Commentary

A lack of additional disability supports has meant that vulnerable groups have had to look to other means for supporting themselves through the pandemic.

14
August
2020

By MICHELLE MAROTO and DAVID PETTINICCHIO

As Canadians, we like to think we’ve done a far better job responding to COVID-19 than other places, including our neighbour to the south.

Our relative success lies in swift responses to and consistent messaging about the pandemic in non-partisan ways. Nationwide physical distancing measures were done in consultation with public health officials, resulting in a national shutdown beginning in March 2020. Our understanding and approach to the pandemic has also led to a relatively more cautious recovery.

Consistent economic support was also an important pillar of the federal government’s response to COVID-19. Canadian wage earners out of work or at reduced hours received a taxable monthly basic income of $2,000 per month (the Canada Emergency Response Benefit known as the CERB), helping m...

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06
August
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Defunding the police requires understanding what role policing plays in our society

Demystifying police work is needed to increase public support for major reforms, argues U of A sociologist.

By TEMITOPE ORIOLA
31
July
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Was Beethoven Black? A Twitter meme reveals more about race and music than the composer’s origins

Social media trend is a new twist on a century-old question about the composer's secret ethnicity.

By ALEXANDER CARPENTER
29
July
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Tough-on-crime anti-drug moralizing does a disservice to Canadians

Harsh prison sentences don't deter drug use, say sociologists who argue for decriminalizing possession of personal amounts of illicit drugs.

By WILLIAM SCHULTZ, SANDRA BUCERIUS and KEVIN HAGGERTY
22
July
2020
| 10:32 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Edmonton finally drops the Eskimos—and may my grandchildren never hear the E-word again

It's been a long time coming, but the CFL team's name change was the right thing to do, says Inuk writer and researcher.

By NORMA DUNNING
20
July
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Louis Riel’s trial from 135 years ago continues today with competing cultural stories and icons

Riel's transformation from rebel traitor to cultural icon in the public imagination hasn't come without backlash, says U of A English professor.

By ALBERT BRAZ
10
July
2020
| 05:55 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Why some people are immune from scandal—until they’re not

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

By MARCO CLEMENTE, JO-ELLEN POZNER and TIM HANNIGAN
07
July
2020
| 10:30 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.

By SHUMAILA HEMANI
07
July
2020
| 05:55 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.

By NORMA DUNNING
30
June
2020
| 05:45 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.

By TIMOTHY CAULFIELD
29
June
2020
| 12:08 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.

By NEELAKSHI JOSHI, SANDEEP AGRAWAL and ANDREW LOWERRE
26
June
2020
| 05:55 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.

By ROSEMARY RICCIARDELLI and SANDRA BUCERIUS