Recent industry research suggests the world will meet peak oil demand much earlier than anticipated, perhaps some time in the next 10 years. So what does that mean for the Conservative Party of Canada?

Today in The Conversation Canada, Christopher Abbott of Queen’s University makes a compelling case that the CPC will need to rethink its traditional electoral strategy due to the changing forecasts about the global appetite for oil in the near future. The party’s opposition to carbon pricing and support for just about anything that increases the ease at which energy producers can extract, refine and transport oil has made the CPC overwhelmingly popular among voters in Alberta and Saskatchewan. But the party will likely be forced to rebuild its brand.

Also in today’s edition:


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Politics, Business + Economics Editor

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The risk of ‘peak oil demand’ for Canada’s Conservatives

Christopher Abbott, Queen's University, Ontario

Recent industry reports indicate that we may be approaching peak global demand for oil. If that's the case, the federal Conservatives may need to rethink their electoral strategy.

We’ve learned much more about the novel coronavirus over the last few months, including that most spreading events occur inddoors. (Shutterstock)

How to prevent COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ events indoors this winter

Gabriel Wainer, Carleton University

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, and the colder weather approaches, new mathematical models are needed to study changing social behaviours and indoor spaces.

‘Homeless Jesus’ at Newman College in Melbourne, Australia. (Kaitlin Wynia Baluk)

‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture goes viral after 911 call

Kaitlin Wynia Baluk, McMaster University

'Homeless Jesus' exemplifies how faith-based organizations can use public art to communicate religious ideas in a respectful and accessible way.

Rising sea levels are threatening homes on Diamniadio Island, Saloum Delta in Senegal. A child stands outside a home’s former kitchen, surrounded by mangrove branches, in 2015. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Why all human rights depend on a healthy environment

David R Boyd, University of British Columbia

Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.

Teacher activism in the U.S. has helped pushed the Democratic party towards renewed investment in public education. Children listen as former president Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)

How teachers’ union activism helped shift the U.S. election debate on education

Rachel K. Brickner, Acadia University

The push to expand charter schools in the U.S. contributed to a robust movement of teachers’ unions and allies demanding a well-resourced public school system.

La Conversation Canada

La leishmaniose — une infection parasitaire qui provoque des plaies cutanées — a été découverte chez des fox-hounds en Amérique du Nord. Shutterstock

Un parasite mangeur de chair transporté par les chiens fait son apparition en Amérique du Nord

Victoria Wagner, Université de Montréal; Christopher Fernandez-Prada, Université de Montréal; Martin Olivier, McGill University

Des chiens importés au Canada ont introduit un parasite mangeur de chair transmissible aux humains. Vétérinaires, chercheurs et responsables de la santé publique doivent y faire face ensemble.

L'acronyme CRISPR signifie répétitions palindromiques courtes régulièrement espacées groupées, comme on le voit sur cette photo. Ces répétitions de séquences d'ADN retrouvées dans les bactéries sont séparées par des « espaceurs » dont les séquences diffèrent d’une bactérie à l’autre. Shutterstock

Prix Nobel : les chercheurs canadiens aspirent à plus

John Bergeron, McGill University

Le prix Nobel reçu par un chercheur de l’Université de l’Alberta démontre la qualité exceptionnelle et le très haut niveau des universités canadiennes. Et un autre prix Nobel pourrait suivre sous peu.



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