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The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s top research universities. It’s renowned for research impact and dynamic learning opportunities. UVic is located in Victoria, British Columbia, on the edge of Canada’s spectacular west coast - a gateway to the Pacific Rim.

It is consistently ranked North America’s top university for published research based on international collaboration. It’s also home to the world-leading Ocean Networks Canada, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, and the world’s only joint Indigenous law program.

Strong partnerships connect UVic to communities at home and around the world. It’s frequently honoured for its comprehensive academic programming. It is also known as Canada’s best comprehensive university for preparing students for the global workplace.

UVic is committed to global connections. Its faculty, staff and students partner with over 300 institutions in 70 countries.

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Migrant farm workers were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 because of poor housing conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

For migrant farm workers, housing is not just a determinant of health, but a determinant of death

Poor housing put migrant workers at risk for COVID-19. A federal government consultation on national housing standards is a crucial opportunity to support migrant workers’ health, safety and dignity.
Smaller animals that feed lower in the food web might be at greater risk from microplastic exposure than larger ones. (Shutterstock)

Microplastics may pose a greater threat to the base of marine food webs

We need to advance our understanding of the effects of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems, especially on small animals at the base of food webs that might be ingesting more of these particles.
More animals, including wolves, are shifting their patterns to adjust to human activity. (Thomas Bonometti/Unsplash)

Wolf culls change hunting habits and help caribou conservation

Woodland caribou populations are on the decline because human activity changes their habitat and exposes them to predation by wolves. But changing wolves’ hunting habits may protect the caribou.
Produce vegetables are displayed for sale at a grocery store in Aylmer, Que. in May 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How the slow-burning housing crisis is driving hunger in Canada

While decent housing and food are fundamental human rights, they are often treated separately, and primarily as commodities. How can we tackle housing and food insecurity together, and better?
Wolverine numbers are declining globally due to heavy trapping and predator killing by humans, habitat loss, climate change and various other factors. (Shutterstock)

Connecting fragmented wolverine habitat is essential for their conservation

The key to protecting wolverines around the world is to reduce trapping, minimize predator control pressures, and to protect and connect large blocks of intact habitat they need to survive.
Food prescriptions provide patients with vouchers that can be spent on fruits and vegetables. (Jonathon Barraball)

Social prescriptions: Why some health-care practitioners are prescribing food to their patients

Food security is crucial to disease prevention and management, so prescribing healthy foods and reducing barriers to better diets makes sense. But food prescriptions should not be immune to scrutiny.
Tipping reshapes the relationship between workers and their managers, and workers and consumers. In doing so, it has wide-ranging effects on workers. (Shutterstock)

The future of tipping should be driven by Canadians, not businesses

The future of tipping should be defined by Canadians, not businesses seeking to shift responsibility for worker compensation onto consumers.
There are many ways that families, health-care providers and communities can support the sleep of mothers of babies six months and older. (Shutterstock)

Give the gift of sleep to moms with babies this Mother’s Day

Supporting mothers’ and infants’ sleep can decrease the stressors of motherhood, improve maternal mood and mental health and promote better infant development.
Buddhist monks march through Saigon streets in 1963, during the early stages of a protest demonstration that ended in the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức. (AP Photo/Malcolm Browne)

Understanding self-immolation in Buddhism after Wynn Bruce’s Earth Day action

The self-immolation of Wynn Bruce on Earth Day in Washington, D.C., not only raises questions about climate grief but also about intercultural understanding.
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a media scrum before the release of the federal budget on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

New budget offers Canada a chance to get employee ownership right

For Canadians hoping to emerge from the pandemic with better jobs, a stronger economy and reduced inequality, employee ownership combined with employee participation is a promising way to get there.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland has left the door open to maintaining Canada’s position as a green leader among G20 nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

What the 2022 federal budget says about Canada’s commitment to a green recovery

Canada has emerged as a leader among its G20 peers in terms of green fiscal stimulus spending and policies.
FishSounds is an online database of recordings of the noises created by fish, like this Bocon toadfish. (Shutterstock)

Grunts, boops, chatters and squeals — fish are noisy creatures

Growing research shows that fish produce sounds that other creatures listen to to find food and avoid becoming prey. A new database compiles research on these fish sounds.
Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine distributed by the Drug User Liberation Front, a grassroots organization proving a safe supply of illicit drugs, in Vancouver, in April 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Safer supply of opioids saves lives: Providing alternatives to toxic street drugs

People are dying from using a toxic drug supply. Safer supply and other approaches that listen to the needs of people who use drugs are critical to saving lives and addressing the opioid crisis.
Keeping these aspects of taxation in mind can help us hold governments accountable for the taxes that they try to implement and prevent future unethical and legally questionable taxes from being put in place. (Shutterstock)

10 things everyone should know about taxation

Taxes are more than mandatory payments required by governments. Understanding the essential aspects of taxation can help prevent ethically and legally questionable taxes from being imposed.
A protester yells ‘freedom’ while attending the anti-vaccine mandate demonstrations in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

‘Freedom convoy’ protesters’ anger is misdirected

Although anger is often an appropriate response to mistreatment, that doesn’t mean we always identify the source of the wrong or injustice correctly.
Sometimes holding onto traditions can be a hindrance to the success of family businesses, but there are ways to innovate while also honouring them. (Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels)

How to manage traditions for the continued success of the family business

Traditions shouldn’t be thrown out since they often provide a vital foundation for the family business. But they also shouldn’t be rigidly enforced.

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