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The University of New Brunswick was founded in 1785. Throughout our long history, we have influenced the future of thousands of scholars. UNB has helped shape the social and economic landscape of this country and beyond. With nearly 12,000 full-time students, the university offers 75 undergraduate, graduate, certificate or diploma programs and participates in over 30 different fields of graduate work and research. Our university is home to over 3,000 members of faculty and staff who participate in research world-wide.

Building on a tradition of excellence, the University of New Brunswick continues to work to give students the best possible education. By developing programs, increasing international ties, using the latest pedagogies and technologies, and building partnerships with business and governments, the University of New Brunswick is a leading national university.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks during a news conference, as Education Minister Stephen Lecce looks on in Toronto on Nov. 7, 2022. Ontario has repealed legislation that imposed a contract on 55,000 education workers and invoked the notwithstanding clause. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Preventing use of the notwithstanding clause is a bad idea — and unnecessary

A Supreme Court reference on the notwithstanding clause could look beyond the highly polarized reactions to any particular law and get at the heart of the issue.
Newfoundland and Labrador has implemented a tax of 20 cents per litre on sugary drinks. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

How taxing sugary drinks reinforces weight stigma

Taxation of sugar-sweetened drinks is not only inequitable, but also has the potential to create or perpetuate weight stigma, which has negative effects on mental and physical health.
Minister of Justice David Lametti participates in an Ottawa news conference in June 2022 on proposed amendments to the Criminal Code in response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision involving a defence of extreme intoxication. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

What Parliament refused to hear about Canada’s new extreme intoxication law

More than a dozen women’s organizations pleaded with the federal government to slow down and treat their concerns seriously about Bill C-28. It didn’t listen.
Climate researchers stress that natural gas bridges can often lead to nowhere as the reliance on natural gas can lock countries into fossil fuels, crowd out low-carbon technologies and risk stranding assets. (Shutterstock)

A bridge to nowhere: Natural gas will not lead Canada to a sustainable energy future

Fossil fuel companies are winning the battle on how we talk about natural gas expansion by referring to it as a “bridge fuel” or an essential bridge to the net-zero energy system of the future.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa in November 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada needs to build more affordable housing for newcomers

Addressing the housing issue by adopting a human right framework put Canada on an accelerated path to meet newcomer families’ housing needs.
Brenda Murphy is the 32nd lieutenant governor of New Brunswick. She was appointed Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray

New Brunswick’s ruling that the lieutenant governor must be bilingual needs to be appealed, but not for the reasons you think

The federal government must appeal this ruling — not because it disagrees with it, but because such a consequential decision requires greater appreciation of the Crown and its constitutional nuances.
According to an IPCC analysis, planting trees can help keep global warming below 1.5 C. (Shutterstock)

Canada needs to cut carbon, not try to capture it

A tax credit for companies that invest in carbon capture technology would divert financing away from cheaper and safer climate solutions.
People gather in Kingston, Ont., to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and masking measures on Nov. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg 

COVID-19 vaccine mandates would likely face legal hurdles in Canada

Can the government mandate vaccines? Canadians have rights to make decisions about vaccination, but these rights are not absolute, and do not mean those decisions will have no consequences.
New Brunswick Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn and Premier Blaine Higgs speak with the media as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Fredericton on June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray

New Brunswick ban on land acknowledgements is a death blow to nation-to-nation relationships

If senior ministers of the Crown in New Brunswick responsible for Indigenous relations cannot accept or acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty, then surely nation-to-nation must be dead.
Purge survivors, at the Fredericton, N.B., Pride Parade in 2018. (Boom! Nightclub)

Discrimination against LGBTQ+ soldiers doesn’t stop just because a policy has been revoked

The Canadian Armed Forces is struggling with sexual misconduct allegations and poor inclusion and diversity. It is imperative to again document the stories of LGBTQ+ soldiers and their spouses.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford walks to his office in June 2020 as legislators debated the government’s legislation that enabled it to invoke the notwithstanding clause. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Notwithstanding the notwithstanding clause, the Charter is everyone’s business

By paying greater attention to the originally intended application of the Canadian Constitution’s notwithstanding clause, along with the diversity of lawmakers in Canada, there’s a better path forward.
Hospital support workers wave to cars honking their horns in support as the protest inequality for essential workers at Rouge Valley Hospital in Toronto in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Governments shouldn’t shield essential workers from COVID-19 lawsuits

Provinces shouldn’t prevent Canadians from seeking compensation if an essential service provider’s unreasonable acts cause COVID-19 infection.
Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney. (Eriksson Luo/Unsplash)

Stop telling students to study STEM instead of humanities for the post-coronavirus world

Today’s urgent inequality and environmental crises mean that more, not fewer, students should be studying history.

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