A case of Canadian genocide

It’s been well established that Canada is guilty of practising cultural genocide against Indigenous people, especially through the shameful Indian residential school system. But today in The Conversation Canada, Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, Professor Emeritus from the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, makes the case that the federal government was responsible for “actual physical genocide” in the case of a small group of Inuit in the 1950s.

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And finally, Gail Anderson, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University, tells us about her role in exonerating a woman wrongly accused of murder. The thing that got her off? Prof. Anderson’s knowledge of how blow flies are attracted to dead bodies. It’s a fascinating story, but be warned…you might not want to read it over breakfast!


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A family of Ahiarmiut, including David Serkoak pictured behind his mother Mary Qahug Miki (centre) at Ennadai Lake in the mid-50s before the Canadian government forcefully relocation them.

Canada’s genocide: The case of the Ahiarmiut

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University

Once we understand genocide as something that can take awhile, with victims dying of starvation and disease rather than outright murder, we can recognize the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Canadian speed skater and cyclist Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both winter and summer Olympic Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The surprising role of childhood trauma in athletic success

Veronica Allan, University of Toronto

Canadian speed skater and cyclist Clara Hughes, British tennis player Andy Murray and American gymnast Simone Biles all have something in common: adverse childhood experiences.

Research shows that so-called angel investors who write cheques to startups have a much bigger and more positive impact than governments providing ‘founding’ help to entrepreneurs. (Shutterstock)

Angel investors, not entrepreneurs, need government support

Veikko Thiele, Queen's University, Ontario

New research shows supporting angel investors, rather than giving startups 'founding' help, fosters entrepreneurship.

Protesters in front the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013 when the court was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s laws designed to deter prostitution, not keep sex workers safe

Debra M Haak, Queen's University, Ontario

Canada’s prostitution laws are based on the idea that prostitution is dangerous. Legalizing prostitution doesn’t eliminate the risks of violence and psychological harm.

Closeup of blow-fly or carrion fly Calliphoridae. corlaffra/Shutterstick.com

How the absence of blow flies overturned a wrongful conviction

Gail Anderson, Simon Fraser University

The presence of blow flies can help establish time of death in murder cases. A criminologist explains how she used her knowledge of blow flies to help overturn a wrongful conviction.

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