Most of Canada’s cities are not designed to promote the health of their residents, and this problem appears to be getting worse. However, while this is a problem we can solve, we first need to understand the current barriers to developing policies which promote healthier urban areas.

Today, in The Conversation Canada a team of researchers discuss their findings from a recent study exploring the dynamics of policy-making in the City of Regina. They argue that “by fostering collaboration, restructuring governance, empowering local governments, and promoting a collective mindset, we can pave the way for more effective integration of health into urban policies that truly support the well-being of communities at large.”

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All the best.

Harris Kuemmerle

Environment + Energy Editor

Signs reflecting conspiracy theories around the 15-minute city are displayed outside Parliament Hill in May 2023. Alongside other comparable initiatives, 15-minute cities represent an effort to place collective health and well-being at the centre of urban planning. (Shutterstock)

New study reveals four critical barriers to building healthier Canadian cities

Akram Mahani, University of Regina; Joonsoo Sean Lyeo, University of Toronto; Nazeem Muhajarine, University of Saskatchewan

Canada’s cities must be planned around resident health and well-being, our research reveals the key barriers to developing truly healthy cities.

Supporters of imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan’s party chant slogans during a protest in Pakistan against delaying the result of the general election by the Pakistan Election Commission in Karachi on Feb. 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

No party won a majority in Pakistan’s contentious election. What happens now?

Noor Mirza, Balsillie School of International Affairs

With a hung parliament and uncertain election results, further political instability and a scramble to attain power is in full force in Pakistan.

Automated retail, like this smart cart seen at a Sobeys grocery store in Oakville, Ont. in November 2019, is on the rise across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The rise of robo-retail: Who gets left behind when retail is automated?

Mathew Iantorno, University of Toronto

Autonomous retail concepts are becoming a common fixture in downtown Canada. But are these novel businesses beneficial to everyone?

Anti-Black racism continues to be a major determinant of poor health and social outcomes for Black Canadians. (Shutterstock)

Addressing anti-Black racism is key to improving well-being of Black Canadians

Bukola Salami, University of Calgary

Anti-Black racism has health, social and economic consequences for Black populations in Canada. Partnering with Black communities is a crucial component in effective efforts to mitigate inequities.

To build more small- and medium-sized businesses, and create more jobs in turn, Canada needs to create more entrepreneurs. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s entrepreneur shortage is impacting the economy — here’s one way to fix it

Claudia Smith, University of Victoria

A new study reveals that instilling an entrepreneur-possible self — the belief that you can become an entrepreneur — is a critical stepping stone for becoming an entrepreneur.

La Conversation Canada


Pour pallier la pénurie d’enseignants, il faut multiplier les formations plus courtes et mieux adaptées

Mario Richard, Université TÉLUQ ; Marilyn Baillargeon, Université TÉLUQ ; Steve Bissonnette, Université TÉLUQ

Le quart des enseignants au Québec sont non légalement qualifiés. Plusieurs souhaitent obtenir une formation et une reconnaissance officielles. Les programmes courts sont mieux adaptés à leur réalité.

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