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Education

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Teachers should be praised for trying to fix broken classrooms

Posted March 10, 2014 by Laila

The winner of last week’s duel on civil disobedience was Laila with 67%. This week’s topic: Did the strike vote by B.C. teachers help or hurt their cause? As results came in last week for the B.C. Teachers’ Federation strike … Continue reading

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Arctic

Online classroom brings southern experts to Arctic students

Posted April 2, 2014 by The Canadian Press

The $1.6-million program was developed by Cisco Canada and uses interactive video link

The post Online classroom brings southern experts to Arctic students appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Discrimination

Shame And Blame Has No Role In Addressing Obesity

Posted April 16, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

As a regular reader you will be well aware of my recent excursions into the use of comedy to promote a better public understanding of obesity. A very different (and I dare say more scientific) approach to harnessing the performing arts to promote a discourse on obesity is that taken by Sara Kirk and colleagues, […]

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Education

Locating Missing Life Insurance Policies | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted March 27, 2014 by legacymatters

Most people who have life insurance treat their policies as valuable documents. Accordingly people may store them so safely, that they…19 Zoom(s)

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Education

Do You Have a Dormant Bank Account? | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted April 3, 2014 by legacymatters

Where there has been no owner activity or the owner cannot be contacted by the financial institution, the institution will hold the fu…13 Zoom(s)

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Education

Energetic Offerings From Alabama

Posted April 15, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

This week, I am paying a brief visit to my friend and colleague David Allison at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). To those working in the field, David needs no introduction. He is certainly one of the most prolific researchers with hundreds of high-ranking papers covering an astonishing array of topics. As some […]

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Education

Alex Usher on Jason Kenney’s Enthusiasm for German Apprenticeships

Posted March 26, 2014 by Nick Falvo

Alex Usher, one of Canada’s most well-known post-secondary education pundits, has just written a blog post offering some sober second thought on Minister Kenney’s recent enthusiasm for Germany’s apprenticeship system. Mr. Usher’s blog post can be accessed here.

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Education

‘Entry-level’ jobs are getting harder to find

Posted April 5, 2014 by Josh Dehaas

New grads face demands for up to five years experience to enter the labour market. How a lack of on-the-job training is hurting young workers.

The post ‘Entry-level’ jobs are getting harder to find appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Education

9 Ways to Get Full Value from Your Funeral Plan | Funeral Pre-Planner, Kat Downey

Posted April 16, 2014 by legacymatters

Here are 9 ways to ensure you get the full value from your funeral plan.7 Zoom(s)

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Commentary

Ya can’t fix stupid!

Posted March 25, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I would like to show an article here that I think exemplifies what is wrong with a lot of people in general! Here is a guy who was dead set against GMO’s (genetically modified foods) the same as some people are bent out of shape about fluoridation of water, immunization shots, climate change, nuclear […]

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Canada

Greens celebrate diversity on International Day of Pink

Posted April 9, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA – Today on International Day of Pink, the Green Party of Canada joins with millions of Canadians nation-wide in celebrating diversity and calling for an end to homophobic bullying.

This year Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich­­–Gulf Islands will join other progressive leaders from across Canada in participating as an International Day of Pink Ambassador.

“It is a huge honour for me to have been invited to become an Ambassador for Day of Pink,” said May. “This is a day to stand up against bullying, to stand up against homophobia and discrimination of all kinds, and to say to young people who may be victims of bullying: speak up, and reach out.”

International Day of Pink is an anti-bullying initiative that began at a Nova Scotia high school in 2007, when two students were able to get their whole school to wear pink shirts in solidarity with a classmate who was a victim of homophobic bullying. Today, it is celebrated in communities across Canada and around the world.

Contact:

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
(613) 614 4916
nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca

 

Greens celebrate diversity on International Day of Pink #DayofPink

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Education

Sometimes, good work is recognized

Posted November 28, 2013 by Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
Members of Living Green, flanked by LSRCA members.
Over the past decade and half of volunteering and activism, I’ve learned that working to help our ecosystem and our fellow humans is often a thankless task. That’s why it’s especially rewarding when we actually receive recognition, as was the case earlier this month.

Each year the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) salutes and celebrates the Lake’s “Watershed Heroes” and this year, Living Green was honoured to receive the new Pioneering Green Community Award.

We were recognized for our active involvement in planting trees through our newly-formed Urban Canopy Coalition. Over the past year the UCC has raised money to replace dead trees on public lands in Barrie, and partnered with the City and the LSRCA to plant over a thousand new trees including oak, maple, pine and tamarack at the Huronia Buffer site. To further prevent erosion and improve the environmental health of our green species, we have also begun to plant willows, shrubs, and trees on the river banks at Sunnidale Park.

This coming year, with our partners, we plan at least two more tree plantings in the spring and fall, and will continue to interplant native pollinators in Queen’s Park along Toronto Street. Last year we were fortunate to receive a large donation from Barrie Chiropractic, and we are looking for new donations from businesses, large or small. Contact gwen@livinggreen.info if you would like to donate or volunteer with the tree planting.

As UCC founder Gwen Petreman points out, we are still learning the many benefits of trees. Recently our knowledge of the importance of trees to the life of bees has expanded. Bees collect tree resin to make a material called “propolis” which they use to seal up the edges of their hive. But now we know it also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that protect the hive’s bees from many potential pests. Since bees pollinate about 1/3 of the food we eat, preserving trees means protecting bees which means feeding humans. We’re all connected!

Living Green’s other initiatives include regular clean-ups of Queen’s Park, maintaining the environmental focused website www.livinggreen.info operating Off the Rack thrift store with the Barrie Free Clothing Centre, hosting Green Screens and passing along traditional skills via the ReSkill Institute. 

Another LSRCA “Watershed Heroes” award went to the students of the Eco-Team at Newmarket’s Alexander Muir Public School in recognition of their successful ban of disposable water bottles and fundraising $2,500 for a filling station for reusable bottles at their school. I was thrilled to learn that this group of elementary students had succeeded in overcoming the powerful bottled-water lobby that so far has stymied many similar initiatives in our local municipality and school board, and gives me hope that future attempts here may yet succeed.

It also gave us the idea of hosting our own Living Green awards ceremony to recognize the best Barrie-area school eco-clubs. I know there are some great initiatives going on at local schools, and I’m sure there must be some local businesses that would love to put their name on a trophy or an awards ceremony. If you or a business you know is interested in sponsoring that kind of event, we’d love to hear from you!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie (and Innisfil) Examiners as “Living Green’s nod from conservation group means a great deal“ 
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
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Activism

Expanding Our 2014 Boycott List: #BoycottLoblaws

Posted April 10, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

First, it started with IKEA, which has been locking out its Richmond, BC workers for 11 months. Then it expanded to a white Richmond farmer who isn’t all that happy with all the non-white farmers changing the complexion of farming in BC. So we’re all committing to #BoycottIKEA and boycotting W & A Farms products. […]

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Children

Plan together, in advance for your family vacation

Posted June 26, 2012 by Commission Staff

Is your family planning a vacation during the coming summer holidays? Family vacations are a great chance to get away, have fun and create lasting memories. But vacations rarely come cheap – and even less often when they involve children. Financial stresses can plague the vacation planning process and be a drag on the fun [...]

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Education

Poor Kids, Poor Families and Shame

Posted April 11, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

“When Centennial’s students found out Seymour couldn’t hold a pyjama day because many students didn’t have pyjamas, they fundraised to buy every Seymour student a pair last Christmas.” – When the Field Trip’s Too Pricey, Students ‘Self-Exclude’ When parents receive letters from their kids’ school asking for donations for playground upgrades or library books or […]

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Children

It’s never too early or too late to save for your child’s education

Posted July 23, 2012 by Commission Staff

Summer vacation is in full swing, and chances are the last thing you want to think about is getting back to school, but the truth is, it is just over a month away. A smart budgeter should be at least thinking about it by now. Rather than focus on the b…

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Education

Sacred Circle: Breaking Stereotypes, Building Leaders (in News)

Posted April 9, 2014 by Anonymous

‘Change happens when you get to know each other,’ says Me to We club coordinator in Fort St. James.

 Related StoriesDistrict Scraps Cheaper, Custom-Made Student Info System (in News)Apathy is Boring Engages the Rage (in News)Whither the High …

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Children

5 money saving tips for back-to-school shopping

Posted August 7, 2012 by Commission Staff

Back to school mania has begun – are you prepared? Is your wallet? To start you off right, here are 5 money-saving ideas to keep you within your back to school budget! 1. Create a list. Ideally, your child’s school provided you with one, or you can find one on their website. 2. Reduce your [...]

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Education

Managing Weight Loss Expectations

Posted April 10, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

While there are almost no limits to short-term weight loss goals (anyone can starve themselves thin) – the reality of long-term weight loss is rather sobering. While diet and exercise generally provide an average long-term (3-5 years) sustainable weight loss or about 3-5% of initial weight, even bariatric surgery patients tend on average to sustain […]

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Debt

Do High Tuition Fees Make for Good Public Policy?

Posted February 6, 2014 by Nick Falvo

This afternoon I gave a presentation to Professor Ted Jackson’s graduate seminar course on higher education, taught in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.  The link to my slide deck, titled “The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education in Canada,” can be found here. Points I raised in the presentation include the following: -Tuition […]

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Discrimination

Join The Crowd: Support Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale

Posted April 8, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

This week, my daughter’s crowdsourcing campaign to fund her second children’s book Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale (her first one was Our Canadian Lovestory) is in its final stages – only 5 days left to meet her funding goal (over 85% there). Please visit her site and join the “crowd” of 250 supporters […]

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Education

University Governance

Posted February 27, 2014 by Nick Falvo

This afternoon I spoke on a panel on university governance at a conference titled Future U:  Creating the Universities We Want, organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.  Also presenting on the panel were Professor Glen Jones and Professor Claire Polster. Future U: Creating the Universities We want Future U: Creating the Universities […]

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Education

Eight students sue York University for a total of $20.5 M

Posted April 10, 2014 by MariaS

Sweet!  Sweeter is the name of the law firm representing the students.  ”Malik” is the the last name of two of the students  and according to my “source” the family name “Malik” is either a Pakistani or Indian Muslim name.  Don’t you just love it that the Muslim-heavy university  which is run by a Muslim prez and a Muslim-heavy administration is getting sued by Muslims?  Oh la la la …. Ca na da !!!


Honestly,  I am super glad that the university is being sued.  The lack of security on campus and the general administration and management of the university is deplorable and more like the running of universities in third world countries …. and that might  be insulting to those universities.  Maybe now at long last, the Ministries  of Education…. both Provincial and Federal, might be forced to sit up and take notice of  the extremely low standards in both security and education at the  York  University.


Of course, we can tell straight off that greed for big bucks plays the overall big role in this lawsuit.  Good luck to the “lawfare” gang and to the lawyers as well.  Why not?!

Sean Tepper writing at TheStar:
…..Eight students who witnessed a March shooting at York University have launched a $20.5 million lawsuit against the school
On March 6, Annie Malik, 19, and Namra Malik, 20, (no relation) were injured after a gun accidentally discharged in the food court of the university’s student centre at around 10:45 p.m.
The other six students are suing for psychological damages following the incident.
They are being represented by the law firm Diamond and Diamond.
“We are alleging a pattern of negligence, we’re alleging that security has been overlooked and our allegation is that steps could have been taken and measures could have been taken,” Sandra Zisckind of Diamond and Diamond said at a televised press conference.
Annie Malik, a third-year business administration and accounting student was shot in the leg while Namra sustained a shrapnel injury. Annie spoke to the media about the incident.
“As I was hiding under the table after my friends had told me to do so because there had been a shot fired, I was praying that there wasn’t going to be another shot fired and wishing that it wasn’t something like the Colorado shooting,” said Malik. “I have a bullet still lodged in my leg and I don’t know if it will cause even worse problems later on in my life.”……..


……….In addition to Annie and Namra Malik, the law firm is representing six bystanders who witnessed the event, whom according to Zisckind are suffering survivor’s guilt and psychological issue…….

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Education

Why Watching Your Kid’s Media Use May Affect Their Weight

Posted March 28, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Electronic media consumption has been linked to childhood obesity – but does monitoring your kid’s media use affect their body weight? This question was now addressed by Tiberio and colleagues in a paper published in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers examined longitudinal data from a community sample in the US Pacific Northwest that indluced 112 mothers, […]

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Education

Hudak vows to cancel full day Kindergarten

Posted April 12, 2014 by trashee

As a volunteer on a not-for-profit childcare centre Board, I can say with some authority that the FDK horse has left the barn. There has been some bumps on the road to implementation, but it has overall been a success. Furthermore, cancelling it now in its final stage of implementation would not only throw Ontario […]

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