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Canadian grocery chains are recognizing the potential for growth in online shopping and delivery, but Canadians are slow to embrace the service. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada is wary of online grocery shopping

Online grocery shopping is a potential growth area for Canadian grocery chains. Yet Canadians are proving to be lukewarm about buying groceries online, preferring to shop in stores.
Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

How to grow cannabis? With modern science and technology

The legal cannabis industry will have to develop scientific research and evidence based growth methods and technology if it is to succeed against the secretive illicit industry.
This sculpture in London commemorates Nelson Mandela, who set up the African National Congress’ armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), in 1961 when he lost hope that passive and non-violent resistance to the apartheid government would bear fruit. (Creative Commons)

Why conflict can be necessary to bring about justice

Seeking justice, not peace, in our world changes the conversation about conflict. Conflict has proven integral to achieving a more equitable and secure society.
For many parents, it’s the haul of gummy worms, licorice, chocolate bars and other high-sugar candies that their kids bring home - not the ghouls and zombies - that is terrifying about Halloween. (Shutterstock)

How to avoid a Halloween sugar disaster

Halloween is upon us, and the sugar is horrible for your kids' teeth and health. But fear not -- there are things parents can do to lessen the impact of the candy binge.
As North America’s opioid crisis worsens, schools across Canada are purchasing naloxone anti-overdose kits. Research suggests that risks of opioid addiction could also be addressed through attention to children’s nutrition. (Shutterstock)

Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

High fructose corn syrup in food and drinks has long been linked to rising rates of child and teen obesity. New evidence suggests it increases the risks of opioid addiction and overdose too.
122 million of 155 million stunted children live in conflict countries. (Piyaset/Shutterstock.com)

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Development officials have been cautiously optimistic that we were on our way to eradicating hunger. But a recent report by the UN shows a surge in global hunger due to conflict and climate change.
A trade official from the United States walks past a sign Monday where Canadian, American and Mexican officials are holding North American free trade talks in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NAFTA talks: Seeing the benefits through the bluster

There's been a lot of rhetoric in the air about the fate of NAFTA, especially from the U.S. president. But its demise is extremely unlikely.
Community-led research in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Labrador, helped identify dirty water containers as a source of drinking water contamination.

Collaboration can help in the Indigenous water crisis

Can community-led research help address Canada's Indigenous water security issues? One project from the Inuit community of Rigolet in Labrador suggests it can.
Canada’s former prime minister, Stephen Harper, is greeted by a Maori warrior in New Zealand in November 2014. New Zealand’s electoral system allows for far greater Indigenous involvement than Canada’s. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Lessons for Canada in New Zealand’s Indigenous-friendly electoral system

As New Zealanders head to the polls this week, there are lessons for Canada in the country's electoral system — in particular how it gives Indigenous people a greater role in governing.
Canadians are overwhelmingly opposed to insurance companies having access to their genetic test results. A new Canadian law prevents insurers from using genetic information to determine coverage or pricing. (Shutterstock)

Why insurers are wrong about Canada’s genetic non-discrimination law

Canadian insurance companies argue that a new law denying them access to genetic test results will raise the cost of insurance for everyone. That's doubtful.
Wildfires may grow more frequent and intense in North America amid climate change, like the Fort McMurray blazes in 2016, which were among the worst in Canadian history. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

How wildfires could radically change forests — and your life

Wildfires amid climate change may spark a radical shift in forest habitats and wildlife. They aren't just a destructive force of man and nature. They're a key factor in forest ecosystem renewal.
Future food will shift to alternative proteins such as insects, like this 3D-printed biscuit made of insect flour by designer Penelope Kupfer. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bugging out: How we’ll feed ourselves in 2167

Climate change, insects and urban farm towers are a few things that will change how and what we eat in the future.
People hold up a sign as part of a demonstration where a teepee was erected on Parliament Hill to protest Canada Day. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Canada 150: Not the first celebration to spark controversy

Canadian celebrations are often controversial, but challenges to Canada 150 may actually indicate our desire to perfect and improve this country.
Matt Damon as astronaut and exobotanist Mark Watney in the film The Martian grows crops on Mars. (20th Century Fox/Handout)

Space farms will feed astronauts and earthlings

We will one day grow food in conditions as extreme as Mars. Developing the controlled environments required will help not only space explorers but also support our own survival here on Earth.
Using passive eDNA detection, we won’t have to wait until we see massive algae blooms to know lakes are struggling.

DNA barcodes — sci-fi tech to safeguard environment

By 2167, DNA barcoding scans will lead to weather-style "biodiversity forecasts," enabling us to more easily protect and care for the environment.
A hairdresser at work in Johannesburg while other vendors sell fruit and footwear. Finding ways to support micro enterprises such as these is the challenge . Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How thrift and credit societies can help Africa promote entrepreneurship

Governments in sub-Saharan Africa should encourage the formation of cooperative thrift and credit societies to boost the development of micro enterprises.

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