Black nurses' contribution remain under-appreciated

When the World Heath Organization decided that 2020 would be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it turned out to be a prescient decision. It's also National Nursing Week in Canada. Nurses have been asked to step up to the incredible task of working through a pandemic around the world. In Canada, Black nurses have long faced discrimination. Canadian nursing schools barred their entry until the 1940s. Black nurses, especially Black women, still face exclusion and discrimination even as they provide care to so many. Today in The Conversation Canada, Keisha Jefferies of Dalhousie University says the work of Black nurses in Canada should be recognized as a starting point to changing the entire field of nursing.

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Vicky Mochama

Culture, Society, Critical Race Editor

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Black nurses meet a number of barriers in health-care practice. (Hush Naidoo/Unsplash)

Recognizing history of Black nurses a first step to addressing racism and discrimination in nursing

Keisha Jefferies, Dalhousie University

Anti-Blackness lingers in nursing and continues to limit access for Black folks, especially within nursing schools.

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How the wings of owls and hummingbirds inspire drones, wind turbines and other technology

Ilias Berberi, Carleton University

Studying bird evolution has led to engineering innovations, including drones that can fly sideways and backwards, and silent wind turbines.

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Longer growing seasons have a limited effect on combating climate change

Alemu Gonsamo, McMaster University

Global warming has increased plant growth and helped offset increases in carbon dioxide emissions.

Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia japonica) drinking sap from tree bark in Japan. Alpsdake/Wikipedia

What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Akito Y Kawahara, University of Florida

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Coronavirus News

With Alberta schools closed, Caleb Reid, 17, and his siblings are home schooling in Cremona, Alta., shown here, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Under the guise of coronavirus response, Alberta justifies education cuts

Kaela Jubas, University of Calgary; Jackie Seidel, University of Calgary; Jaime L. Beck, University of Calgary; Kaori Wada, University of Calgary

In the face of mounting crises in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney's decision to cut funding intended for educational assistants is bad policy.

Flags fly outside of Montréal City Hall in June 2018. Health Canada has suspended official languages rules on bilingual labelling in an effort to speed up the importation of certain disinfectant and cleaning products during the coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sidhartha Banerjee

Coronavirus: Importing products without bilingual labels endangers francophones

François Larocque, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Linda Cardinal, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Seven million French-speaking Canadians shouldn't have to decipher English-only labels during the pandemic. Ottawa must take into account the fundamental rights and safety of all Canadians.

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Children with disabilities face health risks, disruption and marginalization under coronavirus

Michelle Phoenix, McMaster University

COVID-19 has left children with disabilities and their families lacking services, at risk for physical and mental health issues, and fearful of discriminatory choices for treating critical illness.

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What Canada knows about food crises can help prevent shortages and protect workers during coronavirus

Donica Belisle, University of Regina

Food is essential to survival. It is also essential to identity. During times of national crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and in the historical landscape, food issues become prominent.

La Conversation Canada

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La pandémie va-t-elle ( vraiment ) changer nos habitudes ?

Léo Trespeuch, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR); Aurélie Corne, Université de Perpignan; Béatrice PARGUEL, Université Paris Dauphine – PSL; Dominique Kreziak, Université Savoie Mont Blanc; Fabien Durif, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Florence de Ferran, Université de La Rochelle; Hélène Michel, Grenoble École de Management (GEM); Jean-Luc Giannelloni, Université Grenoble Alpes; Jean-Marc Fontan, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM);, Université de Perpignan; Mathieu Lajante, Université Laval; Mireille Lalancette, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR); Myriam Ertz, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Nicolas Peypoch, Université de Perpignan; Robinot Élisabeth

La crise de la Covid-19 révèle qu’il est possible d’adopter à grande échelle des comportements plus responsables sur les plans environnementaux et sociaux. Mais ces comportements vont-ils perdurer?