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The Politics of Rage

Black and Brown rage is often dehumanized, while White rage is protected and coddled. But it takes courage to transmute rage and anger into collective and lasting transformation. ILLUSTRATION BY MOREMAR/ADOBE STOCK do you thinkcalling me ‘angry’is an insult.every time you call me ‘angry’i hear your voice salt with guilt andi laugh.look how easy it is to reveal you.—anger is a healthy and natural response … Continue reading The Politics of Rage

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Failure to include Black communities in health policy public engagement perpetuates health disparities

Alpha Abebe, McMaster University and Rhonda C. George, McMaster University It is time for us to accept that policy failure and lack of community engagement in policy decision-making go hand-in-hand. The fact that the communities with the worst health outcomes are also the communities least likely to be meaningfully engaged in health policy decision-making should not be a surprise. As it stands, a growing body … Continue reading Failure to include Black communities in health policy public engagement perpetuates health disparities

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Close to home: The Canadian far right, COVID-19 and social media

Merlyna Lim, Carleton University and Brandon Rigato, Carleton University Weeks after the so-called “freedom convoy” protests ended, a familiar quietness has returned to the streets of downtown Ottawa. No more sounds of blaring horns and people partying into the wee hours. The only remaining visible traces are abandoned trucks in impound yards and barriers on streets. But these too will be cleared, just like the … Continue reading Close to home: The Canadian far right, COVID-19 and social media

A South African company addresses vaccine supply inequity, despite Canada’s lack of support

Matthew Herder, Dalhousie University and E. Richard Gold, McGill University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/a-south-african-company-addresses-vaccine-supply-inequity–despite-canada-s-lack-of-support Since late 2020, the inequitable access across the globe to COVID-19 vaccines has been a glaring problem. But a remarkable achievement earlier this month offers hope that the supply of vaccines to developing countries will improve: Afrigen Biologics, a South African based company, produced its own version of Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This was … Continue reading A South African company addresses vaccine supply inequity, despite Canada’s lack of support

Using artificial intelligence in health sciences education requires interdisciplinary collaboration and risk assessment

Elif Bilgic, McMaster University and Jason M. Harley, McGill University Over the past five years, there has been an increase in research and development related to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health sciences education in fields such as medicine, nursing and occupational therapy. AI-enhanced technologies have been shown to have educational value and offer flexibility for students. For example, learning scenarios can be … Continue reading Using artificial intelligence in health sciences education requires interdisciplinary collaboration and risk assessment