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How Homer Simpson became an aspirational figure

How Homer Simpson became an aspirational figure

The Simpson family's circumstances have barely changed at all over 30 years—but the world around them has dramatically shifted. When the show debuted, Homer and his family were holding onto the bottom rung of the lower class,
A year of anti-Asian racism reaches its inevitable, tragic conclusion

A year of anti-Asian racism reaches its inevitable, tragic conclusion

For more than 12 months, Asian-Canadians and Asian-Americans have been targeted for harassment, assault and worse. In the early days of the pandemic, it was words. Then actions. Then violence. And all along they have found it difficult to get a real,
How a family doctor helped Canadians understand COVID-19

How a family doctor helped Canadians understand COVID-19

Dr. Jennifer Kwan is just one of dozens of ordinary Canadians who decided early in the pandemic to spend their free time presenting data on the virus to the masses via easy to understand charts.
One week out, did Harry and Meghan’s interview really change anything?

One week out, did Harry and Meghan’s interview really change anything?

And will Canada ever remove the monarchy? A week ago, it seemed like a tipping point was at hand, as the world reacted with shock and scorn to allegations of mistreatment and racism from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in an interview with Oprah Winfr
How GoFundMe became everyone’s digital safety net…

How GoFundMe became everyone’s digital safety net…

...and what our governments can learn from it.
How the Toronto Blessing helped build America’s most unusual church

How the Toronto Blessing helped build America’s most unusual church

In 1994, a small Toronto church gave birth to a bizarre spiritual movement that spread across the country and the globe. It was known as the Toronto Blessing, and among its many eventual destinations was a church named Bethel in Redding, California.
How we can fix elder care in Canada

How we can fix elder care in Canada

If there's one thing this pandemic has taught us, it's how poorly we care for our elders in Canada. The stories of the carnage in long-term care facilities have been endless and bleak. The gaps in the system have been laid bare for all to see. -
Amid a slow rollout, a Canadian vaccination success story

Amid a slow rollout, a Canadian vaccination success story

In most Canadian towns and cities, public health is still trying to vaccinate people 80 and up. In Canada's North, it's a whole different story. In larger northern cities, 40-somethings are getting their shots. And in small, more remote places,
How will Canada (and the world) use immunity passports?

How will Canada (and the world) use immunity passports?

Once you've received your COVID-19 vaccine, you'll also receive proof that you've got it. That's not a new concept—we do it for children's vaccinations all the time.
A wage gap isn’t the only gender-based workplace inequality

A wage gap isn’t the only gender-based workplace inequality

When we focus on gender-based inequality in the workplace, we usually talk about money. The wage gap has been a problem since women began joining the work force in large numbers.
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