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A woman wades into flood waters in Calgary, Alta., on June 14, 2020, after a major hail storm damaged homes and flooded streets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
September 3, 2020

Climate change has boosted the likelihood of heavy rainfall, hailstorms, flooding and drought seen in some parts of the world. What does the future hold?

For those who teach children ages five and under, communicating while wearing a mask may have special challenges. (Shutterstock)
August 23, 2020

Children up to age five get a lot of cues from facial expressions. That makes teaching in a mask challenging, but teachers can learn from strategies developed by masked pediatric nurses.

An escalation in parental anxiety and depression during COVID-19 not only affects parents’ mental health, but may also have long-term effects on children. (Shutterstock)
August 16, 2020

Parents of young children are reporting alarming increases in anxiety and depression during COVID-19. This is not only a risk to parents’ mental health, but also to children’s long-term well-being.

Instead of returning to “normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada should adopt a health-care system that focuses on prevention and the social determinants of health. (Pixabay, Canva)
August 12, 2020

COVID-19 has shown the flaws of a reactive health-care system designed to care for people who are already sick. A preventive approach would be more equitable, less expensive and keep us healthier.

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took place across Canada during the pandemic showed that individual actions can make a difference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
July 1, 2020

We have seen our ability to act in alignment with public health measures during the pandemic. People’s everyday actions could also make a difference in addressing systemic injustice.

Justin Trudeau’s government initiated the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit to help people who lost their jobs during the pandemic. Why not make such a program permanent? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
June 28, 2020

The relative success of the CERB during the pandemic shows the time is finally right for a permanent basic annual income program.

Empty shelves in a grocery store in Toronto on March 22, 2020 as customers stock up on dry goods and shelf-stable foods. (Shutterstock)
May 31, 2020

Using innovative technologies like Bitcoin and automation can help protect our food supply chains from disruptions like the one caused by the current coronavirus pandemic.

Community support programs for breastfeeding have changed under COVID-19 restrictions. (Shutterstock)
May 7, 2020

There is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through breast milk, and breastfeeding is encouraged during COVID-19. However, the support available to new mothers has changed dramatically.

Babies around the world love ‘baby-talk’ and it can help them learn language too. (Richard Sagredo/Unsplash)
May 3, 2020

New research shows that babies around the world love baby talk — and when adults baby talk to them it is good for their language development.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland have relied heavily on the science-based advice of Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
April 17, 2020

The effective integration of science into policy-making improves legislation and leads to effective solutions for society — and not only during times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

Knowing when — and when not — to react to a child’s behaviour is a helpful strategy during the stressful time that comes with the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)
April 17, 2020

Family stress can go through the roof when managing social isolation or pandemic anxiety. A researcher of parent-child relationships offers practical tips to make time together more enjoyable.

La ministre de la Santé, Patty Hajdu, en compagnie de l’administratrice en chef de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, Theresa Tam, et du premier ministre Justin Trudeau, lors d’une conférence de presse sur le coronavirus qui s’est tenue à Ottawa, le 11 mars. La Presse Canadienne/Adrian Wyld
April 14, 2020

Que l’on soit ou non en situation de crise, l’intégration efficace de la science dans la prise de décisions politiques améliore les projets de loi et mène à des solutions efficaces pour la société.

When the COVID-19 pandemic tapers off, festivals will be an important part of recovery. Here, crowds last April at the 2019 Coachella music festival, in Indio, CA. The spring festival has been cancelled and rescheduled for the fall. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
March 16, 2020

The decision to cancel a festival is never easy and can have difficult financial and community costs. Both planners and would-be attendees can play a role in mitigating the impact.

Striking school teachers protest outside a speech by Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce in Toronto on Feb. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
March 3, 2020

Neoliberal governments are getting away with cutting public funding to education — by framing education as women’s work that needs a strong managerial hand.

Du personnel médical s’entretient avec une femme présumée avoir été infectée par le coronavirus dans un centre de santé communautaire à Wuhan, en Chine, en janvier 2020. Chinatopix via AP
March 2, 2020

Les médias sociaux ont permis aux chercheurs du monde entier de collaborer et de coordonner leurs efforts pour lutter contre l’épidémie et contenir sa propagation.

Medical workers talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan, China, in January 2020. Chinatopix via AP
January 30, 2020

Social media has allowed researchers around the world to collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts to fight the outbreak and contain its spread.

It’s time to start measuring our economy differently. (Shutterstock)
January 15, 2020

Some households have shared disproportionately in the growing national wealth, but GNP fails to reflect the disparity in gains across economic groups.

U.S. President Donald Trump was flanked by military officers as he responded to the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
January 8, 2020

Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases in response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani have raised tensions between the U.S. and Iran. But war seems unlikely at this point.

Millions of youth have participated in climate strikes, negotiations, press conferences and events, demanding urgent climate action this year. (Shutterstock)
December 19, 2019

The actions of today’s leaders on climate change will determine how much more vocal youth will become in 2020.

A city worker helps a woman who decided to cross St. Mark’s square on a gangway despite a prohibition to do so in Venice on Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
November 19, 2019

Venice is a beautiful city with legendary myths that have attracted travellers for hundreds of years. These myths may be what brings the resources needed to save the city.

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