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In the cases of both sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) and Britney Spears, we see situations where talented women were declared mentally unfit after family interventions. (Wikimedia Commons/CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Paul Chiasson)

Britney Spears’s conservatorship alludes to an older story of controlling women artists

Family members seeking to control women artists isn’t new. In the 1920s, doctors thought sculptor Camille Claudel could be released from the care of an asylum, but her family refused.
The German gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics wore full-legged unitards that went down to their ankles, eschewing the traditional bikini cut that ends high on the hip. The athletes said they were trying to combat the sexualization of young women and girls in their sport, which is trying to recover from a decades-long sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Tokyo Olympics are billed as the first gender equal Games, but women still lack opportunities in sport

The Tokyo Olympic Games are being called the most gender-equal Games ever — but does that label hold up under scrutiny?
Migrating monarch butterflies rest at Pismo Beach, Calif. on their way to Mexico. (Shutterstock)

Monarch butterflies raised in captivity can still join the migration

Raising monarch butterflies is a popular hobby, but concerns have been raised about its contribution to population decline. Research shows that monarchs raised in captivity are still able to join the migration.
Deux infirmières de la santé publique vaccinent des adultes dans une clinique de vaccination contre la polio à Southey, en Saskatchewan, en 1960. (Association des infirmiers et infirmières du Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada )

Vaccination : quelles leçons tirer de la polio et de la grippe H1N1 ?

Au plus fort de la polio et de la grippe H1N1, les Canadiens étaient impatients de se faire vacciner, mais l’enthousiasme est vite retombé une fois la crise passée.
When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire. (Shutterstock)

Is quitting contagious? Depends on who else leaves and who’s in charge

When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.
Avec la fin de la pandémie, les prix des denrées alimentaires sont appelés à augmenter. Mais l'utilisation de la technologie de manière intelligente et humaine peut freiner l'inflation des prix. (Pixabay)

Le prix de la nourriture augmente, mais on peut inverser la tendance

Comment faire baisser les prix des denrées alimentaires ? Utiliser la technologie pour changer la façon dont nous produisons les aliments pour nous assurer du respect de l’environnement.
Food prices are poised to become higher post-pandemic. But using technology smartly and humanely can put the brakes to food price inflation. (Pixabay)

Food is poised to get a lot more expensive, but it doesn’t have to

How to keep food prices down? Use technology to change the way we produce food and public policy to ensure there’s a fair price put on things like climate change, human labour and animal welfare.
Predictions about the death of globalization were, in hindsight, grossly exaggerated. Recovery efforts took hold early compared to two other major economic crises of the past 100 years, suggesting global trade is much more resilient than anticipated. NASA/Unsplash

COVID-19 has shone a light on how globalization can tackle inequality

The outbreak of COVID-19 could be used as a building block in the future to reinforce international co-operation and strengthen the pillars of globalization.
Would anyone want to spend more screen time talking about pandemics? Yes, learned an anthropologist, biologist and historian who developed a course on the topic. (Shutterstock)

A university course on pandemics: What we learned when 80 experts, 300 alumni and 600 students showed up

The course offers a model for teaching about complex problems, and underlines the critical role of university learning, research and outreach in understanding and addressing them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a memorial on Parliament Hill in recognition of the discovery of children’s remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s hypocrisy: Recognizing genocide except its own against Indigenous peoples

Canada has officially recognized eight genocides that have happened around the world. It has not done the same for its own treatment of Indigenous children who they sent to Indian Residential Schools.
In February, the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the Minganie Regional County Municipality declared the Muteshekau Shipu (Magpie River) a legal person, a move that may provide greater certainty for this majestic river’s future. (Boreal River)

Rights for nature: How granting a river ‘personhood’ could help protect it

A recent declaration of a river as a legal person in Canada recognizes Indigenous laws and governance, and champions people as the guardians of nature.
Staff members wear gloves, face shields and gowns as they hand out meals at lunchtime at the Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen in Ottawa in 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

How to ensure your charity donations truly help your local community

Canadians should consider place-based giving, or donating ‘at home,’ through local community foundations that are well-positioned to navigate and bolster the post-pandemic recovery.
Food literacy includes understanding where food comes from and knowing how to plan, select, prepare and eat healthy meals. (Shutterstock)

School gardens and kitchens could grow with Ontario’s proposed food literacy act

Ontario’s proposed Food Literacy Act for Students, a first in Canada, would mean students in grades 1-12 have opportunities to grow food and prepare food and learn about local foods.
A person stands in the window in a room at a government-authorized COVID-19 quarantine hotel in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Quarantine hotels: A history of controversy and occasional comfort

Exploring the history of quarantine hotels reveals ambivalences and inequities that continue to fuel debates over their effectiveness in the era of COVID-19.
Les classements et les listes ESG ne sont pas parfaitement fiables pour ceux qui s’en inspirent dans leurs décisions d’achat et d’investissement. Appolinary Kalashnikova/Unsplash

Voici pourquoi les classements des entreprises les plus responsables ne sont pas toujours fiables

Des entreprises qui se classent bien sur certaines listes évaluant les critères environnementaux, sociaux et de gouvernance (ESG), arrivent en bas d’autres listes. À quels classements se fier ?

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