Monthly Archives: July 2012

What’s happening on July 27th?

Top Reads: 

To stop youth violence in Toronto, we must solve its root causes
Susan McIsaac
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1231821–to-stop-youth-violence-in-toronto-we-must-solve-its-root-causes

Unpaid intern’s low point? Cleaning the toilet
Sheryl Smolkin
Moneyvilla/The Toronto Star
http://www.moneyville.ca/article/1228944–unpaid-intern-s-low-point-cleaning-the-toilet

To…Youth: 

Breaking up is hard to do: Teens in Boston, other U.S. cities get advice on ending relationships
Associated Press
Cape Breton Post
http://www.capebretonpost.com/Living/Family/2012-07-26/article-3040076/Breaking-up-is-hard-to-do-Teens-in-Boston-other-US-cities-get-advice-on-ending-relationships/1

To stop youth violence in Toronto, we must solve its root causes
Susan McIsaac
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1231821–to-stop-youth-violence-in-toronto-we-must-solve-its-root-causes

City teen to embark on two-week Arctic experience
Gary Kean
The Western Star
http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2012-07-27/article-3040131/City-teen-to-embark-on-two-week-Arctic-experience/1

Shift work linked to risk of heart attack, stroke, new study suggests
Sharon Kirkey
Postmedia News
The Star Phoenix
http://www.canada.com/health/Shift+work+linked+risk+heart+attack+stroke+study+suggests/6996376/story.html#ixzz21qsueDuM

Precautions should trump self-centred health views
LEZLIE LOWE
The Chronicle Herald
http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/121277-lowe-precautions-should-trump-self-centred-health-views

Unpaid intern’s low point? Cleaning the toilet
Sheryl Smolkin
Moneyvilla/The Toronto Star
http://www.moneyville.ca/article/1228944–unpaid-intern-s-low-point-cleaning-the-toilet

Toronto’s ‘serious games’ help kids learn while they play
Laura Kane
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1232566–toronto-s-serious-games-let-kids-learn-while-they-play

MP condemns recruiting teens for porn, strip clubs as ‘slave trade’
Alexandra Paul
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Smith-condemns-recruiting-teens-for-porn-strip-clubs-as-slave-trade-164036666.html

World Youth Day 2002, or Toronto’s finest hour
Father Raymond J. de Souza
The National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/26/father-raymond-j-de-souza-world-youth-day-2002-or-torontos-finest-hour/

New B.C. Cancer Agency research opens door to treatment for child cancer sufferers
STEPHANIE IP
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/health/Cancer+Agency+research+opens+door+treatment+child+cancer+sufferers/6997134/story.html#ixzz21qrFsEqf

To…K-12 Schools: 

TDSB spending: Board relents on $3.6M pricetag for school maintenance data
Kevin Donovan
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1232554–toronto-board-relents-on-3-6m-pricetag-for-school-maintenance-data

B.C. education minister wants new focus on reading
Janet Steffenhagen
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/literacy/raiseareader/education+minister+wants+focus+reading/6990000/story.html#ixzz21kXxsuut

To…University Students: 

Ex-student leader confirms he’ll run for the PQ
The Canadian Press
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ex-student-leader-confirms-hell-run-for-the-pq/article4440368/

Carleton post-doctoral fellows vote to form union
Matthew Pearson
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Carleton+post+doctoral+fellows+vote+form+union/6997547/story.html#ixzz21qxQ0gV0

Algonquin offers aboriginal youth taste of college life
Matthew Pearson
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Algonquin+offers+aboriginal+youth+taste+college+life/6995580/story.html#ixzz21qxWxtxS

 

What’s happening on July 25th?

Top Reads: 

After Omar Khadr, we have no moral superiority on youth justice
Chris Selley
The National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/chris-selley-after-omar-khadr-we-have-no-moral-superiority-on-youth-justice/

Student leader to run for Parti Québécois in upcoming election
LES PERREAUX
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/student-leader-to-run-for-parti-qubcois-in-upcoming-election/article4439508/

Summer widens rich/poor learning gap
Louise Brown
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1231204–summer-widens-rich-poor-learning-gap

To…Youth:

After Omar Khadr, we have no moral superiority on youth justice
Chris Selley
The National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/chris-selley-after-omar-khadr-we-have-no-moral-superiority-on-youth-justice/

Phoenix inquiry’s mandate grows
Commission to look at socio-economics
Larry Kusch
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/phoenix-inquirys-mandate-grows-163662996.html

Better listen up, all you new drivers
Editorial
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Editorial+Better+listen+drivers/6986146/story.html#ixzz21e7KVRnw

More sexually active U.S. teenagers using condoms, AIDS conference told
Lauran Neergaard
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/More+sexually+active+teenagers+using+condoms+AIDS+conference+told/6986899/story.html#ixzz21e5zsaoG

Should kids learn about money by trial and error?
The Globe and Mail
Video
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-should-kids-learn-about-money-by-trial-and-error/article4234681/

Whooping cough present in Kingston
Alison Shouldice
Kingston Whig-Standard
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/07/24/whooping-cough-present-in-kingston

To…K-12 Schools:

New report shows girls in Ontario more likely to be bullied in school and online
Adam Miller
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/report+shows+girls+Ontario+more+likely+bullied+school+online/6987182/story.html#ixzz21e5nJUhe

Ontario threatens school boards with takeover
CAROLINE ALPHONSO AND KATE HAMMER
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-threatens-school-boards-with-takeover/article4439791/

Summer widens rich/poor learning gap
Louise Brown
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1231204–summer-widens-rich-poor-learning-gap

Premiers, aboriginal leaders meet to discuss education, violence against women
The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/premiers-aboriginal-leaders-meet-to-discuss-education-violence-against-women-163662096.html

Bankrupt Ottawa private school closes owing more than $1 million
Chris Cobb
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Bankrupt+Ottawa+private+school+closes+owing+more+than+million/6983502/story.html#ixzz21eCCAuj2

Residential school goes from tragedy to triumph
ROD MICKLEBURGH
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/residential-school-goes-from-tragedy-to-triumph/article4439666/

To…University Students: 

Should universities be opening men’s centres?
MARC AND CRAIG KIELBURGER
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/should-universities-be-opening-mens-centres/article4436249/

School vocational training undergoing shift to career and technology studies
Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Traditional+vocational+training+schools+such+welding+being+quickly+enhanced+more+rigorous/6983742/story.html#ixzz21e8YMeVM

Carleton University to offer first graduate program in African studies
KAREN CHEN
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Carleton+University+offer+first+graduate+program+African+studies/6983344/story.html#ixzz21eCIJSzX

University of Alberta moves to restrict booze consumption in student residences
Tim Jones
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/University+Alberta+moves+restrict+alcohol+consumption+student+residences/6983611/story.html#ixzz21e8TFd3z

Penn State punishment, like the crime, broke all rules
The Washington Post
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/penn-state-punishment-like-the-crime-broke-all-rules-163662836.html

Penn State ruling offside
Editorial
CALGARY HERALD
http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/editorials/Penn+State+ruling+offside/6979581/story.html

Student protesters released on bail
MICHELLE ZILIO
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Student+protesters+released+bail/6977499/story.html#ixzz21eCOLlmN

Student leader to run for Parti Québécois in upcoming election
LES PERREAUX
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/student-leader-to-run-for-parti-qubcois-in-upcoming-election/article4439508/

PQ goes all-in on student movement as protest leader to run for party
Graeme Hamilton
The National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/graeme-hamilton-pq-goes-all-in-on-student-movement-as-protest-leader-to-run-for-party/

Quebec students unimpressed as ‘opportunist’ PQ leader Pauline Marois ditches ‘red square’ protest symbol
Nelson Wyatt
The Canadian Press
The National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/06/21/quebec-students-unimpressed-as-opportunist-pq-leader-pauline-marois-ditches-red-square-protest-symbol/

What’s happening on July 24th?

Top Reads: 

Residential school abuse claims surpass federal estimates
GLORIA GALLOWAY
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/residential-school-abuse-claims-surpass-federal-estimates/article4436981/

Wikipedia course gets students’ research online
Louise Brown
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1230732–wikipedia-course-gets-students-research-online

Toddler on life support at centre of ethical debate
PAULA SIMONS
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Simons+Toddler+life+support+centre+ethical+debate/6977942/story.html

To…Youth: 

Toddler on life support at centre of ethical debate
PAULA SIMONS
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Simons+Toddler+life+support+centre+ethical+debate/6977942/story.html

Alberta government bolsters vaccination program for children ages four to six
JODIE SINNEMA
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/Alberta+government+bolsters+vaccination+program+children/6981385/story.html

Whooping cough makes deadly return across Canada
CAROLINE ALPHONSO
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/whooping-cough-makes-deadly-return-across-canada/article4436946/

New drivers cause spike in Vancouver driving prohibitions
ALEKSANDRA SAGAN
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/new-drivers-cause-spike-in-vancouver-driving-prohibitions/article4436952/

Toronto flip-flops on decision to bar teen sports shooters from Ontario Games event
Jake Edmiston
National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/23/toronto-reverses-decision-to-bar-teen-sports-shooters-from-ontario-games-event/

Twenty Francophone youth launch summer businesses
The PEI Guardian
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Business/2012-07-21/article-3036010/Twenty-Francophone-youth-launch-summer-businesses/1

Recreation, fitness projects get funding
AARON BESWICK
The Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/120269-recreation-fitness-projects-get-funding

Vacations make kids fatter, dumber
Peter Orszag
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/vacations-make-kids-fatter-dumber-163272806.html

To…K-12 Schools: 

Fundraiser who helped U.S. bus monitor to launch new anti-bullying campaign
OLIVER MOORE
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/fundraiser-who-helped-us-bus-monitor-to-launch-new-anti-bullying-campaign/article4436133/

Residential school abuse claims surpass federal estimates
GLORIA GALLOWAY
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/residential-school-abuse-claims-surpass-federal-estimates/article4436981/

To…University Students: 

Wikipedia course gets students’ research online
Louise Brown
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/education/article/1230732–wikipedia-course-gets-students-research-online

Prominent ex-student leader to run for the PQ in the next election: report
The Canadian Press
Regina Leader Post
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/national/Prominent+exstudent+leader+next+election+report/6981804/story.html#ixzz21YxQeie6

Attack on gay student investigated as hate crime, Edmonton police say
MARIAM IBRAHIM
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Attack+student+investigated+hate+crime+Edmonton+police/6976035/story.html

 

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What’s happening on July 23rd?

Top Reads: 

Court rejects bid to trash parts of Bill 78
KAREN SEIDMAN
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Court+rejects+trash+parts+Bill/6976138/story.html

Get educated, get married, stay married: an anti-poverty program that works
Kelly McParland
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/23/get-educated-get-married-stay-married-an-anti-poverty-program-that-works/

How a Canadian teenager descended from straight `A`student to the sex trade
Meghan Hurley
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/teen+nightmarish+trip+into+trade/6967573/story.html#ixzz21THPuHJq

To…Youth: 

Welcome to charm school, where little girls play princess
ELIZABETH WITHEY
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/family/Welcome+charm+school+where+little+girls+play+princess/6971900/story.html

Should advertisers use more ‘plus-size’ models?
Marilyn Kalfus
The Orange County Register
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Should+advertisers+more+plus+size+models/6951754/story.html#ixzz21TCkOoOR

Are we creating a generation of risk-averse kids?
Tom Spears
Postmedia News
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/creating+generation+risk+averse+kids/6966998/story.html#ixzz21TCqWo91

Bountiful remains a festering problem
Daphne Bramham
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Bountiful+remains+festering+problem/6974139/story.html#ixzz21T4uHmBb

There’s no bad kids, just really bad parenting
Lucy Wilson
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/There+kids+just+really+parenting/6971362/story.html#ixzz21T6TBPsi

Hey kids, it really is time to play outside
GEOFF JOHNSON
VANCOUVER SUN
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/kids+really+time+play+outside/6969923/story.html#ixzz21T5Ibypv

Police, aboriginal kids share life stories – in a canoe
CRAIG KIELBURGER & MARC KIELBURGER
VANCOUVER SUN
http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Police+aboriginal+kids+share+life+stories+canoe/6974181/story.html

The dark side of sibling rivalries
Michele Kambolis
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/dark+side+sibling+rivalries/6974257/story.html#ixzz21T51pZc8

Anti-violence summit: Sister of murdered preteen Ephraim Brown wonders what we’ve learned
Jacques Gallant
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1230299–anti-violence-summit-sister-of-murdered-preteen-ephraim-brown-wonders-what-we-ve-learned

How a Canadian teenager descended from straight `A`student to the sex trade
Meghan Hurley
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/teen+nightmarish+trip+into+trade/6967573/story.html#ixzz21THPuHJq

Click on caution for online dating
CHRIS ZDEB
EDMONTON JOURNAL
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/relationships/Click+caution+online+dating/6971932/story.html

National Post reporter April Fong serves up dim sum (summer jobs series)
April Fong
National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/22/summer-jobs-series-national-post-reporter-april-fong-serves-up-dim-sum/

Who’s watching the kids? All of us, thanks to daycare webcams
CHRISTINA VARDANIS
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/whos-watching-the-kids-all-of-us-thanks-to-daycare-webcams/article4428566/

Toronto disinvites elite youth target shooters from city sports event
Matt Gurney
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/23/matt-gurney-toronto-disinvites-elite-youth-target-shooters-from-city-sports-event/

How a 24-year-old is putting science in action
ANNA-KAISA WALKER
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/how-a-24-year-old-is-putting-science-in-action/article4435553/

13-year-old boy steals show with short speech at AFN’s annual assembly
Wayne K. Spear
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/22/wayne-k-spear-13-year-old-boy-steals-show-with-short-speech-at-afns-annual-assembly/

Get educated, get married, stay married: an anti-poverty program that works
Kelly McParland
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/23/get-educated-get-married-stay-married-an-anti-poverty-program-that-works/

To…K-12 Schools:

Strip clubs set to recruit high school students
Tom Godfrey
Toronto Sun
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/07/22/strip-clubs-set-to-recruit-high-school-students

Mom hacks into school computer system to change kids’ grades
MADELEINE WHITE
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/mom-hacks-into-school-computer-system-to-change-kids-grades/article4435438/

To…University Students: 

As Quebec election looms, protesters weigh voters’ wrath
LES PERREAUX
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/as-quebec-election-looms-protesters-weigh-voters-wrath/article4434653/

Quebec students take to the streets with anti-Liberal message as election looms
The Canadian Press
National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/22/quebec-students-take-to-the-streets-with-anti-liberal-message-as-election-looms/

In ignoring sex abuse, Paterno was very much a creature of his ignorant era
Jonathan Kay
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/23/jonathan-kay-in-ignorning-sex-abuse-paterno-was-very-much-a-creature-of-his-ignorant-era/

Ontario’s cuts to university research grants are short-sighted
Gerry McCarthy
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1229880–ontario-s-cuts-to-university-research-grants-are-short-sighted

Police arrest two protesters in ‘free tuition’ demonstration
KAREN CHEN
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Police+arrest+protesters+free+tuition+demonstration/6972701/story.html#ixzz21TSe7jLp

Students gearing up for return to classes
Christopher Curtis
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Students+gearing+return+classes/6973283/story.html

New Transpo fare system hits college students hard
Joanne Chianello
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Transpo+fare+system+hits+college+students+hard/6967432/story.html#ixzz21TSjkNbu

Student marchers back in force
Christopher Curtis
The Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Student+marchers+back+force/6972174/story.html

Court rejects bid to trash parts of Bill 78
KAREN SEIDMAN
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Court+rejects+trash+parts+Bill/6976138/story.html

What’s happening on July 20th?

Top Reads: 

A university degree’s value is incontestable
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/a-university-degrees-value-is-incontestable/article4428537/

Computer flaws putting children at risk: watchdog
ROB SHAW
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Computer+flaws+putting+children+risk+watchdog/6964011/story.html#ixzz21AprvgGC

Canadian kids need to get moving
TOM SPEARS
Postmedia News
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Canadian+kids+need+moving/6963604/story.html

To…Youth:

Canadian kids need to get moving
TOM SPEARS
Postmedia News
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Canadian+kids+need+moving/6963604/story.html

Canadian kids love iPhones more than road hockey
TOM SPEARS
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Canadian+kids+love+iPhones+more+than+road+hockey/6959908/story.html#ixzz21ArQVOdC

‘Persistent gap’ remains for infant mortality levels
BETTY ANN ADAM
The Star Phoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Persistent+remains+infant+mortality+levels/6962644/story.html#ixzz21AyEUQyA

Creative thinking key to learning
EDITORIAL
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Guest+Editorial+Creative+thinking+learning/6962288/story.html

Cognitive problems linked to alcohol use
EDITORIAL
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Editorial+Cognitive+problems+linked+alcohol/6962287/story.html

Better drug treatment for at-risk youth urged in B.C.
ALEKSANDRA SAGAN
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/better-drug-treatment-for-at-risk-youth-urged-in-bc/article4429071/

To curb gun violence, invest in young people
LEKAN OLAWOYE
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/to-curb-gun-violence-invest-in-young-people/article4428689/

Batman and other superheroes could influence children to eat healthier
Michael Woods
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1229097–batman-and-other-superheroes-could-influence-children-to-eat-healthier

Kids learn to be leaders at Camp Couchiching
LESLIE FERENC
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/freshairfund/article/1228442–kids-learn-to-be-leaders-at-camp-couchiching

Child-protection reforms urged
CANADIAN PRESS
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/Child+protection+reforms+urged/6963083/story.html

Computer flaws putting children at risk: watchdog
ROB SHAW
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Computer+flaws+putting+children+risk+watchdog/6964011/story.html#ixzz21AprvgGC

To…K-12 Schools: 

How parents can stop school-based bullying
OZ AND ROIZEN
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/health/parents+stop+school+based+bullying/6963217/story.html#ixzz21AswP8Zw

Group seeks to save Saskatchewan’s first Catholic school
DAVID HUTTON
The Star Phoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Group+seeks+save+Saskatchewan+first+Catholic+school/6962654/story.html#ixzz21Axzw6Wp

Persephone launches ‘completely redesigned’ school of theatre
STEPHANIE MCKAY
The Star Phoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Persephone+launches+completely+redesigned+school+theatre/6962700/story.html#ixzz21Ay6uBQm

Students set up to fail in life
BRENT JEFFERY
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Students+fail+life/6956767/story.html

Newfoundland hockey coach who let players study has his suspension overturned
The Canadian Press
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Newfoundland+hockey+coach+players+study+suspension+overturned/6960496/story.html#ixzz21AsauXSj

To…Students: 

Concordia loses two long-time donors because of ‘financial mismanagement’
LAURA BEESTON
The Montreal Gazette
http://www.canada.com/technology/Concordia+loses+long+time+donors+because+financial+mismanagement/6960635/story.html

A university degree’s value is incontestable
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/a-university-degrees-value-is-incontestable/article4428537/

Video: Managing student debt
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/business/Video+Managing+student+debt/6960605/story.html

Judge to rule on anti-protest law request
RENÉ BRUEMMER
The Montreal Gazette
http://www.canada.com/news/Student+strike+Latest+news/6524693/story.html

What’s happening on July 19th?

Top Reads: 

’Deeply flawed’ children’s case management program must be revised says Turpel-Lafond
The Canadian Press
The Province http://www.theprovince.com/news/Deeply+flawed+children+case+management+program+must+revised+says/6959262/story.html#ixzz215pvcJVG

Death, suicide rates among Inuit kids soar over rest of Canada
HELEN BRANSWELL
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/death-suicide-rates-among-inuit-kids-soar-over-rest-of-canada/article4426600/

Inaction on inactivity (the latest on Gay-Straight Alliances)
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Inaction+inactivity/6948772/story.html

To…Youth: 

Alberta baby’s whooping cough death renews health calls for vaccinations
Journal Pioneer
http://www.capebretonpost.com/Canada—World/Society/2012-07-19/article-3035002/Alberta-babys-whooping-cough-death-renews-health-calls-for-vaccinations/1

Dad’s Early Engagement With Son May Shape Behavior Later
Staff Writer
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/dads-early-engagement-with-son-may-shape-behavior-later-163064946.html

Facebook fallout lesson in politics
Flap over deputy premier’s quip shows public is always watching
GRAHAM THOMSON
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/Facebook+fallout+lesson+politics/6956773/story.html

’Deeply flawed’ children’s case management program must be revised says Turpel-Lafond
The Canadian Press
The Province http://www.theprovince.com/news/Deeply+flawed+children+case+management+program+must+revised+says/6959262/story.html#ixzz215pvcJVG

Why even toddlers should be doing chores
CAROLINE ALPHONSO
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/why-even-toddlers-should-be-doing-chores/article4413894/

Death, suicide rates among Inuit kids soar over rest of Canada
HELEN BRANSWELL
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/death-suicide-rates-among-inuit-kids-soar-over-rest-of-canada/article4426600/

Mortality rates for Inuit kids, teens five times higher than other Canadians
THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/health/family-child/Mortality+rates+Inuit+kids+teens+five+times+higher+than+other+Canadians/6952411/story.html#ixzz214dO4kfl

To…K-12 Schools: 

Surrey grad party-bus brawl sends five to hospital with stab wounds, head injuries
ELAINE O’CONNOR
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Surrey+grad+party+brawl+sends+five+hospital+with+stab+wounds+head+injuries/6958875/story.html#ixzz215ppPHl6

Tantallon French immersion students post ‘abominable’ Grade 2 reading results
FRANCES WILLICK
Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/118258-tantallon-french-immersion-students-post-abominable-g

School board reform: Revision time
EDITORIAL
Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorials/118242-school-board-reform-revision-time

Inaction on inactivity (the latest on Gay-Straight Alliances)
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Inaction+inactivity/6948772/story.html

How can we help the healing from residential schools?
Julie Cafley
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/help+healing+from+residential+schools/6959020/story.html#ixz

To…University Students: 

Online university for the masses!
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/online-university-for-the-masses/article4426073/

Glee’s Jane Lynch sounds warning on student debt
AP Video
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/arts-video/video-glees-jane-lynch-sounds-warning-on-stude

Exhaust your options before you take out student loans, experts warn
Alexandra Posadzki
The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/finance/exhaust-your-options-before-you-take-out-student-loans-experts-warn-163053806.html

Students dissatisfied with York’s response to sexual assaults
Kaleigh Rogers
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/1228529–students-dissatisfied-with-york-s-response-to-sexual-assaults

What’s happening on July 18th?

TOP READS

One-size education does not fit all
Lane Filler
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/one-size-education-does-not-fit-all-162833976.html

Bullying will not go away, expert says
The Canadian Press
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Bullying+will+away+expert+says/6936921/story.html#ixzz20yNWN42r

Boy Scouts of America decide to stay with ban on gays after 2-year review
DAVID CRARY
The Associated Press
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After+year+review+Scouts+decide+stay+with+gays/6948794/story.html#ixzz210Aqq2X

To…Youth

More and more ‘new’ Vancouver drivers getting busted for drunk driving: Police
JOHN COLEBOURN
The Province
http://www.theprovince.com/news/More+more+Vancouver+drivers+getting+busted+drunk+driving+Police/6947677/story.html#ixzz20yPR9aZahttp://www.theprovince.com

A powerful, global vote for children’s rights
Craig & Marc Kielburger
Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Craig+Marc+Kielburger+powerful+global+vote+children+rights/6939043/story.html#ixzz20yRPRzmb

Broken families behind the violence
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/broken-families-behind-the-violence/article4424254/

New study indicates too much TV adds to children’s waistlines and hurts prowess
NELSON WYATT
Canadian Press
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/health/family-child/study+indicates+much+adds+children+waistlines+hurts+prowess/6940330/story.html

Boy Scouts of America decide to stay with ban on gays after 2-year review
DAVID CRARY
The Associated Press
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After+year+review+Scouts+decide+stay+with+gays/6948794/story.html#ixzz210Aqq2Xi

Mortality rates for Inuit kids, teens five times higher than other Canadians
Canadian Press
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Mortality+rates+Inuit+children+five+times+higher+than+other+Canadians/6952411/story.html#ixzz2109EG4VR

Photos & Video: Career Samplers for Youth
Algonquin College is running their “Career Samplers for Youth”
program, which is intended to give young people from 12 to 17 to get a
taste of future careers. Steve Labelle provides instruction to the
Introduction to Woodworking participants.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Photos+Video+Career+Samplers+Youth/6932381/story.html#ixzz210AclIgB

Aboriginal students dive into community RCMP work
FRANK GALE
Western Star
http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2012-07-16/article-3031573/Aboriginal-students-dive-into-community-RCMP-work/1

To…Secondary Schools

One principal’s advice for surviving dreaded summer school
JAMES WATTS
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Editorial+Counter+petition+generates+doubt/6942642/story.html#ixzz20yNHUUqw

Bullying will not go away, expert says
The Canadian Press
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Bullying+will+away+expert+says/6936921/story.html#ixzz20yNWN42r

Imposing inflexible mandate harmful to Brandon schools
Kevan Sumner
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/imposing-inflexible-mandate-harmful-to-brandon-schools-162834196.html

One-size education does not fit all
Lane Filler
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/one-size-education-does-not-fit-all-162833976.html

Tweeting, texting not so prolific among school trustees
JANET FRENCH
The StarPhoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/technology/Tweeting+texting+prolific+among+school+trustees/6938692/story.html#ixzz20yWL8dyU

Lifting student assessment out of Industrial Revolution model
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Lifting+student+assessment+Industrial+Revolution+model/6944940/story.html

Merivale High School art students’ stamp designs pay tribute to Jack Layton
By KAREN CHEN
The Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/EDITOR+PICKS/825076/story.html#ixzz2109yeAK3

A real two-school solution
ROBERT BAKER
Kingston Whig-Standard
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/07/16/a-real-two-school-solution

South Shore school board slashed from 12 seats to 8
FRANCES WILLICK
Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/117895-south-shore-school-board-slashed-from-12-seats-to-8

To…University Students

Bill 78 in the Court of Appeals
RENÉ BRUEMMER
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Bill+Court+Appeals/6952995/story.html#ixzz210AAyt97

Davide Mastracci: How Quebec’s student protesters won
DAVIDE MASTRACII
National Post
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/07/17/davide-mastracci-how-quebecs-student-protesters-won/

Aide financière aux études: un programme «très complexe», selon le CCAFE
ÉMILIE BILODEAU
La Presse
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/education/201207/17/01-4556478-aide-financiere-aux-etudes-un-programme-tres-complexe-selon-le-ccafe.php

Transports en commun: fin des rabais aux étudiants de l’UdeM
GABRIELLE DUCHAINE
La Presse
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201207/16/01-4544198-transports-en-commun-fin-des-rabais-aux-etudiants-de-ludem.php

La CLASSE se tiendra loin des partis
SAMUEL AUGER
Le Soleil
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201207/15/01-4543764-la-classe-se-tiendra-loin-des-partis.php

These Waterloo student condos are ready for ‘crazy stuff’
JULIA JOHNSON
Financial Post
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/07/17/these-waterloo-student-condos-are-ready-for-crazy-stuff/

N.S. might have to ban glass in bars, judge says
BEVERLEY WARE
Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/118227-ns-might-have-to-ban-glass-in-bars-judge-says

Penn State reminder: duty of care
Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Penn+State+reminder+duty+care/6928037/story.html

What’s happening on July 17th?

To…Youth

Teen gets removed while asking immigration minister a question during Tory BBQ
ROB DRINKWATER
The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/teen-gets-removed-while-asking-immigration-minister-a-question-during-tory-bbq-162497366.html

Risk-taking is OK, but only if you know the odds
CRAIG SPENCE
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/Risk+taking+only+know+odds/6936960/story.html#ixzz20tLESDrQ

Summer Jobs Series: Thomas Mulcair’s journey from paper boy to leader of the opposition
GRAEME HAMILTON
National Post
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/15/summer-jobs-series-thomas-mulcair/

To…Secondary Schools

Cowichan school district, under appointed trustee, gets $300,000 top-up
Clare Clancy
Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Cowichan+school+district+under+appointed+trustee+gets/6943373/story.html#ixzz20tL2Qznj

Influential educator Alex Proudfoot remembered
ANNALISE KLINGBEIL
Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Influential+educator+Alex+Proudfoot+remembered/6938318/story.html

To…University Students

Changes to financial assistance program
Tonaya Marr
Leader-Post
http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Changes+financial+assistance+program/6944143/story.html#ixzz20tWGnakp

U of T signs on to startup offering online courses
JAMES BRADSHAW
The Globe and Ma
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/u-of-t-signs-on-to-startup-offering-online-courses/article4421732/

The Weekly Analysis, July 9-15: What Mattered Most

HIGHLIGHTS

University for sale? Carleton University is coming under fire for its controversial deal with donor Clayton H. Riddell. The university is charged with surrendering worrisome degrees of control over budget, hiring, and even the curriculum of its new graduate school of political management in exchange for a $15 million donation. Incidentally, this is the largest single donation the school has ever received from an individual donor. As cash-strapped academic institutions resort to alternative sources of funding, we perhaps should expect this type of conditional donor arrangements to become increasingly common. In reaction to the negative response this issue has garnered, a guide for philanthropic donations is currently in the works by Ontario universities.

Safe on campus? Students at York University voiced concerns about their university’s ability to protect their own. This followed in the rash of sexual assaults on campus last week. Was it a result of the university being in a dangerous neighbourhood? Poor communication by the university about how they were responding to the situation? Or simply an insufficient response by the school to a serious threat on campus?

The cost of controlling democracy: Montreal police forces paid out $7.3 million in overtime to police the student demonstrations this spring from February to the end of June. No word yet on the bill for the provincial police, or for the Sûreté de Quebec. Makes one wonder whether the tuition raise for students could have been covered by the cost of policing their strikes… pocket calculator, anyone?

The latest on Phoenix Sinclair? Media will be able to publish the names of the social workers involved in the horrific Phoenix Sinclair death, a 5 yr old Manitoba First Nations girl. The inquiry found that there would be no threat to the safety of social workers. As a result, there is no justification for withholding information from the public. Today, 18 of the 20 social workers involved are still working with children. The inquiry will still withhold names of the whistleblowers.

Eighteen and ready to party? An editorial written by an Easterner youth and published in the Newfoundland telegram is calling for lowering the drinking age in all provinces to match those of Alberta and Quebec.

What’s in a job? In a recent series, the National Post is publishing stories on the early employment history of some of Canada’s Prime Ministers. Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau and Kim Campbell all are reported to have worked menial labour summer jobs, clearly putting them closer in touch with the common, blue-collar class once catapulted into the upper echelons of Canadian politics. Admittedly, the series is an enjoyable and informative read if you’ve a soft spot for political history.

A united front? PEI merged its school boards into one single English education school board recently (but from what?). Most experts think it’s a great idea, one that other provinces could perhaps learn from. As by far the smallest province in Confederation, one can’t help but question whether a policy that works on a PEI scale will necessarily flourish when applied to a (much) larger jurisdiction. Although It’s hard to imagine a similar situation like the one in B.C. – where the Minister fired a school board for turning in an unbalanced budget – with only a single school board. But it raises questions, of course. Will it work? Will it really make things more efficient? Will the behind-the-scenes translate into classroom improvement? Most importantly, will PEI students benefit?

Sticks and stones? Ontario moves to new anti-bullying legislation in the fall, and experts agree it is an important step towards making schools safer for kids. Will it eliminate it altogether? Hardly. The really significant step in this legislation is that it allows teachers to actually target the bullies themselves. Following recent high-profile bullying cases, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and B.C. are also pursuing new tactics. Think: anti-bullying awareness weeks and new co-ordinators. B.C. went as far as to create a smartphone app that gives students the opportunity to report issues anonymously. How’s that for an innovative use of social media. Ultimately though, the new legislation still makes it clear that the responsibility to protect students is in the hands of the individual schools. Which means that responses to bullying could vary wildly from school to school.

If you build it, will they come? Following months of protests, student leaders in Quebec vow that they will be very active during the possible upcoming Quebec election. CLASSE and FEQ, the two most prominent (and militant) of Quebec’s student groups, have made it clear that they will mobilize the university students and get them to come to the polls in record numbers for the provincial election (rumoured to be taking place September 4). While not openly supporting any particular political party, they are taking a stance against the Liberals. In other words: there’s no right answer, but there sure is a wrong one. Traditionally, the Liberals have succeeded when turnout has been low. An election coming right off summer should play in their favour. Charest is counting on the 56% of Quebecers who support their response to the student strikes to re-elect him. So, will the students actually show up? No role-call on this one.

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS

This week saw the kick-off of the Quebec-Ontario solidarity movement. Quebec organizers of the student strikes are bringing their message across provincial boundaries and into Ontario university campuses. While they claim they aren’t there to promote violent action, their goal is to spark a general, Canadian-wide student strike. However, the Canadian Federation of Students who brought the organizers to Ontario don’t currently have a mandate for endorsing strikes. Instead they are gunning for solidarity.
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether these student demonstrations will catch on in other provinces (they hope to begin a tour of the rest of the country in September).  In 2010-2011, Ontario students paid $6,640: the highest fees in the country. If the strikes are just about fees, Ontario students have a lot more reason to march in the streets.
But a few things to keep in mind:

  • Although some universities (namely, Queen’s) have riot-proof buildings, built during the American student strikes in the 60s, Ontario doesn’t have a history of student strikes.  Unlike Quebec. (See: 1985, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2005, 2007 and 2012).
  • Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced major tuition rebates (30%) for students whose parents earn less than $160,000 combined. This works out to approximately $1,600/student. He has received some heat for this, with some claiming that this benchmark is unreasonably low.
  • The student protests in Quebec seem to have shifted the upcoming election from the separatist-federalist divide to the more “Canadian” left-right split. How big should government be? Who should pay for education? But this is the same issue that’s been at play for years in Ontario (and elsewhere in Canada). Does that mean this issue will have more traction in Ontario, or less?

Ultimately though, it is a post-Arab Spring, post-Occupy, post-student strike world…Why not Ontario?

This week, a nine-year old girl was pulled from a Quebec soccer tournament. Rough play? Unsportsmanlike conduct? Nope. She refused to take off her hijab, and as a result, was tossed out of the game. Ironically, this came just days after the International Football Association Board concluded that there is absolutely no medical proof that wearing an Islamic headscarf is detrimental to the health of players. Of course, the regional soccer association claims that it is because the girl was wearing a non-recognized piece of equipment. They’re waiting on an approved design, colour and material for the headscarves before they’ll let anyone wearing one back on the field. The IFAB isn’t expected to make this decision until October.

A similar story played out in Montreal earlier this year in May, where Sikh teenagers were told they weren’t able to participate in soccer if they continued to wear their turbans. The difference is that FIFA has decided that turbans are a no-go on international fields. Apparently wearing a turban gives an unfair advantage during a header. Players must either remove their turbans, or cover their hair with an approved hairnet.

With its growing number of immigrants, this issue has popped up repeatedly in Quebec in the past few years. An Ottawa team dropped out of a tournament in Quebec after a player refused to take off her hijab. A referee in Quebec was likewise suspended when she declined to remove her headscarf.

Across the country, soccer associations in Ontario and B.C. allow headscarves on the field. Perhaps, while waiting for a decision from the IFAB, Quebec could simply find out what type of hijab is approved in their fellow provinces?

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report this week warning about the high social cost of youth unemployment. In a market where workers vastly outnumber jobs, employers are favouring older, more experienced workers, even for entry level positions. The result? Youth are missing out on important formative employment years. In OECD-speak: youth are being increasingly disconnected from labour markets, permanently “scarring” their careers and future incomes. While more of a concern for certain European countries where youth unemployment rates are higher (e.g. Greece, Spain, with up to 50 per cent youth unemployment in some areas), Canada is not immune to this jeopardization of its young people. Unemployment among 15-24 year olds is 14.8 per cent, over double the national average. This is especially worrisome considering the relative economic circumstances faced by today’s generation, e.g. higher tuition fees, higher housing prices, lower relative incomes.

This week a historical case was decided in the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision? Schools won’t have to pay a cent when teachers photocopy excerpts of texts for their students. Traditionally, students were able to copy excerpts for research/private use under the law covering copyright. Yet when a teacher did the same thing they were required schools to pay the fee. Ironically, prior to the Court decision, a teacher could avoid the fees by marching their students down to the photocopying machine and have them each make their own copy.

The Supreme Court found that a teacher has no commercial motive in photocopying passages of a book for distribution amongst their students (one would hope so). Teachers would still have to pay to photocopy full textbooks. Furthermore, the Supreme Court found that there is absolutely no link between allowing photocopying by schools and a decline in book sales.

The savings to a province like Nova Scotia is estimated at somewhere around $30-40,000 a year. What’s more, the findings are retroactive – education departments across Canada will get a big fat cheque as a refund for all the fees they have paid. Since when? Not entirely clear. But the total is estimated at a whopping six million dollars.

These changes put our country’s copyright laws on par with other big Western democracies like the U.S., Germany and Japan.

The Supreme Court’s decision on copyright law will also affect the music downloading industry. Essentially, the Court said that the existing royalties on downloaded music will stand and there will not be additional charges on online music. Which makes sense, because buying music online really isn’t any different than buying it in a physical store.

The Court upheld the ruling on additional copyright fees for online providers of streamed music like Radio and CBC. Will this mean higher fees for users? Hard to say.

What’s happening on July 15th?

TOP READS

Anti-bullying legislation step in right direction, advocates say
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/07/14/toronto-ontario-bullying.html

Administering education for a new generation
The PEI Guardian
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2012-07-14/article-3030893/Administering-education-for-a-ne

To…Youth

Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods: Money to stem poverty, violent
crime about to dry up
Jayme Poisson and Amy Dempsey
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1226653–toronto-s-priority-neighbourhoods-money-to-stem-poverty-violent-crime-about-to-dry-up

Baby Love
Stephen Brun
The Journal Pioneer
http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2012-07-13/article-3031040/Baby-love/1

Barbecue helps raise money for Y’s Kids program
The Journal Pioneer
http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2012-07-13/article-3030853/Barbecue-helps-raise-money-for-Ys-Kids-program/1

Teen pilot en route to Sudbury in solo bid to cross country
Melinda Maldonado
Canadian Press
The Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/117026-teen-pilot-en-route-to-sudbury-in-solo-bid-to-cross-country

Learning to handle ‘ginch’ in the hotel laundry (Summer Jobs Series)
Sandi Bezanson-Chan
The Toronto Star
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/14/summer-jobs-series-learning-to-handle-ginch-in-the-hotel-laundry/

To…Secondary Schools

Administering education for a new generation
The PEI Guardian
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2012-07-14/article-3030893/Administering-education-for-a-new-generation/1

Anti-bullying legislation step in right direction, advocates say
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/07/14/toronto-ontario-bullying.html

To…University Students

La CLASSE élabore sa stratégie automnale
Philippe Teisceira-Lessard
La Presse
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201207/14/01-4543694-la-classe-elabore-sa-strategie-automnale.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_les-plus-populaires-actualites_section_ECRAN1POS5

Sherbrooke will be ground zero in Charest’s battle to remain Quebec premier
Chantal Hébert
The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1226136–hebert-sherbrooke-will-be-ground-zero-in-charest-s-battle-to-remain-quebec-premier

Quebec student protest leaders coming to Hamilton
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2012/07/13/hamilton-quebec-student-tour.html

CLASSE to tour against Charest government
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/07/14/classe-election-strategy.html