Cardinal Points is a weekly feature in which I highlight a few interesting articles or pieces of news from around the web. Here's what's noteworthy this week:
HALIFAX MONUMENT LOOKING FOR NEW HOME by Joanna Smith: The Wheel of Conscience is a memorial art piece designed by David Libeskind to remind Canadians of the government's refusal to admit Jewish refugees into the country in the months leading up to World War Two. If you're wondering why you've never heard of this memorial, it's because it's currently sitting unseen in a Toronto warehouse. The debate surrounding a potential new home for the monument hit the papers this week. The Full Story.
WHERE'S BETTER BIRTH CONTROL? by Madeleine Schwartz: This article laments the fact that research into new, healthier, and more effective contraception has slowed in recent years. It explains that most oral contraceptive pills on the market today are variations on the original birth control pill invented half a century ago. The author cites a high proportion of costly lawsuits around newer forms of contraception as a major deterrent for pharmaceutical companies. But it's no secret that many women and men today are looking for healthier, gender-neutral alternatives to the pill. What new forms of contraception can we hope to see in the future and who is paying for the research? The Full Story.
CHOPIN'S HEART EXHUMED by The Associated Press: The heart of 19th century Polish composer Frederic Chopin was exhumed in secret seven months ago. The heart is entered separately from the rest of Chopin's body and is currently enshrined in a Warsaw church. Some Chopin scholars are critical of the secretive nature of the exhumation and are accusing the officials involved of a lack of transparency. Many scholars still debate the composer's cause of death and it looks like this recent exhumation won't get them any closer to a consensus. The Full Story.