To find out how well social scientists can predict societal change, researchers ran the largest forecasting initiative in the field’s history. Here’s what they found.
A sobering picture emerges from a study testing social scientists’ ability to predict societal change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than eight per cent of study subjects were ‘kinless’ at the time of their dementia diagnosis.
New research affords a rare window into the circumstances and needs of a potentially very vulnerable group that until now has remained largely invisible: people with dementia who have no close kin.
People listen to the national anthem of Ukraine during the funeral of Yurii Kulyk, 27, in Kalynivka, near Kyiv, Feb. 21, 2023. Kulyk, a civilian who was a volunteer in the armed forces of Ukraine, was killed during a rocket attack on Feb. 15 in Lyman in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
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Maintaining a functional and lively civil society in Ukraine is crucial to keeping supplies moving and keeping up the morale of the country.
Chrystia Freeland, vice-première ministre et ministre des Finances du Canada, entourée de ses homologues des provinces, dont Éric Girard, à droite, lors d'une rencontre à Toronto, le 3 février 2023. Elle est parmi les seules femmes ministre des Finances dans le monde.
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Les femmes sont sous-représentées en politique en raison de nombreux obstacles encore persistants à leur entrée.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in October 2022.
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Research suggests that women may be underrepresented in politics because parties act as gatekeepers and tend to choose men over women as candidates.
The results of a new study highlight just how difficult, and potentially fatal, the pandemic has been for children and adolescents.
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The rate of suicide attempts in children and adolescents increased by 22 per cent during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic.
Those with body dysmorphic disorder often check themselves – and their perceived defects.
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About a quarter of those with body dysmorphic disorder attempt suicide or struggle with ideas of suicide. Fortunately, medication and therapy have proved highly effective at treating the disorder.
Foreign aid drives development in cities such as Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa.
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Gender parity in the top echelons of donor organisations is key, given that Africa’s cities rely on international aid for development.
Systemic policy changes are needed to help teachers lead climate education and action.
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‘Eco-champion’ teachers face barriers in implementing climate change education. Communities and school boards can find inspiration to support them from boards with bolder climate commitments.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to ban TikTok on all federal government-issued devices follows similar government bans in the United States at the federal and state levels.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has deactivated his TikTok profile in a move that will undermine his party’s attempts to engage with young voters through social media.
While VR is still used primarily as a gaming device, it has the potential to move beyond the industry and revolutionize the way people interact with one another in the metaverse.
If the VR industry is to experience the kind of growth that will make it worthy of the billions of dollars that have been invested in it, we need to view the metaverse as public infrastructure.
Moving beyond our dependency on oil requires developing viable alternative energies.
Political will is necessary for governments to move away from oil. But alternative energies are not all that they seem, and should be considered carefully beyond the appearance of sustainability.
In October, Loblaw announced a price freeze on one of its in-store brands through a letter from Loblaw Companies chair and president Galen Weston. The promotion ended on Jan. 31.
Galen Weston’s brand as a spokesperson might be friendly and affable, but his organization’s pricing strategies are anything but.
Muslim Canadians face mass surveillance that brings entire communities under suspicion.
A recent study highlights how mass surveillance of Muslim communities by Canadian intelligence is based on racist stereotypes about Muslims.
Compassionate listening is the practice of shifting our focus from talking to listening. In so doing, we overcome egocentricity.
Compassionate listening is an overlooked practice, but urgently needed in both interpersonal and political communications.
Only when the full extent of the wrongdoing has been identified can real progress be made.
By addressing the root causes of violence, we can reimagine systems to allow for more supportive, safe and accountable sport communities.
Police move in to clear downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill of protesters after weeks of demonstrations on Feb. 19, 2022.
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Examining how and why we cast blame on others can help us understand the convoy protests and the different ways people reacted to pandemic restrictions.
In this photo provided by Chad Fish, a large balloon drifts above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, on Feb. 4, 2023.
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Chinese balloons must be assessed within the context of decades of mutual espionage and an awareness of the many storms in the U.S.-China relationship — and the history of empires.
To improve its ranking and return on innovation investment, Canada needs to update its outdated research and development model to attract more social scientists.
Canada’s innovation problem stems from an outdated research and development model. It is time to redesign the research department to include more social scientists and fewer technocrats.
Loneliness around the world is growing as a result of how our lives are structured.
Public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many people experienced social isolation. But the pandemic didn’t invent loneliness, and its impacts on our health are growing.