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Founded in 1878, Western University in London, Ontario is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, combining academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in the arts, humanities, engineering, sciences, health sciences, social sciences, business and law. With research collaborations on every continent and students and faculty trained far and wide, Western is actively engaged internationally. Western’s campus community is comprised of more than 38,000 students from 127 countries, 3,800 faculty and staff and 294,000 alumni in 154 countries. Western offers nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 11 faculties, a School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and three affiliated university colleges. Western is proud to provide Canada’s best student experience.

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New research shows that if you pay people for achievable increases in their daily physical activity, they will continue to be more active for months after the rewards are withdrawn. (Shutterstock)

Companies and governments are paying people to get healthy, and it works

Financial rewards can entice us to exercise more, and the benefits are lasting, according to a new research review.
Reuven Rivlin, president of the state of Israel, presents Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a gift of socks from his wife before a meeting in Chelsea, Que. in April 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s updated trade agreement with Israel violates international law

Treating Israeli settlements as part of Israel in the new Canada-Israel free-trade deal entangles Canada in serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska. It weighed as much as 100 kilograms, roughly the same as a small black bear. Illustrated by Luke Dickey/Western University

Why giant human-sized beavers died out 10,000 years ago

Scientists studied the fossilized bones of giant beavers to understand what they ate and whether the species could keep up with environmental change.
Ontario budget provisions aiming to limit Crown liability would also apply retroactively, thereby extinguishing existing lawsuits, including a class action by juvenile inmates who were placed in solitary confinement. Ye Jinghan/Unsplash

Ontario government seeking to insulate itself from lawsuits

Proposed new legislation in Ontario will make it much harder to sue the provincial government for its negligence or bad faith.
Fireworks explode over the Toronto skyline, during the opening ceremonies for the Pan Am Games in July 2015. Toronto is among several global cities that are driving trade in services among countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rebecca Blackwell

How global cities are changing international trade

Cities have not been central to public policy discussions on trade growth and diversification that are typically centred on trade pacts between countries. But cities are now driving a lot of trade.
Urban beekeepers trained in native bee stewardship and pollinator gardening can help fight the decline of native bees. (Shutterstock)

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Urban beekeeping is growing in popularity, but so is the backlash against honey bees.
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The opioid crisis is not about pain

A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America's opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72 ans, soupçonné d'être le Golden State Killer, responsable d'au moins une douzaine de meurtres et 50 viols dans les années 1970 et 1980, est traduit en justice à la Cour supérieure du comté de Sacramento, Californie. Les professions exercées par DeAngelo correspondent au profil des tueurs en série et des psychopathes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Les emplois préférés des tueurs en série et des psychopathes

La psychopathie est un dénominateur commun chez les tueurs en série, les agresseurs sexuels et la plupart des criminels violents. Et ils chérissent certaines professions plus que d'autres.
About 100 homes in Angus, Ont. were damaged by a tornado in June 2014. Ten lost their roofs and had to be demolished. Gregory Alan Kopp, Western University

As climate changes, the way we build homes must change too

Weather-related catastrophic events have cost Canadians more than $17 billion in the past decade. That only stands to grow, unless building codes change to make homes more resilient.
Le chef du NPD Jagmeet Singh célèbre sa victoire à l'élection partielle dans Burnaby-Sud, le 25 février 2019. La Presse Canadienne/Jonathan Hayward

Après sa victoire aux partielles, Singh à nouveau en selle… mais est-ce trop tard ?

Jagmeet Singh devait gagner l'élection partielle dans Burnaby-Sud. Maintenant que le chef du NPD a un siège au Parlement, peut-il encore renverser la situation avant les élections fédérales d'octobre?
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates his Burnaby South byelection win on Feb. 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Byelection win offers Singh an opportunity to reset his leadership

Jagmeet Singh needed to win the byelection in Burnaby South. Now that the NDP leader will have a seat in Parliament, can he still turn around the party's fortunes before this year's federal election?
Des protestataires fuient les forces policières qui leur tirent dessus, lors d'une manif à Port-au-Prince demandant la démission du président Jovenel Moise. Parmi les mécontentements,
les pannes de courant qui se répètent de plus en plus en Haïti et symbolisent la perte de pouvoir du peuple.
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

Haïti brûle: au-delà du manque de carburant, les pannes de courant alimentent le mécontentement

L’électricité est une question politique tendue en Haïti. Seulement le quart de la population y a accès, et ceux qui l’ont en profitent rarement toute la journée, tous les jours.
Au lieu de prendre des vitamines et autres suppléments nutritionnels afin de vieillir en bonne santé, mangez des légumes, dormez bien et faites de l'exercice. Shutterstock

Au lieu de prendre des vitamines, dormez et mangez mieux!

Au lieu de prendre des vitamines et autres suppléments nutritionnels afin de vieillir en bonne santé, mangez des légumes, dormez bien et faites de l'exercice.
Research shows we all hold negative stereotypes; once we accept this, we can start to making positive change. Shutterstock

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for stigmatizing mental health

Awareness campaigns can only go so far to stopping the stigmatization of mental health. Change occurs once we stop shaming ourselves and others for our bias.
One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet. (Shutterstock)

Why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead

Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.

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