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Our faculty are thought leaders undertaking ground-breaking research around the most relevant issues facing humanity today. They are often asked to comment on issues impacting society and contribute to discussions on current events. Browse through recent media where LA&PS professors have been called upon for their expertise.

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Study on Anishinaabe ways of knowing could transform universities' knowledge creation

After winning a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Professor Carolyn Podruchny's study exploring Indigenous ways of knowing could help transform universities' knowledge creation. 

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After a year of Zoom meetings, we’ll need to rebuild trust through eye contact

"Trust after Zoom will be tough," says Professor David Weitnzer on life after a year of virtual meetings and gatherings. "But projecting trustworthiness and friendship in places where we are used to being more transactional can help." 

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How two Toronto women are reshaping what it means to be South Asian and taking that message worldwide

For many South Asian women, the struggle to balance their cultural and Canadian identity can be a challenge, notes Professor Tania Das Gupta: "I think that there is a tug of war inside the young people, particularly the women." 

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Did the pandemic shake Chinese citizens’ trust in their government?

Has the pandemic shaken Chinese citizens' trust in their government? "Empirical research, including mine, has shown that the Chinese government’s handling of the pandemic has actually boosted its legitimacy," says Sociologist Professor Cary Wu. 

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'Emotional turmoil': Managing mental health amid ongoing anti-Asian hate

People in racialized communities are often always seen as foreigners, notes Sociology Professor Cary Wu: “A lot of people are still being asked, ‘Where are you from?’ ‘What kind of language do you speak?’ 

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Drive-through simulation helps agencies in Canada and U.S. to vaccinate more people

As cities and towns across North America grapple with the logistics of administering COVID-19 vaccines, a drive-through vaccination simulation developed by Professor Ali Asgary, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, is helping plan for effective mass vaccinations. 

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Trailblazing report offers policy solutions for long-term care during COVID-19 and beyond

Throughout the pandemic, Ontario's long-term care homes have been hit with devastating outbreaks of COVID-19. In a new report for The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Professor Pat Armstrong and her co-authors propose strategies to address this historic crisis. 

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Nanny state? Hardly. Canada has left its foreign caregivers in a stalled system that’s derailing lives, critics say

“All caregivers want is to be treated like other immigrants to Canada and be able to come and live with their families,” labour migration researcher Professor Ethel Tungohan tells the Toronto Star, weighing in on the immigration pathway for foreign caregivers. 

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History of racism, exclusion colours provincial election for Indigenous Sask. residents

Even though First Nations people can now all vote, history has caused divides that continue today, says Professor Lesley Jacobs, research chair in human rights & access to justice. 

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Halloween is ‘gay Christmas’ for many in the LGBTQ community. This year, it's been canceled.

The gay community helped turn Halloween into the adult party holiday that it is today, says History Professor Emeritus Nicholas Rogers. 

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‘A crazy system’: U.S. voters face huge lines and gerrymandering. How Elections Canada makes a world of difference north of the border

Amid hours-long lineups for voters, scrutiny of the U.S. electoral process is at an all-time high.  Politics Professor Dennis Pilon and the Toronto Star look at some of the ways the American and Canadian system compare. 

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Nurse recounts 'grim sight' at Que. long-term care where dozens died during first wave

The pandemic has revealed a pattern of lower staffing levels and higher deaths in for-profit nursing homes, says Professor Pat Armstrong. The leading expert in eldercare sat down with @CTVW5 to discuss the state of Canada's long-term care system

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