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Flexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger, like those seen above, a huge hit among customers. (Shutterstock)

How restaurants are wooing ‘flexitarians’

Almost one in five Canadians are going meatless or eating far less meat. But most establishments aren't actually targeting vegetarians or vegans; they're chasing "flexitarians." Here’s why.
Body ideals can often lead gay men into feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and depression. The photographer captioned this image, ‘You just want to go in the fetal position and you kind of feel alone.’ (Moe)

How body ideals shape the health of gay men

In this photography-based research project, gay men document their struggles with body image, and challenge current beauty standards.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about the federal government’s newly imposed carbon tax at an event in Toronto in October 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Rethinking Canada’s climate policy from the ground up

Canada's top-down approach to designing its climate policy has failed. It needs to find ways to engage with individuals.
Parmi les nouveautés en 2019, on attend la publication du nouveau Guide alimentaire canadien. Il devrait recommander l'augmentation des portions de fruits et légumes et la diminution de la viande et de certains produits laitiers. Shutterstock

Agro-alimentaire: ce qui changera en 2019

En 2018, le secteur agroalimentaire a été marqué par le scandale du pain et la remise en question de la gestion de l'offre. En 2019, on attend le nouveau Guide alimentaire canadien et les produits dérivés du pot.
Les filles et les jeunes femmes continuent à être insuffisamment actives physiquement et l’écart avec les hommes s’élargit. Elles ont une relation complexe avec l’activité physique et avec leur corps. Shutterstock

Il faut inciter les filles et les jeunes femmes à aller jouer dehors… dans la nature

Les filles et les jeunes femmes continuent à être insuffisamment actives physiquement et l’écart avec les hommes s’élargit. Elles ont une relation complexe avec l’activité physique et avec leur corps.
Addressing Canada’s health inequities through the health-care system will only take us so far. Real change will require listening to Indigenous stories, which teach about our relationships to one another as human beings, and between us and our four-legged, winged, finned, rooted and non-rooted relations. (Unsplash/jongsun lee)

Indigenous knowledge is the solution to Canada’s health inequities

To improve Indigenous health in Canada we need more Indigenous health professionals and more culturally competent health-care providers. We also need to listen properly to Indigenous stories.
North Korea and Cuba have struck up a friendship that is particularly bizarre given each country’s attitudes towards children. North Korean children, left, live an Orwellian nightmare at the hands of its socialist government while Cuban children, right, are revered, supported and celebrated. The Associated Press

What about the kids? The worrisome Cuba-North Korea friendship

The new friendship between North Korea and Cuba is puzzling. The two countries should share values as socialist republics, but their brands of socialism are worlds apart when it comes to children.
A scholar takes a pilgrimage of the Western Front to try to comprehend the loss of lives of the First World War. Here British soldiers in a battlefield trench, c. 1915-1918. Shutterstock

An infinity of waste – the brutal reality of the First World War

From the Swiss border to the English channel, a scholar describes his pilgrimage of the Western Front as a tribute to fallen soldiers and to learn more about the devastating loss of life.
Getting enough physical activity can be challenging for women and girls, because they have to negotiate complex gender roles, stereotypes and cultural narratives about the body. (Shutterstock)

Girls and women need more time in nature to be healthy

Women and adolescent girls say that being outdoors in nature offers opportunities to gain confidence in physical activity.
Perfectionists are rarely satisfied with their performance or appearance and engage in harsh self-criticism when their efforts fall short. Perfectionists are also more likely to develop the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, according to new research. (Shutterstock)

Perfectionists more likely to develop bulimia: New research

Perfectionists have a higher chance of developing bulimia nervosa. Rather than treating symptoms of binge eating and vomiting, therapists should address this underlying personality trait.
A new study finds more Canadians are considering giving up meat, but men are less likely to quit their carnivorous ways. Sander Dalhuise/ Unsplash

Protein wars: Why men love meat

A new study indicates almost a third of Canadians are thinking of eating less meat, but men are less likely to eschew meat. The livestock industry is fighting the protein wars.
Canada’s dairy industry is being increasingly put at risk in trade negotiations. A visit to a Canadian dairy farm illuminates why the industry should be protected. (Shutterstock)

In defence of Canada’s dairy farmers

Countries that have phased out supply management systems in the dairy industry have seen an initial spike in production, then a steady decline. That's why Canada should protect its dairy farmers.
Shipping containers are stacked at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal at the Halifax port on Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Canada’s ports policy needs to move into the 21st century

Canada's ongoing Port Modernization Review should lead to greater clarity of port purpose, less political control through board appointments and better reporting standards.
Five people died and more than 200 got sick during a 2018 E. coli outbreak, the largest in more than a decade. The bacteria was traced to contaminated romaine lettuce. (Shutterstock)

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

With Walmart bringing blockchain technology to its grocery stores, other retailers will soon have to get on board.
In Rome, 70 per cent of ingredients in school meals are required by law to be organic. In Brazil, food is a constitutional right for children. Canada lags shamefully behind. (Shutterstock)

How to make a national school food program happen

There would be many benefits from a national school food program, including a chance to teach children healthy eating habits that could last a lifetime. Why can't it happen?

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