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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Toronto Metropolitan University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 45,000 students, including 2,400 master’s and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at the university is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education.

The Centre for Communicating Knowledge (CCK) located within The Creative School at the university will play a key role in The Conversation and work with all Toronto Metropolitan University faculties to develop new ways to communicate research, assist in the development of multiple media platforms and create innovative outputs. The CCK’s aim is to find new ways to explore knowledge mobilization. Engaging students, the CCK will conceptualize and develop various communication assets such as infographics, videos, and animations to enhance our faculty members’ stories.

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TikTok’s popularity continues to rise, while other social media networks have seen a decline. (Shutterstock)

As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok

The Chinese-owned app TikTok continues its growth as one of the most popular social media networks. After pandemic health measures were lifted, other social media networks saw a decline in use.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth, questions arise about whose life gets mourned and who does not. Here is the Queen with the Guards of Honour in Nigeria, Dec. 3, 2003, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

About the Queen, the Crown’s crimes and how to talk about the unmourned — Podcast

In the middle of the tremendous outpouring of love and grief for the Queen and the monarchy she represented, not everyone wants to take a moment of silence. And there are a lot of reasons why.
A building under construction in Toronto. According to Canada’s national housing agency, Ontario needs to build 1.8 million new homes to alleviate the housing crisis. (Shutterstock)

Ontario’s Growth Plan is reducing housing affordability

Ontario’s first Growth Plan won awards that recognized the province as a leader in the field. But since then, successive changes to the policy have sabotaged the original plan’s progress.
QAnon members participate in a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, which affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Mothers of the movement: Leadership by alt-right women paves the way for violence

Women have assumed different roles in alt-right movements, including organizing protests, spreading misinformation and organizing militias.
A number of factors have contributed to the recent rise in inflation, including supply chain disruptions, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and labour shortages. (Shutterstock)

An economist explains: What you need to know about inflation

An economist provides insight into how inflation is measured, where it comes from and how it is impacting Canadians and the economy at large.
Peserta Muslim dari berbagai latar belakang yang berpartisipasi dalam studi audiens mengatakan bahwa mereka mengidentifikasi diri dengan Kamala Khan, juga dikenal sebagai Ms. Marvel, karena dia terhubung baik dengan budaya leluhurnya maupun budaya Amerikanya. (Daniel McFadden/Marvel Studios 2022)

Mengapa film baru Ms. Marvel penting bagi penonton Muslim

Ms. Marvel mewakili jeda dari penggambaran ‘Muslim sama dengan Timur Tengah’ yang populer di media barat.
With so much competition, food marketers need to grab the attention of consumers so they buy their products, not another competitors. This is why product packaging is so important. (Shutterstock)

Preventing obesity starts in the grocery aisle with food packaging

The size of food images on product packaging plays a key role in exacerbating diet-related illnesses and obesity.
In theory, a universal job guarantee could help stabilize inflation by providing stable, full-time employment, addressing unemployment, enhancing economic productivity and reinforcing price stability. (Shutterstock)

Why a universal job guarantee beats the basic income pipe dream

Instead of a guaranteed fixed income, a universal job guarantee policy provides jobs — and wages — to people who aren’t able to find work on their own.
While attending the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced sanctions against Russia (Stefani Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian propaganda is making inroads with right-wing Canadians

New research shows that at least half of Canadians have encountered pro-Kremlin propaganda online and that those who hold left-leaning views are less susceptible to the Kremlin’s disinformation.
Rescue workers stand on the rubble following a Russian rocket attack on a residential apartment block, in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

The war in Ukraine: A no-win situation for the left

Those on the political left are conflicted: Supporting military aid to Ukraine involves siding with U.S. imperialism, but opposing military aid means condoning Russian atrocities in Ukraine.
Community vegetable gardens, such as this one in Pickering, Ont., support health and should be seen as part of the city’s food system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A prescription for health: City vegetable gardens produce more than just food

Publicly accessible gardens are an essential part of our food system. It’s important for policymakers to understand that growing food in city gardens is central to health, food security and culture.
Muslim participants of different backgrounds who participated in an audience study said they identify with Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, because she’s connected both to her ancestral culture and her American one. (Daniel McFadden/Marvel Studios 2022)

Why Ms. Marvel matters so much to Muslim, South Asian fans

Ms. Marvel represents a break from the ‘Muslim equals Middle Eastern’ portrayals popular in western media.
People stand on Parliament Hill in July 2021 alongside a makeshift memorial for children who died at Indian Residential Schools during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Newcomers to Canada support Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation

Newcomers to Canada tend to be more supportive of Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation than other Canadians.
Figuring out which foods garner more social media engagement will help restaurants and food content creators determine how to better amplify the reach of their online content. (Shutterstock)

Move over unicorn lattes, there’s a new Instagram trend in town: Normal-looking food

New research using AI finds that trendy, unique-looking foods generate less social media engagement than traditional, normal-looking foods.
A person holds a sign calling for to defund the police during an October 2020 protest in Ottawa after a police constable was acquitted of manslaughter in the 2016 death of a Black man, Abdirahman Abdi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thin-skinned blue line: Police fight against defunding, showing their true colours

Has the defund the police movement had an impact in Canada? It depends on how you define success.
Ontario Federation of Labour rallies in May called for improving workers’ rights and repairing deep inequalities that have been highlighted and deepened by the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Collectivism — not individualism — is the path to reducing social and economic inequality

In this time of unrest, insecurity and fear, unions and their new, more diverse leadership offer a path to improving workers’ rights and repairing deep social and economic inequalities.

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