University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and questioned the status quo. With close to 63,000 students from 160 countries and more than 5,400 faculty on two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC is a place where bold thinking develops into ideas that can change the world. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.


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Global university rankings implicitly reproduce the belief that wealthy, inequitable institutions should be replicated. (Shutterstock)

Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue

There's a lot to learn from institutions created to provide space for the many excluded from elite schools, including Indigenous-focused institutions that have graduated community-engaged leaders.
Apologies without clear policy shift are typically rejected as ‘empty gestures.’ Here, more than 100 Indigenous people march on Parliament Hill in 1981 to protest the elimination of Aboriginal rights in the proposed Canadian Constitution. The Canadian Press/Carl Bigras

The road to reconciliation starts with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

It's the 12th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada has yet to implement this declaration even though the TRC says the road to reconciliation needs to start here.
Currently, stem cell based treatments are still mostly experimental, and while some results are encouraging, several clinical trials have failed. (Shutterstock)

Stem cell treatments: Miracle cures or dangerous experiments?

Stem cells show much promise, both for testing drugs and for treating disease. But the hype around them has been dangerous, as most treatments are in very experimental stages and can cause harm.
Au fur et à mesure que l'intelligence artificielle et la robotique progressent et produisent des robots sexuels plus réalistes, il y a un risque d'augmentation de la violence sexiste. Shutterstock

Les robots sexuels pourraient faire augmenter la violence faite aux femmes

La demande croissante pour des robots sexuels est préoccupante. Elle soulève des préoccupations éthiques quant à l'augmentation possible de la violence envers les femmes.
A nuclear arms race could have devastating effects, and working towards nuclear disarmament is becoming more urgent. Shutterstock

Canada could slow the accelerating nuclear arms race

The recent nuclear explosions in Russia serve as a reminder of the threat that nuclear weapons pose. Canada is uniquely situated to work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons globally.
The feature ‘Once Were Brothers’ is the first time a Canadian documentary opens TIFF. The film follows Robbie Robertson from his early life in Toronto and on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve to the creation of legendary roots-rock group The Band. Courtesy of TIFF

TIFF: Netflix and streaming means Canadian feature films struggle to find audiences

Even though a Crave produced film has become the first ever Canadian documentary to open TIFF, video streaming services like Netflix raises challenges for filmmakers looking for domestic audiences.
Taking the pill as a teenager may lead to an increased risk for depression, even years after stopping. Shutterstock

Taking the pill as a teenager may have long-lasting effect on depression risk

Long-term or historical use of oral contraceptives may lead to an increased risk of depression in later years; understanding the risk will better inform the decision whether or not to take the pill.
As AI and robotics advance and produce more lifelike sex robots, there is the potential for an increase in gender-based violence. Shutterstock

Sex robots increase the potential for gender-based violence

An increasing demand for sex robots is concerning, as there are ethical concerns about a possible related increase in gender-based violence.
Las escaleras de hormigón a menudo están fuera de servicio… Shuttersock

Estamos programados para la pereza

¿Prefiere sentarse frente al televisor en lugar de sudar en el gimnasio? Sus ancestros podrían ser (un poco) responsables de su falta de motivación ...
Les consommateurs veulent adopter le développement durable, mais ils ont quand même besoin d’être guidés. Shutterstock

Cinq façons de devenir un consommateur responsable

Il y a un buzz autour du développement durable, mais les consommateurs ont encore du mal à développer de nouvelles habitudes. Voici comment changer cela.
Learning about urban rat populations through genetic testing reveals information about their movements through cities. Shutterstock

Rat detective uses DNA to uncover how rats scurry around cities

Genetic analysis shows that urban rats prefer to stay near their relatives; however, some of them migrate. Knowing this could help with pest control efforts.
La recherche contemporaine remet en question l'idée selon laquelle une exposition précoce à une seule langue est préférable. À Montréal, la moitié de la population parle anglais et français. Shutterstock

Les bébés peuvent-ils apprendre deux langues en même temps? You bet!

Les bébés «bilingues» apprennent très tôt à reconnaître les marqueurs permettant d'isoler les mots dans une langue ou dans l'autre.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball holds his granddaughter after winning the provincial election in May 2019. Young people are leaving the province for jobs and opportunities, but should still be allowed to vote in provincial elections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

How to inject youth into Newfoundland and Labrador’s broken, greying democracy

Extending the provincial vote to expatriates from Newfoundland and Labrador could make make for a more vibrant democracy.

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