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Why has B.C. become home to Canada’s most vibrant news ecosystem? Credit the wellspring of creativity here — the province’s beauty and potential has long attracted change-makers. (Shutterstock)

A good news story about the news in British Columbia

A good news story about the news? It's true. In British Columbia, a digital news ecology is flowering through ‘coopetition’ – as Media Democracy Day will soon showcase.
An intricate crop circle spans a diameter of more than 45 metres in a barley field close to Barbury Castle near Wroughton, England, about 130 kilometres west of London, in 2008. The circle is noteworthy for its complexity, representing the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi, or 3.141592654. Lucy Pringle

Crop circles blur science, paranormal in X-Files culture

Crop circles are global phenomena gaining attention as paranormal culture becomes mainstream, along with a hybrid approach that emulates scientific investigation.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite. (Shutterstock)

Dental tourism industry exploits workers in Mexico

Thousands of North Americans travel to Mexico to eat, drink, shop and get cheap and fast dental care. Meanwhile, local populations suffer racism, poor working conditions and inadequate health care.
New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates with supporters after winning on the first ballot at the party’s leadership convention Oct. 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh battles racism in Canadian politics with love

Jagmeet Singh is the new leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Singh brings an unprecedented diversity to the role of being the leader of a major Canadian political party.
English language minority students can struggle to express themselves authentically in online courses if they are new to the conventions of Western discourse and written academic style. (Shutterstock)

Online learning punishes minority students, but video chats can help

The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
Private medical schools in the Caribbean promise low fees and tropical beach locations, amongst other benefits. (Valorie Crooks)

The risky lure of Caribbean offshore medical schools

Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
Tourism isn’t just for sunshine and beaches. It can also be for unapproved medical interventions. IV via ARZTSAMUI/Shutterstock

Medical treatment not approved yet? No problem! Welcome to circumvention tourism

Medical tourism is the practice of seeking medical care across international borders. Countries with established medical sectors like the US, Europe, India and Thailand have been traditional destinations…
Had his chips? Galyna Andrushko/shutterstock

The grizzly outlook for hunted bears in Canada

This month marks the re-opening of the controversial trophy hunt for at-risk grizzly bears in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Scrutiny of this hunt was ramped up last year with new evidence that…
Scientists are using Twitter to charge up their impact. nicolasjon

It’s time for scientists to tweet

Social media is no longer a new thing. But to scientists it still might be. There are few who are starting to take advantage of social media for professional reasons. What can other scientists learn from…
In an analysis of seven sites in NSW, the highest crime rates correlated with the highest levels of lead in the air. Flickr/Frank de Kleine

Childhood lead exposure linked to crime in adulthood

We're increasingly realising that the child's physical and chemical environment plays a significant role in criminal behaviours later in life.

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