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Voters should be aware of how their personal data is being collected and used by political parties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Electronic tracking of voters is a thorny topic in a tight federal election race

During an election, political parties gather personal data about Canadian voters. This data collection isn’t regulated, and citizens should be concerned.
One parent of a child with physical disabilities said their child preferred online learning because ‘his physical disabilities aren’t a barrier to inclusion … ’ (Shutterstock)

Bullying, racism and being ‘different’: Why some families are opting for remote learning regardless of COVID-19

Traditional learning formats often fail marginalized students. We should be skeptical of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ or even ‘one-size-fits-most’ model.
Des gens reçoivent une dose du vaccin contre la Covid-19 dans une clinique de vaccination de masse à la Scotiabank Arena de Toronto en juin 2021. La Presse Canadienne/Cole Burston

La réticence à se faire vacciner diminue au Canada, mais il est trop tôt pour se réjouir

L’hésitation à se faire vacciner diminue au Canada mais n’a pas disparu. De nouvelles recherches montrent que bon nombre des personnes initialement hésitantes ont été convaincues depuis.
Food delivery couriers congregate in Turin, Italy. (Shutterstock)

6 challenges of being a gig worker during the COVID-19 pandemic

Gig work is entering almost every industry and changing the relationship between workers, employers, service providers and customers. But gig workers face new and unique challenges.
Thousands of teachers from the Peel District School Board hold a one-day strike in Mississauga, Ont., in February 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The advantages of unionization are obvious, so why don’t more workers join unions?

Wanting a union and securing a union are two very different things. That’s because there are enduring obstacles to unionization that make it incredibly difficult for workers to unionize.
Un employé s'affaire dans une épicerie québécoise. Le secteur du commerce au détail paye mal ses employés par rapport à leurs homologues suédois. Pourquoi ? La Presse Canadienne/Jacques Boissinot

La Suède montre l'exemple dans la création de bons emplois dans le secteur de la vente au détail

Si le Canada veut améliorer les conditions de travail des secteurs comme le commerce de détail, il doit réformer fondamentalement son droit du travail pour le rendre similaire à celui de la Suède.
People receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto in June 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Vaccine hesitancy is decreasing in Canada, but it’s too soon to celebrate

Vaccine hesitancy is declining in Canada but hasn’t disappeared. New research shows many of those initially less hesitant have since been convinced. With continued efforts, others can still be reached.
Canadian grocery-store workers earn low wages compared to their counterparts in Sweden. Why? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

What Canada can learn from Sweden about creating middle-class retail jobs

If Canada wants to expand its middle class by substantially improving working conditions in sectors like retail, it must fundamentally reform its labour laws to be similar to Sweden’s.
Environmentally dangerous dumps, landfills and pulp and paper mills are more likely to be sited in African Nova Scotian and Mi'kmaw communities. These communities suffer from high rates of cancer and respiratory illness. (Shutterstock)

Environmental racism: New study investigates whether Nova Scotia dump boosted cancer rates in nearby Black community

Black residents of Shelburne, N.S., spent decades living near a dump, worrying about its possible connection to elevated cancer rates. A new study will investigate the dump’s long-term consequences.
Researchers have defined successful transition as the capacity to navigate change. (Shutterstock)

Grade 12 university-bound grads: Orientation will help you in one of the biggest transitions of your lives

The pandemic has made universities rethink the importance of helping students build social and mentoring connections to support student engagement and academic success.
Eugene Levy, who co-created ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ with son Dan Levy, arrives on the red carpet at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Schitt’s Creek’: Where ‘Jews of no religion,’ facing exile, find redemption

Critics who ignore or simply miss the Jewishness of the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ characters fail to appreciate this key aspect of the show’s inclusive reach and appeal to diverse viewers.
A healthcare worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montréal, on March 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson 

Second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: FAQs about blood clots, safety, risks and symptoms

Answers to key questions about rare blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, including risks, symptoms and whether people who have had one AstraZeneca shot should have a second.

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