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Sarah Jama at the opening of her Hamilton Centre constituency office, Nov. 14, 2023. Jama opened the office as an Independent MPP after the Ontario NDP kicked her out of caucus for posting a statement in support of Palestinians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Silencing Sarah Jama diminishes Canadian democracy

Censure might occasionally be necessary to preserve the integrity of a parliament, but using it to punish members for their personal views threatens the foundations of democracy.
Pour de nombreuses personnes, il est très difficile de perdre du poids sans aide professionnelle. L'obésité est un problème moderne, qui nécessite une approche novatrice. (Shutterstock)

La biologie, et non le manque de volonté, serait à l’origine de l’épidémie d’obésité

L’humain a commencé à prendre du poids à mesure que les progrès technologiques ont rendu la nourriture abondante et disponible. Car son cerveau et son métabolisme fonctionnent comme en temps de disette.
Members of the Hamilton Gay and Lesbian Alliance at a Pride Parade in 1991. 2SLGBTQ+ organizations have a long history of countering hate directed toward them. (Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives, Michael Johnstone Collection)

Queer archives preserve activist history and provide strategies to counter hate

Anyone concerned about 2SLGBTQ+ struggles today can learn from the history of resistance and activism preserved in these archives.
A worker rakes wheat in a granary on a farm near Kyiv in August 2023, a month after Russia pulled out of a deal aimed at protecting ships carrying Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Grain as a weapon: Russia-Ukraine war reveals how capitalism fuels global hunger

The Ukraine war’s impact on food insecurity is critical, but there is more to the picture. The main problem is that capitalism allows food and other basic needs to become precarious commodities.
People stand on frozen Ghost Lake outside a hydro-electric dam near Cochrane, Alta., in December 2020. Renewables and e-fuels could be instrumental in Canada’s green transition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

E-fuels can play a huge role in Canada’s journey towards a net-zero future

E-fuels are materials that reliably and efficiently store energy until we need to use it and can readily be moved from place to place. They could be a major player in Canada’s green transition.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh as Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre looks on at a Tamil heritage month reception in January 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Educated voters in Canada tend to vote for left-leaning parties while richer voters go right

Does the ‘diploma divide’ make politics more about culture than economic inequality?

Ainda teremos antibióticos daqui a 50 anos? Perguntamos a sete especialistas globais. Veja as repostas

We asked 7 global experts in microbiology and biochemistry if we are headed towards a future with no antimicrobial agents.

Will we still have antibiotics in 50 years? We asked 7 global experts

We asked 7 global experts in microbiology and biochemistry if we are headed towards a future with no antimicrobial agents.
Drivers that juggle driving with another job were more likely to run red lights and carry weapons, such as knives, for safety reasons. These behaviours pose risks not only to drivers, but also to the public. (Paul Hanaoka/Unsplash)

Safety on the line: Drivers who juggle multiple jobs are more likely to take risks on the road

Companies like Uber and Lyft have a long way to go in improving worker safety to ensure both drivers and passengers feel safe on the road.
Long the industry standard, lithium-ion batteries come with considerable drawbacks that limit their widescale adoption as the grid-energy storage medium of choice. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

How zinc-ion batteries may solve our renewable energy storage problem

Lithium-ion batteries are holding back the full-scale decarbonization of Canada’s energy grid. Zinc-ion batteries may be the solution.
While zuranolone represents an exciting advance in the treatment of postpartum depression, many questions about its potential impact remain unanswered. (Shutterstock)

Zuranolone for postpartum depression: Hope, hype or both?

Amid the fanfare about a new medication for postpartum depression, it’s important to remember that PPD is underdiagnosed and undertreated, and that safe and effective treatments already exist.
Researchers found a surprising twist in a study of Omicron infection in older adults. The new information highlights the importance of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are the best defence: Older adults shouldn’t rely on previous infection for immunity

We still have much to learn about many aspects of COVID-19 — including its lingering health effects and the mechanics of its endless mutations — but we do know one thing: we can’t let our guard down.


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