Cancer survivors still need significant care

One of the most incredible medical achievements over the last quarter century is the decrease in the number of people dying from cancer – a drop of 27 per cent. That’s the good news. But today in The Conversation Canada, Jennifer Michelle Jones of the University of Toronto tells the story of how many cancer survivors still face toxic side effects from their treatment and how that’s putting a strain on our health-care systems.

More than one million Canadians will head to Cuba this year – including thousands of students who will go south for spring break. Monica Eileen Patterson, a professor of anthropology at Carleton University, has looked at the souvenirs and curios that Canadians bring home from Cuba and was “surprised to find rows upon rows of racist memorabilia.”

Do you know about ClassDojo? Childhood studies expert Julie Garlen explains the popular classroom digital behaviour management and communication system and why it should raise alarm bells when it comes to privacy and child rights issues.

Many Canadians turn to wine experts to help them choose their favourite vintage. But where does your expert come from? Bianca Grohmann of Concordia University has done research that determined wine experts from British Columbia and Québec have distinctly different tastes.

A final note: in Monday's newsletter, I misidentified the Black politician and human rights activist who was profiled in Daniel McNeil’s article – Rosemary Brown. I’ve added the article again here in case you didn’t have a chance to read it yesterday.


Scott White


Today's Featured Articles

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto runs a Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program, which offers one-on-one consults and an eight-week group rehabilitation program for patients. (Shutterstock)

Cancer survivors urgently need funded rehabilitation care

Jennifer Michelle Jones, University of Toronto

Multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams could help cancer survivors to recover from the toxic side-effects of their treatments and return to their lives.

Next time you are in Cuba, skip the racist curios and bring back some rum, cigars or local paintings instead. Photo by Augustin de Montesquiou /Unsplash

Spring breakers import Cuban rum, cigars and racist curios

Monica Eileen Patterson, Carleton University

Are you heading to Cuba this March break? Think carefully before you bring home your souvenirs. Many of them contain old racist imagery.

Teachers can record and photograph student behaviour and display student standings to the entire class. (Shutterstock)

ClassDojo raises concerns about children’s rights

Julie Garlen, Carleton University

ClassDojo, the popular classroom behaviour management and communication system is said to facilitate community and message-sharing. But who is asking how children are impacted?

How to select your next wine bottle? Turn to an expert? Yes? But which expert?! Shutterstock

Finding the right wine expert to help you select your next bottle

Bianca Grohmann, Concordia University

Do you turn to a wine expert to help you chose your bottle of wine? Wine experts may have different evaluations depending on the school of thought in which they were trained.

Rosemary Brown, then a member of the B.C. legislature, speaks at a protest against pornography in downtown Vancouver in 1984. (CP PHOTO/ Chuck Stoody)

Black Canadian activists pressured to be ‘quiet’ leaders

Daniel McNeil, Carleton University

Historically, successful Black Canadian politicians have operated as quiet leaders and shy elitists.

La Conversation Canada

Pourquoi tant de haine? Les araignées, des créatures ingénieuses et aimables, sont nos amies. Shutterstock

Cessez d'avoir peur des araignées, elles sont fascinantes… et bienveillantes !

Gerhard J. Gries, Simon Fraser University; Andreas Fischer, Simon Fraser University

Notre peur des araignées est due à un manque d'information. Ces créatures fascinantes et ingénieuses sont souvent plus inoffensives que nuisibles.



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