June 24, 2021 | "We’re paying for climate change with our health." Co-written by Courtney Howard of the University of Calgary and Max Bell School director Chris Ragan, this article explains how the disruptive events caused by climate change are posing a climbing risk to our health and healthcare systems. From wildfires and severe storms to heat waves and poor-quality air, learn more about the environmental factors threatening our physical well-being.
July 1, 2021 | "Canada is a big country with a long and messy history, and we are probably closer to the beginning than to the end of our reckoning." Writing for the National Post, Max Bell School professor Andrew Potter shared his view that, in a country which will be pushing forward on Reconciliation for many years to come, "cancelling" Canada Day is a not as simple as many think.
July 1, 2021 | In light of news from the Légault government that COVID-19 "vaccine passports" will be required for certain activities in hotspot regions of Quebec, Max Bell School professor Pearl Eliadis commented on the international legal standards such passports will need to meet.
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Four years on, past critics are silent on whether fears around transgender human rights bill were founded | The Hill Times
June 23, 2021 | Four years after Parliament passed Bill C-16, which enshrined protections for transgender and gender-diverse Canadians into law, what are past opponents of the bill saying? According to Max Bell School professor Pearl Eliadis, critics' were "akin to conspiracy theories."
June 25, 2021 | How can policy strike the right balance between the protection of free speech and mitigating the impact of online hate? Professor Taylor Owen provides insight into this nuanced issue, proposing ways to hold online platforms accountable for harmful content in a manner which prioritizes democratic freedoms. Also, take a look at Professor Owen's Twitter thread to learn more.
June 14, 2021 | What harsh lessons have the international community faced while battling a global pandemic? In his article for Policy Magazine, MPP student Asif Imran Khan sheds some light on how the authority of global health governance has been shaken by COVID-19.
June 15, 2021 | COVID-19 infection rates in Toronto have plummeted. But analysis of infection and vaccination statistics across different neighbourhoods in the city lays bare the discriminatory outcomes produced by government missteps at every stage of the pandemic.
June 16, 2021 | Body cameras are not a panacea for the systemic problems in policing. "There needs to be a fundamental change in police practices and culture," says MPP candidate says Yvette Yakibonge "But to truly change behaviours, there needs to be a change in mindset."
June 17, 2021 | When the Liberal government tabled this year's budget, it came with a commitment to finishing the 50 year-long process of establishing a system which makes childcare accessible to every family in this country.
June 17, 2021 | The Canadian housing market is hotter than ever. Why? Because it's designed to be that way. In her article for Policy Magazine, Mikayla Zolis breaks down the factors that keep housing prices high—from restrictive zoning to opaque bidding processes.
June 18, 2021 | What purpose do budget consultations serve? Whose voices are being heard, and do average Canadians really have any say on how the federal budget is constructed? MPP candidate Mariel Aramburu comments in Policy Magazine.
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June 5, 2021 | Max Bell School professor Geoffrey Kelley has been appointed as the new negotiator between the Quebec government and the Kahnawake Mohawk community. Kelley takes on this critical role after having served as Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs minister from 2005 to 2007, from 2011 to 2012, and from 2014 to 2018.
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May 16, 2021 | As the age-old conflict in the Middle East rages to a level not seen since the 2014 Gaza War, Joe Biden's ability to do anything about it appears limited. Biden is in a difficult situation, write David Shribman, destined to face backlash from various constituencies no matter what he does.
May 19, 2021 | As the U.S. continues to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the outcome of ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will be of huge consequence to Afghan women. Max Bell School professor Vrinda Narain weighed in on the important role women are playing in the negotiations.
May 20, 2021 | "That is why when you hear a Gen Xer talk about being the “latchkey” generation, they aren’t really complaining — they’re bragging. There’s another word for the neglect being described here, and that’s freedom." Andrew Potter explains why he's so grateful to count himself as a member of Gen X.