Here, an alien crew member, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery. We often rely on science fiction to guide our expectations of alien life. We can hope lessons about accepting beings very different from yourself can be extracted by the series end.
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Star Trek: Discovery explores our corner of the block -- just a fraction of the galaxy. Some stars are better candidates for intelligent alien life, and it may not be anything like we imagine.
A new model of ‘competency based’ medical education is gaining popularity globally, in which trainees are assessed on skill rather than mere time invested.
A radical new model of "competency based" medical education emphasizes trainee skill over time invested. Queen's University is the first in Canada to fully embrace this shift.
Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into Houston neighborhoods following hurricane Harvey in August. Allstate expects US$593 million in insurance losses for August due to the hurricane.
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Insurance-linked securities aim to shield insurers and governments from huge costs following disasters. But they bear eerie similarities to the securities that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
Demonstrators at a 2010 Toronto rally protesting the mercury contamination of the Wabigoon-English waterway in northwestern Ontario carry long blue banners meant to represent a river.
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The declared end of Flint, Mich., contaminated water crisis echoes similar claims worldwide. Evidence shows victims of past and ongoing water crises, especially Indigenous people, continue to suffer.
Our rapidly aging society will place even greater pressure on the already expensive and mediocre Canadian health-care system.
Bold leadership is needed to adapt Canada's expensive and mediocre health-care system for an aging population struggling with chronic disease.
La population canadienne vieillit rapidement, une nouvelle donne qui pèsera encore davantage sur son système de santé, déjà cher et peu efficace.
Le système canadien est cher et peu efficace. Confronté au vieillissement de la population et à l’augmentation des maladies chroniques, il a besoin d’initiatives audacieuses pour être réformé.
Rod Stewart performs in concert last July at Jones Beach theatre in Wantagh, N.Y.
Rod Stewart, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll singers, is still current with his new DNCE co-release. What many don't know is 40 years ago he wrote the first pop song to address gay rights.
Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.
The obese and the sedentary are far more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which can be deadly if left untreated. It's time to tackle the condition with lifestyle changes.
Much health information emphasizes the role of personal responsibility in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
After a miscarriage or stillbirth, pregnancy can involve intense fear and anxiety for many women. More sensitive health information could help.
Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag, painted by Maxwell Newhouse for John Burge.
Composer John Burge speaks of his drive to create a musical piece to mark Canada's 150th year of confederation and to capture our collective experiences.
With the rise of fake news and its threat to the public good, the time has come to regulate journalists as we do doctors, dentists and lawyers.
Moral disputes are a product of independent minds with independent agendas. Thus, there is little reason to see ourselves as unbiased sources of righteousness.
Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
High government taxes on legalized marijuana could push people back to the black market.
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The Liberal government is on the way to legalizing marijuana. They should keep taxes low to discourage the black market.
We need a clear understanding of how well immigrant students perform in education systems in order to best serve them.
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The future of our country depends on our youth. Many of our youth are immigrant students and we need to understand how to best support them so we can thrive as a nation.
The Canadian Armed Forces wants to attract more women to join its ranks.
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The Canadian Armed Forces has called for women to make up 25 per cent of its ranks by 2026. Attracting and retaining female recruits will require better gender awareness in the military at all levels.
Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington D.C. after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.
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Action on climate change is now increasingly in China's hands, and the decisions the country's leaders make in the next decade will have a profound global impact.
In this fantasy episode of “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Lahiri dreams of becoming a white man after getting rejected for a job.
When philosopher Rebecca Tuvel asked if racial identity could be as fluid as gender, she unleashed a storm of controversy and anger. Instead of shutting her down, we should listen and debate.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Can Canada manage to keep up trade while also meeting US expectations for a safe border?