Antibiotics: Are we marching backwards?

We’ve been raised to believe that progress is a natural part of our evolving society. We march forward, not backward. But today in The Convesation Canada, Gerry Wright of McMaster University writes about his concerns on the lack of a “forward trajectory of progress in science and medicine,” specifically how there is an increasing threat to humankind in his area of expertise: antibiotics.

The “sexting” scandal involving MP Tony Clement is the focus of an interesting analysis by Clint Burnham of Simon Fraser University, who teaches a graduate course called “Digital Fantasy.” His take on the Clement saga: all texting is sexting.

Kevin Gosine of Brock University grew up in the Toronto neighbourhood of Regent Park, which is often the target of so-called law-and-order political candidates. But what politicians don’t realize is that research shows marginalized communities are marked by a profound sense of community, supportive social networks and resilience.

The recent midterm elections in the United States showed once again that Republicans did well in the parts of the country where coal is still king. Sandeep Pai and Hisham Zerriffi University of British Columbia have researched the political strength of coal communities and why they still have tremendous influence.

And finally…are you a member of the PTA at your kid’s school. If so, what’s the racial makeup of the membership? Carl James and Selom Chapman-Nyaho of York University shoot down the myth created by some public high school administrators and staff that working-class immigrant parents are disinterested and uninvolved in their children’s education.


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There already exist some promising new antibiotic therapies, and more are in the pipeline. However, our economic model prevents researchers from moving them out onto the market. (Shutterstock)

Humanity under threat from antibiotic-resistant infections

Gerry Wright, McMaster University

The end of effective antibiotics will be frightening. Life expectancy will fall dramatically and people of all ages will die from illnesses that we are used to treating with $10 worth of pills.

MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative caucus after admitting to sending “intimate” photos to women he met online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The Tony Clement scandal shows all texting is sexting

Clint Burnham, Simon Fraser University

Former Conservative MP Tony Clement, dropped from caucus over a public sexting scandal raises questions for all of us about what is too much in our 'casual' daily online exchanges.

Research shows marginalized communities are marked by a profound sense of community, supportive social networks – and resilience. The author’s public school in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood is seen in this 2015 photo. Alex Guibord/Flickr

Campaign trail bigots blind to the strengths of marginalized communities

Kevin Gosine, Brock University

Research shows marginalized communities are marked by a profound sense of community, supportive social networks -- and resilience.

In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The uncertain future of U.S. coal communities

Sandeep Pai, University of British Columbia; Hisham Zerriffi, University of British Columbia

Despite politically powerful coal communities helping elect a president who vowed guarantee their continued prosperity, their future remains more uncertain than ever.

The fact that parents may be physically absent from schools does not mean they are disinterested in their children’s academic and professional success. Muhammad Rizwan/Unsplash

Too busy for the PTA, but working-class parents care

Carl James, York University, Canada; Selom Chapman-Nyaho, York University, Canada

Working class parents may be too busy to attend high school events, but they take an active role in their children's success.

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