Time to scrap entitlements for former G-Gs

Nearly eight in 10 Canadians want the G-G entitlement policy scrapped

Time to scrap entitlements for former G-GsJulie Payette must feel like she won the lottery. Despite resigning in shame from her posting as governor general amidst allegations of creating a toxic workplace, she is still entitled to the Cadillac of all retirement packages, courtesy of all of us taxpayers. First off, there’s the pension. At $150,000 per year, it’s generous enough…

People from under-represented communities take centre stage

Facilitators say the experience has given them a new perspective on telling stories through drama

People from under-represented communities take centre stageIn an all-too-familiar tense scene, a fraudulent immigration officer demands money from a Filipino immigrant intent on starting a new life in Canada. Empowered by the audience, the immigrant pushes back, refusing to comply. It’s a scene that hits home with everyone in the room – all of them migrant workers in Edmonton turning to…

Website offers global hub for research on decolonization, anti-racism

Anti-Racism Lab highlights international research, amplifies scholars’ voices and increases engagement

Website offers global hub for research on decolonization, anti-racismA new online hub is bringing together scholars and students from around the world to share research, amplify voices and encourage conversations about decolonization and anti-racism in universities. “One of the things that’s really important for us to think about as educators in universities is the racial trauma that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of…

Politicians, bureaucrats shielded from the pain they cause

Let them eat cake

Politicians, bureaucrats shielded from the pain they causePoliticians and government decision makers are financially divorced from the Canadians they’re supposed to represent. And it shows. From higher taxes to revolving lockdowns, government decisions during the pandemic have been full of pain. But that pain hasn’t been felt by those pulling the levers. Quite the opposite. While millions of their constituents struggled, members…

Teaching a computer to read doctors’ notes will capture valuable data

Algorithm scans pathology, radiology reports for information to aid researchers in improving outcomes

Teaching a computer to read doctors’ notes will capture valuable dataEvery time you enter a phrase or a sentence into Google search, algorithms kick in using a technique called natural language processing to understand what you really want to know and then find you an answer. Now University of Alberta researchers will use a similar approach to develop a computer program that can “read” doctors’…

VR technology could reveal how the brain forms memories

Understanding how the brain forms real-world memories has been elusive

When you think of a vivid personal memory, you don’t merely recall the bare facts of what happened – you remember additional details like the emotions you felt, perhaps where you were standing when things unfolded, scents and sounds in the air. “Memories play such a key component in shaping who we are,” said Peggy St.…

Driving artificial scarcity is not the way to effectively deploy 5G

Any gains in competition are more than outweighed by higher spectrum costs

Driving artificial scarcity is not the way to effectively deploy 5GLast December, the federal government launched a consultation for the auction of the 3800 MHz spectrum to help foster the effective deployment of 5G wireless telecommunications. As in previous auctions, the plan is to set aside a significant part of the available spectrum for smaller players, which the main wireless telecom providers are prohibited from…

The urgent need to end the uncertainty over restrictions

Our policymakers must start reflecting on the consequences of their actions

The urgent need to end the uncertainty over restrictionsThe more time that passes, the more the restrictions on our lives seem to have run their course in the eyes of the population. At least that’s what a February 1st Angus Reid poll indicates: Fifty-four per cent of Canadians believe it’s time to lift the restrictions and let people who have COVID, or who…

Humanitarian crisis adds to burdens of Afghan religious minorities

The Canadian government has failed the Afghan people

Humanitarian crisis adds to burdens of Afghan religious minoritiesFor Fawzia Shah (not her real name), a middle-aged Hazara (Shia Muslim) woman from Central Afghanistan, the words “democracy,” “freedom,” and “women’s rights” mean nothing. Those were the stirring slogans with which political leaders in Canada, the U.S., and allied countries rallied the troops for a 20-year war. That war ended last summer when the…

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big cities

Innovation will depend as much on social factors as technological ones

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big citiesIncreasingly, urban dwellers are looking for new and more sustainable ways to move around their cities. Technologies like autonomous vehicles and electric scooters may be top of mind for urban planners, but social and cultural factors may be just as important in helping Canadian cities prepare for the future, according to a co-author of a…