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Language is so important, says prof. Frank Deer. Generational knowledge of culture is passed through stories, language, and symbols. Here two young women wearing ribbon skirts arrive for 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremonies in Calgary, Alta. (CP/Jeff McIntosh)
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Listen: Why preserving Indigenous languages is so critical to culture

A person wearing a protective face mask looks at a street mural during the COVID-19 pandemic in Edmonton Alta, in April 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Why it’s impossible for public policy to rely entirely on science

The only way an Alberta COVID-19 committee can meaningfully determine how public policy should be made is if it tackles head-on the question of how to measure the psychological impacts of policy.
Thick plumes of heavy smoke fill the Halifax sky as an out-of-control fire in a suburban community quickly spreads, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on May 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

Wildfire preparedness must include planning for unhoused people

There is an alarming lack of disaster preparedness plans in Canada that consider the unique risks and needs of unhoused people during wildfires.
Phil Mickelson lines up a shot on the 18th hole during the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J. in July 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

PGA Tour-LIV merger: What it means for the future of golf

As the rivalry between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf ends not with a bang, but with a merger, it’s clear both sides are far more interested in financial gain than issues of morality.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends a conference in May 2023 in Etobicoke, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Doug Ford: Selling out Ontario’s future for the well-connected

Doug Ford’s Ontario government is running up major long-term economic and environmental costs and liabilities, eroding the province’s capacity to deal with future challenges.
Streets are flooded in Kherson, Ukraine, after the Kakhovka dam was destroyed. While the war in Ukraine is largely conventional, the use of paramilitary forces by both sides could escalate hostilities in the months to come. (AP Photo/Libkos)

Paramilitaries in the Russia-Ukraine war could escalate the conflict

Both Russia and Ukraine are using paramilitary forces in their enduring conflict. But employing such forces poses serious risks for both countries.
Focusing on having a special day rather than a perfect day can help alleviate some of the pressure people feel when planning a wedding. (Pexels/Emma Bauso)

How to avoid toxic perfectionism when planning a wedding

Weddings have become increasingly curated: everything from the shoes to the table runners are perfectly themed and colour-co-ordinated. It is emblematic of our cultural obsession with perfection.
To enable sustainable and equitable fisheries, transparency must be coupled with capacity-building, monitoring, enforcement and truly participatory engagement. (Shutterstock)

Illuminating dark seas: Why fisheries management must be more transparent

One of the greatest challenges facing our oceans is illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. And a vital tool against this is problem is context-specific fisheries transparency.
Even though most people — including health-care professionals — are familiar with the term ‘blue balls,’ there is surprisingly little research on this phenomenon. (Shutterstock)

‘Blue balls’: There’s no evidence they’re harmful, and they shouldn’t be used to pressure partners into sex

The pain of ‘blue balls’ should never be used as a coercive tactic. But almost half of study participants — mostly women and some men — reported pressure to engage sexually.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing on artificial intelligence in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Governments, industry must balance AI’s ethical concerns

Strengthening democratic values in the face of AI will require coordinated international efforts between industry, government and non-governmental organizations.
Canada has a productivity problem and its economy is falling behind other developed countries as a result. What’s going on? (Shutterstock)

Canada’s lagging productivity affects us all and will take years to fix

Canada needs to improve the way we work. Improving our productivity ranking will take years, but by taking steps in education, in the private sector and in government, we can achieve national wealth.
Lake surrounding a mining site in Northern Québec. (Maxime Thomas)
Boreal Forest

The invisible effects of human activity on nature

Human activities can affect plants and have consequences for the human populations that consume them.

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