Brock University

Located in Ontario’s scenic Niagara region, Brock University is among a handful of global campuses situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the city of St. Catharines from the brow of the Niagara Escarpment. Brock has more than 1,500 faculty and staff, and nearly 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including international students from more than 100 countries. Known for a highly-rated student experience, Brock offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs across seven faculties. Brock is a leader in experiential education and transdisciplinary research, is home to 10 Canada Research Chairs, and Canada’s only university with a CL3 containment lab. In terms of academic excellence, Brock is top-5 among all Ontario universities for 3M National Teaching Fellowships.

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Tracing apps will rely on smart devices to log movement and contact as a way of containing the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus contact tracing poses serious threats to our privacy

Contact tracing is being touted as essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19, but it comes with alarming concerns related to our rights to privacy.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in London in December 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Canada needs to see the U.S. and its trade motives clearly

Canada’s free-trade obsession has made us overly reliant on global supply chains. That's a huge unforced error given that 19 years ago, 9/11 showed us just how quickly border policy can change.
Technology offers youth new tools – but what such tools can help young people achieve depends on what they already know and larger contexts. (Shutterstock)

Digital platforms alone don’t bridge youth divides

Society needs to spend as much time considering youth options for creating as we we do considering what can happen with digital learning, finds a study in Hamilton, Canada and Glasgow, Scotland.
A man and his son pay respects at a memorial to a teacher in Debert, N.S. on April 21, 2020. RCMP say at least 23 people are dead after a man went on a murder rampage in Nova Scotia communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Let’s call the Nova Scotia mass shooting what it is: White male terrorism

Until we acknowledge that toxic white masculinity is fuelling mass murders, aggrieved white men will continue to commit them -- and we'll all continue to pay the price.
Inscriptions on the Stanley Cup shows no winner was declared in 1919 when the final series between Montréal and Seattle was cancelled because of the flu pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The NHL put profit ahead of players’ health during last century’s pandemic

The Stanley Cup hockey finals were cancelled mid-series in 1919 because of the flu pandemic. Unlike a century ago, the NHL has put player health ahead of profit when dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Secondary and post-secondary education systems will both need assessment and grading practices that reflect the realities of schooling in an emergency. (Shutterstock)

What will happen to school grades during the coronavirus pandemic?

In a social emergency due to COVID-19, schools are moving into uncharted territory where student assessment will need to flexibly and equitably adapt to changing circumstances.
Two health-care workers arrive at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montréal on March 23, 2020. Unionized nurses are among those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Coronavirus crisis poses risks and opportunities for unions

Nurses, cleaners, grocery store clerks and other unionized workers have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. They should emerge from it with a greater level of respect.
A woman wearing a sanitary mask to guard against coronavirus checks her phone in Milan, Italy. Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP

Coronavirus: How Twitter could more effectively ease its impact

By providing users with pertinent and reliable disaster-related information, Twitter has the potential to reduce the impact of a disaster. So why aren't public organizations using it properly?
Young people stand on the steps of the Alberta legislature during the climate strike in Edmonton in 2019. Youth are often seen as problems rather than as people who are creating solutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

Young people are often seen as lacking but research shows they're motivated by their concern for future generations.
People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash in Tehran on Jan. 11, 2020. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran flexes its missile muscle with terrible consequences

The downing of Flight PS752 suggests Iran’s missile technology has grown increasingly sophisticated. But its ability to responsibly control that technology has not.

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