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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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The Conversation Canada is celebrating its fifth anniversary. It’s one of dozens of digital news organizations that has found a niche in the changing media landscape in Canada. (THE CONVERSATION)

The untold story of Canada’s journalism startups

Canada is home to a growing number of new digital-born journalism organizations, even though government policy aimed at helping the news industry has focused mostly on the decline of legacy media.
Charles Schwartzel of South Africa celebrates after winning the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational on June 11. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LIV Golf: Sportwashing vs. the commercial value of public attention

For all the efforts at reimagining golf to attract consumer interest, the sportwashing discourse has brought an avalanche of negative attention to the LIV series, and rightfully so.
Online sessions with therapy dogs and their handlers provided students with stress relief and a brain break. (Shutterstock)

Online sessions with therapy dogs can help students feel less stressed

Therapy dogs are a proven support for students experiencing high levels of stress. During the pandemic, in-person encounters were less possible, but virtual sessions also recorded an improvement.
Patient safety incidents are the third leading cause of death in Canada. (Shutterstock)

When health care goes wrong: It’s time for transparency in patient safety

Patient safety incidents were already a leading cause of death in Canada. With that crisis converging with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care is being pushed to a breaking point.
Les tournesols sont plus colorés pour les pollinisateurs, qui voient dans l’ultraviolet, que pour nous. (Unsplash/Marco de Hevia)

Les tournesols ont des motifs imperceptibles qui attirent les pollinisateurs

Les tournesols ont des motifs cachés de couleurs ultraviolettes. Visibles par les pollinisateurs, ces couleurs sont dues à la présence de pigments qui aident également les plantes à retenir l’humidité.
Testing wastewater for the presence of diseases has grown in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Targeted wastewater surveillance has a history of social and ethical concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in wastewater testing to monitor the spread of the virus. But historical cases show that targeted surveillance can further marginalize vulnerable populations.
Activists defending women’s rights to choose abortion dress up as characters from Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, in October 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fiction about abortion confronts the complicated history of gender, sexuality and women’s rights

Before and after abortion was decriminalized in Canada in 1969, fiction has explored how abortion intersects with cultural imaginings about women’s bodies and humanity’s future.
With the rising cost of gas, commuting via bicycle is a viable solution. (Shutterstock)

Will the bicycle help us address pressing social issues?

The bicycle’s capacity to respond to pressing social issues has inspired both intrigue and optimism, especially in the context of COVID-19.
Les stocks de poissons sont en déclin dans le monde entier, en partie à cause de la façon dont nous valorisons la nature et ne tenons pas compte de ses avantages à long terme. (Shutterstock)

On dispose des outils nécessaires pour garantir une infinité de poissons aux générations futures

L’être humain n’a pas su prendre soin de l’océan – et de l’environnement en général – parce qu’il sous-estime les biens et services qu’il lui procure.
Warmer-water preferring fish species like sardines and squid may soon dominate seafood menus on the west coast of Canada. (Shutterstock)

Climate change is now on the menu at seafood restaurants

As the ocean temperature rises, many marine species are moving toward the north and south poles in search of cooler waters, thus rewriting the menus of seafood restaurants on the West Coast of Canada.
There are many ways that families, health-care providers and communities can support the sleep of mothers of babies six months and older. (Shutterstock)

Give the gift of sleep to moms with babies this Mother’s Day

Supporting mothers’ and infants’ sleep can decrease the stressors of motherhood, improve maternal mood and mental health and promote better infant development.
Health-care workers protest over stalled contract negotiations with the provincial government in Montréal in October 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Workers, not warriors: 4 lessons from health worker protests during COVID-19 that could help avert a looming workforce crisis

To prevent a shortage of health workers, public expressions of appreciation need to be backed by policies that provide dignity, decent working conditions, accountability and appropriate remuneration.

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