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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
In hackathons, people come together to build more extensive and cohesive datasets. (Shutterstock)

Hackathons should be renamed to avoid negative connotations

“Hackathons” can imply breaching security and privacy. To more accurately reflect their creative and constructive intent, they can be referred to instead as “datathons” or “code fests.”
People gather outside Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office in Toronto for a rally led by current and former international students calling for changes to immigration rules during COVID-19 in September 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Canada is foolish to snub international graduate students and scholars

International students are not only ideal candidates for settlement in Canada, they’re also vital to our prosperity. So why is it so difficult for them to come to Canada, especially those from Africa?
Communities that are underrepresented in research may also be at increased risk for dementia, or tend to experience dementia differently, often with poorer quality of care, later diagnoses and at possibly higher rates than the general population. (Shutterstock)

Research and patient services need to reflect that Canadians from diverse communities are living with dementia

Much dementia research does not reflect ethnically diverse communities. Studies used to make policy, clinical and investment decisions in dementia should reflect the diverse Canadian population.
Service provider apps are set up in ways that endanger gig workers. (Shutterstock)

Delay and deflect: How women gig workers respond to sexual harassment

Rating services on ride and task apps disadvantage gig workers, whose future work assignments are affected by their ratings. Women workers are made vulnerable, and have to contend with harassment.
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.

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