Sociology
Expansion of parental benefits saved marriages

Expansion of parental benefits saved marriages

Using Statistics Canada data, professor Rachel Margolis found a policy change to parental benefits in Quebec led to a 6-per-cent decrease in separation and divorce among heterosexual couples.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Lauren Barr

Read. Watch. Listen. with Lauren Barr

From the final words of a civil-rights leader to the antics of the Rosebud Hotel, Lauren Barr finds inspiration and a smile on Read. Watch. Listen.

Criminologists unite to reach out, speak up

Criminologists unite to reach out, speak up

Western Sociology professor Laura Huey has co-founded #CrimComm, a new virtual community where criminology researchers share ways to improve communication with each other and the world. The over-arching intent is to spread their science to more policy-makers, police, peers and the public.

Grant sharpens student focus on aging Boomers

Grant sharpens student focus on aging Boomers

For the first time in the nation’s history, Canada is home to more senior citizens than children – a never-before-seen demographic shift with implications across all aspects of society for years to come.

Researchers unite to explore family leave nationwide

Researchers unite to explore family leave nationwide

An interdisciplinary team of researchers have joined forces for a first-time look at family-leave policies across the country in an effort to create more consistent and equitable systems for all Canadian families with children.

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight exceptional faculty members have been awarded Western’s highest honours for leading and inspiring their students. Collectively and individually, they exemplify the heart of excellence in teaching – and their influence has stretched across faculties, disciplines and decades.

Study: Sexual orientation plays part in pay gap

Study: Sexual orientation plays part in pay gap

Lesbian, gay and bisexual community members continue to find themselves on the lower end of the pay scale when compared to their heterosexual male counterparts – findings one researcher says could support the inclusion of sexual orientation in employment equity legislation.

Policing partnership puts big data on patrol

Policing partnership puts big data on patrol

Law enforcement agencies across the country could have a new partner in creating safer communities thanks to a Western-led partnership introducing academic research and big data into policing.

NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

Allegations about harassment, abuse and discrimination in hockey have rocked the sport over the past few weeks. Yet there is a curious silence as to how Sport Canada’s new suite of ‘safe sport’ policies can help clean up the mess.

Finishing degree matters in health outcomes

Finishing degree matters in health outcomes

What researcher Anna Zajacova discovered about the health outcomes of people who completed some postsecondary education, but never graduated, may lead to new insights into how higher education levels impact lives.

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Western community members Candace Brunette-Debassige and Jerry White were named among seven honourees earning Atlohsa Peace Awards for their contributions in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Western emerging generation among New College

Western emerging generation among New College

Two Western scholars – Lauren Flynn of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Janice Forsyth of Sociology – were named among the newest members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.