A man on a skateboard and a young woman pass large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., November 2015.
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Canada should invest robustly in students' post-secondary education. Data about effects of the pandemic and how students balance classes and work show why we urgently need this investment.
Online shaming leads to personal attacks and resignations, not structural change.
Bringing change to universities needs to focus on systems, not people. Although online shaming is effective at removing people from their positions, it doesn't change systems.
The myth of Asians being good at math both encourages a “blame-the-victim” approach to math failure and imposes significant psycho-social pressure on high-achieving students.
A Vancouver study found Mandarin-speaking girls were more likely to be eligible for university than Cantonese-speaking boys. High-achieving students were from wealthier families who had tutors.
Mental health issues resulting from COVID-19 and efforts to contain it are the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The pandemic's mental health toll is not distributed equally. Its impact is disproportionately felt by racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities and those experiencing poverty.
People work in a rice field in Nepal.
To reverse the current climate and ecological crises, governments must put an end to the damaging forms of technology, innovation, investments and incentives that contribute to it.
Italian fishers unload a fishing net aboard a trawler during a fishing trip in the Tyrrhenian Sea in April 2020. Fishing subsidies are resulting in serious overfishing.
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Everyone who cares about marine biodiversity, fish, fishers, coastal communities and fishing industry workers of today and tomorrow must push for the end of fisheries subsidies.
Le niveau de mercure dans les sardines du Pacifique pourrait augmenter de 14 % si les émissions de gaz à effet de serre continuent de croître.
La réglementation a permis de réduire les émissions de mercure à l’échelle mondiale, mais les risques pour les écosystèmes océaniques et la santé humaine pourraient s’aggraver.
A homeless woman is seen at a tent encampment in Toronto on July 10, 2020.
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Suspending homeless camp evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic is a start, but it is not enough. The problem is failed housing policies, not the pandemic.
It may be difficult to keep cool when a heat wave strikes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomena, heat is a silent killer. The COVID-19 pandemic could make that worse.
Stressors put on children and adolescents as a result of the pandemic response may have long-lasting effects on their health and well-being.
The pandemic response has put the long-term health and well-being of children and adolescents at risk, with the possibility of seismic shifts in population health if we do not act.
Queer health scholar Virginia Brooks published a landmark study on lesbians in the 1970s, initially coming up with the ideas behind sexual minority stress theory.
A little-known researcher's theory on the experience of queer people continues to reverberate to today.
Navigating the neighbourhood on their own may be important for children’s health and well-being.
During the pandemic, children’s independent mobility may be more essential than ever before.
Contact tracing apps are coming to Canada, but there are privacy concerns.
Police departments have suggested using contact tracing approaches to track protesters, raising concerns about data and privacy.
A coal mine in the mountains in Alberta.
Environmental monitoring and public participation are necessary to maintain transparency and protect ecosystems and communities.
Body cameras are increasingly being worn by police forces, like the Vancouver Police Department, to record officer interactions.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The use of body cameras by police forces raises questions about surveillance, privacy and regulation.
Some sexual and gender minority men who use drug for sexual pleasure may find a better, less harmful alternative in cannabis.
Using cannabis may help reduce harms associated with chemsex, and provide a safer alternative for sexual and gender minority men to find intimacy and pleasure.
Empty shelves in a grocery store in Toronto on March 22, 2020 as customers stock up on dry goods and shelf-stable foods.
Using innovative technologies like Bitcoin and automation can help protect our food supply chains from disruptions like the one caused by the current coronavirus pandemic.
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is calling on health authorities to “implement a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations … during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Preventing people from dying alone in a pandemic takes ingenuity and money, but it’s the right thing to do.
Recommendations suggest babies be introduced to food allergens around age six months.
Introducing food allergens early is the best way to prevent food allergies from developing. Even in a pandemic, the benefits outweigh the very small risk of a severe reaction requiring emergency care.
A brisk 20-minute walk can increase energy level, alertness and mood, and improve working memory — with no caffeine side-effects.
If you want to boost your energy and mood and feel more alert, get moving instead of getting coffee.