People gather in Kingston, Ont., to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and masking measures on Nov. 14, 2021.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
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
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.
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
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.
Mary Simon is an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat. She has been named as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Being Canada’s next governor general will be Mary Simon’s most challenging diplomatic mission yet.
Anti-SLAPP law allows cases to be dismissed if they relate to public interest speech unless the case has merit and proceeding is in the public interest.
Anti-SLAPP laws are useful, and we need more of them across the country. They allow certain lawsuits to be dismissed at an early stage if they relate to public interest speech.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s government did not have a perfect environmental record. But at least things were starting to change.
Protesters at the global climate change strike in Vancouver in September 2019.
In dismissing the youth climate case, the court acknowledged that climate change is serious, but not serious enough to reconsider the reach of the constitution.
In ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray,’ the protagonist remains youthful while a portrait of him ages.
In Oscar Wilde’s novel, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray,’ a painted portrait of the protagonist becomes ugly and twisted with age, much like Trump is represented as reflecting all of America’s evils.
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
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.
Today’s urgent inequality and environmental crises mean that more, not fewer, students should be studying history.
After a six-month delay, the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments against the federal carbon pricing system.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Paris climate change agreement aims to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures — and the federal carbon pricing plan was meant to help Canada meet its commitments.
Autocomplete is a search engine function that tries to predict the terms being entered into the search bar, and offers suggestions for related searches.
Our brains use a function similar to a search engine’s autocomplete feature, but sometimes we get it wrong.
A person bicycles past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto in June 2020.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Students won’t be allowed to participate in activities at St. Francis Xavier University this fall unless they sign a COVID-19 waiver. That’s forcing them to make a difficult and unfair choice.
A photo from Nov. 10, 1938, showing Jewish shops in Berlin destroyed by Nazis is placed at the same location 80 years later.
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
About 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to concentration camps in the German Reich in the immediate aftermath after Kristallnacht, the night of the Broken Glass, in November 1938.
‘Frankenstein’ is traditionally read as a critique of science — but also portrays many forms of imprisonment.
In the project Erasing Frankenstein, students, educators and incarcerated women collaborated to created an erasure poem of Mary Shelley’s classic text, and publicly showcase their work.
Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould are seen during a news conference in Ottawa in June 2016.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
While the Wilson-Raybould/Philpott resignations are historic by the numbers, they may also prove historic in creating a new faith in federal cabinet, a previously elite and closed decision-making body.
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is seen in this September 2018 photo. Higgs won a minority government, and must confront both language tensions and economic hardship in his province.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
New Brunswick’s language politics have vaulted ahead of its teetering economic crisis to potentially become the central political issue in 2019.
This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows six women who have filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
It’s time to stop surveying women about their experiences as rape victims, time to research the men who perpetrate these crimes and work to inebriate and isolate women.
Passengers aboard the MS St. Louis from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archives.
Courtesy of Dr. Liane Reif-Lehrer. Copyright of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
We can learn a lot about our past from fictional stories. In ‘What is Left the Daughter,’ author Howard Norman presents a cautionary tale from the Second World War of xenophobia and prejudice.