Bears, bears and bears

If you’ve ever had the chance to be in the wild and encounter a bear, it can be both a thrilling and terrifying experience. But imagine being in a single place where you could see black bears, grizzlies and polar bears. Today in The Conversation Canada, Douglas Clark of the University of Saskatchewan tells us about his work in Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba where, for the first time, researchers have found those three bear species living in the same range – and why that might be bad for the polar bears.

Most Canadians don’t realize that televised debates during Canadian federal elections have traditionally been organized by the broadcast networks. But no longer. Tamara Small of the University of Guelph and Anna Lennox Esselment of the University of Waterloo explain how the new Independent Debate Commission will work – and why it’s an idea that’s long overdue.

Lucia O'Sullivan of the University of New Brunswick raises a very important topic today: how a different type of research is needed when it comes to understanding sexual violence against women. Traditionally, research has focused on the experience of the victims. But to gain better knowledge, it’s time to start learning more about the men who commit the assaults.

Susan Lidster of Thompson Rivers University tells a personal story about how she has learned to deal with conflict in her classroom. She’s learned that conflict may not present itself as an argument – it could also be disengagement if students don’t feel seen and heard.

And finally… let’s admit it, sometimes getting together with friends and family during the holidays isn’t always fun. Jamie Gruman of the University of Guelph offers some very practical advice on how to survive your annoying relatives this holiday season.


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Two polar bears walk past a camera trap in Wapusk National Park. (Douglas Clark)

We found grizzly, black and polar bears together for the first time

Douglas Clark, University of Saskatchewan

Never before have grizzly bears, black bears and polar bears been found living in the same place.

Left to right: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pose before the start of the French-language leaders’ debate in Montreal in September 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new debates commission is the electoral reform Canadians need

Tamara A. Small, University of Guelph; Anna Lennox Esselment, University of Waterloo

The creation of a new debate commission in Canada should ensure televised showdowns between party leaders amid federal election campaigns are transparent and a boon to democracy.

This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows six women who have filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

We need to learn from the men who rape

Lucia O'Sullivan, University of New Brunswick

It's time to stop surveying women about their experiences as rape victims, time to research the men who perpetrate these crimes and work to inebriate and isolate women.

Conflict resolution theory suggests we may be less likely to move toward a competing position if we have taken the time to learn about each other in a genuine way. Shutterstock

Deeper listening will change your classroom

Susan Lidster, Thompson Rivers University

Conflict in the classroom may not look or sound like an argument. It might look like disengagement if students don't feel seen and heard.

During the holiday season, we are faced with numerous social commitments and in some cases this means spending time with people who grate on our nerves and hinder us from refuelling. Juliette/ Unsplash

How to survive your annoying relatives this holiday season

Jamie Gruman, University of Guelph

All of us have allergies to people whose seemingly inconsequential behaviour repulses us. Here's how to deal with it this holiday season.

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