Highlights / Column

With our columns, learn more about topics as diverse as Canada’s place in the world, the Arctic, health, art, culture and the environment.

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Phone surveillance to comply with COVID-19 restrictions?

The idea for some might feel like edging another notch further to an Orwellian future. The idea that the police and/or security agencies would monitor your smart phone to ensure compliance with certain state requirements such as in this case,» 

Arts and Entertainment, Indigenous, International

Canadian literature non-fiction winner announced

One of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes has been awarded. The $25,000 RBC-Taylor prize for non-fiction was given to Mark Bourrie. Bourrie (PhD) is a journalist, author and currently lecturer in history at Carleton University, and Canadian Studies at the» 


Sketch of Life – Christmas Markets

Christmas in Canada Canada is considered by many as an ideal destination to spend Christmas. In fact, it has been ranked as one of the most exciting countries for the celebration of the nativity in 2018 by the travel website» 

Environment, Indigenous

Northerners want caribou calving grounds protected: WWF

Populations of barren-ground caribou in Canada’s Arctic are plummeting to the point they may never recover, says Brandon Laforest of World Wildlife Fund Canada. And a poll conducted by Environics Research suggests that 87 per cent of residents of northern» 

Health, Society

Nearly a third of Canadians exposed to vehicle pollutants: study

Almost 30 per cent of Canadians live within 250 metres of a major road and so, are exposed to ‘a soup of pollutants’ which are associated with health problems like asthma, cancer and cardiovascular death, say researchers at the University» 


Canadian adults get a failing grade for physical activity

Only 16 per cent of Canadian adults are meeting the national guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, according to a national non-profit. Calling this an “inactivity crisis,” ParticipACTION says inactivity can lead to increased risk of» 


Montreal company develops sustainable running shoe

More than 300 million shoes end up in landfills every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a Canadian startup wants to reduce that by developing a sustainable sneaker. Way Running is offering its “Sustainable Runner” to» 

Health, Society

Most professionals admit having gone to work sick: survey

An online survey suggests that 89 per cent of Canadian professionals have gone to the office with cold or flu symptoms. Of those, 27 per cent said they always do. More than half who said they went to work with» 

Environment, International, Society

Stop dolphin tourism and suffering, urges non-profit

A new report decries the massive scale and profitability of the dolphin entertainment industry, and the suffering it causes the animals. World Animal Protection says at least 3,000 dolphins are confined in 54 countries including the U.S., Mexico, China and» 

Environment, Politics

Climate change will challenge new minority government

In Canada’s federal election, 63 per cent of voters chose parties with strong platforms on mitigating climate change. The Liberal Party will form the government but, since it does not have a majority of seats, it will have to seek»