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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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Clayoquot Sound, part of the Tla-o-qui-aht territory, has been the site of numerous protests against logging the forest. Meares Island was declared a Tribal Park in 1984. (Shutterstock)

Respect for Indigenous knowledge must lead nature conservation efforts in Canada

To combat the biodiversity crisis, we need to fundamentally shift our economy and society and make nature conservation the norm.
People take part in a rally against hate and confront the rising violence against Asian Americans at Columbus Park in New York, on March 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

As Asian Canadian scholars, we must #StopAsianHate by fighting all forms of racism

Fifteen Asian academics discuss the roots of anti-Asian racism and limits of multiculturalism in Canada while charting a path forward.
Reduced traffic during lockdowns led to decreases in air pollution in many major cities in Europe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

COVID-19 lockdowns improved air quality in some cities, shedding light on how to curb pollution

While most areas experienced a reduction in air pollution in response to lockdown measures, other areas saw only small improvements or even an air quality deterioration.
Des personnes marchent dans une rue du quartier chinois de Montréal, dimanche 1er novembre 2020. Une campagne intitulée «Bonne fortune et solidarité», dont l'objectif est de lutter contre le racisme anti-asiatique et de ramener les clients dans le quartier, a été lancée par les commerçants du quartier. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Graham Hughes

Les mémoires d’une journaliste révèlent le racisme anti-asiatique qui existait à Montréal il y a 130 ans

La journaliste sino-canadienne Edith Eaton a documenté le racisme anti-asiatique au Canada à la fin du 19ᵉ et au début du XXᵉ siècle. Plus de 100 ans plus tard, peu de choses ont changé.
March 31 marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Most trans and non-binary youth are supported and healthy despite stigma and discrimination

We need to commit to creating safe and inclusive environments for trans and non-binary youth, because when they have those supportive environments, they thrive.
Un milieu de travail toxique et des patrons abusifs peuvent rendre la vie misérable et nuire gravement à notre santé mentale et physique. Alors que nous nous apprêtons à retourner au travail en fin de Covid-19, l’heure est venue de s’attaquer à ces mauvais patrons. (Pixabay)

Au tour des patrons toxiques de faire face à une riposte #MeToo ?

La démission du gouverneur général du Canada pourrait-elle représenter un moment décisif pour les droits des travailleurs ?
Toxic workplaces and abusive bosses can make our lives miserable and seriously erode our physical and mental well-being. As we return to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic, time may be up for bad bosses. (Pixabay)

Toxic bosses should be the next to face #MeToo-type reprisals

Could the resignation of Canada's governor general represent a watershed moment for workers’ rights?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reacted more quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic began than most other foundations. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Only a handful of US foundations quickly pitched in as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, early data indicates

Two scholars of philanthropy and geography who reviewed the numbers see cause for concern about the agility and priorities of grantmakers during a crisis.
At first glance, these programs might seem attractive. But they suffer from fundamental flaws. (Shutterstock)

Bounty programs: Ineffective in the war on money laundering

There is a growing trend to import another Americanism into the Canadian anti-money laundering strategy: a whistleblower incentive program that would amount to bounty hunting for violations.
A guest looks out from a Sheraton hotel window in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 22, 2021, as new air travel rules come into effect in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

COVID-19 hotel quarantine: Exemption for ‘essential’ medical travel confuses doctors, patients

Canadian government travel restrictions are an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. But vague language around exemptions for medical travel may confuse the physicians who can grant them.
People take part in a mass meditation on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How to be a mindful anti-racist

Mindfulness practices may help one examine long-held cultural assumptions, allowing one to better respond to current critical issues such as climate change and systemic racism.

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