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Memorial University of Newfoundland

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of this province. Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University draws inspiration from these shattering sacrifices of the past as we help to build a better future for our province, our country and our world.

We are a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary, public, teaching/research university committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to have national and global impact, while fulfilling our social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

The Memorial experience goes beyond academics; it invites a discovery of self, community and place. At Memorial, we celebrate our unique identity through the stories of our people – the work of scholars and educators, the ingenuity of students, the achievements of alumni – and the impact we collectively make in the province, the country and the world. Memorial is the natural place where people and ideas become.

Memorial University has more than 18,500 students and 5,200 faculty and staff spread across four campuses and nearly 85,000 alumni active throughout the world. From local endeavors to research projects of national concern, Memorial’s impact is felt far and wide.

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The principles of diversity, equity and inclusivity are important, and taking action so that Canadian politics are not dominated by one segment of society is necessary to democratize our institutions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Make way! Creating space for change in Canadian politics

If we are to transform the culture of Canadian political institutions, we must take immediate, deliberate and intentional action by engaging more women, BIPOC and marginalized people.
People gather in Trinity Bellwoods park for a weed bubble blowing event in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2018, the day cannabis became legal in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Cannabis education should aim to normalize — not prevent — safe and legal use

If the goal of cannabis legalization was to protect public health and safety, education and awareness campaigns must normalize safe cannabis use, not stop cannabis consumption.
Two people walk their bicycles along a flooded street on the waterfront of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes through on Sept. 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon

Economic recovery and carbon neutrality are linked. Both depend on the ocean's ability to continue to regulate climate.
Les avantages de l'étirement statique dans le cadre d'un échauffement complet avant l'exercice semblent l'emporter sur les inconvénients. Shutterstock

S’étirer ou pas avant de faire de l’exercice : voici ce que disent les nouvelles recherches

Les étirements statiques, délaissés depuis que des études suggèrent qu’ils réduisent les performances, pourraient faire un retour en force à la suite de nouvelles recherches.
Residents of the remote town of Norris Point launched their own meals-on-wheels program to help the community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roza Tchoukaleyska

Local meals-on-wheels program helps rural seniors cope with COVID-19 isolation

As the scale of the pandemic revealed itself in March, one small town in Newfoundland created a community-led meals-on-wheels to support its seniors.
The benefits of static stretching as part of a full warm-up before exercise seem to outweigh the disadvantages. (Shutterstock)

To stretch or not to stretch before exercise: What you need to know about warm-ups

Static stretching — stretching and holding muscles — was once an essential part of sports warm-ups, until studies suggested it reduced performance. New research shows it should be making a comeback.
A protest march in Kolkata in support of farmers. Women have been central to the recent protests. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Women take lead roles in India’s farmers’ protest

The active participation of women in India's farmers' protests shows that the demonstrations are not only spaces of resistance and power but also of gender equity and empowerment.
La vue par le hublot d’un avion faisant le trajet Vancouver-Calgary en juin 2020. La Presse Canadienne/Jonathan Hayward

L’annulation de vols régionaux d’Air Canada affaiblit les communautés éloignées. Il faut repenser le transport régional

Une catastrophe menace les communautés éloignées après qu’Air Canada a annulé 30 liaisons régionales. Elle menace les droits de tous les Canadiens à être connectés au système de transport national.
The view out the window during a flight from Vancouver to Calgary in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Air Canada’s cancellation of regional flights will gut remote communities

A disaster is looming for remote Canadian communities after Air Canada cancelled 30 regional routes. It threatens the rights of all Canadians to be connected to the national transportation system.
Distinguishing a unique sense of place within a common virtual space of online learning will require significant investment. (Shutterstock)

6 ways universities are being put to the test by coronavirus

In a world where students can attend any university from their living rooms, universities need a compelling answer to the question: “Why should students come here?”
A woman observes social distancing guidelines as she rides the subway in Moscow, Russia. President Vladimir Putin has been accused of suppressing the number of deaths from COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The politics behind how governments control coronavirus data

The coronavirus has affected almost every country in the world, but there are major differences in how health data is being reported. Politics often dictates how the data is shared.
People gather on the rocks outside the famous Fogo Island Inn, part of a social enterprise aimed at helping local communities hit hard by the collapse of the cod industry. (Alex Fradkin, courtesy of Shorefast/Fogo Island Inn)

Fogo Island shows how social enterprises can help rebuild communities post-coronavirus

Social enterprises like the one in Fogo Island, N.L., offer hope in a world turned upside down by the current pandemic.
A woman takes a selfie with three others while attending the Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey, B.C., on April 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Punjabi ideas of honour can lead to girl-shaming and prenatal sex selection

Studies suggest a significant proportion of Indian-origin families in Canada are practising female feticide. It is crucial to understand how gender inequality may lead to sex selection.

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