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Ryerson going ahead with law school after Ontario government rejects funding

In the News   |   December 18, 2018

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Ryerson University plans to open a new law school by 2020 despite having a key funding request rejected by the Ontario government last month. The Progressive Conservative government informed Ryerson in November that prospective law... read more

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Ontario colleges adopt single free-speech policy as universities rush to meet deadline

Articles of Interest   |   December 17, 2018

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Ontario’s colleges have adopted a single free-speech policy that will apply at all of the province’s 24 college campuses, a move that has already raised opposition from the faculty union. The province’s universities, meanwhile, are... read more

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Rules for rational discourse

Research & Findings   |   December 14, 2018

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This month we tackle the current epidemic of “whataboutism.” Political debate, social media and everyday conversations are rife with comments and claims that are often frustrating because they seem wrong, but we can’t explain why... read more

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Canadians reading fewer domestic books, report shows

In the News   |   December 13, 2018

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English Canadians are buying and reading fewer Canadian books, according to a new report. It warns the domestic publishing industry is losing out to the marketing muscle of foreign firms and being left behind by... read more

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Bonding over bots: Hackergal teaches Canadian girls about coding

In the News   |   December 11, 2018

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Maryam Savory traces a finger across her tablet, sending a glowing, robotic ball scrambling between metal chair legs and across the classroom floor. Around her, about 20 other girls do the same, controlling the spheres’... read more

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Hungary’s move against Central European University is ‘blow to academic freedom’, Ignatieff says

In the News   |   December 4, 2018

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The Central European University is being pushed out of Hungary, a sign of a growing threat to democracy in that country, university president Michael Ignatieff said Monday. CEU’s legal status has been in limbo for... read more

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One in four Ontario postsecondary students lack basic literacy, numeracy skills, studies say

Articles of Interest   |   November 28, 2018

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About a quarter of graduating students in Ontario’s postsecondary programs lack adequate literacy and numeracy skills, according to new research from the government agency that monitors the system. The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario... read more

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Ford government rejects Ryerson’s plan for new law school

In the News   |   November 21, 2018

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The Ontario government has rejected Ryerson University’s bid to fund a new law school, the latest blow to Ontario universities following the cancellation of three proposed satellite campuses and a francophone university. The Globe and... read more

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The case for school newspapers

Research & Findings   |   November 14, 2018

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In keeping with Research and Findings’ 2018 theme, we look at one practical approach to teaching students to be critical and rational thinkers: turning students themselves into journalists. Establishing a classroom/school newspaper/letter can provide opportunities... read more

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Toronto school board survey shows teenagers feeling increasingly lonely, nervous

In the News   |   November 14, 2018

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Teenagers are feeling increasingly nervous, lonely and worried about the future, according to survey data released on Tuesday by the country’s largest school board. Students’ emotional well-being has deteriorated since the last student and parent... read more

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Dalhousie Indigenous student showing Canada the way to reconciliation

In the News   |   October 29, 2018

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There was nowhere left to smudge. This was a few years back, after Dalhousie University tore down its Indigenous Students’ Centre during campus renovations; a temporary location had no place for the ceremonial burning of... read more

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Ontario makes basic math test a requirement for teaching licence

In the News   |   October 26, 2018

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Ontario will be the first province in the country to require student teachers to pass a basic math test before getting their teaching licence, according to legislative changes introduced by the Progressive Conservative government. Education... read more

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How to use your mental hardware

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2018

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This month we review promising practices in the teaching of rationality and one of its primary components, critical thinking. Physical science can explain a great deal about our brains and the role played by genetics... read more

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Lakehead University program helps elementary school children break barriers

Articles of Interest   |   October 2, 2018

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Eliza Paul was building paper race cars in the engineering department at Lakehead University when she was nine years old. She also learned how to monitor someone’s heart rate, studied Indigenous history and earned financial... read more

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Limited screen time, adequate physical activity and sleep associated with improved cognition for kids: study

In the News   |   September 27, 2018

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Hilary Thomson sets strict limits on her children’s screen time: 15 to 20 minutes a day for her son, who is 11, and during the week, none at all for her 5-year-old twin girls and... read more

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