Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

Transgender Scientist Sees Gender Discrimination from Both Sides

Dr. Vivienne Ming, an accomplished neuroscientist has seen gender discrimination in a way that few of us can claim and now she’s using that unique insight to change opportunities for young students. But it may be her own experiences as a transgender woman that will best illumine the challenges we face in addressing gender discrimination.

Business Owners Have the Last Say in Catalonia’s Secession Bid

Voters in Spain’s most economically successful region, Catalonia, want independence and have even gone to the polls to declare their intentions to secede. Many of capital seat Barcelona’s biggest companies have demonstrated their own version of a referendum: they’re leaving town for more stable commercial landscapes.

Excessive Vitamin Supplements Can Cause Cancer, Study Shows

Millions of Americans take vitamin supplements to improve their health. But a new study study suggests that in some cases, too much of a good thing can yield the opposite result. The findings of an ongoing long-term, large study begs the question whether it’s time to ensure there’s more regulation of vitamin and mineral supplement dosages.

Ben & Jerry’s Leads on Migrant Dairy Worker Rights

A new dairy standards council is taking shape in Vermont that will oversee dairy worker rights. And not surprisingly, it’s been launched with the help of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company with a conscience.

Fossil Fuel Companies Prepare to Square Off with Trump Over NAFTA

Mexico’s privatization of its oil and gas sector is big news for U.S. fossil fuel companies. But there may be a wrinkle when it comes to American companies being willing to take the risk of future foreign investment, and it starts with President Trump’s vision of NAFTA.

FDA Delays Nutrition Label Sugar Upgrade, Despite Go-Ahead from Manufacturers

The Trump administration has put a hold on the new nutrition labels that would have made it easier for consumers to tell how much added sugar was in their processed foods. And the Union of Concerned Scientists, which had a role in crafting new dietary guidelines and the new label, has vowed to fight the delay.

China’s Solar Industry: What a Trade Dispute Could Mean for Solar Installers

President Trump is determined to ensure that U.S. businesses aren’t overshadowed by foreign industries. But what happens when a U.S. industry that that has relied for years on international suppliers suddenly finds that its resources are being impacted by U.S. tariffs designed to “boost” a relatively small domestic group of manufacturers? Some say that’s the worrisome future of the U.S. solar industry.

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Sea Level Rise

San Francisco and Oakland are among the growing number of public entities that are looking ahead and realizing the mounting tab they will have to pay for climate change mitigation. This week they took action on that with two suits that name fossil fuel companies as the responsible parties for infrastructure damage caused by global warming and sea level rise.

Bill and Melinda Gates: The World is on Track to Miss 2030 Sustainability Goals

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released a report documenting that the world is at risk of missing the 2030 sustainability goals. So they’ve organized a two-day event in New York starting tonight, to harness the world’s attention. It’s all part of a broader plan to ensure that government funding and public awareness support the effort all the way to the finish.

Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.