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We're all in this together

How we work, how we take care of each other, how we create, how we grow up and age – even how we co-exist. As the modern world gets more and more crowded, we need every way we can find to make life easier.

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How much will legal pot cost?

Cannabis legalization and how it will affect our governments, our laws, and our way of life

UCalgary researchers explore the social side of cannabis legislation, including policy, legislation, and on-campus life.

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Is driving high as bad as driving drunk?

Legalization and what it means for traffic safety

UCalgary researchers study how legalized cannabis could affect our roads and highways, including driving habits with cannabis, impaired driving laws, and a roadside sensor to detect cannabis.

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Mental health

Finding strengths within

Our researchers are taking strengths-based, empowering approaches to postpartum depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Interprovincial trade barriers

Canadians face $100-billion question

Grocery deals. Discounts. Bargain car repairs. Every day, Canadians are looking for ways to deal with a tough economy. Yet they aren’t seeing the cost that takes big bites daily out of the economy.

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Family care

Coping with cancer in children

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, all efforts are directed at caring for the child. But research shows that caring for their families and those around them can be just as important.

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Healthy aging

Six ways to age well

Call it the gray wave: according to Statistics Canada, five million Canadians are currently 65 years of age or older, and that number is expected to double in the next 25 years. Our scholars look at ways the growing population of seniors can stay healthy, active and in their own homes.

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Staying safe

Information is power

From workplace bullying to Internet security to domestic violence, research is leading the way when it comes to tackling common issues of personal security.

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What makes us tick at work?

Many of us devote a huge chunk of our lives to work. Justin Weinhardt devotes a huge chunk of his life to studying what makes us work at work – including motivation, decision-making, confidence and corporate training.

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Aging well: Are you prepared?

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ASD: early detection, resilience and growing into adulthood

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Ready or not: The legal landscape for cannabis

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Cannabis legalization and youth

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How postpartum depression affects babies

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The $100-billion question: Canada's internal trade barriers

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How childhood cancer affects children and families

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Staying safe in cyberspace

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How much confidence is good for you?

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Internet and the law: Protecting yourself against online abuse

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Cannabis legalization: A policy primer

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Advice on childhood cancer – from families who've been there

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Communicating with children at all stages

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What does legalized cannabis mean for Canadians?

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Tour the Senior Suite of the Future

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Exercise and learning: sparking positive connections for children with ADHD

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Dealing with workplace aggression

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Parenting: Getting it right

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