There’s an easy way to get more women in the House of Commons, accoprding to Peter Loewen, an associate professor in the University of Toronto’s political science department. “If your only concern is that we ought to have balance between men and women in Parliament, there’s an easy solution,” he said. “Pass a law that says you’ll only refund election expenses for, whatever the number is — 169 men and 169 women — and the next election you will have an equal number of male and female candidates.”
University of Toronto HIV researcher Stephen McCarthy says blood donor screening remains necessary because while technology has improved, there's still an approximately 10-day lag between the point of donation and the time when disease is detected. Screening donors helps reduce the risk that a pathogen could enter the blood supply. But instead of screening based on sexual orientation, he'd like to see donors evaluated based on the risk level of their lifestyles.
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Some alien enthusiasts are excited by a new report that the Russian radio telescope RATAN-600 picked up a strong, unexplained radio signal coming from the direction of a from a solar system 94 light years from Earth, but Michael Reid, an astronomer with U of T's Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Toronto, said his “gut tells him” it was “not a civilization trying to communicate with us."
He told CTV News Channel he suspects it may be “an equipment kind of issue.”
U of T master's student Kim Folarin is leading a group of students who’ve set up a welcome booth at Pearson airport, meeting students from different countries as they arrive for the start of a new school year and providing them with basic information about how to settle in and get to know the city.
“Some of them are a little shy but once they see us, the reaction is like, ‘Here we go, there’s my school right there,’” Folarin said.
With the return to school now only days away, it’s time for students to get back into studying mode. And for many, that means strapping on a set of headphones to drown out distractions before hitting the books. But does music really help us concentrate? A study led by U of T's Glenn Schellenberg found that listening to slow, easy music doesn’t hurt our ability to concentrate, but fast, up-tempo music might.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well-known for his use of social media in Canada, but what will he do in China, where social media services are heavily monitored and censored? David Mulroney, president of University of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, said "social media provides an access to the Chinese people that was never on offer before. Does it give us 100 per cent access? No. But it certainly is a really welcome alternative to the Chinese state media."
Canada has been a silent spectator over the past decade as geopolitical tensions between China and the United States have intensified, says University of Toronto professor Wendy Dobson. We are perceived as distant, aloof and reactive, focused narrowly on our own economic advantage contends the Rotman School of Management professor.
Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet next week thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle most of us would do away with in the first place, argues Craig Daniel Smith, a political science doctoral candidate.
Team Canada’s athletes have been returning from Rio to cheers and applause, but not everyone is basking in the post-Olympic glow. One of the country’s top sport policy experts points out participation in organized sports in Canada has declined significantly over the past two decades. “We have all this talk about how young kids will be inspired to become involved in sport and yet no money goes toward ensuring that,” says Peter Donnelly, the director of the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto.
Independent media is becoming increasingly rare, with more and more publishers living under the umbrellas of corporate conglomerates or being backed by copious amounts of venture capital. Profitable independent media companies are even rarer, which is why the news that Gawker.com will no longer exist after Gawker Media was bought by Univision is disheartening, says Jaren Kerr, managing editor of the Varsity.