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Follow the data, which from 1993 to 2019, indicate focusing on above-average goaltending, team defence, strong penalty killing and two-way play as the keys to get ahead, according to academics.

03
June
2019

What’s going on? Canadian teams have won 43 Stanley Cups to date, and Canadian men, women, junior and world teams almost always medal. Something’s amiss. And it’s systematic. By chance alone, Canadian teams should’ve skated the Cup again by now.

In 2013, Nicholas Goss of the Bleacher Report wrote “Anatomy of a Stanley Cup Champion.” He championed depth scoring, veteran leadership, standout defencemen, rock-solid goaltending, and 100 per cent player effort and buy-in.

Shortly thereafter, The Hockey Fanatic published “What Is Wrong With Canada’s NHL Teams?” musing about expansion issues, player preference for warmer climates, lower Canadian dollar values, team-relocation issues, Canadian media and fan pressure, NHL-based obstacles and a “Canadian Curse.” Last month, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun lamented further about the 26-yea...

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31
May
2019

COMMENTARY || What we need to do to curb increasingly popular teen vaping

The popularity of vaping and the missed opportunity to regulate it are threatening progress on reducing tobacco use in Canada, U of A expert warns.

The rates of tobacco use among adults and youth in Canada have been declining steadily for the past several decades. In fact, the latest Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 revealed
30
May
2019

COMMENTARY || Vaccination: In Canada, many teenagers don’t need parental consent

Educating teens about immunity and the value of vaccines should be a public health priority, argues health law expert Timothy Caulfield.

A few months ago in the United States, Ohio teenager Ethan Lindenberger made headlines by going against his parent’s anti-vaccination views. He got immunized. At a time of rising vaccine
29
May
2019

COMMENTARY || Breastfeeding struggles linked to postpartum depression in mothers

Pressure on new moms can cause stress and guilt, so it's important to let them know they have safe and healthy options, says U of A physician.

As a doctor, I encourage mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is affordable, helps with bonding and has health benefits for both the infant and mother. In my medical practice, many new moms come
21
May
2019

COMMENTARY || UCP promises would imperil academic free speech

Policy proposals to guarantee free speech at universities and pin government funding to economic performance would undermine academic freedom, argues political science researcher.

Now that the UCP is in power, there’s been a broader outline of some policy initiatives on the horizon. Although details are still slim, the UCP has said that they’ll be pitching legislation that
16
May
2019

COMMENTARY || The deadly consequences of proposed Canadian asylum restrictions

Tightening refugee law won't stop migrants from trying to come to Canada—it will only make the journey more perilous, argues U of A historian.

Seidu Mohammed lost all 10 of his fingers to frostbite in December 2016, exposed to the harsh cold of a Manitoba winter when he avoided official border crossings on his trek from the United States
09
May
2019

COMMENTARY || Arab Muslim-Canadian high school students call for globalized curriculum to change stereotypes

Interviews with Arab Albertan students reveal their encounters with uneducated views at school.

I was a full-time high school teacher in an Ontario Islamic school in 2008 when I noticed that my Arab Muslim students led lives of religious conformity at school that reflected their Islamic values
07
May
2019

COMMENTAIRE || Le retour aux sources conservatrices en Alberta

Jason Kenney veut ramener l’Alberta au cœur des débats nationaux, d’où la dimension pancanadienne importante que comporte son élection.

La victoire sans équivoque du Parti conservateur uni (PCU) de Jason Kenney le 16 avril dernier―avec 54,8 % des voix exprimées contre 32,7 % pour le Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) de Rachel
01
May
2019

COMMENTARY || 'Unbefriended' seniors are the forgotten population

U of A researchers call for expanding role of public guardians to ensure ‘unbefriended’ seniors have access to basic living needs beyond food and shelter.

What happens when a person grows older and is no longer able to make health and financial decisions for themselves—but also does not have family or friends who can make those decisions on their
01
May
2019

COMMENTARY || Alberta grizzly bears will feel the effects of climate change

Food staples like buffaloberries are ripening sooner, which could affect the vulnerable bears' reproductive rates, say researchers.

Toward the end of each summer, grizzly bears in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains gorge on the tart red berries of a shrub called Canada buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis). Lacking the salmon of coastal
30
April
2019

COMMENTARY || Lower speed limits give core residents what they want

Proposed 30 km/h speed limit on residential roads in central Edmonton makes sense for the people who live and commute there, argues U of A urban planning expert.

Streets are for street hockey, at least the streets in my neighbourhood are. They are for young kids riding bikes, for unloading and loading our vehicles, for chatting with neighbours who stop as
30
April
2019

COMMENTARY || Traditional masculinity may keep English-speaking men from studying new languages

Top employers value “soft skills” that come from education in the humanities—which is why it's economically important to understand why men are avoiding these female-dominated fields, argues U of A researcher.

For decades, more women have been entering male-dominated educational fields and careers. The proportion of men in female-dominated areas, on the other hand, has remained mostly unchanged. Now,