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Winter road salting has year-round consequences

Lauren Lawson, University of Toronto Every fall, Canadians patiently wait for the turning of the trees and the crunch of leaves. In winter, we hear a different sort of crunch — the crunch of road salts. Road salts are used to remove ice from surfaces like roads, sidewalks and parking lots. When people talk about road salts, they are often concerned with what salt may … Continue reading Winter road salting has year-round consequences

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Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

Ezgi Ozyonum, Concordia University and Qiyang Zhang, Johns Hopkins University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/amid-covid-19-stressors–international-students-and-their-university-communities-should-prioritize-mental-health-supports After experiencing weeks or months of excitement building up before you left your home for the thrill of a North American education, you might now be feeling vulnerable in a foreign country, especially with news of the new omicron variant. You may feel lonely and wondering what to do during this holiday as your … Continue reading Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

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U.S. abortion bans compel women to be not just Good Samaritans, but ‘splendid’ ones

Kimberley Brownlee, University of British Columbia https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/u-s–abortion-bans-compel-women-to-be-not-just-good-samaritans–but–splendid–ones If a music lovers’ society kidnaps you and attaches you at the kidneys to a famous violinist with a fatal disease, are you required to stay and keep him alive for nine months until he recovers? This is the well-known thought experiment posed by the late American philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson in “A Defense of Abortion.” The essay … Continue reading U.S. abortion bans compel women to be not just Good Samaritans, but ‘splendid’ ones

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Parc-Extension: How immigrants are integrating into Montréal’s most multi-ethnic neighbourhood

Yanick Farmer, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) The sense of belonging that immigrants develop with their host society is not very often reflected in media coverage or speeches by public figures, which tends to focus on activism. What makes immigrants feel like they are part of their host society is, above all, having their basic needs met. Because of the diversity in Montréal, as … Continue reading Parc-Extension: How immigrants are integrating into Montréal’s most multi-ethnic neighbourhood