Climate change, fire, and their implications for species

by Tanya Samman & Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences Co-editors The role of fire in forest ecosystems Forest fires are powerful and devastating. But they are also necessary for the rejuvenation of some ecosystems. Many plants are well-adapted to fire; some trees have dense bark or shed lower limbs to help them survive fire […]

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Ajuster la recette de la sécurité alimentaire au Canada

Le système de sécurité alimentaire du Canada devrait empêcher les aliments dangereux de parvenir à nos bouches. Mais est-ce suffisant de partager l’information avec le public? Un expert nous donne son opinion. Ainslie Butler et Lindsay Jolivet, Co-éditrices – Santé, médecine et science vétérinaire Des bactéries au plastique, en passant par des noix bien camouflées, […]

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Science Essays: Another Way to Explore the Facts

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By Erin Zimmerman, Co-editor, Science in Society “A piece of writing has to start somewhere, go somewhere, and sit down when it gets there.” — Essayist John McPhee, Draft No. 4 What is it? Many people are unaware that science essays are their own genre. They can masquerade as other things: features, reviews, researched personal essays, […]

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Immigrating to Canada with a STEM degree in hand


By Nahomi Amberber, Policy and Politics Co-Editor. Fifty years after it was first established, the Canadian point system for immigrants continues to have large effects on our culture, our economy and our diversity. The 1967 regulations valued education, occupational demand and age, a dramatic change from the racially discriminatory policies of the time. These regulations […]

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Body of Evidence: debunking medical myths


By Alina Fisher The winner of our ‘Canada’s Favourite Blog for 2017’ contest was Body of Evidence, run by scientists keen on cutting through the prolific medical misinformation found on the Internet. Take a quick look at their site and you’ll find many ways to administer your regular dose of medical news—blog post, podcast, or […]

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