We can’t put a price on free speech

Universities should defend unpopular speech, not politicians who use funding as leverage

We can’t put a price on free speechLike a soundtrack on endless repeat, universities have come around again to the one about free speech. It’s an old song. The chorus goes something like, “Universities must support freedom of expression.” It’s not the catchiest tune but like the national anthem, it’s a song to sing with heart. One person who sings loudly and…

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eat

We put premium gas in our luxury cars so why not put the best, highest quality baby food into the most important members of your family?

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eatJennifer Carlson is co-founder of Baby Gourmet and academic chair (Innovation and New Ventures) at SAIT's School of Business. Calgary’s Business: How did the idea of establishing Baby Gourmet come about? Carlson: The idea for Baby Gourmet came about 13 years ago when my then six-month-old daughter was starting solids and I was not happy…

Universities must prepare for legalization of pot

Students need real information that avoids both scare tactics and blanket reassurances based on unrepresentative anecdotes

Universities must prepare for legalization of potBy Alexandra Burnett, and Rodney A. Clifton Frontier Centre for Public Policy Marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17. Some students can hardly wait but are their universities ready? In curricular terms, the institutional response has been impressive. Many Canadian universities have already begun new courses to prepare their students to thrive in…

Post-secondary tuition fees on the rise across Canada

But in Alberta, fees for undergraduate programs rose by just 0.1%; graduate program tuition was unchanged in the province

Post-secondary tuition fees on the rise across CanadaIt’s becoming more expensive to get a post-secondary education in Canada. Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday that tuition fees increased for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year. It said tuition for undergraduate programs for Canadian full-time students was, on average, $6,838 in 2018-2019, up 3.3 per cent from the previous academic year.…

Has feminism rejected fairness, truth and justice?

The feminist war against men isn't only against bad men. It’s a war is against all men

Has feminism rejected fairness, truth and justice?It’s become a regular experience in Canada and the United States for a man to be accused of sexual misconduct and for an almost immediate pile-on of haters adding every accusation the mind can imagine. Contemporary feminists have done a brilliant job in their war against men. Unsubstantiated accusations are treated as proven guilt. Due…

Don’t blame academic malaise on the male ‘genius’ cult

Those teaching the humanities have abandoned attempts at outlining the grand narratives, the threads that link important events and people in art and history

Don’t blame academic malaise on the male ‘genius’ cultNobody does unintentional humour quite like an academic. Nobody can produce accidental laughter like a tenured professor explaining her deep thoughts to the masses. We have an excellent example of this sort of comedic gem in a recent article entitled “Jordan Peterson and the debilitating cult of genius” by Jennifer Garrison of St Mary’s University…

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starter

Smartphones have undermined everyday social interactions by eroding our ability and desire to talk to one another

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starterFrench legislators recently passed a law banning children between three and 15 from using smartphones in class. The government of President Emmanuel Macron said the move will help combat an epidemic of screen addiction among France’s children. At first glance, it looks as if the legislation will help to curb screen addiction. Even if it…

Local golfer heads south on college scholarship

Brody Istace, 17, is part of a new collegiate program at Columbia International University in South Carolina

Local golfer heads south on college scholarship    Kenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley golfer Brody Istace has landed an exciting scholarship opportunity to be a part of a new collegiate program at a university in South Carolina. Istace, 17, has grown up around the golf course and his hard work has paid off with a golf scholarship to Columbia International…

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s success

Communication, trust, care, collective responsibility and pride are the cornerstones of success in sports – and in life

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s successMike Krzyzewski said, “When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.” Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, has been the men’s head basketball coach at Duke University in North Carolina since 1980. He has more…

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduates

1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduatesThe University of Calgary is among the participating organizations and small businesses across Canada that will be offering paid internships to under-employed post-secondary graduates over the course of the next two years. The federal government announced Friday that 1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program.…

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversity

Canada's universities once proudly proclaimed links to faith. But their mottos and intentions have been dangerously watered down

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversityWhen I was a younger man, back when Lester Pearson was prime minister and Pluto was still a planet, I attended the University of Saskatchewan. It had a very simple coat of arms: three wheat sheaves and an open book whose pages displayed the motto “Deo et Patriae” – “For God and Country.” Years later,…

Flanagan inks one-year deal

Kindersley defenceman returns to the ECHL's Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Flanagan inks one-year deal  Clarion staff The Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League have announced the signing of Kindersley native Sean Flanagan to a one-year deal. Flanagan re-signs after playing his rookie season with the Swamp Rabbits. He was one of only three players to play the entire 70-game schedule.

Canadian universities, colleges spent $27.5 billion in 2016-2017

Provincial funding has decreased while revenue from tuition has gone up significantly in the last six years: StatsCan

Canadian universities, colleges spent $27.5 billion in 2016-2017Canada's 148 public universities and degree-granting institutions spent $27.5 billion in 2016-2017, up 1.5 per cent from $27.1 billion in 2015-2016, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Tuesday that revenues increased 10.7 per cent, rising from $27.2 billion in 2015-2016 to $30.1 billion in 2016-2017. “Post-secondary education plays a key role in…

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?

The Supreme Court's TWU decision shows once again that when it comes to Canadian courts, sexual rights trump religious ones

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?Two thousand years ago, two small religious groups fought against the prevailing sexual morality of the Roman Empire. Unlike their neighbours, who were permitted to abuse their wives, have sex with their slaves, keep concubines, patronize brothels, attend orgies and leave their unwanted babies out in the open to die, Jews and Christians behaved differently.…

Carving out space for free and risky creative thought

Principled principals like the late Bob McNutt ensure that students get the education they need and deserve

Carving out space for free and risky creative thoughtDespite his hectic schedule – and the razzing we gave him nearly every week – he always returned my calls. He was Bob McNutt, principal of Erindale College, now the University of Toronto Mississauga, and I was a student journalist with the campus newspaper. McNutt’s earnestness in returning our calls, even on weekends, and providing…
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