Free-roaming cats — which include feral, stray and outdoor cats — can carry parasites and diseases that threaten the health of humans and other species. From the spread of a “brain-altering” parasite that causes toxoplasmosis to rabies, encounters between cats and wildlife can have devastating consequences.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Amy Wilson and Scott Wilson at the University of British Columbia show that in areas with higher cat populations, both human and wildlife are negatively affected. Free-roaming cats should be regulated, and not only for the health of other species, but also for their own welfare, as they can “suffer from increased mortality through traumatic injury, disease, neglect and abandonment.”

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Nehal El-Hadi

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Domestic cats are allowed to roam can transmit parasites and diseases to humans and wildlife. (Shutterstock)

Cats that are allowed to roam can spread diseases to humans and wildlife

Amy Wilson, University of British Columbia; Scott Wilson, University of British Columbia

Allowing cats to roam unsupervised is detrimental to humans, wildlife and the cats themselves. Managing free-roaming cats should consider the risks they pose to other species.

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Living water: Northern Indigenous communities’ use and perceptions of drinking water

Mylène Ratelle, University of Waterloo; Jessie Yakeleya

Access to safe water means more than building treatment plants: A study sheds light on water consumption and perceptions of water in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

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The ocean is not a quiet place

Thomas Uboldi, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

The ocean is often considered a silent universe. But many recent studies highlight the importance of the soundscape for many marine species, both large and small.

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‘Y’all are coming at this like we’re racists’: How ‘Survivor’ highlights the pulse of socialization

Teresa Anne Fowler, Concordia University of Edmonton

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Why New Zealand is right to call out Canada on its dairy industry

Noah Fry, McMaster University

New Zealand is accusing Canada of undercutting its commitments under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership on dairy. Canada’s problem is that New Zealand’s case is strong.

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Move over unicorn lattes, there’s a new Instagram trend in town: Normal-looking food

Matthew Philp, Toronto Metropolitan University; Ethan Pancer, Saint Mary’s University; Jenna Jacobson, Toronto Metropolitan University

New research using AI finds that trendy, unique-looking foods generate less social media engagement than traditional, normal-looking foods.

La Conversation Canada

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Dans la tête d’un chauffeur Uber : seul face à lui-même

Lucie Enel, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Les chauffeurs Uber doivent gérer seuls le paradoxe entre la rhétorique d’Uber (flexibilité, liberté, autonomie) et leurs conditions de travail parfois difficiles.

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