All politicians bribe us with our own money

The federal election isn’t officially here, but the promises from all parties are flowing freely. They all come with an expensive price tag. Today in The Conversation Canada, economist Gregory Mason of the University of Manitoba offers a novel suggestion: it’s time for all politicians to stop bribing us with our own money during election campaigns. It’s an interesting read as we all get ready for the coming campaign and provides some suggestions about how government should manage our money better.

There are also two education-related stories: a professor talks about how students – even those who aren’t specializing in scientific studies – can benefit from understanding the importance of science to our world; we also report on a recent study that suggests marginalized youth feel more resilient when adults encourage their to combat racial stereotypes.

In discussions about employment equity, the plight of people with autism rarely gets raised. A recent study showed the unemployment and underemployment of capable workers with autism is a well-documented phenomenon. Katherine Breward of the University of Winnipeg offers potential employers some sound advice on how to conduct job interviews that allow people with autism to demonstrate their true abilities.


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Politicians should stop trying to bribe us with our own money and instead propose fundamental structural changes to how governments operate and budget themselves. (Shutterstock)

With a federal election looming, an appeal for politicians to stop buying us off

Gregory C Mason, University of Manitoba

Rather that just bribing us with our own money, politicians on the campaign trail should propose structural changes to the way government works and budgets itself.

Prof. Stephen Meyers and his Geoscience 100 class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Ethan Parrish. Author provided

The profound perspective of geoscience can unite students

Stephen R. Meyers, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A science researcher's work gets twisted by a conservative news site; he considers this his wake-up call to educate as many students as possible about the importance of science to our world.

A recent photo-voice project shows what can happen when educators help marginalized youth express their resistance to racism. Alexis Brown/ Unsplash

How high school educators can help girls resist Islamophobia

Gina Ko, University of Calgary

A recent study suggests that marginalized youth feel supported and more resilient when adults encourage their ideas and missions to combat stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.

Organizations need to take special considerations when interview candidates with autism. Shutterstock

How to conduct job interviews with candidates who have autism

Katherine Breward, University of Winnipeg

Asking clear, concise, direction questions in job interviews can help employers hire highly capable, skilled workers with autism.

La Conversation Canada

La prise de la pilule à l'adolescence peut augmenter le risque de dépression, même des années après l'arrêt du traitement. Shutterstock

Prendre la pilule contraceptive à l’adolescence augmente le risque de dépression à long terme

Christine Anderl, University of British Columbia; Frances Chen, University of British Columbia

L'utilisation à long terme de contraceptifs oraux peut entraîner une augmentation du risque de dépression dans les années à venir.

Environment + Energy

Health + Medicine

  • Does extra testosterone reduce your empathy?

    Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge; Alexandros Tsompanidis, University of Cambridge; Richard Bethlehem, University of Cambridge; Tanya Procyshyn, University of Cambridge

    The link between testosterone and empathy is complicated. We don't have all the answers yet.

Science + Technology