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Society

The N-word controversy and freedom of speech hits academia

In these ultra sensitive times a controversy has blown up in academia about freedom of speech, teaching necessities, derogatory language. and some differences in meaning between French and English of the N-word. At the University of Ottawa, a part-time professor »

Arts & Entertainment

Huge public art piece to be returned after being deemed ‘too hot’

The giant polished steel artwork called ‘Wishing Well” was part of Calgary Alberta’s programme of commissioning public art works. Public art commissioned or mandated by politicians in connection with new developments,has very often been controversial, but rarely is it deemed »

Environment & Animal Life

Ontario’s controversial cormorant cull has begun

Earlier this summer the government of Ontario said if had received many complaints about the growing number of double-crested cormorants. Claiming their acidic droppings kill trees and vegetation and destroy habitat for other waterfowl, the province announced a harvest of »

Health, International, Politics, Society

Controversial plan for ‘paid blood’ donation resurfaces in Canada

The idea of paying people to give blood revives tragic memories in Canada, and a recent proposal to bring back paying blood clinics has revived an often bitter debate in this country. The concern has always been that those most »

Arts & Entertainment, Society, Sports

Another sports team drops controversial name

CFL ‘Eskimos’ name discontinued After years of questioning about the name, and the current strong movement against stereotypical names, the Edmonton Eskimos name is no more. Although various Edmonton rugby teams have used the name since the late 19th century, »

International, Society

Kerfuffle in the Catholic Church

A new book is being released called “From the Depths of Our Hearts”. It’s sparked a bit of controversy within the Roman Catholic church. It seems to push a conservative message about celibacy, and includes an essay by retired Pope »

International, Politics, Society

Quebec premier’s comment in California raises eyebrows

“All French-Canadians are Catholic” It was another of those candid conversations between politicians caught by reporters. After the recent incident where Canada’s Prime Minister at a NATO reception was overheard in a group seemingly mocking the U.S. President, comes another »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Canadian retail chain under fire by Christmas tree growers

One of Canada’s major and best known retail chains, Canadian Tire, is under fire for its promotion of artificial Christmas trees. The huge chain of more than 1,600 outlets, originally associated with automotive supplies, hardware, and sporting goods, has expanded »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

The sports-Remembrance Day poppy controversy continues: Don Cherry

Fired amid accusations of racism, a rally and online petition of support underway It began with a television rant that appeared to target immigrants to Canada. Longtime hockey coach and commentator Don Cherry has been a feature on the much »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Do we trust science? McGill professor weighs in

A recent study suggested there was not enough evidence to prove that people should avoid eating red meat and processed meats. This ran contrary to previous studies which have, for years, suggested that  consumption of these meats should be reduced »