• Environment

    Exploring biodiversity loss and its solutions

    What is the problem, and why is biodiversity important? Humans are causing a biodiversity loss — but they can help solve it. Biodiversity loss is one of the most pressing environmental issues of modern day. Yet, researchers say there isn’t enough being done to halt the extinction of species.  “To a certain extent, our ecosystems can buffer the loss of some species, but there is a tipping point where systems will radically change and can never be recovered,” says Victoria MacPhail, a research associate at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Joseph Bennett, an associate professor from the Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science at Carleton University agrees.…

  • Lifestyle

    Solving hunger in Ontario

    Almost a quarter of Canadians can’t afford groceries. Food insecurity affects low-income households the most. With food shortages, supply chain issues and inflation on the rise, food insecurity in Canada is increasing.  “Food insecurity is a symptom of poverty,” says Elaine Power, a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. “You can’t really fix food insecurity without fixing the underlying problem.” The Food and Agricultural Association of the United Nations (FAO) explains that a food insecure individual is someone who doesn’t have enough money or resources for food.  To some, this might seem obvious. Yet, the solutions to solve food insecurity are mostly focused on…

  • Health

    Misunderstanding autism

    The cultural narrative of autism  The current narrative of autism in today’s culture is wrong, according to a growing number of advocates.  “I think a lot of people get stuck in this very narrow, medical model of disability that really doesn’t work well when talking about autistic people,” says Harmon Pope, an Ontario-based autism advocate. The “medical model” Pope references is a body of research and advocacy efforts from the past several decades that suggests autism should be treated like a disease. More specifically, a disease that should be cured, despite it not being viewed as a disease by experts. Even still, great efforts have been made to “cure” autism…