Enterprise Square renewal heralds Edmonton’s downtown revitalization

Enterprise Square renewal heralds Edmonton’s downtown revitalizationInvestment in iconic Bay Building preserves city’s heritage while creating a vibrant hub for innovation The City of Edmonton is in the midst of a major drive to breathe new life into its downtown core, investing $4.7 billion since 2015 in new residential, office, cultural, educational and entertainment space. A key part of that revitalization…

Study faults media coverage of COVID vaccine requirement for transplants

Study faults media coverage of COVID vaccine requirement for transplantsPortraying views opposed to those held by health experts stokes needless controversy When they launched their study, Timothy Caulfield and Marco Zenone could hardly have anticipated how the issue would capture headlines in Alberta. And yet they decided to examine how the common COVID-19 vaccination requirement for organ transplant recipients is represented in the popular…

Are hobbits real?

Are hobbits real?Tantalizing hints that descendants of an early human species might still exist on an Indonesian island Ever since several small skeletons of an early human species were excavated in Indonesia in 2003, we have known that creatures astonishingly like Tolkien’s fanciful, furry-toed characters once walked the Earth. Standing erect at just over a metre in…

Netflix’s ‘Ancient Apocalypse’ is more fiction than fact

Netflix’s ‘Ancient Apocalypse’ is more fiction than factShow should be reclassified as “science fiction” rather than “documentary” Since the controversial documentary series Ancient Apocalypse dropped on Netflix last November, academics and journalists around the world have been incensed at its false claims and misinformation. Earlier this month, the Society for American Archaeology wrote a letter to Netflix urging the platform to reclassify…

Sociologist reflects on living in the time of the pandemic

Sociologist reflects on living in the time of the pandemicIt would hardly have been a stretch for Amy Kaler to write a cogent social analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a sociologist, Kaler has a background in population health and the sociology of infectious diseases. As the pandemic advanced relentlessly in the early days of 2020, she received enough requests for media commentary that…

Crowded emergency rooms adding hidden costs to health-care system

Overburdened emergency physicians tend to order more tests for less-severe patients

Crowded emergency rooms adding hidden costs to health-care systemIt’s no secret that emergency health care in Canada is in crisis. Staff shortages have caused some emergency departments to close temporarily as already stretched resources are pushed to the breaking point by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the crisis has been brewing across the developed world for decades, says University of Alberta business professor Mohamad…

How much homework is too much?

The underlying principle when it comes to assigning homework is balance

How much homework is too much?As students return to the classroom full-time and workloads ramp up, you might wonder: What’s the right amount of homework? How much is too much? Those might be the wrong questions, say educators. What matters more is whether homework serves a clearly defined purpose, is properly scheduled and encourages students to think independently. “Some teachers…
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