Commentary

Media play a role in determining whether bad behaviour makes public figures fall from grace, say management experts.

10
July
2020

Scandals are violent shocks to social systems in which public figures may “fall from grace.” Societies have long been captivated by scandals embroiling powerful people—film producer Harvey Weinstein and financier Jeffrey Epstein come easily to mind, as does American actor Johnny Depp, whose libel case against a U.K. tabloid has attracted significant attention. Politicians also populate this list, including failed Paris mayoral candidate Benjamin Griveaux, former U.S. senator Larry Craig and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, now member of the European Parliament despite an endless list of scandals.

Yet not all scandalous acts result in a scandal or produce the same consequences. How can we explain the fact that some prominent figures seem able to resist the consequences of their own behaviour, and to be seemingly immun...

Headlines

07
July
2020
| 18:30 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || As a Sufi singer, I believe the sounds of world religions can cultivate compassion during COVID-19

Developing an "intercultural ear" can help prevent us from isolating ourselves from diverse communities in our midst, says U of A ethnomusicologist.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken us into an era of social distancing. By relying on online digital media, we may be isolating ourselves from more local and diverse communities. As an
07
July
2020
| 13:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || As other leagues rethink racist team names, it’s time to rename the Edmonton Eskimos

Team's statement in support of Black Lives Matter movement rings hollow without action, argues Inuk writer and scholar.

In the space of a few hours on July 3, three North American sports teams announced they were going to reassess their racist names. Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins of the
30
June
2020
| 13:45 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Racist cop shows and biased news fuel public fears of crime and love for the police

Portrayals of violent crime in pop culture and media are skewing people's perception of how likely it is to happen to them, says U of A misinformation debunker.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump tweeted that defunding the police would “be good for Robbers & Rapists.” Last week, after signing his tepid executive order on policing, he proffered that
29
June
2020
| 20:08 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || How the pandemic could reshape Edmonton's urban landscape

Encouraging greater density in the city doesn’t mean overcrowding—and could lead to better public health, argue urban planning experts.

Pandemics, infectious diseases and urban planning have a long and intertwined history. Multiple episodes of the Black Death in the 14th century brought parks and open spaces to European cities.
26
June
2020
| 13:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond

Short-term measures to protect workers and inmates during pandemic could lead to rethinking incarceration more generally, say criminologists.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses distinctive challenges for individuals working and housed in Canada’s prisons. Similar to retirement complexes, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, prisons are
24
June
2020
| 22:36 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Don't let pandemic deter taking your sick child to emergency

Emergency departments are safe, say U of A experts who explain when you should take your child to the hospital and what to expect.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on how health information is communicated, how individuals seek health information and services, and how these services are delivered. There has
19
June
2020
| 17:52 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Trump rally in Tulsa, a day after Juneteenth, awakens memories of 1921 racist massacre

Campaign rally in Oklahoma amid racial tensions and pandemic could make a bad situation worse, says cultural studies professor.

For only the second time in a century, the world’s attention is focused on Tulsa, Okla. You would be forgiven for thinking Tulsa is a sleepy town “where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,” in
17
June
2020
| 22:31 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Defunding police a movement whose time has come

Reallocating some police funding to social workers, making body cameras mandatory would reduce incidents of unnecessary violence against racial minorities, argues business professor.

The last two weeks have seen an explosion of interest in defunding the police in Canada and around the world. This is not a new idea—governments have long recognized that “the current model … was
15
June
2020
| 22:52 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Drive-thru mask giveaway won't prevent COVID-19

Alberta’s plan to distribute single-use protective masks through fast-food outlets is “inequitable and ineffective,” say health policy experts.

Standing in front of a counter filled with fresh-baked pastries, Alberta’s Health Minister Tyler Shandro kicked off the government’s much-touted mask distribution strategy. Billed as part of the
11
June
2020
| 19:23 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || How police departments can root out violent members in their ranks

U of A sociologist recommends policy measures based on research into excessive use of force by police.

The global condemnation of the death of George Floyd, one of the latest in a constellation of officer-involved deaths of unarmed civilians, has grown into a worldwide social movement for disbanding
08
June
2020
| 21:26 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTAIRE || Les défis politiques et économiques du gouvernment albertain

Le défi du gouvernment est de conjuger transition énergique et diversification économique, tout en s’entendent sur le sens à donner à la diversification.

En Alberta, la lutte contre le coronavirus a été plutôt efficace, et ce, malgré quelques ratés, notamment une éclosion importante de cas dans un centre de transformation de viande. De manière