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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 virology lab researcher works to develop a test that will detect the P.1 variant of the coronavirus, in São Paulo, Brazil, in March 2021. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Why we need open-source science innovation — not patents and paywalls

In open-source endowed research positions, professors release all of their intellectual property. Surveys of academics in the U.S. and Canada find most like the idea.
La ministre des Affaires étrangères Mélanie Joly en conférence de presse en compagnie du ministre de la Sécurité publique Marco Mendocino à Vancouver, le 27 novembre 2022. La Presse canadienne/Darryl Dyck

Stratégie du Canada pour l’Indo-Pacifique : distance avec la Chine, mais l’obsession pour le « miracle asiatique » demeure

Si les liens avec les régimes démocratiques de la région indopacifique doivent avoir un sens, le Canada doit se tourner vers les démocraties, et pas seulement vers les partenaires plus riches.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly responds to questions at a news conference as Public Safety Minister Marco Mendocino listens in Vancouver on Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy: The same old starry-eyed thinking about Asian trade

If ties to democratic regimes in the Indo-Pacific region are to mean anything, Canada must look to smaller, poorer democracies and not only to the obvious partners — and become a human rights advocate.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping after taking part in the closing session at the G20 Leaders Summit in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why did Xi scold Trudeau? Maybe because Canada spent years helping China erode human rights

Xi Jinping thought he could chastise Justin Trudeau because this is the lesson the Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper governments had conveyed: Don’t take us seriously when we talk about rights.
The cost of assessment prevents some students, who self-identify as having a disability, from pursuing an assessment and diagnosis that would allow them to claim formal accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students

A survey of disabled students found that some university accommodations they value became more widespread in the pandemic, like flexible course deadlines.
A florist hands a curbside order to a customer during the Valentine’s Day rush in Almonte, Ont., in February 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Compassion has won out when it comes to Canadian support for COVID-19 financial aid

New research suggests Canadians were more likely to support Ottawa’s COVID-19 financial aid if they recognized others were dealing with financial struggles, no matter their own economic situation.
The Canadian women’s hockey team has received little financial support from Hockey Canada despite winning several international competitions. (Shutterstock)

Hockey Canada must stop treating women’s and para hockey like an afterthought

Canadian women’s and para hockey have long been woefully underfunded. Management changes at Hockey Canada are an opportunity to correct the unequal way the game is supported.
Whitney Wolfe Herd who heads up Bumble speaks during the TIME 100 Summit in New York, April 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Powerful women heading up dating apps are framed as young and sexy

Two women ruled the dating app tech industry last year. How they were portrayed by mainstream media versus how they portrayed themselves in social media says a lot about how women leaders are viewed.
Snow’s physical properties mean that it can accumulate chemicals from the environment, including nanoparticles from car exhaust. (Shutterstock)

Snow can spread and worsen the effects of pollutants in the environment

From persistent chemicals to exhaust particulate matter, snow accumulates highly toxic pollutants. Regulations are needed to address the impacts on water supplies and the food chain.
Because of the difficulty in managing their care, patients with COPD have hospitalization rates 63 per cent higher than the general population, as well as 85 per cent more emergency department visits and 48 per cent more ambulatory care visits. (Shutterstock)

How improving COPD treatment in primary care could reduce demand on hospitals and emergency departments

Innovation in primary care for COPD patients has the potential to alleviate a significant strain on the health system by reducing emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
A painting of the goddess Kali by Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. The film Kaali by Leena Manimekalai has drawn controversy for the way it depicts the goddess. (The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru)

Leena Manimekalai’s documentary ‘Kaali’ challenges Hindutva nationalism

Leena Manimekalai’s film Kaali has drawn controversy and criticism, but like her other films, it highlights the inequalities and discrimination many continue to face.
Newly elected Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at the Conservative Party of Canada leadership vote on Sept. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What Pierre Poilievre’s leadership means for the future of the Conservative Party

By focusing on issues that pertain to ordinary Canadians, Pierre Poilievre could be offering a compelling alternative to Justin Trudeau’s unpopular Liberals now that he’s won the Conservative leadership.
Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre poses for photographs with supporters at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in April 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why does Pierre Poilievre appeal to young Canadians? It’s all about economics

Pierre Poilievre’s momentum among young Canadians, if maintained, could bring the Conservative Party of Canada a notable electoral advantage in the next election.

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