A man on a skateboard and a young woman pass large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., November 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Cut university tuition fees amid COVID-19

New guidelines for health-care providers advise supporting every individual to achieve their best health, rather than focusing on weight status. (Shutterstock)

Reducing obesity stigma in health care

Traditional media was left out in the cold years ago due to the advent of technology, meaning today’s news media crisis has been a long time in the making. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

6 solutions to ease the COVID-19 media crisis

The news media crisis is constant but there are a few practical solutions available to help the news business get out of the hole.
Rhetoric that casts COVID-19 as a Chinese virus stigmatizes Asian people and plays into racist tropes of a ‘yellow peril.’ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Coronavirus: The ‘yellow peril’ revisited

Stating that COVID-19 is a “Chinese” disease, dehumanizes and reinforces well-worn stereotypes of Chinese people as the "yellow peril."
A person bicycles past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Some university students forced to choose between education & legal rights

Students won’t be allowed to participate in activities at St. Francis Xavier University this fall unless they sign a COVID-19 waiver. That's forcing them to make a difficult and unfair choice.
The Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated 75 years ago as the Second World War was coming to an end. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Anti-Semitism on the rise, 75 years after end of WW2

After half of all European Jews were killed by the Nazis, the post-Holocaust credo of Jews around the world has been "Never again!" But there's been a surge in anti-Semitism since 2017.
Online shaming leads to personal attacks and resignations, not structural change. (Miguel Bruna/Unsplash)

Shame won’t alter power structures at universities

Bringing change to universities needs to focus on systems, not people. Although online shaming is effective at removing people from their positions, it doesn't change systems.
Studying the genomes of mountain goats supports conservation efforts. (Shutterstock)

Mountain goat genetics & environmental adaptation

As mountain goats face pressures from climate change and human disturbance, analyzing their genome provides useful information on their ecology and evolution.
Black Lives Matter has moved beyond polite protest and is challenging dominant narratives in new and successful ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

BLM uses creative tactics to confront racism

By rejecting traditional norms of "respectable" protest, BLM activists compel police and the public to confront anti-Black racism.
We miss too much when we treat all seniors as helpless. (Unsplash/@unitednations/Lélie Lesage)

How we rely on older adults, especially during coronavirus

COVID-19 public health messages often classify 'elderly neighbours' as in need of aid, and overlook the substantial contributions, achievements and resources of older people.
The coronavirus pandemic is adding to women’s domestic and professional workloads. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 amplifies stress for women caregivers

Adult daughters who are the primary care providers for their children and aging parents are facing added stress due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The family of D’Andre Campbell, a Black man in a mental health crisis who was shot and killed by Peel police in April in his home in Brampton, is pictured outside their lawyer’s office in Toronto. Left to right: Sister Michelle Campbell, mother Yvonne Campbell and brother Dajour Campbell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Police encounters reveal a mental health system in distress

Federal incentives would enhance community support for those with mental illness and would avert police engagement.
A New York Mets employee places cutouts of fans in the seats before the team’s first game of the year on July 24. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Sports resume, but at what cost?

Sports is typically a reflection of society, not an exception to it. COVID-19 seems to have turned the model of professional sport inside out.
Do you know where your coffee comes from? The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

We must unravel food’s murky supply chains

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of supply chains. But even with the increased recent attention, most supply chains remain murky. Consumers can play a key role in lifting that cloud.
Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about the rebranding of skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
The myth of Asians being good at math both encourages a “blame-the-victim” approach to math failure and imposes significant psycho-social pressure on high-achieving students. (Chuttersnap/Unsplash)

Racist stereotyping of Asians as good at math harms students

A Vancouver study found Mandarin-speaking girls were more likely to be eligible for university than Cantonese-speaking boys. High-achieving students were from wealthier families who had tutors.
The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to copy strands of DNA. (Pixabay/PixxlTeufel)

COVID-19 tests and a Canadian biotech pioneer

COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
Staying in touch with other entrepreneurs via video calls during COVID-19 builds a sense of community among startup founders, research has shown. (Chris Montgomery/Unsplash)

Startup founders help each other

How are startup entrepreneurs getting through the COVID-19 pandemic? Talking to each other to offer tips, expertise and a sympathetic ear is helpful, according to an ongoing study.
Love up-tempo bebop? Try ‘The Romance of Improvisation in Canada,’ an album of jazz-inspired film scores by Canadian composer Eldon Rathburn. (Shutterstock)

A summer playlist of lesser-known songs

Check out these hidden gems for listeners who love jazz, Beethoven, Gershwin and beyond.
Canada doesn’t extradite people to countries with the death penalty. But there are other ways to put those accused of crimes at serious risk. (Erika Wittlieb/Pixabay)

Is Canada helping other countries kill people?

Canadians should know more about how our government co-operates with other countries in criminal cases. Are we unwittingly risking the lives or rights of those accused of crimes?

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