Is the low-carbon future upon us now?

Without major technological breakthroughs, the costs of moving quickly to a far less carbon-intensive economy are painfully high

Is the low-carbon future upon us now?By Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. The International Energy Agency recently estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an eight per cent decline in worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 compared to 2019.  This reflects the impact of a cascading series of economic disruptions across multiple countries since February.…

Three crucial skills for leading without authority

The goal of leadership without authority is to get others to willingly co-operate and engage, rather than following directives because you’re the boss

Three crucial skills for leading without authorityWith flatter management structures, increased outsourcing, and the moves toward collaborative cultures and cross-functional teams, the criterion for the job of leader is changing. More and more people are assigned to leadership roles in which they have no positional authority. The goal of leadership without authority is to get others to willingly co-operate and engage,…

Filmmaker chronicles Boushie family quest for legal reform

Award-winning documentary by U of A researcher follows family’s tireless efforts to turn grief into advocacy for change

Filmmaker chronicles Boushie family quest for legal reformTasha Hubbard, a filmmaker and Indigenous studies professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, had been filming with Boushie’s family since 2016. She wanted to document their experience as they sought justice for their loved one through the provincial legal system, and hoped to provide historical and personal context on Indigenous…

Grocers move away from ‘hero pay’ model for staff

The economics of pay increases in the retail sector are always weak, especially in food retailing, which has low margins

Grocers move away from ‘hero pay’ model for staff‘Hero pay’ is quietly fading away in grocery stores and food distribution centres. That’s quite the reversal from 10 weeks ago. The American-based Kroger supermarket chain, among others, even asked employees to return the extra money they received. It has since backed off. It appears higher salaries in grocery stores were short-lived. It’s not overly…

Turning protesters into terrorists

Donald Trump wants to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. But how will he do it and will it have any impact?

Turning protesters into terrorists“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” – @realDonaldTrump, May 31, 2020 With that tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump has started the process of changing the narrative about radical left-wing individuals, parties and groups in his country – and around the world. How he’s going to actually do it…

You likely won’t get COVID-19 from your pets

But you could give the virus to animals. U of A expert offers tips to help protect pets and livestock from possible infection

You likely won’t get COVID-19 from your petsWorried about catching COVID-19 from your cat or dog? You shouldn’t be, says a University of Alberta expert. While COVID-19 is believed to have originated from some type of animal, the risk of catching the disease is greater from another human than from a pet, said Simon Otto, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor with the…

Some day soon, we have to stand up to China

We must be prepared to stand our ground and face whatever economic and political consequences that may follow

Some day soon, we have to stand up to ChinaDiplomacy is a dirty business. When two countries are trying to build or repair a relationship, they often resort to tactics that are illegal, immoral, mendacious or just generally offensive to our sense of what’s right and wrong. Just ask the two Michaels. Diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been in prisons in…

Learning in the post-pandemic world

Regardless of how COVID-19 plays out, post-secondary institutions won’t go back to full-frontal classroom instruction

Learning in the post-pandemic worldWe still don’t know much about how the pandemic will affect our lives through the rest of 2020 and into 2021. But some things, like the impact on post-secondary education, are certain. As new and continuing post-secondary students are already aware, their education in the 2020-21 academic year will be delivered mainly, if not entirely,…

Getting an investor to move from “not now” to “yes”

Investing is a process and not a speed dating event. If you develop relationships with investors, you’ve got a much better shot of closing the deal

Getting an investor to move from “not now” to “yes”Getting a “no” from any prospective investor can be hard to take. At first glance, it’s insulting. You’ve poured heart and soul into an idea and after 10 minutes of pitching, the investor doesn’t want to hear more. For the entrepreneur who wears the success or failure of his company as a reflection of their…

Can COVID-19 spread through ventilation systems?

U of A to serve as ‘living lab’ to find out if viruses can travel in buildings – and how to improve filtration to prevent it

Can COVID-19 spread through ventilation systems?“We can tell that something’s up on these cruise ships during the pandemic, and questions are also arising about the safety of airplanes and buildings,” said Brian Fleck, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Alberta and a co-applicant on a study aimed at determining whether and how viruses use a building’s ventilation system…
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