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Migrant workers at an asparagus farm near Vittoria, Ont., in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Despite Ontario workers’ compensation reforms, migrant workers are still being left behind

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board must ensure all injured migrant workers — past, present and future — are spared systemic discrimination in the wake of its recent apology.
Alice Munro (left) receives her 1986 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction from Governor General Jeanne Sauvé in Toronto, 1987. (CP PHOTO/Blaise Edwards)

The Gothic horror of Alice Munro: A reckoning with the darkness behind a feminist icon

An essay by Alice Munro’s daughter about childhood sexual abuse has forced a reckoning with the legacy of the feminist icon and writer acclaimed for her ability to give voice to women’s lives.
Leslie Church, the Liberal candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greet supporters at a campaign volunteer event in Toronto in May 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

A byelection to watch: What the Toronto-St. Paul’s vote means for Justin Trudeau

Both Liberals and Conservatives have invested a lot of resources into an upcoming Toronto byelection. If the Liberals lose the riding, it will be an ominous sign for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
Members of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at the scene of a homicide investigation in Hamilton, Ont., May 2023. The unit is charged with investigating potential misconduct by Ontario police officers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Does the Ontario Special Investigations Unit need a broader mandate to improve police oversight?

The SIU plays a vital role in providing oversight of Ontario police officers. But how effective is the agency in practice?
We have a responsibility to interrogate EdTech and surveillance companies’ claims of offering technological solutions to complex social problems. (Shutterstock)

Vaping in schools: Ontario’s $30 million for surveillance and security won’t address student needs

In an underfunded education system, in a context of deteriorating public supports, we are turning toward intrusive technologies to contain and control the social pain of young people.
Aamjiwnaang children celebrate Indigenous peoples’ day on the community baseball field across from Ineos Styrolution. (Laurence Butet-Roch)

Meaningful engagement is the key to achieving Bill C-226’s goal of ending environmental racism in Canada

The federal government’s proposed Bill C-226 could be an important first step in addressing environmental racism, but only if communities are involved.
Five Ontario school boards are suing the companies behind major social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, alleging their addictive products have caused the students to suffer from mental health issues, and causing widespread damage and disruption to the education system.

Why students harmed by addictive social media need more than cellphone bans and surveillance

Is a cellphone ban, along with increased surveillance, the right way to deal with the impact of addictive and harmful technology in classrooms?
A sunflower miner bee, a species considered vulnerable in Ontario. (Shutterstock)

Wild bees are under threat from domestic bees, invasive species, pathogens and climate change — but we can help

Wild bees face risks from domesticated bees, habitat loss, and climate change. Supporting bee diversity in Ontario is an important component of promoting a healthy environment.
A student holds a ‘Free Palestine’ sign at a rally at the University of Texas April 24, 2024, in Austin, Texas, one of many gatherings following the arrest of more than 100 demonstrators at Columbia University protesting Israel’s war in Gaza. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

As campus protests escalate surrounding the Israel-Gaza war, Ontario’s Bill 166 is not the answer

Ontario’s Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act threatens to undermine university autonomy, and could serve to censor critical thinking and dissent on campuses.
Pre-emptively announcing a state of emergency for prime eclipse-viewing areas in Canada’s Niagara Region is an example of prudent planning. (Shutterstock)

Niagara pre-emptively declares a state of emergency in anticipation of massive solar eclipse crowds

A million people are anticipated to head to the Niagara Region to experience the total solar eclipse on April 8. Keeping large crowds of spectators safe may pose a challenge for the region.
Some fault teachers for an inability to restrict phone use at school. But both students and some parents resist this, and problems far exceed in-class distraction. A student puts her phone in a holder at Delta High School in Delta, Utah, in February 2024. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

School board social media lawsuits: For too long we’ve sought individual solutions to a collective problem

Four Canadian school boards are suing social media giants. This comes as 95 per cent of Ontario schools report needing more resources to support student mental health.

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