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Harm Reduction: A Six-Step Program To Protect Democratic Expression Online

Harm Reduction: A Six-Step Program To Protect Democratic Expression Online

Following nine months of study and deliberations, the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression has settled on a series of principles and recommendations that can lead to a practical course of action. What we set forth is a series of functional steps to enable citizens, governments and platforms to deal with the matter of harmful speech in a free and democratic, rights-based society like Canada. We recognize the complexity of the issues at play and offer these as a path forward and with the knowledge they will be subject to further debate and molding.

Experts Rated 98 Nations Handling COVID. Canada Was 61st

Experts Rated 98 Nations Handling COVID. Canada Was 61st

Our personal assessments of our government’s response to the pandemic seem to align closely with our politics. The Trudeau government’s response is largely supported (or at least tolerated), perhaps because few can imagine Erin O’Toole’s Tories or Jagmeet Singh’s New Democrats doing a better job. In the U.S., 75 million Americans voted for Trump despite his refusal to deal effectively with the pandemic.

Breaking through our climate inertia

Breaking through our climate inertia

It was a tough message to process 10 months into a devastating pandemic, when so many of us are already burnt out from worrying about our families’ health and how we’re going to pay the bills.

But two days before the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement in December, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shared a sobering video statement with her 17 million social media followers: “At the current emission rate, our remaining CO2 budgets for 1.5 degrees will be completely gone within seven years, long before we have a chance to deliver on our 2030 or 2050 targets.”

Digital localism: A pandemic-fuelled response to the tech giants?

Digital localism: A pandemic-fuelled response to the tech giants?

Retail giants like Amazon are blurring the boundaries of consumption. But thanks to platforms that link online consumption to local interests, the desire to buy local, a trend fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, is now giving rise to a new phenomenon known as “digital localism.”

While the pandemic has resulted in border closures and an increased desire to localize production and use supply chains that are close to home, large platforms like Amazon have been criticized for cashing in on the economic misfortune for small local businesses brought about by the crisis.

Falling through the safety net: Youth are at the heart of Canada’s mental health crisis

Falling through the safety net: Youth are at the heart of Canada’s mental health crisis

Canada is grappling with a major youth mental health crisis characterized by high rates of mental illness, suicide, hospitalizations and considerable delays in access to services. These issues are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid overdose epidemic. With limited signs of progress, significant reform of youth mental health care in Canada is paramount.

Why new COVID-19 variants are on the rise and spreading around the world

Why new COVID-19 variants are on the rise and spreading around the world

A new variant of coronavirus has swept across the United Kingdom and been detected in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Scientists are concerned that these new strains may spread more easily.

As an evolutionary biologist, I study how mutation and selection combine to shape changes in populations over time. Never before have we had so much real-time data about evolution as we do with SARS-CoV-2: over 380,000 genomes were sequenced last year.

Five Reasons For Canada To Say Goodbye And Good Riddance To KXL

Five Reasons For Canada To Say Goodbye And Good Riddance To KXL

The final nail has been placed in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline’s coffin as TC Energy suspends work on the pipeline. While President Joe Biden might be delivering the final blow, the pipeline was primarily laid to rest by 13 years of hard-fought organizing and land defense led by Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, with support from many people and organizations.  

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