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Support for bilingualism for children waning

In the News   |   May 21, 2019

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Young parents who speak English are waning in their determination to make sure their children speak a second language, despite robust support for Canada’s 50-year-old policy of official bilingualism. A poll conducted by Environics Institute... read more

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Civilization depends on rational thinking

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2019

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In this, our final column for this school year, we review the year’s key findings and recommendations for improving rational discourse in the classroom and beyond. Our democracy—civilization itself—is predicated on rational, critical, thinking and... read more

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New proposal from Doug Ford government would force senior professors to work for no salary

In the News   |   May 14, 2019

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Ontario faculty associations say they’re consulting with lawyers after being stonewalled in their attempts to meet with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities about proposed legislation they say threatens to force elderly university and... read more

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Booster shot: New Ontario research centre aims to increase immunization by fighting anti-vaccine misinformation

In the News   |   May 9, 2019

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Ontario public health experts are launching a new research centre focused on boosting immunization rates and countering unfounded fears stoked by the anti-vaccine movement. The Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, launched by the University of... read more

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Mental health-boosting video game Sparx aims to help Indigenous youth

Articles of Interest   |   April 24, 2019

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On an April morning in Iqaluit, Ayesha Eyegetok sits down to test-drive a new video game. The scenery of snow and rock resembles the Nunavut landscape. A stone centrepiece fountain is decorated with arctic animals,... read more

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Does class size matter? Many teachers are adamant it is crucial

Articles of Interest   |   April 23, 2019

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In one of her high-school math classes of 18 students this semester, teacher Karen Ebanks has time to glance over shoulders, guide stragglers back onto the path of understanding fractions, lead them to comprehending equations... read more

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When emotions play a part

Research & Findings   |   April 12, 2019

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In our continuing series on the perilous state of reasoned argument, truth and all things rational, we tend to focus on dry facts and logic, ignoring the role emotions play in everyday discourse. In formal... read more

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In their own words: Ontario students voice opposition to Ford’s proposed education changes

In the News   |   April 5, 2019

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Thousands of Ontario students left classes at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday and walked out of their schools. They were protesting changes to education announced by the government that would see average class sizes increase by... read more

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Ontario’s plan to increase high-school class sizes threatens elective courses, school boards say

In the News   |   April 4, 2019

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Several school boards are warning that the Ontario government’s plans to increase high-school class sizes will result in cuts to elective courses, including classes in art and technology and those in the skilled trades. Education... read more

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Program for future teachers in Ontario aims to boost math skills with lessons in coding

Articles of Interest   |   April 2, 2019

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In a classroom at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, future teachers learn about patterns, angles, measurements and estimating – all by programming an animated cat to move along a computer screen. It was... read more

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Canadian AI leaders win Turing Award for computer science

In the News   |   March 27, 2019

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Two of Canada’s pioneers in artificial intelligence have claimed the world’s top prize in computer science. Geoffrey Hinton of the University of Toronto and Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal, whose decades of work... read more

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Cartoons   |   March 26, 2019

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The Ontario government says its plans to increase maximum high school class size to 28 will make students more resilient.

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University of Toronto announces largest donation in school’s history for construction of new centre, institute

Articles of Interest   |   March 26, 2019

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Billionaire investor Gerald Schwartz and Indigo chief executive Heather Reisman announced Monday that they will donate $100-million to the University of Toronto for the construction of a new centre for innovation and entrepreneurship as well... read more

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Cartoons   |   March 19, 2019

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Around 50 Americans, some quite famous, have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to illicitly gain admission for privileged children to top colleges and universities.

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How to deal with propaganda

Research & Findings   |   March 12, 2019

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It’s election year in Canada and a feverish pre-election year for our neighbour to the south. As political ads, videos and social media posts explode across our collective vistas, we address the thorny question: What... read more

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