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Ontario Tories rolling back Liberal-era student-aid reform

In the News   |   January 18, 2019

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Ontario is reversing unexpectedly costly student financing initiatives, cutting tuition and allowing students to opt out of campus fees as part of a package of changes to postsecondary education funding that drew criticism from students... read more

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Ontario government expected to cut tuition fees for Canadian students by 10 per cent

Articles of Interest   |   January 16, 2019

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Tuition fees at Ontario universities and colleges will be slashed by 10 per cent under a new framework expected to be released by the Ford government later this week, but the fate of student assistance... read more

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How to avoid confirmation bias

Research & Findings   |   January 14, 2019

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This month, in our continuing series on teaching clarity in thinking and reasoning, we tackle the common problem of “confirmation bias.” This is the tendency to overvalue evidence that supports a belief we already hold,... read more

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Advocates for students with disabilities call on Ontario to stop school exclusions

In the News   |   January 7, 2019

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Autism advocates in Ontario are calling on the province to remove a principal’s power to exclude students from school for an indefinite period, saying it is being misused as a disciplinary measure that disproportionately targets... read more

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At 21, this aerospace engineering student, former refugee has created her first invention

In the News   |   January 4, 2019

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This is part of Stepping Up, a series introducing Canadians to their country’s new sources of inspiration and leadership. The distance from Aleppo to the lab at Montreal’s Trudeau airport where a young engineer-in-training is... read more

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‘It was my time’: Toronto woman graduates with bachelor’s degree at 79

Articles of Interest   |   January 3, 2019

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Osra Lindo immigrated to Canada from Jamaica and raised four children while finding work in banks around Toronto. When she enrolled at York University, the commute from her Scarborough home included both the bus and... read more

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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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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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