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Elections Canada is in major damage control, just weeks before the launch of the federal election. It’s been widely reported that environmental charities were warned by the election watchdog that promoting discussions about climate emergencies could be considered a “partisan” activity because Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada denies climate change is caused by humans. Today in The Conversation Canada, Dianne Saxe – the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario who is now a fellow at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School – explains why environmental charities are now afraid to speak up during the election campaign and how Elections Canada’s attempt to clarify its stance has clarified nothing.

We also look at the need for Canada to keep better stats on hate crimes against transgender people and explain the concept of “technological stewardship” – behaviour by engineers that ensures technology is used to make the world a better place by being more equitable, inclusive and sustainable.

Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines about “Jihadi Jack.” He’s the British-born man who joined Isis five years ago and is now being held in a Syrian prison. The U.K. government has stripped Jack (his real name is Jack Letts) of his British citizenship. Audrey Macklin of the University of Toronto explains why that controversial decision has now become a problem for Canada because Letts also has Canadian citizenship.


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A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on Dec. 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Why Canada’s environmental charities are afraid to talk about climate change during the election

Dianne Saxe, York University, Canada

Environmental charities are worried about speaking out about climate change during the upcoming federal campaign for fear Elections Canada will consider their activities as "partisan."

People participate in the 2016 Trans Pride March in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

Transgender hate crimes are on the rise even in Canada

Abigail Curlew, Carleton University

A recent report on crime statistics leaves out transgender and nonbinary folk. A security and surveillance expert says this invisibility is harmful. Without stats, we cannot counter violence.

Teaching social and environmental responsibility to engineering students will provide them with valuable skills required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Shutterstock

Teaching technological stewardship makes future engineers more agile and responsible

Janna Rosales, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Technological stewardship is a set of values that provide members of the engineering community with guidance for responsible, responsive and agile approaches to design and implementation.

Jack Letts has been in a jail in Syria since 2014. The British government just stripped him of his citizenship, but he has Canadian citizenship due to his father’s birth here. sky news

‘Jihadi Jack’ and the folly of revoking citizenship

Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto

The decision by the British government to revoke citizenship of a U.K.-born man puts Canada in a conundrum and raises serious questions about the practice of stripping citizenship.

La Conversation Canada

La vision est la source d’information la plus importante sur laquelle repose la conduite. Une vision déficiente des conducteurs est la cause de plusieurs accidents. Shutterstock

Santé oculaire: les conducteurs voient-ils vraiment ce qui se passe sur la route?

Langis Michaud, Université de Montréal

En s’aventurant sur les routes, il est probable de rencontrer un conducteur qui ait un problème visuel mettant sa conduite à risque. Et la SAAQ fait preuve de laxisme face à cette situation.



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