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An Ontario Provincial Police tactical officer looks on from the top hatch of an armoured vehicle during protests against COVID-19 restrictions at the Ambassador Bridge on Feb. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian police are becoming more militarized, and that is damaging public trust

Canada’s police services are becoming increasingly militarized. This undermines the fundamental aims of policing and fosters public distrust of police.
A homeless person lies in a tent pitched in downtown Toronto in April 2020. New research suggests we need to focus less on new technologies to streamline social services and more on the people entwined in these systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Technology is far from a silver bullet for solving homelessness or child welfare issues

While technology can be a useful tool, it can also divert funding and attention from the root causes of the social welfare issues it aims to address.
New Canadians take the Oath of Citizenship during halftime at a Redblacks and Montréal Alouettes CFL game in Ottawa in July 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How smaller cities can integrate newcomers into their labour markets

Canada is counting on immigrants to drive economic growth. Smaller urban communities can help take pressure off Canada’s most heavily populated regions by attracting and retaining newcomers.
Swimming pool closures at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of Canadians missing swimming lessons. (Shutterstock)

Fewer swimming lessons and lifeguard shortages make swimming even riskier this summer

Gaps in swimming lessons, lifeguard shortages and climate change may make water-based activities even riskier this summer.
A special constable with the Kawartha Lakes Police Services stands at a road block in Kawartha Lakes, Ont. in November 2020, following the death of an 18-month-old boy during a police pursuit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Jameson Shapiro shooting trial: Why police trials perform a vital public service

A criminal trial is a venue where not only individual police officers accused of crimes are put under public scrutiny, but so too are the training and tactics that officer received.
Early play-based learning helps children develop skills and knowledge before elementary school, and provides an essential foundation for learning in later years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Newly linked data can reveal academic development from kindergarten to high school in 150,000 students

A study following Ontario students between 2004 and 2012 can help policymakers ensure all students get the supports they need when they need them.
A driver backs a Volkswagen e-Golf into a parking spot in Peterborough, Ont. Volkswagen has announced plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in St. Thomas, in southwestern Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Did Canada and Ontario pay too much money for Volkswagen’s battery plant?

For the kind of money the federal and Ontario governments probably spent for a Volkswagen EV battery plant in southwestern Ontario, Canada might have been able to launch its own EV maker.
NOSM University, which began as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, may potentially offer a model for Northern education in other professional fields. (NOSM University)

Northern Ontario needs more local post-secondary education — and the province’s funding

Ontario’s changed university funding formula, which forces institutions to rely on high student tuition for niche programs, is putting some northern institutions in precarious financial situations.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in October 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Women in politics: To run or not to run?

Research suggests that women may be underrepresented in politics because parties act as gatekeepers and tend to choose men over women as candidates.
The federal government announced its intention to fund the construction of a new drinking water pipeline between Oneida Nation of the Thames and the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System. (Sheri Longboat)

To improve drinking water quality in First Nation communities, a collaborative approach is important

Water sharing arrangements have the potential to enhance water security, but they require strong communication and co-ordination between community leaders in addition to adequate financial support.
Women sew a quilt at the Quilting Bee Demonstration at the Canadian National Exhibition circa 1940. (Canadian National Exhibition Archives)

Quilts from the Second World War tell the stories of the Canadian women who sewed them

Canadian women made an estimated 400,000 quilts during the Second World War. The quilts represent the forgotten story of Canadian women’s efforts during the war.
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca on the campaign trail during the June 2022 election in which he failed to stop Doug Ford. The Liberals only won eight seats and Del Duca stepped down, but the party still has a future in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Ontario Liberals are down but far from out when it comes to ruling the province

While Ontario’s Liberals failed to recapture what they lost in 2018 in the 2022 election, the bigger picture shows this isn’t particularly noteworthy nor damning for the party.
School choice policies have positioned schools as existing in a free market of schools, but parents and guardians have different amounts of ‘educational currency’ or privilege when choosing programs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

French immersion and other regional learning programs: Smart choice for your kids, or do they fuel inequity?

In a study, teachers who are parents acknowledged programs of choice separate students into cohorts labelled strong and weak, yet many continue to secure spots for their own children.

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