Canada Education

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Dear Parents, Teachers Are Anxious About the End of Summer Too

Lori Gard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

When you place your precious loved one on the bus in the morning or drop them off at our classroom doors, we want you to know, parents: we do not take this responsibility we've been given lightly. And might I add, when those dear ones are returned to you again, when those precious children arrive home at the end of the day, we won't stop caring.

Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Business
Travis Gordon

As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.

Skip the Back-to-School Gadgets and Invest in Your Kid's Future

Peter Lewis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Lewis

Yes, folks, back-to-school season is here. And with it comes a frenzy of shopping. This year, however, may be a little bit different. Almost half of Canadian parents say they expect to spend less than $200 on back-to-school items, with one-third of moms saying they plan to spend less than $100. So where are parents' priorities shifting to? Their children's future.

Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

Lori Gard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

While I clean shelves and wipe down cupboards, readying things for those little bodies and minds, I ready my own mind. Clean out the cobwebs, so to speak. I need my head to be in the game, need my thoughts to be organized. Need my mind to be clear. For when all is said and done, it's not the classroom that houses the potential and possibility to make this year the best one ever for my incoming class: it's me.

All Kids Should Have the Same Opportunities In Education

Malkin Dare | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Malkin Dare

Children's futures are too important a matter to be decided by ideological battles. As a matter of social justice -- an urgent matter of social justice -- we need policies that will help disadvantaged children. That should be an objective whether you're right-wing, left-wing, or even Martian.

Why Should Gender Matter When It Comes To Human Rights?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png A female in my nation may state education as the most important right for her, but others may feel the right to clean drinking water, basic healthcare, or freedom from torture more pressing. The fact of the matter is that human rights are all important. All of them must be fought for, and, once gained, must be retained.

When Menstruation Is a Dirty Word, Girls Lose Out

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

It won't surprise you to hear that women are among the world's most vulnerable populations. But it might surprise you to learn that one of the most difficult parts about being a woman is also one of the most natural: menstruation. A girl's transition into womanhood is often marked by the beginning of her menstrual cycle, an occasion that is celebrated in many cultures as an important rite of passage. But in many parts of East Africa, it marks the beginning of a lifetime of discomfort, embarrassing health problems, and even harassment. It marks the beginning of schoolyard bullying, missed days of school, and the start of a lifetime viewed as a sexual object.

Is This On Your Back-To-School 'To Do' List?

Lori Gard | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Be kind to yourself -- don't hold yourself to ridiculous standards. Try not to stress about the little things that no one will remember anyway. Get more rest. Go for walks. Exercise. Recharge. And although it might be unreasonable to ask that you leave your work troubles at your desk, try not to become a slave to your work.

How G(irls)20 Hopes to End 'No Girls Allowed' In Classrooms

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

As schools start to fill up this fall, let us not forget about all the young women and girls who will not be sitting in a classroom of their own. Especially those girls who are denied education, forced into marriage at an early age, or simply deprived of educational resources.

We're Already Living in the Future

Cathy Elliott | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada
Cathy Elliott

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school ya...

A Teacher's 5 Wishes for the Upcoming School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a teacher, this time of the year is one where my mind drifts to 'what ifs' and 'how abouts'. Summer is the time of year when teachers are finally afforded the time in which to breathe, take stock and think about what is yet to come. So while I am not ready to cash in on summer yet, here are five wishes I have for the upcoming school year, set to start in a few short weeks.

Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?

Malala's Father Is Also a Hero

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Malala Yousafzai has recovered to become a crusader for universal education. Less often do we hear about Ziauddin -- or "Zia", as he is affectionately known -- who was the family's first crusader. He is his daughter's greatest champion and confidant.

The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

People learn, but over the years I've noticed they try to keep the actual act of it to themselves. Maybe it's somewhat of a "macho" thing to do; state something new as if you've always known it, trying to convince others you're a repository of the world's knowledge, any point of which you can summon on a millisecond's notice.

How to Make the World a Better Place

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png "The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom." That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl.

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

Bringing Sex Education to the Stage

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

While some are horrified by the overtly sexual movies and TV shows consumed by today's youth, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health has a slightly different stance. Shira Taylor, a doctoral candidate at the School's Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, is taking to the stage to educate young adults about sex.

We Can't Get Jobs - Are We Going to Be OK?

Katie Boland | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend is a few years older than me, has two degrees and has been published in almost every major Toronto paper. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter and filmmaker. She is well connected and well liked. I would argue that she knows how to get a job. She just can't.

Post-Secondary Education Also Means Learning Outside the Classroom

Melissa Jarman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Melissa Jarman

One of the most fundamental aspects of a well-rounded post-secondary education is getting some life experience outside of the classroom. This past May, five deserving post-secondary students from across Canada travelled to Kenya to volunteer with Me to We.

'Alarming Slide' In National Education Quality

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new report urges Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to put a stop to what it calls an alarming slide in the quality of Canada's...

B.C. Education Is Best In Canada: Report

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Despite the turmoil between B.C. teachers and the provincial government, a new report has ranked B.C.'s education system as the best in Canada. Ont...

How To Keep Your Kids Writing and Thinking This Summer

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

Don't end the conversation with "Yes, that's sad." There are many things to wonder about together. "I wonder who made the decision for this to happen?" or "Who do you think it hurt by this?" are great ways to keep them thinking. Encourage them to take it further: Some questions you can answer; others you can't. Help your child figure out who would be best to write to.

What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

The relationship between information and learning can be likened to the ingredients of a recipe. While alone they may be very delicious, only when used in the proper combination and via the optimum process do they culminate into a complete dish that can be considered gourmet.