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Toronto police talk to a woman after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How the Toronto van attack may spur cases of PTSD

The Toronto van attack that killed 10 people will have an impact on witnesses, caregivers and even those who watch news reports. An expert on post-traumatic stress explains.
Aeroplan’s recent survey on consumer habits became a scandal for the company after people complained the questions normalized intolerant attitudes about immigration and male dominance over women. (Shutterstock)

Aeroplan’s troublesome ‘purity of the country’ survey is nothing new

The recent Aeroplan survey offended many consumers with questions they felt normalized intolerant views. But consumer research has a long history of learning about customers' values.
In one study of seriously ill older Canadians, 28 per cent of participants wanted “comfort care” (meaning no curative treatments) but this was documented in only four per cent of their charts. (Shutterstock)

Poor communication is compromising care for the dying

Most elderly Canadians do not receive the end-of-life care they desire. A new study hopes to rectify this.
Ganti telepon seluler setiap dua tahun sekali berkontribusi besar bagi pemanasan global. DisobeyArt/Shutterstock

Bagaimana ponsel memanaskan bumi, dari produksi hingga server data

Selain saat produksi ponsel, setiap pesan teks, unduhan video, pertukaran foto, email, atau chat, ada server yang haus energi 24 jam seminggu di beberapa pusat data yang membuat hal itu terjadi.
Perdana Menteri Malaysia dan Ketua Barisan Nasional Najib Razak (tengah) melambaikan bendera pada pertemuan akbar partainya menjelang pemilihan umum Fazry Ismail/EPA

Ngerinya krisis demokrasi di Malaysia

Praktik politik kotor di Malaysia menjelang pemilihan umum telah membuat krisis demokrasi global semakin memburuk.
Up to 80 per cent of community care for older adults is provided by unpaid informal caregivers. In the absence of government supports, many of them struggle with exhaustion, stress and depression. (Shutterstock)

Stressed and exhausted caregivers need better support

Informal caregivers contribute $25 million to the Canadian economy in unpaid labour, receiving virtually no financial support or emotional respite. More web-based interventions could help.
Canada has done a remarkable job of reducing lead in people’s bodies. But the experience of Flint, Mich. – where children were exposed to toxic levels of lead – teaches us to remain cautious. Here, Flint citizens watch testimonies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in Washington during 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

From IQ to blood pressure, we should not be complacent about lead

Reduced lead exposure has made us smarter and healthier. Could changes in regulatory agencies across North America endanger this?
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia’s dire democratic crisis

Malaysia’s audacious use of dirty politics and pre-electoral rigging to tilt the level playing field in its upcoming general elections is contributing to a global democratic crisis.
Smart phones are rarely recycled and that’s just one reason tech devices are increasing our carbon footprints. Here Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is seen in 2016 talking about new iPhones. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How smartphones are heating up the planet

New research shows the impact of technology, especially smartphones, on carbon emissions. Encouraging consumers to get new phones every couple of years leads to extraordinary and unnecessary waste.
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Preventing social media from interfering in Canadian elections

Several critical Canadian elections are ahead. Here's what governments and social media companies must do to assure Canadians that their online personal data won't be used to manipulate results.
The fact that Ontario’s health minister, Eric Hoskins, is resigning from his post to head up a newly announced advisory council on a Canadian pharmacare system bodes well, meaning Ottawa’s new initiative may go beyond being “just another study.” Hoskins is a longtime advocate for pharmacare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian pharmacare is closer to becoming a reality

Will Ottawa's new advisory council on pharmacare amount to "just another study," or is a national program truly within reach?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Honeylet Avancena as he arrives at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila in November 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why did it take so long for Canada to kill the Philippines helicopter sale?

The Canadian deal to sell helicopters to the Philippines has finally been killed. What took so long, and why was it the Philippines, not Canada, that ultimately scrubbed the deal?
Samuel Zeif, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., cries after speaking during a listening session with President Donald Trump in Washington on Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump, guns and the warnings of history

What are we to make of a society in which young children have a greater sense of moral courage and social responsibility than the zombie adults who make the laws that fail to protect them?
Volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity site in Winnipeg in July 2017. Building homes for the disadvantaged is the type of ‘learning through service’ that will stand university grads in better stead with employers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Why learning from experience is the educational wave of the future

Employers now expect to hire people out of universities who don't require any training. That's why so-called experiential learning is becoming so critical for university students.
In this 2005 photo, Rattan Singh Kalsi shows a photograph of his daughter, Indira, at a meeting with families of the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Canada’s troubling indifference to the Air India bombing

When preparing for a course, a McMaster University professor found an alarming lack of knowledge among Canadians about the Air India bombing of 1985. Why the startling indifference from Canadians?
A migrant worker picks peaches in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in the summer of 2015. (Shutterstock)

The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle

Every year, migrant workers come to Canada to pick the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. They aren't paid well and get none of the benefits they pay into. It's time to treat them fairly.
A day after Donald Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, he told lawmakers the U.S. should have more immigrants from places like Norway and not “shithole” countries like Haiti. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

‘Shithole countries’: Trump uses the rhetoric of dictators

Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
U.S. President Donald Trump steps off Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House recently after returning from Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Fredo in the White House: Trump’s rolling chaos

Trump generates chaos every day yet there is scant information in any of it Nonetheless, there are hints about his mental health, the consequences of the Russia probe and the power of women in 2018.
Donald Trump’s policies represent a particular attack on American youth and children, particularly those who are disadvantaged. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fascism’s return and Trump’s war on youth

Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.

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