Great reads for an (almost) winter weekend

I was in Montréal this week for the launch of La Conversation Canada. It was a thrill for our team to get the French-language edition online. And it's also always a thrill for me to go to Montréal, one of the world's great cities. But it's cold there this time of year. So this weekend, now that I'm back in also-very-cold Toronto, I'm staying indoors to warm up. If you're doing the same, here are some of the most popular articles from around The Conversation global network from the last week.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back in your Inbox on Monday.

Scott White


Weekend Reads

What’s the real reason the Canadian government legalized weed?

Andrew Hathaway, University of Guelph

Research shows that cannabis legalization is unlikely to either reduce criminal involvement or availability to youth. Could legalization be a result of neoliberalism, or a way to woo young voters?

Canada’s shameful history of sterilizing Indigenous women

Erika Dyck, University of Saskatchewan

Recent revelations of the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada are part of a long, complex and disturbing history -- in which feminism became a fight to keep one's own children.

L’IA pour le meilleur, sans le pire

Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal

À mesure que l’IA se déploie dans la société, il y a un impact, qui peut être positif ou négatif. À nous de choisir comment les choses se feront. Le futur est entre nos mains.

Transition énergétique: y a-t-il une réelle volonté politique ?

Normand Mousseau, Université de Montréal

Si l’atteinte des objectifs climatiques de 2030 et 2050 est économiquement réaliste, la transformation exigée est profonde. Elle ne pourra réussir dans l'appui d'une réelle stratégie de transition.

3 ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts – if they wanted to

Anthony M. Nadler, Ursinus College; Matthew Crain, Miami University

Without much delay, Facebook and Twitter could make significant changes to limit political manipulation and propaganda. Will they? And will users ask it of the social media giants?

Why Apple is no longer a byword for innovation – just ask the markets

Arturo Bris, IMD Business School

Who would you rather work for: Apple or Domino's Pizza?

Brexit: is it possible to stop it?

Oliver Patel, UCL

The legal and practical steps that would be required for no Brexit to happen.

Brexit deadlock: this three-way referendum design could break it

Orestis Troumpounis, Lancaster University; Dimitrios Xefteris, University of Cyprus

It's the fairest way to settle this debate – though in the absence of a clear majority supporting either "remain" or a "no deal" it would probably mean accepting Theresa May's deal.

Sexual violence as a weapon of war: why the Nobel Prize for Peace matters

Angela Muvumba Sellström, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) – USPC

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad should strengthen efforts against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Gilets jaunes : les maires au cœur de la fracture territoriale

Luc Rouban, Sciences Po – USPC

À la crise des gilets jaunes répond celle qui secoue les maires des petites communes alors même que la solution de sortie de crise du gouvernement est de renvoyer les débats aux arènes locales.