National Newswatch

Why universities can’t be expected to police copyright infringement

Aug 22 2017 — Sara Bannerman — Copyright monitoring and enforcement would be an onerous and complex task for universities. (Shutterstock) Sara Bannerman, McMaster University As the new school year approaches, Canadian universities are grappling with the Federal Court of Canada’s recent copyright decision against York University. The court ruled that York could not rely on its fair dealing policy and per-use […]

Why we shouldn’t cheer for white supremacist website deletions

Aug 22 2017 — Natasha Tusikov — Private companies are policing online hate without independent oversight or regulation, which has serious implications and poses risks for basic human rights and freedoms. (Shutterstock) Natasha Tusikov, Brock University The torch-lit march by armed white supremacists recently in Charlottesville, Va., continues to generate debate about how hate groups should be regulated. Amid growing public pressure […]

Quiet Canadian, ugly American: Does racism differ north of the border?

Aug 16 2017 — Melissa J. Gismondi — People shouting and yelling slogans during a protest in front of the US Consulate to denounce Donald Trump’s immigration policies on January 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Shutterstock) Melissa J. Gismondi, University of Virginia In the aftermath of Charlottesville, it’s worth asking: Are Canadians really less racist than Americans? A recent issue of Rolling Stone […]

NAFTA talks see Trump in driver’s seat — and Canada at risk

Aug 11 2017 — — With NAFTA renegotiations kicking off soon, it’s worth a reminder: economic self-sufficiency is not an option for Canada. As a resource-rich country set in a Nordic climate with a small population and a massive expanse of land, Canada needs to trade. Trade allows Canadian consumers to buy products and services they either cannot produce at […]

NAFTA talks see Trump in driver’s seat — and Canada at risk

Aug 11 2017 — Atif Kubursi — U.S. President Donald Trump enjoys some time in the cab of a mover truck parked at the White House in March when truckers and industry CEOs came for a discussion on health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Atif Kubursi, McMaster University With NAFTA renegotiations kicking off soon, it’s worth a reminder: economic self-sufficiency is not […]

Trump’s threat of ‘fire and fury’ is a gift to North Korea’s propaganda machine

Aug 10 2017 — Virginie Grzelczyk — Virginie Grzelczyk, Aston University Anyone who thought August might offer a lull in geopolitical crises got a rude awakening when, from the confines of his New Jersey golf resort, Donald Trump essentially foretold a thermonuclear war with North Korea. Asked about the north’s recent missile tests, he said Pyongyang had “best not make any more […]

Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Aug 10 2017 — — The scent of baked goods wafts towards you as the supermarket doors glide open. Your stomach rumbles and your mouth waters at the sight and smell of so much food. Approximately 40,000 products are available in an average North American supermarket. Despite your best intentions, you succumb to the deals and offers that you don’t […]

Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Aug 10 2017 — Sara FL Kirk and Jessie-Lee McIsaac — Attempts to restructure our “obesogenic” food environment for health are often criticized – as restricting personal choice and freedom. (Shutterstock) Sara FL Kirk, Dalhousie University and Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Dalhousie University The scent of baked goods wafts towards you as the supermarket doors glide open. Your stomach rumbles and your mouth waters at the sight and […]

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

Aug 8 2017 — Jan Klimas — We are in the middle of an overdose crisis in Canada and around the world. Opioid overdose is a complex problem, but opioid addiction can be managed with effective interventions. Nonetheless, many evidence-based interventions are underused, and inadequate medical education is contributing to the problem. Specialized addiction medicine fellowships for doctors can offer a new […]

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

Aug 8 2017 — Jan Klimas — The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses. (Shutterstock) Jan Klimas, University of British Columbia We are in the middle of an overdose crisis in Canada and around the world. Opioid overdose is a complex problem, but opioid addiction can be managed with effective […]