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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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A man sips a drink while sitting in environmentally friendly physical distancing circle at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on May 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19 caution fatigue: Why it happens, and 3 ways to prevent it

As the pandemic wears on, some people struggle to keep adhering to restrictions and social distancing guidelines. There are psychological reasons for caution fatigue, and ways to overcome it.
People’s names are an integral part of their identity, so it’s important to ensure that they are handled correctly. (Shutterstock)

How to get someone’s name right if it’s unfamiliar to you

Mishandling someone's name can lead to social exclusion and unbalanced power dynamics. Putting in the work to get names right reflects a dedication to inclusivity and respect for other cultures.
Women’s rights activists with posters of the Women’s Strike symbol protest in Warsaw, Poland, in October 2020 against a further tightening of Poland’s already restrictive abortion laws. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish women reject the Catholic Church’s hold on their country

The women’s movement in Poland faces a powerful and as yet unchallenged adversary in the Catholic Church.The protesters have correctly shone a spotlight on the church for its hold on Polish politics.
How do people really feel about working from home? (Corinne Kutz/Unsplash)

Working from home during COVID-19: What do employees really want?

The COVID-19 crisis is transforming work and how it is done, not just in universities. If managers think that they unilaterally know how to manage remote work, disorder could become chaos.
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.
Un technicien de laboratoire tient un flacon d’un candidat vaccin contre la Covid-19 dans le cadre d’essais au Centre de recherche Chula sur les vaccins, administré par l’Université Chulalongkorn à Bangkok, en Thaïlande, le 25 mai 2020. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

Voici comment fonctionnent les essais cliniques pour les vaccins contre la Covid-19

Un vaccin contre la Covid-19 sera-t-il sûr ? Les essais sur les animaux et l’humain et la surveillance post-approbation donnent de bonnes raisons de croire qu’un vaccin approuvé sera efficace et sûr.
A lab technician holds a vial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand on May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Explainer: How clinical trials test COVID-19 vaccines

Will a vaccine for COVID-19 be safe? Animal testing, human clinical trials and post-approval surveillance give us good grounds to believe that a future approved vaccine will work and be safe.
Personal support workers are in high demand - as this sign from Markham, ON indicates. They are an integral part of the healthcare system, but are racialized and underpaid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure

Personal support workers are crucial but under-appreciated in the health-care system. They are often subjected to racism, and they struggle to make ends meet while caring for our most vulnerable.
Facial recognition algorithms are usually tested using white faces, which results in the technology being unable to differentiate between racialized individuals. (Shutterstock)

AI technologies — like police facial recognition — discriminate against people of colour

Technology is not neutral, as facial recognition algorithms and predictive policing have shown us. Algorithms discriminate by design, reflecting and reinforcing pre-existing biases.
Police involvement is missing persons cases is often necessary. (Eric Ward/Unsplash)

What defunding the police could mean for missing persons

In the absence of serious efforts by mental health centres, shelters and youth group homes to prevent people from running away from their facilities in the first place, police involvement is necessary.
As human trials begin for potential COVID-19 vaccines, the ethics of human challenges studies must be considered. (Shutterstock)

Ethics must not be ignored when testing COVID-19 vaccines

Thousands of people around the world have said they are willing to be exposed to COVID-19 to test new vaccines. Since we don't fully understand the long-term effects of the disease, is this ethical?

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