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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The limits of Canada’s federal emergency law during the coronavirus pandemic

Given the structural limitations of Canadian federalism, the use of the Emergencies Act during the coronavirus pandemic could cause conflict between provincial and federal governments.
A woman holds her newborn son right after giving birth; they are still in the birthing pool after labour at home. (Shutterstock)

During coronavirus hospital surge, a midwife recommends home birth

During a pandemic, a home birth starts looking better every second. Midwives with their specialized skills in low-risk normal birth can be of great service.
Passengers waiting at the ferry terminal in Dartmouth, N.S. on March 16, 2020. The number of passengers has been limited as part of the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. (Andrew Vaughan/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Coronavirus: When Canadian compassion requires social distancing

Canadians have a reputation for compassion; in the current COVID-19 pandemic, this means helping each other by staying away.
The January 2019 collapse of a dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, sent mining tailings and mud over the landscape for miles, destroying this bridge and killing 300 people. Andre Penner/AP

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.
Residents of St. John’s, NL dig out after a major storm in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Snow shovelling: Healthy exercise or deadly activity?

Shovelling snow is excellent exercise that works the upper and lower body. However, it's important to remember that digging out from a storm pushes many people to their maximal fitness capacity.
A Congolese family approaches the unofficial border crossing with Canada while walking down Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., in August 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Krupa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Krupa

Refugee stories reveal anxieties about the Canada-U.S. border

Canadian leaders have desperately tried to preserve the country's image of liberal humanitarianism at our border, but the reality is Canada's immigration history is built upon exclusion.
The northern map turtle is listed as a species at risk in Canada. Little is known about its reproductive behaviour as it spends most of its life underwater. G. Bulté

I spy on real turtles having sex with 3D-printed turtle sex dolls

New technologies are revealing more about the secret lives of underwater turtles. Using underwater cameras and 3D printing, researchers are learning more than ever before.
Suburban infrastructure growth has resulted in functional landscapes designed to serve the growing needs of urban peripheries. Zhu Hongzhi/Unsplash

The suburbs can help cities in the fight against climate change

Located at the edges of cities, suburbs have a role to play in urban resilience to disasters caused or exacerbated by climate change.
A picture taken in the late 1970s shows a group of refugees (162 persons) who arrived on a small boat which sank a few meters from the shore in Malaysia. UNHCR/K. Gaugler

The story behind the world’s first private refugee sponsorship program

Forty years ago, the Canadian government applied its new program for private sponsorship of refugees allowing Canada to welcome the largest number of Southeast Asian refugees in the world.
ohingyas refugees gather near the fence at the ‘no man’s land’ zone between the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Gambia has announced it’ll take a case against Myanmar to the ICJ. EPA/Nyein Chan Naing

Myanmar might finally be held accountable for genocide, but the court case must recognise sexual violence

The sheer volume of pregnant women in the refugee camps was an early indicator of the extent sexual violence was used against Rohingya women and girls.
Jean Truchon, right, looks on as lawyer Jean-Pierre Menard gives their reaction to a Québec judge overturning parts of provincial and federal laws on medically assisted dying on September 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The latest medical assistance in dying decision needs to be appealed: Here’s why

One judge must not be allowed to curtail parliament’s power to promote broader societal interests and protect people who are elderly, ill and disabled.
North Carolina Electoral College representatives sign the Certificates of Vote in December 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The Electoral College will never make everyone happy

A quirk of mathematics gives voters in some small states, like Rhode Island and Nebraska, an extra edge over voters in other states. This happens not only in the US, but in other countries, too.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, centre, takes part in a climate strike march in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Reasserting proper relationships of accountability in the Age of Greta

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired the cross-country climate marches, but accountability lies with governments and corporations.

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