Canada Science

Here's What We Can Do To Get Girls Interested In STEM

Doina Oncel | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Doina Oncel

Although many conversations have begun about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Canada, development and implementation to work towards evening out gender imbalances in these fields is still a work in progress. There has been a lot of data gathered to support this issue and many factors that prevent women from STEM opportunities.

'It's A New World': Canadian Scientists Welcome 'Unmuzzling'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"It's a new world."

A Degree In STEM Can Land You Your Dream Job

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Imogen Coe

In September, I attended the Ontario University Fair, one of the biggest university fairs on the continent. There, I spent many hours talking to prosp...

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

Privacy By Design Is Key To The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.

How to Manage the Challenge of Reputation Management

Paul S Hillier | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Is reputation management the same as corporate social responsibility? Should our company send press releases for good news but close ranks when it's bad news? Myths about reputation management are rarely made as explicit as these questions, but misunderstandings such as these create a disconnect.

Why Canada Needs Scientists

Tori Slobodzian | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tori Slobodzian

What the conservative government fails to realize is that scientists are public servants. Which means they work for the people of Canada, not the elected party. They are paid via tax dollars, just as politicians are, to perform a service that betters our country. Canada needs science to exist. It's importance cannot be measured by profit margins or popularity. I get it; that makes it difficult to justify spending. Especially since science is not a cheap pursuit, but I guarantee you, it is the most worthwhile pursuit of our time.

How Watching a Hollywood Blockbuster Might Spark Interest in STEM

Paul Barter | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Paul Barter

Last weekend, The Martian opened in theatres to rave reviews, a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an industry-leading $55 million box office. It's THE fall blockbuster of 2015 so far. At first glance it seems like just another Ridley Scott action movie, but might it also be the future of Innovation?

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.

Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

Russell Williams | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Russell Williams

A strong bio-economy is essential for Canada to compete on the global stage. Each year, the bio-sector welcomes hundreds of new college and university graduates in all areas of the industry who are eager to enter the workforce and help fuel this exciting sector. That said, finding a match between the skill and the opportunity can be a challenge to both the graduate and the employer.

Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.

Busting the 'Genius' Myth

Elan Divon | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.

4 Ways to Help Everyone Find Their Inner Scientist

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Everyone has a budding inner scientist with natural curiosity about the world. Science offers a way to find answers to the questions we had as kids and may still have as adults. Helping kids nurture their inner scientist and encouraging them to develop the skills needed to investigate and understand the world around them will help them become scientifically literate adults.

Sex Workers Rights Are Human Rights

Dr. Kate Shannon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Kate Shannon

Following over two years of consultations with sex workers and human rights experts in member countries globally, a leading human rights organization, Amnesty International, put forward a draft policy in support of decriminalization of sex work as critical to ensuring the human rights of all citizens. The policy recognizes decriminalization as a key measure for protecting the human rights of sex workers globally and will be discussed and voted on at the International Council Meeting to be held later this week in Dublin, Ireland.

Erosion Of Science Reflects 'State Of Our Democracy,' Former Scientist Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics

"Having freedom of speech, having an informed electorate. It’s really that erosion of democracy that keeps me up at night the most."

Jumpstart Your Kids' STEM Education This Summer

Julie Hansen | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Hansen

Today's kids will see tremendous career opportunities thanks to the rapid growth of the technology sector and the emergence of the digital era. The problem: we're simply not equipping our youth with the right skills, knowledge, interest and confidence they'll need to take the wheel to drive our future economy.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.

Social Media Is Catalyzing Change for Women in Science

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to bring about positive change for women in science. Two recent events involving senior, highly-regarded scientists demonstrate the growing importance of social media as a catalyst for change in science. It is time for the media to pay more attention to those scientists, who happen to be women, and who are woefully under and mis-represented in all media. Women in science all around the world have found a common voice that has never existed before, on this scale or in this form.

Strawberries Aren't Berries And Other Food Facts Explained

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

Sure, we all know a tomato is technically a fruit and that rhubarb is actually a vegetable, but do you know why? In the video above by SciShow, we ...

Tim Hunt's Sexist Remarks Reflect a Pervasive Attitude in STEM Fields

Stephanie Ellis | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living
Stephanie Ellis

In spite of my own positive experiences, Tim Hunt's remarks come as no surprise as they reflect a very pervasive attitude in our community. His views epitomize the historical dominance of men in the culture of STEM academic research. Women have been pushed to the side, in many cases not given credit for their discoveries, and expected to withstand the rampant sexism and discrimination. Evidence of how persistent and systemically ingrained this attitude has become continues to arise, even amongst women themselves.

Embryo Freezing vs. Egg Freezing: What You Need To Know

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

The recent news that actress Sofia Vergara is facing a lawsuit from her ex-fiancé over the fate of their frozen embryos is shining a light on the embryo freezing process. If a couple separates and fails to agree on what to do with their frozen embryos, a lengthy and emotionally taxing legal battle could ensue. However, if only eggs are frozen over the course of a relationship, and that relationship ends, there is no dispute over who the eggs belong to and who controls their fate.

6 Ways to Make Math, Science and Technology Fun for Girls (and Boys)

Leyla Seka | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Leyla Seka

Over the past few months there's been a lot of conversation about whether women are getting a fair shake in Silicon Valley. It's fantastic that there's so much focus on gender equality, but most of the discussion bypasses the fact that we still need to get more women to even try to succeed in technology.

Today's Scientists Need an Awards Show as Big as the Oscars

Justin Beach | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada
Justin Beach

Right now, public interest in STEM and scientists is on an upswing. So, it seems to me, that now is the perfect time to continue that upswing by putting some of science's latest and greatest achievements on a big stage once a year. I'm not suggesting that the Nobel prize should be more commercial or should be dumbed down. I'm not even suggesting that the Nobel prize change in any way but there should be another set of awards that is meant for the general public, that is meant to be understood and that helps the people to understand.

We Need More Research and Less Shaming When Talking About Anti-Vaxxers

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I understand people's anger toward anti-vaccination and other "non-scientific" belief systems. But let's use science to help solve the problem, and not let our emotions get the better of us. Rather than type insults on Twitter, our time might be best spent advocating for more research grant money to help better understand this important issue.

Stem Cell Pioneer's Major Multinational Discovery May Speed Research

University of Toronto News | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
University of Toronto News

There's a new class of stem cell that's exciting researchers around the world -- and it was discovered by an international team of almost 50 scientist...