Canada Education

Canada's Unwritten Smash Hit History Musical

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This is our history, and it's our duty to learn from and re-tell it. Let's re-imagine these narratives to show all the diversity and creativity of Canada today. Because these stories belong to all of us, and every one of us has a part in telling them.

Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Amanda Burgess

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.

We Should Inspire And Empower Kids To Eat Healthily At School

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Borden

We need to recognize and respond to the reality that many families need education, resources, and access! Shaming parents, shaming kids while at school, and banning or removing things does not encourage self-esteem or critical thinking -- and I'm pretty sure that is one of the reasons we send our kids to school!

Here's Why You Never Get Around To Writing That Book

Cheryl Muir | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

We're not in medieval times. A time when only monks held the ability to read and write and monasteries housed the majority of the free world's books, handing the Church of England tremendous power over the everyman and everywoman living in poverty and voluntary ignorance. A period in history when you could only craft words skillfully -- or at all -- if you possessed status and wealth.

It's Time For Canada To Embrace Free Tuition

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

Our post-secondary system is broken, and must be changed. At one time, a summer job could pay for one's college or university costs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's yearly tuition bill in 1995 was $1,694, while Premier Kathleen Wynne paid $637 in 1967. That era is over thanks to a lack of political leadership. It is time for a new generation of students to fight for a better system.

Why Students Should Consider Taking A Gap Year

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Parents often fear that a gap year will set their children back, stunting their education and career opportunities. On the contrary, hitting the pause button to gain life experience before resuming studies can actually boost future prospects.

Silicon Valley North: How Vancouver's Tech Scene Is Evolving

Jason Field | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jason Field

Vancouver is quickly becoming one of the top tech hubs in North America. And while the City of Glass still plays second fiddle in terms of the size of its tech scene (we're looking at you, Ontario and Quebec), Vancouver boasts many unique advantages.

Back-To-School Isn't Something We Should Take For Granted

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Impact

It's been over one year since two devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal in April and May 2015. The earthquakes also destroyed more than 35,000 classrooms and jeopardized the futures of millions of children.

Fat Shaming Completely Misses The Actual Issue

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity is now officially called a disease. But people who are afflicted by it are not treated like other patients who, for example, have cancer or heart disease. Presumably, they brought their ailments upon themselves -- by their self-indulging, undisciplined and irresponsible behavior. That makes them easy prey.

Move Over Bay Street: Toronto's Burgeoning Tech Scene Is Taking Over

Jason Field | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Business
Jason Field

Toronto is showing signs of the city coming into its own as a global technology hub. More firms are making the move to Hogtown, and the city is also turning out its fair share of hometown heroes when it comes to successful tech companies. So, what is making Toronto such a coveted destination for tech companies and eager employees alike?

This Is How You Pay Off Your Student Loans In A Year

Workopolis | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living

According to the National Student Loan Centre, it takes an average of 9 years for Canadian students to pay off their student loans. Although these figures may seem slightly alarming, don't fret! It's possible to repay your student loans in a relatively short period of time (in my case, $17,000 in just one year). Here are 5 simple, effective strategies to successfully start paying down your student debt.

Teaching India's Children English With Read-To-Me Software

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

With India having a British colonial legacy and now being a destination for outsourcing and call centers, one could get the impression that every Indian spoke English. Indeed, the numbers are large but the percentage is small. Some 70 per cent do not speak English.

Breaking Through The Hunger Barrier So Kids Can Learn

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

It's hard to focus on math when your head is pounding. Or decipher complex instructions with your stomach gurgling. And essays are a write-off if you have no fuel. Children filled with nutritious food -- and enough of it -- are fortified to learn. Children who've eaten well can concentrate better and perform better in class.

More Family-Friendly Condos Could Save Faltering Vancouver Schools

YPNextHome | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia

City planners and developers need to realize that building a good mixture of home types for people of different incomes and ages, with amenities for people at all stages of their life, is what make a stable, healthy, vibrant city, and one where people want to, and are able to, stay and thrive.

This Is Canada's Opportunity To Improve Education For Refugees

Jacqueline Lopour | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jacqueline Lopour

Every child deserves a quality education, but refugee children, especially girls, are the most likely to be left behind. Over half of all refugees are children. Only 50 per cent of these children are able to attend primary school; 25 per cent make it to high school; and just one per cent of these students move on to colleges and universities.

Every Child Has The Right To A Safe And Healthy Learning Environment

WaterAid Canada | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
WaterAid Canada

Safe drinking water and decent toilets should be basic essentials in every school, everywhere. Unfortunately, it's not the case for millions of children in the world. Take the 500 students at St. John Bosco Gayaza Primary School in Uganda for example. The water source they rely on is an open pool located about one kilometre from their school.

What You (And Your Kids) Can Learn From BlackBerry

David Finch | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Business
David Finch

The rise and fall of BlackBerry is a well-documented. The BlackBerry was an iconic product and a Canadian tech success story. However, with the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple went beyond handsets and showed that the real value lay in what is called by product marketers, the whole product.

These Alberta Students Want Schools To Become Models Of Sustainability

David Dodge | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

The students did their own research, they invited resource experts to give presentations and then a delegation of 10 students locked themselves in a room for a weekend with some graduate students from the University of Alberta to boil inputs from 3,000 students down into a sophisticated set of recommendations for change.

Reaching The Next Level Of Female Empowerment In Saudi Arabia

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Business

Saudi Arabia stands out as a country where entrepreneurship is well-perceived and is seen as a worthy career choice for women. This type of advancements will not only be an important factor in the social advancement of women, but will more broadly result in potential economic development for the country.

Surviving The Freshman Year

Graham Baldwin | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada
Graham Baldwin

'Ithaca is gorges,' proclaim both the t-shirts found throughout New York State and the first words of the Ithaca tourism website. Ithaca is also the h...

Tap Into Youth And Nurture The Next Big Idea

Alex Sangha | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Many people argue that the best way to help someone and improve their quality of life is to give them a job. This may be true, however, I would also argue that one of the best ways to help someone is to teach them and give them the skills and resources to become their own boss.

A Teacher's Care Can Leave A Legacy That Outlasts Lesson Plans

Lori Gard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

What I have realized time and time again is something so profound, it is actually simple. There is really nothing kids want more than to be liked, to be accepted for who they are. It is the greatest way we can care for children, for youth: we must show them they matter.

The Real Cost Of Raising A Kid And How To Plan For It

Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents

Kids can be really expensive.

B.C.'s New Curriculum Is A Wonder-Inducing Teaching Method

Sandy Eix | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Eix

Officially launching this year for kindergarten to grade 9 students, the B.C. Ministry of Education is redesigning the K-12 curricula under a common 21st-century learning framework. This approach emphasizes a more student-initiated, self-directed, inquiry-based learning model.

How To Build A Reading Corner In Your Home

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Thursday is International Literacy Day, a chance to celebrate the power of reading in children's lives. If you're a book-lover yourself, you may remember curling up with your latest childhood treasure (it was Anne of Green Gables for me!)