Canada Research

Journalists, Don't Let Good Stories Overshadow Factual Stories

Alex Vronces | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada
Alex Vronces

Unfortunately, good intentions and unwavering ethics alone do not suffice, for, if more and more journalists churn out such uninformed work, more and more consumers of it will be deluded into thinking that traditionally accepted research has been proven wrong or that they need not consider the evidence that runs against their views when thinking about policy.

How the Discovery of Insulin Helped My Family

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

Type 1 diabetes was once lethal but thanks to the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at the University of Toronto in 1921-22, had become a controllable condition through daily injections of insulin derived from cattle and pigs. My father's story reminds me about the importance of universities as places that create the space for big "what if" and "I wonder" questions.

Canada's Global Collaboration Revolution

Russell Williams | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Russell Williams

Over the past few years, we have seen rapid change in health research with the adoption of faster and more powerful information technology being appli...

When it Comes to Gendered Toys, the Pink Aisle Is Still Alive and Well

Sara M. Grimes | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Sara M. Grimes

Toys and gender have been a pretty hot topic lately, with various movements to de-gender segregate the toy aisle gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic. Enter GoldieBlox. The toy's creator has been very vocal about the fact that GoldieBlox was designed to "disrupt the pink aisle." Instead, it does anything but.

The Issue of Consent in Human Research

Marion Roche | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

While the understanding of individual rights merges well with the idea behind consent for human research, this can become very complicated when doing research in countries where vulnerable populations may not be as well informed of their rights as we are in Canada.

If You Think You're an Iconoclast You're Probably a Fool

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

To be labeled an iconoclast, and then, to believe it, is delusional. Labels such as "genius" are just that. It is statistically certain that the vast majority of people who have been labeled geniuses, savants, prodigies or iconoclasts -- if they believe it -- are fools.

Part 2: Is Gluten Really That Bad?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

The good news with all of this gluten business is, if you eliminate it from your diet and you're sensitive, symptoms will get better. I have seen this many times clinically, spoken to many people who have experienced this, and the research corroborates these findings.

Be Bold, It's Sold: Keeping Yourself Informed Before an Auction

Robbie and Kathleen Baggio | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada
Robbie and Kathleen Baggio

After fifteen years on the auction circuit, we know how to turn a single night of work into thousands of dollars in profit. In fact, we've bankrolled family vacations, our daughter's tuition, and a complete home Reno with auction earnings alone. And we just keep coming back for more.

Do Women Need to Be Funnier in the Boardroom?

r/ally | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

According to the Telegraph, research by Aston University professor of applied linguistics Judith Baxter showed that female bosses are widely perceived to be not funny and most their attempts at humour are met with uncomfortable silence. Does this mean that women who aspire for corporate leadership have to practice their jokes in front of the mirror? Not necessarily.

An Economic Case To Protect Our Natural Treasures

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

In a world dominated by the almighty dollar, it's becoming more important now than ever before to put a price tag to our natural treasures, as human i...

Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters

Alex Ilona Abramovich | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Ilona Abramovich

The youth I have spoken to over the years have described Toronto's shelter system as a dangerous place for LGBTQ youth because of prolific homophobia and transphobia. I have heard stories of youth living in parks because they did not feel safe in the shelter system due to daily threats of homophobia and transphobia.

Science Is in Deep Trouble

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

By choosing to shift towards industry-driven applied research at the expense of scientist-driven basic research, the Conservatives continue to undermine scientific progress - and these policies will adversely impact all of us, including the very industry they purport to be servicing.

Memo To Harper: 'Let Scientists Speak'

CJFE | Bob Carty | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

Editor's note: The following piece was published in the CJFE’s 2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada. AS AN OTTAWA-BASED journalist, I see...

Part 3: How Tories Control The Science Message

The Huffington Post Canada | Melissa Mancini | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada Politics

The Harper government’s iron grip on communications has been acutely felt in federal agencies and departments that engage in scientific research, re...

Part 2: How Science Stopped At The Top Of The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Melissa Mancini | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

Thumbtacked to a corkboard in professor Tom Duck’s Halifax office are laminated photos of a bright red building with small square windows. It doe...

PART 1: A Cry For Science In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Melissa Mancini | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

The often antagonistic relationship between the governing Conservatives and Canada’s scientific community turned acrimonious soon after the Tories w...

WATCH: HubSpot CMO Says Engagement Key Factor In Effective Digital Strategy

Sasha Nagy | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Business

According to HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe, the world of digital marketing has changed and there is no point trying to take things back to the way they were....

WATCH: What Makes Canada Different From U.S.? Not Much, Says Mike Lipkin

Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Business

As President of Environics/Lipkin, Mike Lipkin spends much of his time and energy answering questions about Canada's identity and its place in the wor...

Living As Pioneers

Naomi Azrieli | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Living
Naomi Azrieli

Any family that has had to face living with a brain disorder also knows what it is to live like a pioneer, stepping into uncharted territory and going off in unknown directions, frequently without the aid of any scientific "map" or treatment options. My family certainly did.

Is Canada Discouraging Good Teachers?

Bud Sambasivam | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Bud Sambasivam

Many university professors are great teachers. Many are not. I'm baffled that those who are great teachers are saddled with research. And those who are great researchers are saddled with teaching. More importantly, why do universities saddle students with these subpar teachers? Some argue that professors must be able to do both. Yet, professors at Canadian universities are generally promoted based primarily on their research abilities -- on how many publications they get, and how much research money they bring to the university. Teaching is only superficially acknowledged as important.

Tips for Fool-Proof Event Planning

Anne Day | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada Business
Anne Day

If you are about to embark on a new project or event, learn from my mistakes. Do your homework before you set sail, then you are less likely to get stuck in muddy waters, but be prepared for stormy weather. Murphy's Law is such that something will not go to plan.

The Hyperbole That Caused Global H5N1 Hysteria

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg It all started back in September of 2011 when Dr. Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center gave a talk in Malta on his experiments with H5N1. A few out of context statements later, the world was facing a panic about a "doomsday pandemic" that didn't exist. Today the article that caused so much panic and dismay has been published and the world now has a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

The Social Web is a Golden Cage of Information

Randall Craig | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Business
Randall Craig

Do you actively seek out different opinions than your own, or unwittingly reinforce your personal conventional wisdom by only consuming "agreeable" content? While we may think it is the former, too often we live in a bubble. Here are some reasons why we're not as open-minded or as free as we may think, and how the internet is really preventing us from experiencing new things.

Let's Do More for the Bright Minds of Tomorrow, Today

Elaine Mah | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
Elaine Mah

When you meet these bright young students, the first impression is "wow, they're pretty normal teenagers." That impression doesn't last long. The minute they begin to describe their research, my mind reels as I try to keep up with each project's premise and findings. These are exception children, and they are our future.

Canadian R&D Spending By Businesses Lags G7 Counterparts: Report

CP | Posted 08.28.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - Canadians are a talented bunch with a lot of bright ideas -- but we struggle to cash in on those ideas. That's the c...