they claim exemptions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

No shoes, no shirt, no mask — no service?

Retailers are grappling with anti-maskers during the pandemic. That's because of the complicated relationship between businesses and customers when it comes to accommodating health conditions.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, is visible as President Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the Mexican president at the White House in March 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden’s first 100 days: A nostalgia for past foreign policy bravado?

What do Biden's first 100 days in office mean for the next four years in terms of foreign policy? There are already some clues — but questions too.
Annie Storey holds a cross with a photo of her late son Alex Storey, before a march to mark the five-year anniversary of British Columbia declaring a public health emergency in the overdose crisis, in Vancouver, on April 14, 2021. CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The pandemic has laid bare decades of drug policy failures

Across the country, overdose deaths have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An aerial view of Georgian Bay, Ont. (Shutterstock)

How to protect Canada’s amply supply of freshwater reserves

Canada has 20 per cent of the world's freshwater reserves and nine per cent of the world's renewable freshwater resources. However, there is an urgent need for better freshwater governance in Canada.
Aamjiwnaang First Nation is surrounded by ‘Chemical Valley,’ a large complex of petrochemical plants, located near Sarnia, Ont. (Jon Lin Photography/flickr)

Bill C-230: First step to addressing environmental racism

Addressing environmental racism in Canada is not only a matter of justice, but also of meeting Canada’s human rights obligations
Canada’s latest federal budget did little to tackle climate action or income inequality, two problems with strong ties. Alberta’s Bow Lake is seen in this photo. Josh Woroniecki/Unsplash

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Canada’s latest budget falls dangerously short on climate action

The snail’s pace of action in this year's federal budget on climate is out of step with the urgency of the climate and income inequality crises.
Canada should take cues from Québec on how it incorporates small businesses. (François Gha/Unsplash)

Embrace Québec’s incorporation system

The federal government should embrace Québec's simplified incorporation model for small businesses. With some minor refinements, Québec’s regime can and should be deployed across the country
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland the thumbs up after she delivered the federal budget in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal budget 2021: $18B invested in Indigenous communities

Budget 2021 includes significant investment in Indigenous communities. Moving forward, post-pandemic recovery and future budgets need to address systemic inequalities.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., after being found guilty of murder in the 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

Chauvin guilty verdicts must result in big changes to policing

The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd reveals a broken system of policing. The guilty verdicts should be a starting point for fundamental and meaningful change.
In Atlanta, Ga., one person’s sign reflects the actual verdicts that had just been delivered in the Derek Chauvin trial. Megan Varner/Getty Images

Chauvin verdict: 2 things to know about jury bias and 2 ways to reduce it

How does pretrial publicity affect jury verdicts? What kind of verdicts are made when the jury is racially diverse? An expert on juries answers questions raised in the wake of the Chauvin verdicts.
A woman reacts to the news that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Why this trial was different: Experts react to Chauvin guilty verdicts

Scholars of policing, law, race and Minnesota history explain the landmark guilty verdicts handed down in the trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Governments could capitalize on the growth of telecommuting to promote more car-free lifestyles. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’

The pandemic could be a boon to car use, but it would be a mistake for governments to let that happen. There's a golden opportunity to push towards a zero-carbon transportation system.

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