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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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Runners should have advance knowledge of what to expect in case of race disruption or rerouting prior to setting off on the course. (Shutterstock)

Research and International

Lessons from a cancelled marathon: Athletic events, heat and the effects of climate change

August 9, 2022 — 
As record high temperatures continue, investment in emergency preparedness is necessary to ensure communities can stay safe while sharing meaningful experiences together

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Uber deliberately positioned itself as a tech company to avoid the regulations of the taxi industry. (Shutterstock)

Research and International

The manipulation of Uber’s public image profoundly impacted the lives of taxi drivers

August 3, 2022 — 
Uber’s controversial behaviour during its aggressive global expansion didn’t just help the company build its global empire, it put taxi drivers’ livelihoods at risk and negatively impacted their lives.

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A woman who attended an Indian Day School joins her daughter as they look at the Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages on display outside the B.C. legislature in June 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Research and International

Canada’s reckoning with colonialism and education must include Indian Day Schools

July 13, 2022 — 
Many Canadians are finally coming to terms with the truth that the Canadian government, in co-operation with Christian churches, ran a genocidal school system intended to 'kill the Indian in the child' for more than a century

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People have come forward in highly publicized stories speaking to experiences of sexism, sexual violence and silencing at the hands of hockey players and teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Research and International

Showered in sexism: Hockey culture needs a reckoning

July 5, 2022 — 
Rather than finger-pointing, the hockey community needs to consider the ways entrenched hierarchies, rewarded performances of masculinity and enforcement of a “bro code” encourage sexism, misogyny, homophobia and hypermasculinity.

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Holberg Inlet, along the north shore of Vancouver Island, is a rich site for Cretaceous flora.

Faculty of Science

New prehistoric plant discovery highlights the unexpected diversity of non-flowering plants

June 13, 2022 — 
The renowned Apple Bay fossil locality of northern Vancouver Island is helping us reimagine seed plant diversity in the Early Cretaceous, the last of three geologic periods comprising the Mesozoic Era

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Stephen Lecce, minister of education for Ontario, was challenged for his anti-Black behaviour in college. THE CANADIAN PRESS-Nathan Denette

Faculty of Arts

Call out anti-Black racism every day, not as a campaign tactic

May 27, 2022 — 
The tactic of uncovering anti-Black racist “indiscretions” during an election campaign is an effort to villainize politicians while upholding a colour-blind version of racism.

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Abortion-rights demonstrators hold up letters spelling out ‘My Choice,’ Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Research and International

Denying abortion access has a negative impact on children and families

May 19, 2022 — 
As abortion access is limited, the consequences at the individual level ripple through society as, on average, people denied abortions and their children are more likely to experience negative economic, social and health effects.

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