Why can we still spank our kids?

Have you ever spanked your kids? If you have, you haven’t broken the law -- but you would if you were in another country. Today in The Conversation Canada, Valerie Michaelson of Queen’s University tells us about a recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that recommends parents never strike their children. More than 100 countries have banned or are planning to ban physical punishment of children. Why hasn’t Canada done the same?

A month after the legalization of marijuana in Canada, Steven Laviolette of Western University reports on the research that shows THC and CBD in cannabis have potential to help people with opioid addiction.

Military combat analyst Michael Armstrong of Brock University helps us understand why the Israeli-Gazan conflict recently flared up dramatically – and why the conflict was inevitable.

And finally…if you’re on Tinder, does it matter if you’re looking for a match in Canada or, say, Brazil? Chaim Kuhnreich of Concordia University has researched how people “market” themselves on dating apps around the world and he says there’s definitely a cultural difference depending on which country you’re swiping in.


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At least 54 countries prohibit the corporal punishment of children. Canada has neither prohibited corporal punishment, nor said it will. Shutterstock

Canada: What will it take to end physical punishment of children?

Valerie Michaelson, Queen's University, Ontario

Until Canadians challenge the normalization of violence against children, we will continue to support, or at least tacitly condone, something that by all accounts is harmful.

Cannabis seedlings are shown at the new Aurora Cannabis facility, November 24, 2017 in Montréal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction

Steven Laviolette, Western University

Research shows that THC and CBD in cannabis have potential to interrupt the vicious cycle of opioid addiction, dependence, withdrawal and relapse.

Israeli soldiers in a tank. Ran Zisovitch/Shutterstock.com

Israel-Gaza brinkmanship slips over the brink

Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University

Last week’s Gazan rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes were logical consequences of both sides’ brinkmanship negotiating strategies.

Tinder profiles showcase different symbols depending on where you are in the world. In Brazil, woman display wealth, a sign of group affiliation. Here a scene from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Andre Mendonca/Unsplash

Same, same but different: Tinder profiles around the world

Chaim Kuhnreich, Concordia University

Cultural differences play an important role in the experience of day to day activities, including online dating.

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