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Cancel culture: YouTube videos on ‘getting cancelled’ are now their own genre and have links to the past

April 25, 2023 — 
The explosion of user-created content on platforms like YouTube, Twitch and TikTok has unsettled traditional notions of authorship.

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Faculty of Arts

The Canadian government should make the grocery rebate permanent to combat the affordability crisis

April 10, 2023 — 
One of the most anticipated measures of the 2023 Canadian federal budget is the grocery rebate. The rebate is designed to provide relief to millions of Canadians who are struggling with rising grocery prices and food insecurity.

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Gods in the machine? The rise of artificial intelligence may result in new religions

March 16, 2023 — 
We are about to witness the birth of a new kind of religion. In the next few years, or perhaps even months, we will see the emergence of sects devoted to the worship of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Faculty of Arts

Growing farmland inequality in the Prairies poses problems for all Canadians

March 2, 2023 — 
Real estate is a hot topic in Canada. Most Canadians are acutely aware of how home prices and rents have skyrocketed in the last 15 years or so. In large cities, investor ownership of condos and houses has attracted the attention of policymakers and the public at large, prompting the federal government to crack down on foreign buyers.

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Faculty of Arts

NORAD’s value is on full display as flying objects shot down over North America

February 27, 2023 — 
Four (and counting) air objects have violated North American airspace in less than a week. It began with a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon flying over Alaska and northwestern Canada.

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Funding electric public transit can reduce emissions and address economic inequality

January 16, 2023 — 

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Faculty of Education

What exactly is ‘neurodiversity?’ Using accurate language about disability matters in schools

January 6, 2023 — 
The connection between language and meaning has been well established. The language we use is directly related to the way we view and treat others. Inclusive language is imperative to achieve equitable change, grounded in human rights and social justice.

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Canada’s current social assistance programs are not doing enough to support Canadians. (Shutterstock)

Research and International

Better income assistance programs are needed to help people with rising cost of living

October 4, 2022 — 
A more generous income assistance program should also have more frequent regular payments. Expanding the GST credit might be more helpful, but other ways to supplement or replace provincial social assistance programs, such as a guaranteed basic income for working-age Canadians, might provide better support for those in need.

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Alex Bird (second from the left) and his siblings from the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation were among the first students to attend this public school, near Prince George, B.C., in the early 1910s. (Royal B.C. Museum, Image B-00342, British Columbia Archives)

Research and International

Reckoning with the history of public schooling and settler colonialism

September 26, 2022 — 
Part of the “complex truth” behind reconciliation is understanding that public schooling has also played an important role in settler colonialism in Canada.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a hydrogen energy deal signing ceremony on August 23, 2022 in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Research and International

New ‘hydrogen alliance’ offers Canada an opportunity to export ammonia to Europe

August 31, 2022 — 
The Hydrogen Alliance proposes a “transatlantic Canada-Germany supply corridor” to start exporting hydrogen by 2025

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