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Kimberly Gwen Polman, a Canadian national, reads a letter at camp Roj in Syria. Polman came to the Islamic State’s caliphate to join her new husband, a man she knew only from online. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Canadian women who joined ISIS should be repatriated, investigated and rehabilitated

Canada needs a better framework to understand and analyze the participation of women who marry ISIS soldiers — and find ways to hold them accountable
On October 22, the French junior minister for digital transition and electronic communication, Cedric O, and the French prime minister, Jean Castex (rear) announcing the changeover of several departments to ‘maximum alert’, new curfew measures, and the new app ‘Tous Anti Covid’. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Digital privacy and Covid-19: between a paradox and a hard place

In the current pandemic, finding the right balance between the protection of public health and respecting civil liberties has proven to be supremely difficult.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that undocumented immigrants cause more crime, but new research suggests the opposite might be true. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Undocumented immigrants may actually make American communities safer – not more dangerous – new study finds

Statistical models debunk claims by Trump and others that undocumented immigration into the U.S. increases crime, building on a litany of past research.
A nurse (left) operates a robot used to interact remotely with coronavirus patients while a physician looks on. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

Robots are playing many roles in the coronavirus crisis – and offering lessons for future disasters

Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They’re tried and tested.
England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and the government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance hold a press conference on coronavirus. PA/Alberto Pezzali

Coronavirus: trust in political figures is at a low just as they need citizens to act on their advice

Leaders all over the world have tested their citizens to the limit in recent years. Now they need them to follow strict orders to stop the spread of infection.
Teachers can suffer abuse on the job. Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock.com

Violence and other forms of abuse against teachers: 5 questions answered

From being subjected to harassment and threats to getting assaulted or having their cars keyed, many American teachers are being victimized.
The nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont., was the subject of a false alarm. (Shutterstock)

The fallout from a false nuclear alarm

A nuclear alarm was issued on Jan. 12, 2020. The alarm had been mistakenly sent during a training exercise and was retracted, but the impact will erode trust in public safety efforts.
Fires that affect populated areas raise different safety and public health issues than wildfires. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Why we need to treat wildfire as a public health issue in California

Two fire researchers argue that recent fires in Northern and Southern California show why health and social equity need to be part of fire preparedness.
Bright light does not necessarily make a space feel safer, as seen here where there’s a sharp drop-off into dark shadows at the edge of the path. grafxart/Shutterstock

More lighting alone does not create safer cities. Look at what research with young women tells us

Bright lighting alone does not make a space feel safe. It can blind and disorientate and create dark shadows at the edges. Tellingly, ‘unsafe’ places had much higher illuminance than ‘safe’ places.
Nearly half of female tertiary students surveyed in Melbourne say they ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ feel safe on public transport after dark. KN/Shutterstock

Students don’t feel safe on public transport but many have no choice but to use it

As they return to classes, a survey finds nearly half of female tertiary students in Melbourne don’t feel safe using public transport at night. And 79% have been sexually harassed or victimised.
Scandals have dominated the recent headlines, but healthcare, education and public transport have been at the core of the policy debates. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Victoria election: the scandals, sloganeering and key issues to watch

With just days to go before the election, Labor is making a last-minute appeal to voters to stay in power, while the Liberals are pressing for change.

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