Commentary

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

02
December
2019

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 Holodomor, as a myth concocted by the Nazis. MacDonald produces an online bulletin of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada and ran as the party’s candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona riding in the last federal election, garnering 77 votes.

His denial of the Stalinist-created famine immediately brought to mind the late James Keegstra’s denial of the Holocaust, which resulted in his dismissal as a teacher—something many in the Ukrainian community believe should happen with Mr. MacDonald. As November marks the month when Ukrainians commemorate the memory of the victims of the famine, I would like to set the record straight about some facts abo...

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27
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Eliminate restrictions preventing cannabis research

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26
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Are the Oilers for real? Analytics say yes

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The Edmonton Oilers are succeeding this year. They are winning and winning a lot. Alas, naysayers abound, skeptically questioning the team’s staying power and asking, “Are they for real?”  The
20
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Extraordinary skull fossil reveals secrets of snake evolution

"Beautifully preserved" specimen helps answer long-standing questions on how snakes lost their limbs and evolved specialized skulls over the last 95 million years.

On very rare occasions, an exceptional fossil is unearthed that provides an extraordinary glimpse into the evolution of a group of organisms. This time, it is the beautifully preserved skull of an
07
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Climate change affecting prairie birds as much as habitat loss

Preserving vanishing wetlands could help offset effects of long-term increases in temperature and precipitation, researchers suggest.

The grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are a hidden gem for bird watchers, with millions of migratory birds passing through the area each year. But they are also one of the most transformed
06
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Making vaccinations easier to get will keep community safer

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Anti-vaxxer. It’s a loaded pejorative term that’s gained traction over past decades as vaccination myths continue to plague public health professionals. It’s a label at the heart of pitched battles
05
November
2019
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COMMENTARY || Alberta must not return to the harrowing, divisive times of 1980

Western alienation may seem like history repeating itself, but there are crucial differences this time around, argues U of A political scientist.

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04
November
2019
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COMMENTAIRE || L’Alberta et la fièvre référendaire

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October
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COMMENTARY || Citizen scientists are helping to keep the study of dinosaurs alive

Volunteers have been instrumental in preparing specimens for research that is revealing more about dinosaurs, says renowned U of A paleontologist Philip Currie.

When I moved to Alberta in 1976 to become the curator of paleontology at the Provincial Museum of Alberta (now the Royal Alberta Museum), I was hamstrung by a lack of funding and an attitude that
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October
2019
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COMMENTARY || What a minority government would mean in Canada

Why a House divided may be a good thing for the country, according to a U of A legal expert.

If the polls are right, at least five political parties will elect representatives on Oct. 21 to the House of Commons with no party commanding a majority of seats—meaning Canada appears poised to
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October
2019
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COMMENTARY || Microbiome research needs a gut check

Gut bacteria hype is the latest example of good science being exploited to market bunk, says health policy expert Timothy Caulfield.

It happened with stem cell research. Ditto genetics and precision medicine. And now we are seeing it play out with microbiome research. Good science is being exploited to market bunk products and