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Lately, Joe Rogan has been under fire for problematic podcast clips resurfacing and spreading misinformation. (Shutterstock)

Cancel culture can be harsh, but it can also help reduce harm

Privileged people don’t get to unilaterally decide that their behaviour isn’t racist. Real change must involve more humility (I’m looking at you, Joe).
Most youth in a Waterloo region study were found to have never been taught by a Black teacher. (Shutterstock)

Black youth yearn for Black teachers

Ensuring that every Black youth sees Back teachers at school is one critical piece of addressing systemic racism in schools.
A woman holds a child in her arms after crossing the border from Ukraine to Siret, Romania, on Feb. 25. Romania, which borders Ukraine, is seeing an influx of refugees as many flee the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

How to talk to children about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

How to have important conversations with kids about world events like those taking place in Ukraine, and how to tailor them based on age and maturity levels — from child psychologists.
A mother and son watch as firefighters battle wildfires in Shoresh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on Aug. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

IPCC: Worsening climate change poses a rising threat to mental health

For the first time, an IPCC climate report has assessed evidence that weather and climate extremes are already affecting mental health — and are likely to worsen.
A woman reacts next to her house following a Russian rocket attack Feb. 25 in the Ukranian capital of the city of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Why did Russia invade Ukraine? FAQs

The reasons for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are complicated and based on centuries of history between the two countries. A Ukrainian scholar provides some background.
People walk past a currency exchange office screen in Moscow displaying the exchange rates of the U.S. dollar and the euro and to the Russian ruble a few days after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Economic sanctions have caused the currency to plummet, causing hardship to citizens. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Economic sanctions will hurt Russians before they stop Putin’s war in Ukraine

As the world rightfully fears for the Ukrainian people, we must not turn a blind eye to Russians who are also Putin’s victims and will suffer the most from economic sanctions.
Xenotransplantation is the transplanting of cells, tissues or organs from animals to humans. Pre-clinical trials of organ transplant from pigs have addressed some of the technical barriers. (Shutterstock)

Organ transplants from pigs: Medical miracle or pandemic in the making?

New developments in organ transplants from animals show promise. However, there has been no public engagement about a potential risk. It may streamline a pathway to humans for new zoonotic diseases.
Russians flocked to banks and ATMs shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine and western countries announced sanctions. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Why Russia is mostly protected from sanctions

Western countries are trying to fight Russia with sanctions, but Putin has taken steps to protect the Russian economy.
Supporters cheer on truck drivers in the “freedom convoy” headed for Ottawa from an overpass in Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 28. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

For some, ignorance is bliss; for others, ignorance is something else

Our age of agnosis is increasingly coming into contact in ways beyond historical standards and recorded memory. Empathy, not apathy, is needed now more than ever before.
A girl from Ukraine looks up at her mother as they wait to cross the border to Siret, Romania at the Romanian-Ukrainian border on Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Russia’s invasion fuels a refugee crisis that could help it win the war

Europe’s need to support Ukrainian refugees could inhibit its ability to respond in Ukraine, allowing Vladimir Putin to consolidate his control of the Russian-speaking territories of Ukraine.
Studying the genetic aspects of fatty liver disease can help identify its causes and consequences and find new treatments. (Shutterstock)

Uncovering the genetic causes of fatty liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is surprisingly common, affecting about one in four adults. Eating processed foods and sugary drinks can increase the risk of developing the disease.
People attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters ceremony, on Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Reconciliation is key, but white supremacy must be tackled first

Reconciliation can help address the interrelated global problems of climate crisis, interspecies displacement, gendered and racialized violence and white supremacist structures.
‘Racism kills, here, there and in the whole world,’ reads a sign in Mexico City, at the U.S. Embassy in May 2020, following protests after George Floyd’s murder. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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In Mexico, how erasing Black history fuels anti-Black racism

Nationalist myth has associated ‘true Mexicanness’ with being ‘meztizo’ — a racial and cultural mix of Indigenous and Spaniard, even while the state enacted policies to assimilate Indigenous Peoples.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed the war on Ukraine is a ‘peacekeeping mission.’ Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Putin’s claim to rid Ukraine of Nazis is absurd

A Holocaust historian explains why Ukrainian history needs to be understood in terms of both past violence against Jews as well as the state’s pluralistic vision.

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