Hey Doug Ford...why are you shooting the messenger?

Doug Ford continues to put his own stamp on the Ontario government. Today in The Conversation Canada, Mark Winfield and Sheila Colla of York University have teamed up with Faisal Moola of the University of Guelph to examine Ford’s recent decision to curtail the power of the Ontario environment commissioner – a move our authors say is equivalent to shooting the messenger.

The number of farms – and farmers – is declining in Canada. Abdul-Rahim Abdulai lives in Newfoundland and has interviewed farmers in that province to better understand the reasons why people are finding it difficult to stay in the business.

Arthritis is among the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Alan Rosenberg, Hassan Vatanparast and Sarah Finch of the University of Saskatchewan tell us about their research that shows children with low vitamin D blood levels are more likely to be afflicted with arthritis.

In the U.S., applications for MBA programs are going down. The opposite is happening in Canada. Julia Christensen Hughes of the University of Guelph explains one reason why: “Canada offers an attractive destination for international students looking for a progressive environment in which to study.”

And finally…there was outrage across the country when convicted child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge. Anita Grace of Carleton University looks how the emotion around female child killers has led to some bad policy decisions that have far-reaching implications.


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Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe released her annual environmental report on Nov. 13, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Scrapping environmental watchdog is like shooting the messenger

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada; Faisal Moola, University of Guelph; Sheila R. Colla, York University, Canada

Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to downgrade Ontario’s environmental watchdog is bad news for the environment, public health and safety, and evidence-based decision-making.

Though agriculture is a necessity, we rarely take time to understand the realities of the farming industry and the farmers who toil on the land. Shutterstock

A moment to honour our dwindling farm communities

Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, University of Guelph

Changing demographics in small-scale farming have had a severe impact and affect farmer motivation, especially among youth

Children play soccer in the small town of Baker Lake, Nunavut in 2009. Research among children with arthritis globally shows that those residing in northern latitudes have abnormally low vitamin D levels. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Children with arthritis lack vitamin D

Alan Rosenberg, University of Saskatchewan; Hassan Vatanparast, University of Saskatchewan; Sarah Finch, University of Saskatchewan

A new study points to a clear link between childhood arthritis and abnormally low levels of vitamin D, especially ion northern countries.

MBA programs that produce leaders who are committed to sustainability are on the rise. Here’s why Canada can lead the pack in turning out business leaders who can change the world. Baim Hanif/Unsplash

How today’s MBA graduates can help save the world

Julia Christensen Hughes, University of Guelph

In a world where employees and consumers want businesses to be more sustainable, there's a growing need for business leaders who share these values — and a new type of business education.

Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

The folly of writing legislation in response to sensational crimes

Anita Grace, Carleton University

The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.

Health + Medicine


  • Brexit: views from around Europe on future relationship between UK and EU

    Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin; Adam Lazowski, University of Westminster; Anna Cento Bull, University of Bath; Fernando Lozano Contreras, Universidad de Alcalá; Frédérique Berrod, Sciences Po Strasbourg — Université de Strasbourg; Holger Nehring, University of Stirling

    As the divorce part of the Brexit negotiations approach their endgame, attention is turning to the future relationship between the UK and EU. The view from EU capitals.

Culture + Society