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Co-author of this article, Chief Ninawa, hereditary Chief of the Huni Kui Indigenous people of the Amazon, holds a sign that says: ‘Amazon is life, petroleum and gas is death’ outside a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Views from COP27: How the climate conference could confront colonialism by centring Indigenous rights

A different future will not be possible without reverence, respect, reciprocity and responsibility towards the Earth. On this issue, Indigenous Peoples have a lot to share.
COP27 has given countries and organizations yet another chance to push for a managed decline in fossil fuel production. A climate action banner hangs from the Tower bridge in London in April 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

COP27: Which countries will push to end fossil fuel production? And which won’t?

A managed fossil fuel phasing-out offers a chance for producers – including governments, corporations and unions – to negotiate the terms of a ‘just transition’ to renewable energy.
Bianca Andreescu was awarded the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. The Toronto Star recently decided to remove Lou Marsh’s name from the trophy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The complex legacy of Lou Marsh and his trophy

The Toronto Star’s decision to rename its Lou Marsh trophy reminds us of the ways sports journalism has amplified damaging and racist tropes.
Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Aug. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wildfire smoke may warm the Earth for longer than we thought

Brown carbon refers to a range of pollutants found in smoke from wildfires. They can contribute to global warming before they undergo a process that alters their chemical properties.
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cities like Vancouver should not clear encampments when people have nowhere else to go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

If cities don’t want homeless encampments they should help people, not punish them

Cities are clearing homeless encampments, sometimes violently, without providing those who live there any alternatives. Long-term solutions are needed to help people off the streets.
Blended learning helps students learn to use new technologies so they can critically integrate and construct new knowledge while communicating in an increasingly digital society. (Jopwell/Pexels)

What is ‘blended learning’ and how can it benefit post-secondary students?

Teaching approaches should be rooted in learning objectives or students’ experiences, and these considerations aren’t the same as whether course components are online or in-person.
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Southern European workers lose more than their jobs when they are laid off

Earnings of laid-off workers in southern Europe are 30% lower five years later, while in northern countries the decline is less than 10%. The differences are largely due to the likelihood of finding a new job.
An Indigenous flag flies in front of Parliament during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Sept. 30, 2021. To live up to the intentions of UNDRIP, Canada must work with Indigenous communities to change harmful laws. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

UNDRIP 15 years on: Genuine truth and reconciliation requires legislative reform

To fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canada must engage in genuine and inclusive law reform.
Around 12 million Americans take out payday loans to help them pay for monthly expenses. andriano_cz/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

We tend to underestimate our future expenses – here’s one way to prevent that

Understanding why people underpredict expenses could help them budget more accurately – and even encourage them to save more money.
Concussion doesn’t just happen in sports or only in teens and young adults; it affects people of all ages and backgrounds. (Shutterstock)

Concussion is more than sports injuries: Who’s at risk and how Canadian researchers are seeking better diagnostics and treatments

Canadian researchers are exploring unanswered questions about concussion: How to diagnose it accurately and quickly, how to predict outcomes and promote recovery, and how to prevent it altogether.
Climate researchers stress that natural gas bridges can often lead to nowhere as the reliance on natural gas can lock countries into fossil fuels, crowd out low-carbon technologies and risk stranding assets. (Shutterstock)

A bridge to nowhere: Natural gas will not lead Canada to a sustainable energy future

Fossil fuel companies are winning the battle on how we talk about natural gas expansion by referring to it as a “bridge fuel” or an essential bridge to the net-zero energy system of the future.
In this 2016 photo, Syrian refugees and migrants walk along a path near the Greek border used by thousands to walk to central Europe. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Here’s why Canadian-style multiculturalism probably isn’t possible in Europe

Could Europe embrace a multicultural model like Canada’s? It’s unlikely unless a new form of multi-ethnicity, in the shape of countries or empires, makes a comeback.
Recent advances in research on human development, and brain science in particular, have revealed that traumatic childhood literally changes the human body, affecting brain development. (Shutterstock)

There is an urgent need to prevent the lifelong damage caused by adverse childhood experiences

The impact of early childhood trauma on lifelong physical and mental health makes it urgent to invest in programs to support healthy pregnancies and stable, caring very early childhoods.
Changes to search terms, through guidance from Indigenous communities and library experts, can align systems with everyday language, but can’t invalidate the terms people use to refer to themselves. (Shutterstock)

Libraries in the U.S. and Canada are changing how they refer to Indigenous Peoples

Beyond revamping misleading terminology, some library science scholars and Indigenous knowledge holders are looking at how to index library materials in ways that reflect Indigenous knowledge.
Sturdy yet flexible, hygienic, disposable, readily available and cheap … the plastic straw is better than any eco-alternative for many disabled folks. (Shutterstock)

Disability rights don’t have to clash with environmental responsibility

Placing plastic straws, a life sustaining accessibility tool, under the same restrictions for sale as tobacco products is overly harsh, and detrimental to the dignity and inclusion of disabled people

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