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Economic development is a primary factor contributing to rising obesity rates in developing countries. (Shutterstock)

Economic development in sub-Saharan Africa is linked to increasing obesity rates in women

Sub-Saharan Africa is no longer a continent just grappling with hunger and starvation — it is now also dealing with obesity and overweight.
Aubree Erickson, Heather Marie Annis, Ellen Denny and Siobhan O’Malley star in a 2021 production of ‘Post Alice,’ by playwright Taylor Marie Graham. The play is also being mounted at the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story. (Claire Scott, York Lane Art Collective)

Alice Munro wrote a 1970s play in southwestern Ontario — and continues to inspire regional theatre

After Alice Munro’s recent passing, a 2021 play, ‘Post Alice,’ celebrates the author’s focus on Southwestern Ontario women’s stories. It will be performed on the Blyth Festival Theatre stage.
Members of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at the scene of a homicide investigation in Hamilton, Ont., May 2023. The unit is charged with investigating potential misconduct by Ontario police officers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Does the Ontario Special Investigations Unit need a broader mandate to improve police oversight?

The SIU plays a vital role in providing oversight of Ontario police officers. But how effective is the agency in practice?
Premier David Eby, joined by Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, announce that the B.C. government is banning the use of hard drugs in public places, part of the province’s ongoing decriminalization pilot project, at a press conference in Victoria on Oct. 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Decriminalization failures show half measures are not enough to address drug use problems and the opioid crisis

Decriminalizing drugs is not intended as a solution to drug problems. Rather, it is a critical first step that’s necessary, but not sufficient, for replacing prohibition with a public health approach.
Aamjiwnaang children celebrate Indigenous peoples’ day on the community baseball field across from Ineos Styrolution. (Laurence Butet-Roch)

Meaningful engagement is the key to achieving Bill C-226’s goal of ending environmental racism in Canada

The federal government’s proposed Bill C-226 could be an important first step in addressing environmental racism, but only if communities are involved.
Strong evidence suggests the risk associated with consuming milk contaminated with H5N1 influenza virus is minimal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

U.S. has found H5N1 flu virus in milk — here’s why the risk to humans is likely low

H5N1 influenza has been reported in dairy cows, and detected in milk. Here’s a look at what’s known about how pasteurization affects the virus and the safety of consuming H5N1-contaminated milk.
A student holds a ‘Free Palestine’ sign at a rally at the University of Texas April 24, 2024, in Austin, Texas, one of many gatherings following the arrest of more than 100 demonstrators at Columbia University protesting Israel’s war in Gaza. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

As campus protests escalate surrounding the Israel-Gaza war, Ontario’s Bill 166 is not the answer

Ontario’s Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act threatens to undermine university autonomy, and could serve to censor critical thinking and dissent on campuses.
Political commentators have expressed concern that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s decision to appoint former staffers to a committee that helps select provincial judges could politicize the courts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Doug Ford’s political judicial appointments: Good or bad for justice and democracy?

Appointing individuals who may have links to the party in power is not necessarily troublesome, as long as the process emphasizes legal knowledge and fairness, and not partisan considerations.
Stuckless Pond in Gros Morne National Park, N.L. Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas can complement national and provincial parks to promote conservation while also advancing reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Canada’s Nature Agreement underscores the need for true reconciliation with Indigenous nations

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas face significant hurdles but nevertheless remain a key way to advance reconciliation and environmental goals.
Sarah Jama at the opening of her Hamilton Centre constituency office, Nov. 14, 2023. Jama opened the office as an Independent MPP after the Ontario NDP kicked her out of caucus for posting a statement in support of Palestinians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Silencing Sarah Jama diminishes Canadian democracy

Censure might occasionally be necessary to preserve the integrity of a parliament, but using it to punish members for their personal views threatens the foundations of democracy.
Le 23 novembre 2023, des enseignants et enseignantes manifestent à Montréal au début de leur grève illimitée. La Presse canadienne/Ryan Remiorz

Pourquoi le soutien aux syndicats est-il si fort ? C’est une question d’insatisfaction générale

L’augmentation du soutien aux syndicats peut s’expliquer par le fait que les gens prennent de plus en plus conscience de vivre des inégalités et de la colère qu’ils ressentent à ce sujet.
Much commentary has focussed on the political harms of deepfakes, but we’ve heard less about how they are specifically being used to degrade girls and women. (Shutterstock)

Cyberbullying girls with pornographic deepfakes is a form of misogyny

Understanding how deepfakes can be used as a tool for misogyny is an important first step in considering the harms they will likely cause, including through school cyberbullying.
Members of a Québec teachers’ union march to begin their unlimited strike, Nov. 23, 2023 in Montréal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Here’s why union support is so high right now

The rise in union support can be explained by the growing recognition people are having of their own disadvantages, and the anger they feel about it.

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