The Conversation

The Conversation


How secrecy and regulatory capture drove Alberta’s oil and gas liability crisis

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. “A hustle in the oil patch”, a “dirty legacy”: These are just a couple of the ways that the escalating costs of abandoning and reclaiming non-producing […]

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Ontario’s 2 tier minimum wage: As discriminatory now as it was in the 1990s

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Steven High, Professor of History, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Concordia University The province of Ontario has increased its minimum wage to […]

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Zoom’s scrapped proposal to mine user data causes concern about our virtual and private Indigenous Knowledge

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. As reported on Aug. 6, Zoom recently attempted to rewrite its Terms of Service with ambiguous language that would permit the extraction of user data for […]

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Inquiry must assess how Canada’s fragmented COVID 19 response lost the public’s trust

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Over the course of the pandemic, more than 53,000 Canadians died and nearly five million contracted COVID-19. While Canada had lower numbers of cases and deaths […]

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Secondary publishing rights can improve public access to academic research

Canada’s federal research granting agencies recently announced a review of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, with the goal of requiring immediate open and free access to all academic publications generated through Tri-Agency supported research by 2025. To meet this requirement, the Canadian government should empower academic authors through the adoption of secondary publishing […]

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On the 10th anniversary of the Lac Megantic rail disaster, what’s changed?

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying 72 tank cars loaded with volatile Bakken shale oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, a small town in […]

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As the Bank of Canada prepares for a digital Canadian dollar, democratic concerns loom large

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. The Bank of Canada is preparing for the possibility of the Canadian government requiring it to issue a digital version of the Canadian dollar. Although the […]

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Governments and industry must balance ethical concerns in the race for AI dominance

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Jordan Richard Schoenherr, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Concordia University The CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, recently testified before United States senators that AI “could […]

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People with long COVID continue to experience medical gaslighting more than 3 years into the pandemic

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Authors: Simran Purewal, Research Associate, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Kaylee Byers, Regional Deputy Director, BC Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative; Senior Scientist, Pacific […]

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It’s not the end of privacy yet in Canada, but the threat remains

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Robert Diab, Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University Despite early predictions that the internet would spell the end of privacy, it continues to be […]

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Consumer Privacy Protection Act could lead to fines for deceptive designs in apps and websites

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Jonathan Obar, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, York University, Canada Canada’s proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) prohibits online consent processes that […]

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The Online News Act could give Google and Meta too much influence over Canadian news orgs

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Sara Bannerman, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, McMaster University Bill C-18, the Online News Act, could give Google and […]

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