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A panoramic shot of the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, which was the venue for the 2014 Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 pandemic may change spectator sports forever as stadiums sit empty

Some sports facilities are both a point of civic pride and a financial burden on taxpayers. The COVID-19 pandemic will further impact the way these facilities are constructed and managed.
Far-right and ultra-nationalist groups, including the Northern Guard, Proud Boys and individuals wearing Soldiers of Odin patches, gathered to protest the government’s lawsuit settlement with Canadian torture victim Omar Khadr in Toronto in October 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

The U.S. Capitol violence could happen in Canada — here are 3 ways to prevent it

As the raid on the U.S. Capitol has shown, some kinds of rhetoric can set fire to the world — and it exists in Canada, too. Here's how to tamp it down and focus on positive forms of rhetoric.
Les aventures d'Harry Potter, surtout celles du tome 7 (Les reliques de la mort), prennent une nouvelle signification quand on les relit pendant la pandémie actuelle de Covid-19. Shutterstock

Relire Harry Potter en confinement donne un nouveau sens aux aventures du jeune sorcier

Relire Harry Potter pendant la pandémie, c’est trouver de nouvelles façons de s’identifier aux personnages, surtout dans le septième livre, alors qu’Harry se retrouve confronté à l’isolement.
Harry Potter’s adventures take on a new significance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Reading Harry Potter in a new light during the coronavirus pandemic

Rereading Harry Potter during the COVID-19 pandemic means finding new ways of identifying with the characters, especially in the seventh book, where Harry finds himself struggling with isolation.
A nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London simulates the administration of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 4, 2020 to support staff training ahead of the rollout in the United Kingdom. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

Which age group — old or young — should get the COVID-19 vaccine first may depend on timing

If supplies of COVID-19 vaccine are initially limited, who should be vaccinated first? A mathematical model shows when and why it’s best to start with the young, and when older people should go first.
With the American flag reflected in the teleprompter, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport on Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Why Donald Trump’s words work, and what to do about it

Because dramatic tension fuels attention, Trump's words work to generate tension, anxiety and conflict. We need to react with civility, care and calm to undo the cycle of attention and persuasion.
As the cold weather approaches and we look for indoor activities, video games are both fun and educational. (Shutterstock)

Video games can add to kids’ learning during COVID-19 pandemic

Video games can be useful in learning English, math, history, physics and yes, even physical education. While they're not a substitute for schooling, video games are a great indoor activity.
Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures. (Shutterstock)

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
British Columbia’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 20. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Even in 2020, a double standard is still applied to women in the spotlight

Women in visible leadership positions are subject to personal attacks as less competent and reliable than their male colleagues. Acknowledging this double standard is the first step in addressing it.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Education Minister Stephen Lecce, right, on July 30, 2020, before announcing the government’s plan for reopening schools in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Are local shutdowns effective, or should COVID-19 lockdowns be in lockstep provincewide?

With sufficient testing and co-ordination, reopening schools and businesses in areas without active outbreaks can be as effective as a wide lockdown in minimizing COVID-19 cases, according to a new model.
A man photographs a mural of late actor Chadwick Boseman’s character T'Challa (Black Panther) from the 2018 film ‘Black Panther,’ on Sept. 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Why Chadwick Boseman is more of a hero than Hollywood’s Black Panther

Unlike the Hollywood hero he portrayed, Boseman created space for a kaleidoscope of Black masculinities and challenged the narrative that urban Black men are in need of saving.
American history professor Jessica Krug revelation that she was white, and not Black as she had been pretending, created an immediate backlash against her. (Shutterstock)

White prof’s admission she posed as Black raises hard questions about race and identity

History professor Jessica Krug had built her life as a Black woman, but she was a white Jewish woman from Kansas. Her revelation raises questions about why some white people assume Black identities.
Canada lags behind some countries with preserving public digital records. (Flickr/BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives Canada)

2020 is a year for the history books, but not without digital archives

Policymakers should mandate Canada's national library to archive the entire Canadian web domain so future reserachers can make sense of 2020 and ongoing responses to the pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump joins Vice President Mike Pence on stage at the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore on Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Republican National Convention: Even more dangerous than 4 years ago

To fill a convention with blatant racism, as the Republicans did in 2016, is bad enough. But, after four years of racist policies, a convention filled with subtle racism is perhaps more dangerous.

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