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Ontario French school boards face potential constitutional challenge over admitting too many English students

Articles of Interest   |   July 15, 2019

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Franco-Ontarian parents have long complained that the province’s French-language schools admit too many pupils who aren’t French speakers, putting in jeopardy their children’s linguistic development. Now, Ontario’s French school boards are facing the prospect of... read more

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York University professor asks Peel school board to reconsider teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird

In the News   |   July 11, 2019

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A prominent anti-black racism researcher is pushing an Ontario school board to reconsider teaching To Kill a Mockingbird – reigniting a debate about the educational value of literature mainstays and introducing voices that reflect a diverse student... read more

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Legault backs Education Minister’s comment, says Malala Yousafzai ‘couldn’t teach’ in Quebec with head scarf

In the News   |   July 9, 2019

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Quebec Premier François Legault says Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and renowned advocate for girls’ education, would not be allowed to teach in his province unless she removed her head scarf, saying his... read more

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As Indigenous land acknowledgments become the norm, critics question whether the gesture has lost its meaning

In the News   |   June 27, 2019

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“Take a moment to connect with the land,” the posters said. “No matter what part of Mother Earth our family originates from, we all have a relationship to the land. Let’s build a healthy relationship... read more

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B.C. students who took music classes scored higher than peers in math, science and English: study

In the News   |   June 26, 2019

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Secondary school students who take music classes in school perform better in math, science and English than their nonmusical peers, according to a new large-scale study in British Columbia. And the more involved students are... read more

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Screen test: How kids use digital devices is more important than amount of time spent, new guidelines say

In the News   |   June 6, 2019

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Parents should be more concerned with how their school-aged children and adolescents use digital devices than with the total time they spend entranced by screens, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society. The pediatricians’ group is... read more

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Student federations launch court challenge to block Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative

In the News   |   May 29, 2019

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Students have launched a court challenge to block the Ontario government from making some student fees optional at universities and colleges. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the York Federation of Students jointly filed... read more

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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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