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Some people think university research is somehow removed from day-to-day life. They couldn't be more wrong. Ontario university researchers touch every aspect of life through their work. We invite you to explore the stories below (we're always adding more). While you'll just be scratching the surface—there are tens of thousands of researchers on campuses across the province—we think you'll be fascinated by what's happening in the world of university research. And, if you happen to live here in Ontario, we also hope you might feel a little proud!

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How can we preserve Indigenous perspectives of history?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recent landmark report has much to say about Indigenous education. After years of hearings and testimony from thousands of residential school survivors, the commission recommended ...

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Josh Manitowabi
McMaster University
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How can we fix the mutual fund industry?

Douglas Cumming is not making friends in the mutual fund industry. But he is influencing people. The professor of finance and entrepreneurship at York University recently did a study on ...

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Douglas Cumming
York University
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How can we make the U.S.-Canadian border work better?

Imagine for a moment you are a business owner competing with a firm in Ohio to sell your product to a customer in Michigan. You may be able to match ...

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Bill Anderson
University of Windsor
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How is energy an enabler for social change?

This is what energy poverty looks like: If 1.5 billion people have a light bulb and a washing machine, 4 billion have only the light bulb, and about 1.5 billion have neither. The ...

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Jatin Nathwani
University of Waterloo
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How can disease maps point to possible cures?

Every cell in your body contains proteins — molecules that physically interact with each other, allowing cells to do what they are meant to do. Properly connected proteins in a heart ...

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Andrew Emili
University of Toronto
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How can we create high-performing, efficient healthcare systems?

When the Norwegian government wanted to know the most effective way to run its rural hospitals it went looking for examples of what worked and what didn’t in other ...

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Gregory Marchildon
University of Toronto
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How can footwear enhance our balance as we age?

As we age, our peripheral nervous system can become less sensitive, which means nerves in feet and hands no longer send a full range of signals. This helps explain why ...

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Liz McLeod
Wilfrid Laurier University
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How does Canada's colonized history affect us today?

Growing up in Northern Ontario as a member of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, Sheila Cote-Meek is no stranger to the impact of Canada's colonial history. So when she set out to ...

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Sheila Cote-Meek
Laurentian University
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Can free, prior and informed consent work in Canada?

The term 'free, prior and informed consent' should be familiar to anyone who has had anything to do with resource development on Indigenous land. It is the principle that a ...

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Darren Thomas
Wilfrid Laurier University
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