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The royals will only allow public scrutiny when it serves the family's interests

The royals will only allow public scrutiny when it serves the family's interests | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Tanya Gold: Although the Guardian has won the right to see Prince Charles's letters, we may still never know what is in them
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Reconciliation begins by closing the graduation gap

Reconciliation begins by closing the graduation gap | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Getting more First Nations students through the postsecondary level should be a policy priority for governments

 

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"Canada must eliminate Aboriginal graduation gap, writes federation president

Canada can make a profound contribution to the ongoing process of reconciliation by closing the graduation gap that currently separates Aboriginal students from the rest of Canadians, writes Stephen Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toope argues that improving postsecondary graduation rates for Aboriginal students has the power to increase average income for this group from $36 K per year to $55 K per year. Yet despite growing numbers of Aboriginal university graduates, only 8% of Aboriginal adults aged 25 to 64 have a university degree compared to 23% for the rest of the Canadian population. According to these numbers, Toope suggests, Canada can theoretically eliminate the employment gapbetween Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians solely by eliminating the university graduation gap."

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A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

A healthy environment nurtures healthy people | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Earth is our only home. But it's more than that. We're a part of the natural systems that make up our planet and its atmosphere, and what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.
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I quit my development job and ate some humble pie: this is what I learned

I quit my development job and ate some humble pie: this is what I learned | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After years in the development sector, Deborah Doane decided to quit her job and find out what life was really like to live in the global south
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White militiamen roam Ferguson with rifles while black men wrongly arrested

White militiamen roam Ferguson with rifles while black men wrongly arrested | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Oath Keepers group say police allowed their weapons at protests, while group of young black men found to be unarmed after arrest on suspicion of carrying guns
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Bradford stabbing prompts UK Asians to warn of racism towards black people

Bradford stabbing prompts UK Asians to warn of racism towards black people | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The stabbing of a black teacher by a boy of Pakistani origin has led to a debate within the Asian community about their own racial prejudices
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Can You Lose Weight with Exercise Alone?

Can You Lose Weight with Exercise Alone? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By Dina Fine Maron | August 11, 2015

 

"Despite the implications of a new non-profit funded by Coke, reams of evidence point to an unequivocal answer"

 

"Don’t stress too much about cutting calories if you want to shed pounds—focus on getting more exercise. That’s the controversial message beverage giant Coca-Cola is backing in its new campaign to curb obesity."

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American Psychological Association takes stand against torture | Toronto Star

American Psychological Association takes stand against torture  | Toronto Star | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After revelations of “troubling instances of collusion,” Toronto resolution prohibits members’ participation in military or national security interrogations,
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5 Ego Traits Which Destroy Team-Working

5 Ego Traits Which Destroy Team-Working | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
To create great team-working, you need to leave your ego at home each day. People talk about the ego and mean many different things

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Student Loan Debt Is Leaving Women Broke and Vulnerable | VICE | United States

Student Loan Debt Is Leaving Women Broke and Vulnerable | VICE | United States | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
More women are going to college than ever before—but once they graduate, they have more debt and less pay than their male peers. And it's creating a systemic wealth gap that lasts a lifetime.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Women suffer the consequences of student debt more than men

According to a new article in Vice, women across the US are facing larger amounts of student debt than their male colleagues, and they make less money in their careers. Combined, these two factors are “making women poorer, more dependent, and setting them up for a more tenuous retirement … creating a systematic gender wealth gap.” Women are more likely to take out student loans than men, and 68% of women leave school with student loan debt compared to 63% of men. This debt can impact later choices: the more debt a woman has the more she is to stay single, nearly half of in-debt college grads delayed buying a house, and nearly a quarter postponed having children."

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How arts education can help create better doctors

How arts education can help create better doctors | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In an efficiency-driven environment, some believe that education in arts and humanities can help reduce misdiagnoses

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"Literary and visual arts education can make doctors more effective, study says

Courses in the literary and visual arts can help doctors more effectively observe and diagnose ailments in their patients. This according to a new study by Caroline Wellbery and Rebecca McAteer published in the journal Academic Medicine. Courses in arts teach observational skills which can transfer directly to the practice of medicine. “In learning to study the play of light and shadow in a painting, for example, medical students can gain awareness of different ways of seeing,” wrote Wellbery. At most medical schools in the US and Canada, courses in the arts are optional; Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto offer students the opportunity to participate in extracurriculars with the goal of “developing empathy and creativity.”

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That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Stop thinking of Silicon Valley as an engineer's paradise. There's far more work for liberal arts majors -- who know how to sell and humanize.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Liberal arts degree is a “hot ticket” in tech, saysForbes

That liberal arts degree is not as “useless” as some critics argue. So saysForbes contributor George Anders in a detailed article demonstrating the numerous ways in which a liberal arts education is the new “hot ticket” in the tech world. Anders gives the example of Stewart Butterfield, CEO of the team-based messaging software company Slack, who holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Victoria. Throughout the major tech hubs, says Anders, “software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”"

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It’s time to reinvent the MBA

It’s time to reinvent the MBA | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Global leaders call for creative reinvention through innovation and integration

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday August 4, 2015

"The MBA needs an overhaul, say prominent Canadian executives

The MBA is hardly dead, but it needs an overhaul. So says Ron Duerksen, Chief Strategy Officer at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, along with several prominent coauthors, including top executives at Bombardier, Telus, and the CBC. Writing in the Globe and Mail, the authors note that demand for MBAs is growing: 84% of companies plan to add MBAs to their workforce in 2015, up from 62% five years ago. In order to continue to be relevant, they say, the MBA must move beyond pedagogical approaches developed in the early 20th century and towards a practice-based approach focused on real-world skills."
 

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Rouge park deserves the same protection as other Canadian parks

Rouge park deserves the same protection as other Canadian parks | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In fall 2011, politicians, farmers, environmentalists and local advocates met in Toronto to get the ball rolling for Canada's first urban national park, in the Rouge watershed on the city's...
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BlackburnNews.com - Strasser Era Ends At St.Clair College

BlackburnNews.com - Strasser Era Ends At St.Clair College | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After 15 years at the helm of St.Clair College, Dr. John Strasser is spending his last day on the job meeting with college officials in both Windsor and Chatham.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Retiring St Clair president speaks out on government funding

John Strasser is retiring as President of St Clair College after 15 years in that role. Both the Windsor and Chatham campuses have grown substantially during his tenure, with major construction projects and increases in enrolment. In a final interview with BlackburnNews.com, Strasser spoke out, expressing his frustration that the federal and provincial governments do not fund colleges and universities equally. “Many of the policy makers and decision makers are university trained, and I understand that. But St Clair College produces a higher quality graduate than many, many universities in this country,” said Strasser. “To sit there and make smug decisions that if universities did it then it must be better. It’s incorrect. It’s just taking a status that’s probably 50 years past its prime and recycling it.”"

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I understand why an intern would live in a tent | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

I understand why an intern would live in a tent | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The case of David Hyde, who resigned from a UN internship in Geneva points to some uncomfortable truths about work and how we generalise our own experience
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How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem

How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
When heroin users were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments. Now, as new users are overwhelmingly white, states are turning toward treatment.
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Aboriginal classes mandatory for Education students | The Journal

Aboriginal classes mandatory for Education students | The Journal | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Starting next summer, all B. Ed candidates will take a 12-week course on Aboriginal education.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Monday, August 10, 2015

"Queen’s introducing mandatory Aboriginal education course for education students

All Bachelor of Education students at Queen’s University will soon take a mandatory course on Aboriginal education, history, and culture. Starting in 2016, education students will be required to complete the course. Educators say the course will help future teachers support Indigenous students while creating a welcoming, inclusive learning environment. “If we have teachers in elementary and secondary schools who don’t have enough awareness of Indigenous issues, Indigenous intellectual tradition, and culture, then they’re not going to be able to appropriately enact [Aboriginal education] strategies,” said Lindsay Morcom, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at Queen’s. Lakehead University and the University of Winnipeg arealso working on plans to make courses on Indigenous issues mandatory for students."

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Anti-racism group links teacher's stabbing to language over migrants

Anti-racism group links teacher's stabbing to language over migrants | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Show Racism the Red Card charity says children absorb incendiary rehetoric used in public discourse, which in turn taints their world view
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Frances Kelsey, doctor who kept thalidomide out of US, dies aged 101

Frances Kelsey, doctor who kept thalidomide out of US, dies aged 101 | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Canadian doctor refused to bow to pressure from makers of drug when she worked for the US Food and Drug Administration in the early 1960s
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Study: More university graduates choosing college to gain hands-on experience

Study: More university graduates choosing college to gain hands-on experience | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

"They had the knowledge, and needed the skills and practical experience.

That’s the key finding of a report entitled, “College After University – A Growing Marketing Segment“, a study that examines why some university students chose to attend college after graduation. Statistics provided by Colleges Ontario, which look at Ontario’s public sector college system, indicate 12 per cent of college entrants in 2012-13 had university credentials, and that the number has been growing. So, a group of Algonquin College students decided to look into what was behind this trend."

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday, August 7, 2015

"University grads increasingly attending colleges to get practical experience

A new study out of Algonquin College is showing that the reason more university graduates are attending colleges is because they are seeking skills and practical experience. The number of university graduates attending Ontario colleges has increased 40% in recent years; according to Colleges Ontario, 12% of college entrants in 2012–13 had university credentials. While 44% of college students are concerned about their job prospects, this figure jumps to 63% for university grads attending college. 32% of university grads expressed an interest in business fields, looking to connect their discipline-specific knowledge with workplace opportunities. The results are based on a survey of 1,200 current or prospective Algonquin students."

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In the 'era of the $400 college textbook,' affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach | InsideHigherEd

In the 'era of the $400 college textbook,' affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach | InsideHigherEd | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Students, publishers respond to dramatic increases in the cost of textbooks

According to an analysis conducted by NBC using data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of textbooks has risen 1,041% since 1977. The reason for this, they say, is because students are “captive consumers”; the customer does not decide which product to buy, rather it is chosen for them by the professor, similar to how a doctor prescribes a given pharmaceutical. In a separate story on the same issue, Inside Higher Ed reports that 65% of students simply chose not to buy the textbook, even though they feared it would impact their academic performance. In response, Open Educational Resources (OER) providers are seeking to provide lower cost options, although there are more offerings for introductory courses than upper-level courses."

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Trent University :: News and Events

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Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Trent and uSudbury partner on new urban Aboriginal courses

Trent University and the University of Sudbury have partnered to develop two new online courses that focus on Aboriginal peoples and urban issues. The courses are reportedly the first of their kind in Canada and will also be accessible online both to students from other PSE institutions and to those that may not have traditional access to PSE. The course content is drawn from two major studies on the urban Aboriginal experience: the Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP), the largest study ever done on Aboriginal people in the city of Toronto; and the Urban Aboriginal Task Force (UATF), which examined Aboriginal issues in five Ontario cities. The courses will be split into modules to allow flexible delivery. Trent and uSudbury will alternate delivery of the courses, with Trent offering the first year."

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Heavy Social Media Use Linked With Mental Health Issues In Teens

Heavy Social Media Use Linked With Mental Health Issues In Teens | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Most members of Generation Z can't imagine life without Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Nearly one in four teens reports being online "almost constantly," with much of that online time dominated

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"Excessive social media use linked to mental health issues for teens

Heavy use of social media is linked to a higher incidence of mental health issues in adolescents, according to a new study. Using 753 responses from Ottawa students to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey from 2013, study authors Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga and Rosamund F Lewis (University of Ottawa) concluded that youth using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more than two hours a day also reported “poor mental health, psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, or an unmet need for mental-health support.” While the study does not establish causality, the authors still recommend that parents consider frequent use of social networking sites as a possible indicator of mental health problems."

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Federal funds launch new program to help university grads find jobs

Federal funds launch new program to help university grads find jobs | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
University graduates unable to find work could benefit from a new program at The Working Centre in Kitchener.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday August 4, 2015

"New program in Waterloo region helps connect arts grads with tech jobs

A new initiative in Kitchener-Waterloo will help recent arts graduates connect with jobs in the local tech industry. Located at The Working Centre in Kitchener, the program is designed to help those arts grads who have been unable to find work to obtain a six-month paid internship in occupations such as technical writer, marketing analyst, and communications in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors. “No tech industry can survive without appropriate support from non-tech people,” said Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth. “It’s a unique approach which is filling a particular niche.” The federal government has contributed over $210 K towards the initiative."

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Canada wants First Nation people to sell land for cheap and give up their rights | Julian Brave NoiseCat

Canada wants First Nation people to sell land for cheap and give up their rights | Julian Brave NoiseCat | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
For a more just and equitable future all First Nation people must refuse modern treaties that affirm Canadian rights above our own
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