Remember a year ago, when we were looking forward to 2021 as the year we put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us and “built back better?”

It didn’t quite turn out that way, but here’s hoping 2022 provides us with some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Today in The Conversation Canada, Thomas Klassen of York University offers his insights on what big political stories are likely to dominate the headlines in the year ahead. While some, like continuing global vaccination efforts, are pandemic-related, there will undoubtedly be several developments on the economy and climate action. Various elections are also on the horizon, both domestic and international, that could be game-changers this year.

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Happy New Year!

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

Voters follow social distancing measures at the Halifax Convention Centre as they prepare to vote in the federal election in Halifax back in September.
2022 will bring about a host of significant political issues and events that will impact communities both locally and globally. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

Here are some of the political events that will dominate headlines in 2022

Thomas Klassen, York University, Canada

International relations, elections, climate change policies and the continuing pandemic are some of the political events to keep an eye out for in the upcoming year.

Some plant-based foods are high in calories and sodium content. (Shutterstock)

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

Meghan McGee, University of Toronto

As new years resolutions start pouring in, you may want to reconsider a plant-based diet if your motivation is health.

Health goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but failing to stick to them is so common that it has become a cliché. (Shutterstock)

Got health goals? Research-based tips for adopting and sticking to new healthy lifestyle behaviours

Ryan Rhodes, University of Victoria

Over half of people who intend to make healthy lifestyle changes fail to do so. Understanding the automatic tendencies that prevent people from enacting a new health habit can help them stick to it.

Chatbots could take over the majority of low-level guidance tasks fielded by staff in teaching and learning centres to free them up for where in-person support is most needed. (Shutterstock)

AI-powered chatbots, designed ethically, can support high-quality university teaching

Nadia Naffi, Université Laval; Ann-Louise Davidson, Concordia University; Auxane Boch, Technical University of Munich; Bruno Kesangana Nandaba, Université Laval; Mehdi Rougui, Université Laval

Chatbots can be part of a broader approach for universities teaching and learning centres to take in order to support faculty in innovating their practices.

A Mayan spiritual guide arranges crosses, marked with the names of people who died in the nation’s civil war, in a circle in preparation for a ceremony marking the National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Armed Internal Conflict. Guatemalans annually honor the victims of the 36-year civil war that ended in 1996 on Feb. 25. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala: 25 years later, ‘firm and lasting peace’ is nowhere to be found

W. George Lovell, Queen's University, Ontario

Twenty-five years after the signing of a peace accord that ended a 36-year civil war, Guatemala is still struggling with violence and corruption.

La Conversation Canada

L’art écologique, le design et l’architecture peuvent être des agents du changement

Carmela Cucuzzella, Concordia University

Qu’il s’agisse d’installations de glace ou de projections d’art générées à partir de relevés de la qualité de l’air, les artistes proposent des expériences fortes qui font réagir sur l’environnement.



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