Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson CEO Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham President and CEO NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our…

Treating everyone the same is bad for learning

The solution is not to opt for the lowest common denominator but instead to expand the levels of genuine school choice for students and parents

Treating everyone the same is bad for learningThe best teachers, the best schools, and the best education systems have caught on to something that parents already know: treating everyone the same works against growth and development. A small grassroots coalition called One Public Education Now (OPEN) is calling for the elimination of the separate Catholic school system in Ontario, claiming that doing…

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed now

Canada needs laws to protect vulnerable transgender youth, who experience bullying at much higher rates than their peers

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed nowBy Kimberley Ens Manning and Elizabeth J. Meyer EvidenceNetwork.ca Conservative Sen. Donald Plett recently said, “I don't think there's any law in the world that will prevent children from bullying.” With all due respect, the Manitoba senator is wrong. He made the comment last week during discussion in the Senate about Bill C-16, which is designed to…

Navigating the big, bad world after graduation

Given the high degree of uncertainty about the next few years, here are a few tips to help you retain at least a semblance of sanity as you look to your future

Navigating the big, bad world after graduation“And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here,” author Neil Gaiman wrote. I’ve been enjoying all the pictures of grad celebrations popping up on social media lately. It’s graduation time – spirits are high and the winds of…

Federal support won’t help independent schools or education

Greater federal involvement could fundamentally reshape our decentralized approach to education policy, lead to policy homogeneity and hurt student performance

Federal support won’t help independent schools or educationBy Ben Eisen and Angela MacLeod The Fraser Institute Now that Andrew Scheer is leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, there’s heightened interest in his policy ideas, including his plan to provide tax deductions of up to $4,000 per student for families with children in independent schools. Although Scheer is correct to spotlight the burden that…

Solidarity against Turkey’s anti-democratic thug

We all need to speak out. At a time when mob justice is damaging intellectual enterprise, Canadian universities should be a model of inquiry and discourse

The protesters got their message out and all it cost them were a few bloody noses. The protest took place outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., on May 17. The message that got out was one we knew already: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an anti-democratic thug. Videos of the incident show Erdogan’s…

Canadian students get top marks in financial literacy

It's important to start talking with your kids about money early and to do it often. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada can help

Canadian students get top marks in financial literacyWhen it comes to financial literacy, Canadian youth are among the best in the world. That encouraging finding is the result of the first-ever Canadian participation in a global assessment of youth financial literacy. Canada came second among 15 countries – tied with Belgium – in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on financial literacy, recently…

Great Plains College celebrates 2017 graduation

Kindersley campus students completed programs including adult basic education, administrative assistant, early childhood education, continuing care assistant, fourth class power engineering and primary care paramedic.

Great Plains College celebrates 2017 graduationKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley campus of Great Plains College held its graduation exercises for the 2016-17 school year, and a total of 54 people are moving on to the next chapter in their lives. Teachers, staff, students and various guests attended the college’s 2017 graduation ceremony and scholarship presentation program held on…

Shaping our future through public education

Society must invest its time, energy and resources in children so they can lead us into a bright and exciting future

Shaping our future through public educationThe 21st century is a fascinating time to be a teacher. It’s also a time of great challenge as we work to help every student realize his or her potential. Shifts in technology have made the memorization of facts less relevant and the ability to access information a necessity. Students have the greatest libraries in the…

The pitfalls of policing what people say and think

To argue that writers may not write from the perspective of another culture limits the broader culture’s imagination and understanding

The pitfalls of policing what people say and thinkIt was a poorly lobbed joke that went off in Hal Niedzviecki’s hand. Last week, Niedzviecki wrote in a column for Write magazine that he was “exhausted” by the immutable whiteness of white Canadian authors. As a cure to this affliction, he proposed a contest to encourage writers to explore “the lives of people who…