Why Some Workers Are Opting To Live In Their Vans

“Why some workers are opting to live in their vans” by Scott B. Rankin, Thompson Rivers University and Angus J Duff, Thompson Rivers University A growing number of people are redefining what “home” looks like. For many of them, it looks like a van. The trend to #vanlife is fuelled by the declining affordability of homes, … Read More

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Laughter – The Best Medicine

Laughter was the furthest thing from my lips that day back in 2014. Here is the story. “Today was full of it. Travelling to work this morning, much earlier than my usual hour for a Wednesday, it struck me. Twelve years ago when we moved to Edmonton, Alberta, we lived in the neighbourhood I had … Read More

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The Dark Side Of Social Media Influencing

“The dark side of social media influencing” by Samira Farivar, Carleton University; Fang Wang, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Ofir Turel, The University of Melbourne Do you follow influencers on social media? Do you always check their posts? Do you find you’re spending too much time or becoming obsessed with checking influencers’ accounts? And when you can’t … Read More

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Reparations To Indigenous Peoples Are Critical

“Reparations to Indigenous Peoples are critical after Pope’s apology for residential schools” by Catherine Richardson, Concordia University Many people are contemplating Pope Francis’s recent apology for residential schools in Canada during his visit to Alberta, as well as his statements from Québec City and Iqaluit. In the aftermath of historical atrocities, apologies can offer a sense … Read More

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Women’s NGOs Are Changing The World

“Women’s NGOs are changing the world – and not getting credit for it” by Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Western University and Dr. Kate Grantham, McGill University In contemporary global development circles, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are now performing many more roles and activities than they did a few decades ago. NGOs work with governments, community groups and the … Read More

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First Move: Does It Really Empower Women?

“Does it really empower women to expect them to make the first move?” by Riki Thompson, University of Washington Heterosexual dating conventions have long held that men make the first move: first to flirt, first to ask out on a date, first to propose. What if the roles were reversed? That’s what one dating app, Bumble, … Read More

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Stop Telling Girls To Smile

“Stop telling girls to smile — it pressures them to accept the unjust status quo” by Natalie Coulter, York University, Canada Girls are constantly told to smile, from T-shirts sold in stores that say “everyone loves a happy girl” to the catcallers telling young women to smile when they walk down the street. Audrey Hepburn once … Read More

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Brazilian Butt Lifts Are The Deadliest of All

“Brazilian butt lifts are the deadliest of all aesthetic procedures – the risks explained” by Jim Frame, Anglia Ruskin University The desire for a larger bottom is becoming more popular, with the number of so-called Brazilian butt lifts more than doubling in the last five years. However, a recent high-profile case involving a doctor in Miami … Read More

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