Canada Votes: Fact-based news you can use

Thirty-nine days and counting…the federal election is finally here and The Conversation Canada plans to offer our readers stories they can’t find elsewhere. As always, we’ll rely on experts who have conducted research in the areas they write about or have academic expertise to provide an informed opinion. Today we kick off our election coverage with three strong stories:

For those of you who’ve already had enough election news, we offer two health stories: how “Small Data” can help healthcare officials deliver better services and why we need to start taking into account the environmental and social costs when calculating the true costs of providing health care.


Scott White


Today's Featured Articles

This image made from a fake video featuring former U.S. president Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. (AP Photo)

The election’s on: Now Canadians should watch out for dumbfakes and deepfakes

Dianne Lalonde, Western University

Fake videos pose a risk to democratic representation, participation, and discussion. Canadians need to be mindful of their existence as we head towards the federal election.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer attends a recent news conference in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Is the Big Blue Tent imploding? Canadian Conservatives face an identity crisis

Brian Budd, University of Guelph

Conservatives face challenges this election given issues with Andrew Scheer’s leadership, regressive developments south of the border and a burgeoning populist movement.

Protesters take part in a pipeline expansion demonstration in Vancouver in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada’s Liberals make it hard for green voters to love them

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada

This election will have a major impact on Canada’s efforts to combat climate change. But how best to approach the available choices on the ballot remains a serious dilemma for Canadian voters.

The use of Big Data (large, aggregated datasets) to inform the provision of health care leaves out context and details. Shutterstock

Small Data approaches provide nuance and context to health datasets

Debora Irene Christine, United Nations University; Mamello Thinyane, United Nations University

Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.

Prevention of chronic disease can reduce the vast financial, social and environmental costs of many health-care interventions. (Shutterstock)

We must rethink health care to include social and environmental costs of treatment

Francis Vergunst, Université de Montréal; Helen Louise Berry, University of Sydney

A triple-bottom-line approach can be used to evaluate health-care interventions, such as treatment for schizophrenia.

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Le chef du Parti populaire du Canada, Maxime Bernier, à Ottawa, le 4 septembre. Bernier est associé au mouvement populiste au Canada. La Presse Canadienne/Justin Tang

Quelle place aura le populisme dans la campagne fédérale?

Chedly Belkhodja, Concordia University

Le populisme se définit comme une idéologie qui vise à réduire la distance entre le peuple et le pouvoir. Il se présente comme la plate-forme du parler vrai, en opposition à la langue de bois.


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