It’s hard enough to keep New Year’s fitness resolutions, but for many people in Canada, there’s the extra challenge of winter. If you’re trying to be more active, don’t let the weather get in the way.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Iris Lesser, Amanda Wurz and Cynthia Thomson of the University of the Fraser Valley offer nine tips for staying (or getting!) active during a Canadian winter.

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Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

Thick snow covers tree branches as people walk along a street in Ottawa after a snowstorm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Taking fitness outside: 9 tips for becoming more active through the Canadian winter

Iris Lesser, University of The Fraser Valley; Amanda Wurz, University of The Fraser Valley; Cynthia Thomson, University of The Fraser Valley

Taking your physical activity outside comes with added benefits. Here are ways to pursue your fitness goals outdoors, even in the middle of a Canadian winter.

Tax season is soon upon us, making it an opportune time to make Canada’s taxation system more democratic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

How a proposed app called TaxTrack could make taxes more democratic

Paul Emiljanowicz, McMaster University; Jean-Paul Gagnon, University of Canberra; Nick Vlahos, University of Canberra

Tax season is fast approaching, but there are limited opportunities for Canadians to influence how their taxes are spent. Here’s how a new innovation could lead to a more democratic tax system.

An electric bus charging on the side of a street in Montréal. Funding public transit is a good way to reduce greenhouse emissions while ensuring economic equality in moving to clean transportation. (Shutterstock)

Funding electric public transit can reduce emissions and address economic inequality

Robert Parsons, University of Manitoba; Chueh-Ching (Janet) Chen, University of Manitoba; Rohan Shanker, University of Manitoba

Rather than promoting individual electric vehicles for lower-income consumers, governments should fund electric public transit instead.

Learning to transform, not only criticize, circumstances is an important part of humanities education. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The humanities should teach about how to make a better world, not just criticize the existing one

Robert Danisch, University of Waterloo

To address declining humanities enrolments, these programs should ensure they offer more than critical theory for identifying and analyzing problems.

La Conversation Canada

Des manifestants portent des masques des milliardaires Bill Gates et Jeff Bezos lors de la COP15 sur la biodiversité, le 15 décembre 2022, à Montréal. Pour la première fois dans une COP, les grandes entreprises, présentes en grand nombre, avaient leur propre agenda. La Presse canadienne/Ryan Remiorz

COP15 sur la biodiversité : les entreprises veulent - aussi - faire partie de la solution

Lynda Hubert Ta, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Lors de la COP15, les entreprises ont réclamé un engagement politique fort, avec l’adoption d’un cadre ambitieux, aux objectifs mesurables. Mais leur engagement n’est pas sans soulever des questions.

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