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March For Science Is About More Than Facts. It's A Fight For Survival

David Suzuki | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. We've seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding and scientific programs, muzzling of government scientists and rejection of evidence regarding issues such as climate change. We're seeing worse in the United States.

Who Says Art Can't Make Change?

Thom Vernon | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Thom Vernon

HIV has lost its steam. With access to medicine and treatment slowly increasing for many (but not all), a world without HIV is in our sights. Hallelujah. Maybe. The virus may be losing its steam but its stigma is destroying lives. Especially in Ontario. Our dirty little secret is that Ontario is responsible for 54% of all Canadian HIV non-disclosure criminal cases. In a world where ARVS (anti-retrovirals) have made a reality, stigma remains lethal. Two new pieces of art take on HIV stigma full frontal.

Casinos Offer Recreational Benefit For Seniors

Anthony Piscitelli | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada
Anthony Piscitelli

By Anthony Piscitelli and Jay Harrison When communities debate the opening of a new casino, the discussion typically begins with questions about the...

Reducing Gap Between Research And Practice A National Priority

Daniel Niven | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Daniel Niven

Not many patients would be happy to hear that there's a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something of significance through rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result, but that's what a now-famous study from the Institute of Medicine uncovered in 2001.

The International Year Of Pulses Was Just The Beginning

Development Unplugged | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Pulses have great potential for human nutrition due to their high protein content compared to other vegetables. Despite this, global research funding for pulse crops remains very small compared to investments made in cereal crops.

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories From 2016

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

These 10 stories from Canada and around the world show how communities, governments and organizations are providing solutions that are reversing the loss of biodiversity and the ecological services that nature provides.

Marijuana Is An Old Remedy That Gives New Relief

Sean Mallen | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

As marijuana marches towards legalization in Canada, researchers are digging ever deeper into its potential therapeutic benefits. For people suffering from epilepsy it could mean reaching back to the wisdom of the ancients to deliver a modern form of relief.

What Knowledge Of How Trees Communicate Means For Forest Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

A forest is an intricately linked ecosystem and Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department, goes one step further. She says forests represent an intelligence that is able to behave as though it's a single organism.

Let's Make Canada A Go-To Destination For Clinical Trials

Innovative Medicines Canada | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada
Innovative Medicines Canada

One area where we can excel is in attracting more clinical trials to Canada. It fits extremely well into what our government is trying to do as we try to boost our economy. It also has the added value of making our publicly funded health-care system even better.

Physicians Still Know Best In Age Of Online Health Resources

Innovative Medicines Canada | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Innovative Medicines Canada

Online health information is valuable, but as one aspect of our decision making process, not as the sole source of information. Today's physician is an incredible resource -- a resource that understands the research we view online, remains current on the latest evidence, reads peer review journals and attends health conferences.

Big Data Is Crucial To The Future Of Our Health-Care System

Dr. Hany Moselhi | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada
Dr. Hany Moselhi

The epicenter of today's revolution in health care, however, is the collection and review of massive pools of complex patient data (also known as "big data") that allow for more precise, individualized treatment strategies. This works because we are mining data that goes well beyond typical clinical trial information.

No, Canadian Islamic Schools Don't Teach Extremist Literature

Melanie Adrian | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Adrian

Alarming claims are made in the report: "It is not the presence of extremist literature in the mosque libraries that is worrisome. The problem is that there was nothing but extremist literature in the mosque libraries." The real problem, however, is the report itself.

Burden Of Enforcing Animal Cruelty Laws Falls On Underfunded Agencies

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Barbara Cartwright

Just imagine how up in arms the public would be if police forces had to fundraise to maintain the safety equipment, training and staff coverage that they need to make sure our communities are safe. Inadequate funding means that enforcement officers are taking unnecessary risks to their personal safety on the job.

It's Official! Gargling With Salt Water Actually Works

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Although most people believe this is an effective way to maintain oral health, particularly when gums are injured, there has been an absence of actual evidence to suggest this does anything other than offer a brief sensation of relief (which admittedly may be enough). But last week, science finally caught up with grandma.

Taking Pride In Creating Authentic Spaces For LGBTQ2S Homeless Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Abramovich

Homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia remain rampant in most institutional settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, and shelters and housing programs. LGBTQ2S youth remain largely overrepresented in the homeless youth population, with estimates as high as up to 40 per cent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S.

A Whole Lot Of Canadians Want Science To Be Better Funded: Poll

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living

A massive chunk of Canadians believe scientific research is paramount to the strength of the country's economy, a new survey has found. Results of ...

Creating A Clinical Trial Strategy For Children's Health Research

Russell Williams | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Russell Williams

The Canadian Pediatric Society has consistently called for an integrated national research strategy for children that will help streamline clinical investigation processes, and attract clinical trials from around the world to make research opportunities available to Canadian children and researchers.

The Wind Energy Institute Makes A Big Investment

David Dodge | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

There are some who say PEI is tapped out on it's renewable energy, but after speaking to the energy minister, the CEO of the PEI Energy Corporation, Summerside's utility manager and Scott Harper of the institute it seems pretty clear PEI is determined to do more.

There's A Reason Running Culture Is Exploding Across Canada

Bonnie Doan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie Doan

Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

The Idea That Business Leads Innovation Is A Myth

Peter C. Ruben | Posted 04.14.2017 | 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 04.13.2017 | 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 03.24.2017 | 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 02.23.2017 | 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 01.14.2017 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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.