Canada Research

The Idea That Business Leads Innovation Is A Myth

Peter C. Ruben | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter C. Ruben

There's a disconnect between Canada's capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations -- or so the story goes. It's been repeated so often it's become a mantra in certain circlles. The solution is always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research. The thing is, that mantra is built on a myth.

People Love Viral Giving Campaigns (But They Don't Donate)

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Not-for-profit organizations throughout North America that were awed by the viral success of the ALS Society's ice bucket fundraising challenge should think twice before using social media as a significant fundraising tool, says the University of Toronto's Nicola Lacetera.

Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

We're not part of the largest and coolest postpartum depression (PPD) study ever announced yesterday, but we will be soon, says the study's lead researcher. Maybe. The study, administered through a smartphone app, has the potential to change our understanding of PPD on a genetic basis.

3 Ways Canada Can Help Stem The Spread Of The Zika Outbreak

Gaëlle Groux | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Gaëlle Groux

The Zika virus has captured the attention of the international community because thousands of babies are being born with underdeveloped brains to women who were infected with Zika during their pregnancy. Should Canadians be worried? For now, WHO says no, because our country doesn't harbour the mosquito types that spread the disease, aedes aegypti and albopictus. But Canadians shouldn't be too complacent about the spread of the virus. Here's why.

Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic Relationship

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway and Canada have a strong trade and investment relationship built on complementary resource endowments, similar levels of development, and shared interests and values. Norway's investment in Canada supports Canadian GDP and jobs, and Norwegian investments supply Canada's economy with much-needed capital.

No Home For The Holidays

Alex Abramovich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

The holiday season is truly a magical time of year. It is a time for giving, reflection, and appreciation. Many individuals and organizations come together and show thanks by donating what they can to those in need. Unfortunately, the holidays will not be magical for everyone, especially not for a high proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth who have experienced familial, societal, and institutional rejection. The holidays can be an especially lonely time for many, particularly for those without a safe place to call home.

5 Common Misconceptions About Deep Learning

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Deep learning is the buzzword of the moment inside tech circles and as the public plugs into what this breakthrough in artificial intelligence (AI) means for the future of technology, a number of common misconceptions have emerged. Below, our machine learning experts at Architech Labs clear up some of the confusion.

We Can Cure Kids' Food Allergies Within The Next Decade

Dr. Amy Kaiser | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Amy Kaiser

We need a long-term, lasting solution that removes the social barriers that come with allergies, allowing kids to focus on being kids, live life free of fear and feel the comfort of home wherever they are. The good news? Researchers are working tirelessly toward finding a cure, and they're getting closer to realizing this goal.

Can Seaweed Benefit Your Health and Well-Being?

Jane Dummer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver credited his recent weight loss to sleep and seaweed, I've been asked many questions about the popular sea veggie. Originally a delicacy in many Asian countries, seaweed is gaining international popularity. There are over 20 types of edible seaweed and even more are being discovered.

It's OK to Eat Butter - Again

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. B.J. Hardick

Once again, expert opinion and the official stance on fats have changed. Haven't we been down this road before? That's right, earlier this year we had to apologize to cholesterol. We've certainly heard the flip flop even prior to that as we've journeyed from the fat-free craze to the acknowledgement of good fats.

Supporting Colleges' Applied Research Will Keep Ontario Competitive

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

Colleges in Ontario and throughout the country have been working with small and medium-sized businesses on applied research projects to help businesses grow and innovate, as well as create new jobs. Applied research that Ontario's colleges conduct in partnership with business and industry will be central to our success when competing with international markets.

This Is the Way to Beat AIDS

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

Treatment as prevention and it's related 90-90-90 target are the unequivocal, evidence-based path to ending the AIDS pandemic, the biggest health challenge of the last generation. As we close the 2015 IAS AIDS Conference in Vancouver, we call on the leaders of the world to join us to end the AIDS pandemic. The scientific evidence is all in, the UN 90-90-90 target is the only way forward. There is nowhere to hide. You are either with us or against us! We demand you deliver on the promise of an AIDS-free generation by fully embracing and funding the UN 90-90-90 target, domestically and internationally.

Clinical Trials Offer Hope for Canadians

Russell Williams | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

Improving the climate for clinical trials will also attract research investment which will in turn create jobs in healthcare and within the knowledge economy for Canadians. Clinical trials are the building blocks for innovation in healthcare and allow Canadians access to life changing innovations

Why I'm Teaching a University Course on Beyoncé

Naila Keleta-Mae | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Naila Keleta-Mae

Who are the most influential storytellers of the 21st century? Like it or not, Beyoncé's name must be mentioned in any credible answer. She uses visuals and music to tell young people around the world what it means to be a woman, wife, mother and feminist.

We Must Remember Homeless LGBTQ2S Youth During Pride

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

The month of Pride is a time for LGBTQ2S individuals to not only say who we are; but to also celebrate and be proud of who we are. Pride month is meant to remind us that we are real and that we matter, however, not all members of our community are seen; not all are celebrated; many are silenced and marginalized, made to feel that they are not real and that they do not belong.

Mountain Research Rises to the Challenge

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Tamara Griffiths

The Monti Sibillini National Park, collaborating with University of Camerino, is conducting a project experimenting with preserving mountain meadows in five sites. Two of these focus on combatting Brachypodium genuense. Since domestic animals are averse to this grass these sites are initially mown, and local people are given incentives to help maintain sheep and horses in these locations

Online Polls Are Better Than Phone Surveys in Almost Every Way

Angus Reid | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Angus Reid

I've been a pollster for 40 years. Internet polling enables us to explore subjects once very difficult, if not impossible, to cover via telephone surveys. Further, online polling provides opportunities to put video and photos in front of people for truer reactions.

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Why Using an iPad Before Bed May Be Wrecking Your Sleep and Your Health

Gillian Mandich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Findings revealed that participants who read on an iPad produced 55 per cent less melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that tends to increase in the evening to induce sleepiness and regulate sleep. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory known to suppress cancer cell growth. When melatonin levels decrease they can shift the body's circadian rhythm and make it difficult to fall asleep.

Ancient Therapy Meets Modern-Day Research

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

Scientific research into the seizure-suppressing effects of the cannabinoids was pioneered by Karler and Turkanis at the University of Utah. Working in animals, they showed that CBD -- which doesn't make you high -- was as good as THC at suppressing seizures.

Canada Urgently Needs an Updated AIDS Strategy

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

We urgently need to expand access to HIV testing across Canada, and facilitate free access to HAART, care and support. We need stronger anti-discrimination legislation that protects those infected and those most at risk for acquisition of HIV infection. We must repel federal law criminalizing HIV exposure and introduce new laws that truly protect the safety of sex workers.

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...

How Similar Are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

What do these study findings actually suggest about human personality? Seeing similar personality trends in other species that have a shared evolutionary history with humans provides strong evidence that biology plays an important role in personality, perhaps even more than social or cultural influences.

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Carn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Carn

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

Why Every Professor Should Think Beyond the Journals

Johanu Botha | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada
Johanu Botha

But all professors should be cognizant of the relevance their research holds for society beyond the journals, and the responsibility they have for sharing this research. If their work does not take the metaphorical form of Harrison Ford in a cowboy hat, sweeping through and engaging with the real world, then what's the point?