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Queering Canadian suburbs: LGBTQ2S place-making outside of central cities

Alison Bain Where are LGBTQ2S households living in the suburbs of Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas? How are suburban LGBTQ2S residents served by community, municipal and NGO services? Under what social and neighbourhood conditions do diverse LGBTQ2S populations live in suburbia, and how does queer sexuality inform their place-making practices?

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This is how Canada should deal with Big Tech

By Kean Birch Kean Birch Big Tech was in the policy spotlight again recently with another U.S. Congressional hearing on Oct. 1, this time focused on “Proposals to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws and Restore Competition Online.” The hearing was the culmination of a long Congressional investigation into Big Tech —

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Mining push continues despite water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation and Ontario's Ring of Fire

By Dayna Nadine Scott, Deborah Cowen, and David Peerla Neskantaga First Nation. Photo credit: The Conversation The infrastructure crises that have plagued Neskantaga First Nation for decades have reached a terrifying breaking point. On Oct. 21, the northern Anishinaabe community’s ailing water systems once again failed completely, and this time in

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Polishing the Covenant Chain and renewing treaty relationships

Martha Stiegman In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called for the renewal of treaty relationships  and the development of curriculum on treaties. Both the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Ontario-based Ipperwash Inquiry identified treaty education as key in creating  just and equitable relations.   Five years after, Professor Martha Stiegman decided to further

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Social characteristics of international students in Ontario and Quebec

By Valerie Preston and Marshia Akbar The number of foreign students in Canada continues to grow rapidly. Canada was the destination for 7% of the world’s international students in 2017, one of the top three countries that host large shares of international students in comparison to their total higher education

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Exploring the rights of animals

Dean & Professor Alice Hovorka How do we think about animals? Where do we put them, where do they belong? How do we interact with them? Are these human-animal relations good, bad, or otherwise?These are some of the questions that EUC Dean and Professor Alice J. Hovorka has investigated through

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Cultivating urban naturalists: Experiential education through nature

Traci Warkentin Professor Traci Warkentin’s interdisciplinary work examines the intersections of experiential learning, place/context, environmental ethics, and human-animal relationships. Her interests in the ethical, educational, and cognitive dimensions of human-animal encounters were inspired by her experiences working at the Vancouver Aquarium during her undergraduate years having pursued a B.Sc. in

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Examining public awareness of bees and the need for pollinator conservation

Sheila Colla What is the buzz about bees? Why do we need to protect the well-bee-ing of bees? How concerned are you about the health of honeybees and the conservation of wild, native bees? Who is responsible for the protection of wild native bee populations in Canada? These are some of

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Engaging community stakeholder groups in health research

Sarah Flicker For more than a decade, Professor Sarah Flicker has been engaged with various community stakeholder groups and allied practitioners in health equity research. In line with her combined roles as York Research Chair (Tier2) in Community-Based Participatory Research and Environmental Arts and Justice Coordinator, Flicker actively extends her capacity-bridging approach with urban and

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EUC celebrates its geographers

November 16-20 is Geography Awareness Week, an international celebration of Geography as a field of research and learning. Geography is an interdisciplinary discipline that brings together many forms of knowledge. Geographers seek to understand how space shapes, and is shaped by, social relations, and they study the physical processes and

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