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Laurier students aren’t content with simply earning a university degree. To them, education is a springboard to something greater: it’s the key to shaping a life, building a community and making a difference.

For more than a century, Laurier has been known for academic excellence. But we’ve also been dedicated to the philosophy that our students’ success is measured through more than grades – it’s based on the quality of the lives they lead, and those they inspire.

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Indigenous-led conservation economies have immense reconciliatory potential and need to be respectfully supported and engaged. (Sergey Pesterev/Unsplash)

Recognizing the transformational potential of Indigenous-led conservation economies

Indigenous-led conservation economies have immense reconciliatory potential and need to be respectfully supported and engaged in order to create a new shared and equitable economic system.
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?
Game jams are powerful spaces for galvanizing creativity in disenfranchised communities. (Shutterstock)

Making video games can help support addiction recovery

Game making is an art form that many aren’t intimately familiar with. Unlike other creative practices, game makers must create the rules and laws that govern and shape player behaviours.
A team of caring adults, including certified teachers and coaches, support The Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education (YAAACE) community initiatives in Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. (Ardavan Eizadirad)

Ontario can close students’ access and opportunity gaps with community-led projects

Revamping standardized testing needs to be accompanied with tangible actions to mitigate students’ opportunity gaps at the community level, particularly for racialized students.
Influencer seperti Kim Kardashian, yang memiliki 307 juta pengikut di Instagram, perlu mewaspadai keterlibatan yang bermasalah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sisi gelap influencer media sosial

Influencer perlu menyadari bahwa beberapa pengikut mereka mungkin memiliki hubungan yang tidak sehat dengan media sosial. Meskipun kontras dengan tujuan mereka, influencer dapat membantu menciptakan hubungan yang sehat.
Queen Elizabeth presents winners trophy to Althea Gibson who won the women’s title in the All England Lawn Tennis Championship at Wimbledon in July 1957. (AP Photo)

Taking a look back at the evolution of sport during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

The Platinum Jubilee serves as an opportunity to reflect on the complex interactions and historical evolution of the British monarchy and the transformations in sport, politics and society.
Lorelei Williams, whose cousin Tanya Holyk was murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton and aunt Belinda Williams went missing in 1978, wears a t-shirt bearing their photographs at a National Inquiry event in Vancouver in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘End the genocide’: Little action on MMIWG calls for justice in the 3 years since the national inquiry concluded

The government needs to implement its proposed action plan. The families of the missing and murdered put their trust in a federal inquiry process, but have yet to receive that justice.
Influencers like Kim Kardashian, who has 307 million followers on Instagram, need to be aware of problematic engagement. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The dark side of social media influencing

Influencers need to be aware that some of their followers may have unhealthy relationships with social media. Although it contrasts with their goals, influencers can help create healthy relationships.
A woman poses for a photo with a statue of the Winter Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen near the Olympic Green in Beijing on Jan. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Get caught up in the Olympic spirit, but keep your (political) eyes wide open

The Olympics, and all “mega sports,” are inevitably embedded in the political contexts of their times. To dismiss or bypass the political issues that arise seems naïve at best.
A woman and children who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C., in November 2021. The Insurance Institute of Canada forecasts that annual insured losses from natural disasters could increase to $5 billion within the next 10 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience

Although insurance is important in natural disaster recovery, government and property owners also play an important role in protecting Canadians against the impact of catastrophic weather events.
Media coverage of public health advisories has caused anxiety in many citizens who may deem tourism activities too risky during the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Fear of travelling: Canadians need to put travel risk into perspective

Now that restrictions are lifting and leisure travel is resuming, we need to be reminded that travel has positive effects on our health and wellness.
Les dirigeants mondiaux se sont déjà entendus pour faire cesser la déforestation, mais l'engagement est resté sans suite. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

L’accord sur la déforestation est essentiel pour ralentir le changement climatique, mais le Canada doit faire plus

Mettre fin à la déforestation présente un grand potentiel, mais le Canada a du pain sur la planche s’il veut atteindre ce nouvel objectif et faire cesser la perte continue de forêts et de carbone.
The world’s leaders have tried to stop deforestation before, but have had little success. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

COP26 deforestation deal key to slowing climate change, but Canada must tackle issues of carbon accounting and industry

The pledge to end deforestation holds great potential, but Canada has some work ahead if it is to make meaningful progress on the new goal and stop ongoing forest and carbon loss.
Unstructured outdoor play is an important part of a healthy childhood, but Ontario schoolyards are falling short. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

‘Playground politics’ are anything but: For health’s sake, Ontario students need better schoolyards

Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game in February, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

What if Tom Brady took a knee instead of Colin Kaepernick?

Brady taking a knee is counter to both the man and the league. Nonetheless, had he done so, he would have been received much more favourably.
Forty statues represent the children of a former plantation in the ‘Children of Whitney’ installation in Edgard, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Holocaust victims got reparations, so why not descendants of trans-Atlantic slavery?

There are major obstacles in confronting the social movement for reparations for the slave trade. Such reparations are a moral imperative, but politically, successfully obtaining them will be hard.

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