Commentary

Greta Gerwig's omission from best director category reinforces her film’s assertion that creative women are not celebrated as much as men, argue authors.

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February
2020

The Oscars have long represented a way for the American film industry to celebrate and market its achievements.

Even when there are surprising wins, like this year’s top awards sweep by South Korean film Parasite, the Oscars tell us more about the values of the industry or what it wants to say than what might objectively be called a “best” picture or achievement.

Indeed, the optics of this year’s Oscars represented liberal “inclusion” at its peak, with Janelle Monáe and Billy Porter kicking off the show. There was also a land acknowledgment by Maori Indigenous screenplay award-winner Taika Waititi, and many of the announcers were white women or people of colour—in a year of a largely white and male nominees.

Nevertheless, it was surprising that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences snubbed Greta Gerwig in the categor...

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February
2020
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COMMENTARY || Wildfires threaten North American water supplies

Flash floods and water contamination after massive wildfires aren't just a problem in Australia, researchers find.

As rain offers a welcome relief to fire-scorched Australia, concerns over flash floods and freshwater contamination cast a shadow on the joy. Already, massive fish kills have been reported due to
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Plants safely store toxic mercury. Bushfires and climate change bring it back into our environment

Mercury levels in the environment rise sharply during periods of rapid global warming, scientists find.

Climate change and bushfires may exacerbate recent mercury pollution and increase exposure to the poisonous neurotoxin, according to our study published in the Journal of Paleolimnology. Mercury
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || How hate groups misuse medieval symbolism to promote white supremacy

Notions of ethnic and cultural "purity" in the Middle Ages are historically inaccurate and outdated, argues English professor.

The Middle Ages are having a moment, both for good and for ill. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, the History Channel’s Vikings, BBC’s series Robin Hood and Merlin all attest to the popularity of
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || The sports psychology behind the Oilers' recent success

The team is showing signs of mental toughness in the new year, but defensive intensity needs improvement, says educational psychologist.

What is mental toughness? Is it dogged determination? Razor-sharp focus? Supreme confidence? Or is it being cool, calm and collected under fire? Turns out, it’s all these things—and it provides a
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Goop Lab is an infomercial for her pseudoscience business

Upcoming Netflix series based on celebrity's science-free brand represents conflict of interest, argues Timothy Caulfield.

Last week, Netflix dropped the trailer for Gwyneth Paltrow’s new show The Goop Lab. It is a six-episode docuseries launching on Jan. 24 that, according to the trailers, focuses on approaches to
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || To win the fight against health and wellness bunk, we must leave the post-truth era in the past

Health-trend debunker Timothy Caulfield offers a four-point prescription to help science and critical thinking “rise above the noise of nonsense.”

While pseudoscience and quackery have been around a long time, the 2010s were truly the decade of bunk. The reach and influence of misinformation has intensified to the point that it feels near
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Want to create a healthier country? Start by creating fitter cities

Municipal policies can provide solutions to preventable disease epidemics and ballooning health-care costs, says preventive medicine expert.

Every January, people resolve to lose weight, eat healthy and be more active. Yet, by the end of the month, most people who started the year with the best of intentions have given up, usually having
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January
2020
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COMMENTARY || Why having robot co-workers might make you less prejudiced

When robot co-workers are the out-group, human workers become less prejudiced against other humans, researchers find.

Automation is changing America. Robots already operate rescue missions and build our cars, and they may soon be assisting in surgery and teaching our children. As many as 73 million American jobs
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December
2019
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10 expert commentators who informed our opinions in 2019

Experts in health, law, political science and education weighed in with fresh perspectives, strong opinions and solid advice.

1. COMMENTARY || Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? Three clinicians weighed the evidence and offered practical recommendations to guide mothers in making a responsible personal
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December
2019
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COMMENTARY || The problem with personalized health information

The Human Genome Project sparked an obsession with personalized info—and potentially shifted the responsibility for health away from broader society, argues health policy expert Timothy Caulfield.

We have become obsessed with personalization. There are companies selling personalized fitness routines, diets, skin care products, shampoos and supplements. You can get a genetic test to personalize
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December
2019
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COMMENTARY || No alternative facts about Ukraine's Holodomor

Evidence is clear that millions in Ukraine were deliberately starved, says director of U of A’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

A sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Dougal MacDonald, recently posted on his personal Facebook page a diatribe dismissing the genocidal Ukrainian famine, or