Young people have as much to teach as they do to learn

Three ways to get youth involved in community building – for a better Canada

Young people have as much to teach as they do to learnBy Sen. Art Eggleton and Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain In recent years, Canada has seen a spike in youth engagement in the volunteer sector. That’s very good news. This has largely come about because of high school programs that require a minimum number of volunteer hours to graduate. The idea is that youth have plenty to…

MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situations

The MedicAlert Autism Program allows emergency responders to make better decisions to help people in times of need

MedicAlert a voice for autistics in crisis situationsThe silver identification bracelet that indicates an existing condition to first responders has been a valuable tool for decades. In 1953, a teenage girl named Linda Collins cut her finger badly. At the hospital, she received a tetanus shot, had a severe allergic reaction and almost died. After that incident, her parents began attaching a…

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake news

How government can navigate a changing landscape to create the conditions for vigorous, ethical journalism and open, informed debate

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake newsBy Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and Sen. Art Eggleton “Journalists are like firefighters: you may not need them every day, but you want to know they’re there to protect you.” Veteran journalist Edward Greenspon used this analogy at a recent Senate open caucus meeting held to discuss threats to traditional journalism in Canada. Media panelists and senators…

Reclaim brownfield sites by putting science funding to practical use

The payoffs from investing more in applied research collaboration among different kinds of institutions are practical and long-lasting

Reclaim brownfield sites by putting science funding to practical useThere are tens of thousands of brownfield sites scattered across Canada – many of them in urban locations. Enter collaborations with applied research. And a Canadian-made solution. Outstanding discovery research occurs at universities across the country. However, far too often this research fails to arrive at the commercial marketplace. Consecutive federal governments have attempted to tackle…

Building a passion for STEM studies among women and girls

Only 20 per cent of Canada’s post-secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics students are female. That must change. Here's how to start

Building a passion for STEM studies among women and girlsBy Sen. Art Eggleton and Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain We recently celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science – and there’s much to celebrate. But there’s much work to be done, as well. It’s a day to celebrate just how far we’ve come since Elsie MacGill, aircraft designer and Canada’s first female engineer, was…

The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degree

The graduate employment rate for bachelor’s degree holders from Polytechnics Canada members was 91 per cent in 2015-16

The job-market payoff of a hands-on bachelor’s degreeThere are bachelor’s degrees and there are applied bachelor’s degrees. The difference – when it comes to finding fulfilling employment – can be dramatic. In late November, Statistics Canada released its comprehensive reports on education, covering a wide range of topics, including overall education attainment and the skills mismatches and earnings potential of bachelor’s degree…