Understanding Trudeau's troubling behaviour

Just when the governing Liberals thought the SNC-Lavalin controversy had fallen off the public’s radar, last week’s report by Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has put the scandal front and centre just weeks before the start of the federal election. Today in The Conversation Canada, Nicole Wyatt of the University of Calgary examines Justin Trudeau’s dealings with former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and explains how an avowed feminist prime minister behaved so poorly with one of his female cabinet ministers.

We also explore why being an activist in Columbia can have deadly consequences and how the digital age – and the disappearance of paper records – is having a major impact on libraries and archives.

And finally…it’s almost the end of August, which means that allergy season should be in the rearview mirror. Except, why are you still sneezing? Cecilia Sierra-Heredia, Jordan Brubacher and Tim Takaro of Simon Fraser University report that climate change is creating longer pollen seasons – which is bad news for all allergy sufferers.


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embraced by Jody Wilson-Raybould after delivering a speech on the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights in in the House of Commons on Feb. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau’s response to the SNC-Lavalin affair shows structural misogyny in action

Nicole Wyatt, University of Calgary

A firm PMO policy on respecting the political independence of the attorney general might have served Justin Trudeau better when Jody Wilson-Raybould first cautioned him against interfering in the SNC-Lavalin case.

Women dance during a protest march against the killing of activists, in Bogota, Colombia, on July 26, 2019. Colombians took to the streets to call for an end to a wave of killings in the wake of the nation’s peace deal. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

El Grito: Violence in Colombia continues to kill activists

Diana M. Barrero Jaramillo, University of Toronto

In Colombia, a 2016 peace agreement does not contain the ongoing violence. Violence escalates as criminal armed groups replace the FARC rebels in a violent battle for land and resources.

Today, and into the future, consulting archival documents increasingly means reading them on a screen. (Shutterstock)

Historians’ archival research looks quite different in the digital age

Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo

As our societies lose paper trails and increasingly rely on digital information, historians, and their grasps of context, will become more important than ever.


Still sneezing? Climate change may prolong allergy season

Cecilia Sierra-Heredia, Simon Fraser University; Jordan Brubacher, Simon Fraser University; Tim Takaro, Simon Fraser University

Allergic reactions to pollen may occur at different times of the year and for prolonged periods, and this will worsen with climate change.

La Conversation Canada

Les relations que les gens entretiennent avec leurs animaux de compagnie agissent sur le bien-être et la santé. Shutterstock

Vieillir avec son animal de compagnie, une question de santé et de bien-être

L.F. Carver, Queen's University, Ontario

Les gouvernements doivent penser aux relations des personnes âgées avec les animaux de compagnie lorsqu'ils planifient l'aide aux personnes âgées et la gestion des catastrophes.

Environment + Energy