To pay or not to pay?

Internships can be a gateway to a career for some young people. But not all internships are created equal. Today in The Conversation Canada, Saul Carliner of Concordia University reflects on the recent strike by Québec students who demanded that internships be paid. There are many issues to consider when it comes to internships – including how unpaid internships favour young people from prosperous families over those who need to be paid for their work.

A new Mexican government will be sworn in on Dec. 1. Sergio Daniel Michel Chavez of Carleton University has provided an analysis to help Canadians understand how Mexico has elected a left-wing government when other countries in Central and South America have moved to the right.

The explosion of social media and online news sites means we’re often confronted with unpleasant and disturbing images. Isaac Nahon-Serfaty of University of Ottawa has looked at how the “grotesque” is often used to capture the attention of the public.

If you’re a woman and you work in a workplace that’s made up mostly of women, then chances are it’s a happy place. Yue Qian of the University of British Columbia tells us about her research that reveals women are much happier when they work with other women, as opposed to men.

And finally…in all the debate about climate change, there’s a tragedy that is often overlooked. Anastasia Riehl of Queen’s University writes about how environmental catastrophes brought on by climate change can wipe out languages because many “small linguistic communities are located on islands and coastlines vulnerable to hurricanes and a rise in sea levels.”


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Striking CEGEP students hold a demonstration to protest against unpaid internships in Montreal on Nov. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

To pay or not to pay: That’s the internship question

Saul Carliner, Concordia University

Legal or not, unpaid internships are likely to continue as long as people face barriers breaking into the workforce and some employers see the opportunity for free labour.

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks about the upcoming changes his administration will impose on national security during the national peace and security plan conference in Mexico City on Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)

Mexico’s left turn and the road to uncertainty

Sergio Daniel Michel Chavez, Carleton University

The success or failure of Mexico's new president will have an impact on politics in the rest of Latin America as right-wing forces reclaim power. Is a brighter future for the region possible?

A gargoyle, or grotesque, looks over Paris from the bell tower of Notre Dame. ChiccoDodiFC/Shutterstock

Dealing with the daily media dose of the grotesque

Isaac Nahon-Serfaty, University of Ottawa

With internet platforms and social media increase our access to direct, unedited and unfiltered media coverage. This has been used to great effect to deliberately distort our understanding of events.

New research indicates women are much happier when they work with other women, as opposed to men. Here a scene from the set of ‘Ocean’s Eight’ with Cate Blanchett and Rihanna looking happy working together. Warner Bros.

Women feel better when they work with other women

Yue Qian, University of British Columbia

Men have defended gender segregation by treating women who cross over into male-dominated occupations with scorn and ridicule.

The coastline of Sulawesi, Indonesia, where languages and cultures are threatened by climate change. Anastasia Riehl

The impact of climate change on language loss

Anastasia Riehl, Queen's University, Ontario

Approximately 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today, but only about half are expected to survive this century. One factor contributing to this loss is climate change.

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