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Established in 1841 and one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, Queen’s today is a mid-sized university that provides a transformative student learning experience within a research-intensive environment A member of the prestigious U15 group of research-intensive Canadian universities, Queen’s conducts leading-edge research in areas of critical concern. Queen’s is also a member of the Matariki Network, an international group of research-intensive universities with a strong shared commitment to the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience.

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Keeping busy during the pandemic by taking on a new hobby or tackling a home renovation project can help us get through challenging times. (Shutterstock)

7 ways meaningful activities can help us get through the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful and challenging time. But staying busy can help by creating a diversion, helping us to build community and strengthening our sense of self.
Bill C-12 is not a plan for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but it would set targets to help it succeed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s new climate plan: Q&A about Bill C-12

If Canada began to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by about four per cent per year, we could still meet our 2030 climate targets.
Isolating prisoners in cells with no contact and little activity over a sustained period of time amounts to torture. (Shutterstock)

Solitary confinement by any other name is still torture

While seemingly an alternative to solitary confinement, Structured Intervention Units have been a catastrophic failure, especially for imprisoned people with mental illness.
Many people are wondering if COVID-19 could spell the end of university admission testing. Young people at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

University admissions tests like the SAT are under scrutiny especially in the age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated a growing shift to test-optional admissions policies or scrapping entrance tests altogether.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The risk of ‘peak oil demand’ for Canada’s Conservatives

Recent industry reports indicate that we may be approaching peak global demand for oil. If that's the case, the federal Conservatives may need to rethink their electoral strategy.
Margaret Swan, left, embraces Mariette Buckshot after she spoke during an Indian Day school litigation announcement in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Indian day school survivors are seeking truth and justice

Canada is accepting claims emerging from a settlement with survivors of Indian day schools, but there has yet to be a public inquiry. There is an urgent need to hold Canada accountable.
People are seen at the Mount Pleasant farmers market in Vancouver, B.C., where measures are in place to limit the number of people permitted at a time due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A local food diet can make you and your community healthier during COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased interest in local food. This demand could be leveraged to help develop community resilience and encourage healthier diets.
Women at the Fraser Valley Institution for women were moved into cells like this after the minimum security wing was shut down for approximately two months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Worsening conditions in prisons during COVID-19 further marginalize criminalized women

When minimum security units are closed in prisons, it is both a human rights violation and a reduction in available choices for women sentenced to prison time.
Patients who were overweight and obese had lower mortality rates following cardiac surgery than those with BMIs in the normal or underweight range. (Shutterstock)

The obesity paradox: Obese patients fare better than others after heart surgery

For patients recovering from heart surgery, being overweight or moderately obese appears to be an advantage over being underweight or even having a normal BMI.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in increased adoption of communication and network technologies. (Shutterstock)

Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic

Internet technologies and the devices that enable information access and transfer are useful in crisis management. Accessing these readily available digital technologies can help community resiliency.
COVID-19 has not influenced a change in some students’ partying behaviors. Here, two young people talk at a bar in Marseille, France, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

COVID-19 outbreaks at universities: Students need safe places to socialize, not partying bans

Both university and government policy-makers need to re-tool their messaging to students about off-campus socializing to shape more positive mental health and COVID-19 outcomes.
Scarecrows float in an oilsands tailings pond to keep birds from landing, in Fort McMurray, Alta., in June 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

New technology makes wastewater from the oilsands industry safer for fish

New regulations will allow oilsands companies to release 1.3 trillion litres of liquid waste into the Athabasca River in 2022. A new technology could clean the wastewater before it's let go.
Members of the Oasis Senior Supportive Living Program pole walking in their community.

Beyond long-term care: The benefits of seniors’ communities that evolve on their own

Naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs, are unplanned communities that have a high proportion of older residents. They may be critical to finding housing solutions for aging Canadians.
Friaaz Azeez gets tested for COVID-19 by a health-care worker at a pop-up testing centre at the Islamic Institute of Toronto in Scarborough, Ont., on May 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘What do you mean, it was a false positive?’ Making sense of COVID-19 tests and terminology

Understanding terms like sensitivity and specificity can help us make sense of COVID-19 testing, the accuracy of tests and what the results mean.
Co-founders Craig (left) and Marc Kielburger introduce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they appear at the WE Day celebrations in Ottawa in November 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The other WE Charity scandal: White saviourism

An intense controversy over sending Canadian teens to Cuba to cut sugar cane in the 1970s raises questions about why WE Charity's international development approach hasn't been controversial for years.
Le pétrole est aspiré d’un ruisseau près de la rivière Kalamazoo dans le Michigan, en juillet 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Des scientifiques ont intentionnellement déversé du pétrole dans un lac canadien

Personne ne veut d’une marée noire dans son jardin. Mais pour comprendre le sort et les effets réels du bitume dilué – un produit des sables bitumineux – c’est ce que certains scientifiques ont fait.

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