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Fair Elections Act Amendments Miss the Mark

Travis Gordon | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Travis Gordon

Tuesday's amendments proposed by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs do remarkably little to change the spirit of the Fair Elections Act. The Act is and continues to be an affront to the democratic rights of Canadians.

Trigger Warnings For Those About to Enter Kindergarten

Lori Gard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Warning: the contents of this article might be offensive to some. In that, it might make you conjure up images of snot, mucous, throw-up, broken arms ...

Canadian Kids Are At The Top Of The Class For Problem-Solving

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - An international study assessing the creative problem-solving skills of students sees Canada place near the top of the rankings.There were 4...

When Teachers Choose Love

Lori Gard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their l...

When Discipline Is Sandwiched in Love

Lori Gard | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You know those kinds of days. Another long day in a stream of long days. More issues to deal with, more meetings to be had. More testing to be done, m...

Youth Unemployment: The Chicken and the Egg Problem

Rumeet Billan | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Business
Rumeet Billan

It's no secret that the job market for youth graduating from post-secondary education is competitive and challenging, with youth unemployment rates being twice the national average in Canada. A combination of both education and experience can be the ticket to an initial interview, however, youth are often faced with the 'no experience, no work; no work, no experience' dilemma.

The One Thing Teachers Must Remember About Students

Lori Gard | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As much as I am passionate about what I teach, I am more passionate about the people I teach. I am more interested that they are content and happy -- that they are not under undue duress or strain; what is the point of spouting out facts and figures, as important as they might be, if the students' heart is not in it? If their belly is empty?

The Best Teachers See the Best in Their Students

Lori Gard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

After moving when I was 16, I was enrolled in a brand new school, close to our new home. My new teacher, Mr. T, was unforgettable. What I remember now as a teacher myself was his smile. His laughter. And I remember that he saw me. There are times in our service as teachers when we set aside the habitual act of doing for the sacred work of being.

Which Religions Forbids A Man From Working With Women?

Stuart Rudner | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Rudner

How did York University initially validate the request of a student who said for religious reasons, he couldn't interact with women? Unfortunately, perhaps it is because organizations are so afraid of being sued for failing to accommodate that they have lost the sense of what is a proper request for accommodation. Many would argue that what they have lost is their common sense.

Why you Should Hire Interns...and Pay Them

Rob Henderson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Alberta
Rob Henderson

One quick Google search for the word "intern" and you will find a myriad of opinions, blog posts, and even the odd intern job posting. Most of the debate surrounds the topic of interns earning money, or in most cases the lack thereof.

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Lori Gard | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows. No, they'll not remember that amazing decor you've designed. But they will remember you.

Be a Changemaker Not a Rockstar

Ilan Saks | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Ilan Saks

Not enough young people believe they can change the world on a global scale. The problem is a mindset problem, and one I believe is more dire than some might think. Too many young entrepreneurs think they're rock stars by launching another social network, or naming themselves the CEO of the world's 498th messaging app. Honestly, they're probably wasting their time.

Catch a Predator? Target One!

Pega Ren | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Pega Ren

At UBC, every lone male is a potential attacker, yet it is only women who are being escorted. Why not accompany all single men on campus after dark? Not only does this place responsibility on possible perpetrators rather than on potential victims, but it changes the dynamic completely. What a powerful statement it would be for men to stand in solidarity with female students by walking escorted as well.

Start Where You Are: A Teacher's Story

Lori Gard | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

A few years ago, I was dealing with some mysterious health issues. I was having trouble with my stomach. Having trouble with my skin. My respiratory system. My mental health. I was having trouble, and thus feeling in general like I was ten years older than I actually was. My stress levels were through the roof, and I was also having anxiety attacks. Then four words from a doctor changed my life: "Start where you are."

Inclusive Education Isn't What I Thought It Was: It's Something Better

Lori Gard | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have come to realize that my initial understandings about inclusive education and what it entails were wrong in that they were off-course as to the desired intent of inclusionary teaching. My initial belief was that inclusive education was okay, so long as it was equal. I now realize that inclusion doesn't need to mean pure equality.

Dealing With the "September Blues" for Recent Grads

Sarah Robertson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Sarah Robertson

Sometimes when I stop to look around and analyze my life, I notice that I'm not the only twenty-something year old who doesn't have their life figured out. Each September only serves to nail that point home, in a grim yearly spectacle I call The September Blues. The annual march of students back to school feeds the nagging suspicion that I may not be doing this whole "life" thing as well as I could be. I'm not alone.

When You Love the Library, You Never Stop Learning

Hilary Farr | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Hilary Farr

It's not easy being a student today. You need some relief -- try Learning-For-The-Sake-Of-It which can discovered and nurtured by...books! Who knows how long these stunning old buildings will survive the wrecking ball or be turned into condos. Enjoy them while you can.

To Teach Is To Touch Lives

Lori Gard | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

To teach is to forever be a part of something bigger. Is to forever be a piece of that sacred puzzle which creates something profound from that which is very small. That is the beauty of the life of a child. To teach is to touch lives. To listen. To lift. To motivate. To compel. To inspire. To encourage. To enrich. And above all, to teach is to use one's life to make a difference.

5 Ways Students Can Access up to $15 Million In Unclaimed Funding

Rob Henderson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Rob Henderson

There are various reports about the amount of scholarship and bursary money that goes unclaimed each year. Some reports suggest that it could be over $15 million. While the exact number is hard to quantify, the point is there are millions of dollars that can be leveraged towards your future education. But where is the money, and how can you find it?

Do Today's Gen Y Students Have Too Much Ambition?

Emerson Csorba | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Emerson Csorba

The younger portion of Generation Y -- the students still roaming college campuses -- must work at a breakneck speed in order to create the lives that they desire. If they sit at home and relax, then their degree will net nothing more than a full-time gig at Starbucks, or so they say. Thus, there is increasing pressure to make oneself suffocatingly busy, setting aside virtually no free time for creative activities. We are caught in a cycle of one-upmanship: volunteer more, study harder, work longer hours.

For Him, His Personal Best Was Showing Up!

Lori Gard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Personal bests are never meant for comparison. We each come from very different places -- my daily best might be quite different than your daily best. And what I have to offer should never be brought up in comparison to your life contributions.

Let the World Be Our Clinic

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Not so long ago, I was a fresh new medical student with a strong interest in global issues and a background on social activism and human rights. I was...

The Parent-Teacher Phonecall Needs a Makeover

Lori Gard | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Last year, a woman with far more experience than I in the education field came to our school to speak to the staff. In her discussion, she broached the topic of communication with parents. And one thing she said stuck in my head and has challenged me ever since.

What I Want Parents to Know About Lockdown Drills

Lori Gard | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We sit, huddled tightly together in the cramped space of a corner. The blinds are darkly drawn, the door is shut. Locked. Little bodies press in close together to the wall. I place my body as a barrier along the tips of their tiny feet, all the while smiling into anxious children's eyes and modelling breathing.