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Canada's success depends on municipal infrastructure investments

Canada's success depends on municipal infrastructure investments | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Canada's growing cities have suffered from political indifference and inaction for too long. It's all about priorities, and building world-class cities through federal investments in much-needed infrastructure should be at the top of the list.
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How to Build Resilience in Midlife - Linda Graham, MFT, Resources for Recovering Resilience

How to Build Resilience in Midlife - Linda Graham, MFT, Resources for Recovering Resilience | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups? 


While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which is often the time we need it most. 


Midlife can bring all kinds of stressors, including divorce, the death of a parent, career setbacks and retirement worries, yet many of us don’t build the coping skills we need to meet these challenges. 


The good news is that some of the qualities of middle age — a better ability to regulate emotions, perspective gained from life experiences and concern for future generations — may give older people an advantage over the young when it comes to developing resilience, said Adam Grant, a management and psychology professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania."

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‘It’s the Cover Letter, Stupid’

‘It’s the Cover Letter, Stupid’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Only ChronicleVitae delivers higher ed jobs, a free dossier service, and career resources of Chronicle caliber. Recruiters find the most informed candidates in higher ed here."


Summary from Academica Group - Friday, 4 August 2017


"Tailor your cover letter to stay out of the reject pile To improve the odds of getting an interview and make the process easier for a search committee, Rob Jenkins recommends taking the time to tailor “the single most important” document in a job application: the cover letter. At the “macro” level, the author recommends ensuring that the letter suits the institution being applied to in order to show the search committee that the applicant understands the institution's focus and agrees with the institutional mission. At the “micro” level, Jenkins emphasizes the importance of writing the letter to the specific institution, writing to the qualifications and duties referenced in the job posting, and ensuring that the format and tone are appropriate."

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The Beauty of Black Hair

The Beauty of Black Hair | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Aug 03, 2017
Length: 26:32

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"Nappy," "steel wool," "out of control." These are just some of the derogatory terms that have been thrown at Black women about their hair for generations. 


In her new book "Hairlooms: The Untangled Truth about Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty," writer Michele Tapp Roseman tells how she came to accept her natural hair. 


She joins Nam Kiwanuka for a discussion about the politics, business, and beauty of Black hair.

he Agenda in the Summer: Michele Tapp Roseman

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A remote Ontario First Nation is taking control of its food

A remote Ontario First Nation is taking control of its food | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
How Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation plans to improve food security and reduce grocery bills.
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Trees can make or break city weather

Trees can make or break city weather | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new UBC study.
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Local action needed to resolve world's biggest problems

Local action needed to resolve world's biggest problems | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Humans are an astonishing anomaly. As many species teeter on extinction, our populations grow in size and complexity. From exploring space to eradicating diseases and other remarkable achievements, human curiosity has pushed the outer limits of our physical universe. Yet our ability to embrace shared values has been challenging. More than a billion people live in poverty, inequality gaps are expanding, and we face unprecedented environmental challenges that threaten our survival.
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Trump’s Tweeted Transgender Ban Is Not a Law

Trump’s Tweeted Transgender Ban Is Not a Law | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Jeannie Suk Gersen writes about President Donald Trump’s tweets that announced a ban on transgender service members in the military.
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Routine abuse of Delhi's maids laid bare as class divide spills into violence | Amrit Dhillon

Routine abuse of Delhi's maids laid bare as class divide spills into violence | Amrit Dhillon | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The rich inhabitants of a luxury gated community in India’s capital were content to run an apartheid-style system for workers – until their employees turned. Now a riot by slum dwellers has resulted in sackings and boycotts
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The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear

The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new breed of video and audio manipulation tools allow for the creation of realistic looking news footage, like the now infamous fake Obama speech
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Cuba Will Continue Advance Along The Path Chosen By Our People

Cuba Will Continue Advance Along The Path Chosen By Our People | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
By President Raúl Castro Ruz
Speech by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closing of the 9th period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power 8th legislature, in Havana’s International Conference Center, July 14, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution.
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Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The rise of economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues today in the US (Furman 2016) and indeed in the world. Yet economists and policymakers alike face important limitations when trying to measure and understand the rise of inequality.
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U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The two parties join together to sponsor a bill, spearheaded by AIPAC, that would be one of the most authoritarian congressional measures in years.
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Israel raids Palestinian news agency, confiscates hard-drives

Israel raids Palestinian news agency, confiscates hard-drives | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Early this morning, Israeli forces raided the al-Khalil headquarters of Al Quds media, kicking down doors to gain entry before confiscating computer hard-drives. 


The soldiers searched two press offices in the building, belonging to Ramsat and Pal Media news agencies. After scattering documents across the floor, they confiscated the hard-drives from all computers in the Pal Media office. The soldiers were seen by a neighbour at between two and three o’clock in the morning, having apparently walked from Bab al-Baladiya military base in Hebron’s Old City.


Israeli authorities had given no prior warning of the raid to Al Quds, and journalists working there said that there had been no recent increase in tensions with the military. The reason for the raid is unclear, as the military have not responded to Al Quds’ requests for a comment. The only explanation offered by Israeli forces was a note posted on the door, which charged that the agency had been working with unnamed ‘illegal organisations.’


While Al Quds are not concerned that any sensitive information was contained on the hard-drives, some believe that the purpose of the raid was to scare journalists into conducting self-censorship. Akran Natsheh, a reporter for Al Quds, believes that this raid is simply part of an ongoing pattern of harassment. 


“Two years ago they began shooting at reporters when they were covering clashes, and it made them much more afraid to cover what was happening”, Natseh explained. “When Israel starts attacking journalists, you know they are about to make a large violation that they don’t want the world to see. 


“Our mission is the same as all journalists – to deliver the truth about what is happening. If they have something against our organisation, why don’t they take us to court? If they had solid reasons they would do that, but they don’t. You say something they don’t like and they shut you down. This is the occupation – when the army is control, this is how they deal with disagreement.” 


The raid comes at a time when media laws are tightening under the Palestinian Authority, with a new law on ‘digital crimes’ set to restrict freedom of speech online. 


While this is the first time that Al Quds’ Hebron office had been raided, such intimidation of journalists has been a common occurrence in occupied Palestine, where 383 such incidents were recorded in 2016 alone. 


Notable incidents include the storming of Trance Media offices across the West Bank in 2014, the forced closure of three local radio stations in al-Khalil in 2015 and the arrest of four journalists at a radio station in Dura last year."

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Thinking about thinking in an age of fake news - Christopher DiCarlo on TVO

Thinking about thinking in an age of fake news - Christopher DiCarlo on TVO | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Aug 10, 2017
Length: 26:34

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Christopher DiCarlo, Ontario's 2008 Best Lecturer winner, discusses his book, "Six Steps to Better Thinking." 


DiCarlo joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss how in an age of fake news and echo chambers, he believes that learning the skills of critical thinking is more important than ever.

The Agenda in the Summer: Christopher DiCarlo
The Agenda with Steve Paikin

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Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Governments change -- along with laws, regulations and priorities. It's the nature of democracies. In Canada, we've seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn't be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That's why Canada should recognize the right to a healthy environment in its Constitution -- something 110 countries already do.
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How Can You Put Heart and Soul Into Teaching?

How Can You Put Heart and Soul Into Teaching? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Teaching students can be a transformative experience, for educators and students alike, when both immerse themselves in the learning experience
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Teaching is a calling. Parker Palmer described vocation and calling as linked. They are how a teacher expresses who they are in the most essential ways. Emmanuel Levinas referred to teaching as a "subterranean calling." It is something good teachers respond to ethically and practically.
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People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests

People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife species at high risk.
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Canadians need not apply: Canada 150 Research Chairs at Canadian universities

Canadians need not apply: Canada 150 Research Chairs at Canadian universities | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Raymond B. Blake Canadian universities have begun interviews to fill Canada 150 Research Chairs, a $117.6-million initiative by the government of Canada to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Confederation. It is a good investment, but scholars living in Canada are excluded.


Summary from Academica Group - Friday 28 July 2017


"Canada is wrong to exclude domestic applicants from 150 Research Chairs program: URegina professor 


The Canadian government is misguided in its decision to exclude Canadians from applying for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program, writes University of Regina Professor Raymond Blake. 


The author argues that the decision to make the program only available to those coming from outside Canada “is purely political, part of Justin Trudeau’s plan to showcase Canada internationally as a welcoming place.” 


Further, Blake argues that the program exacerbates the demoralizing effects of what is already a difficult job market for new Canadian PhD graduates. 


Blake concludes that Canada should allow its own academics to compete for spaces in the program, as failing to do so may ultimately weaken the quality of Canada’s universities rather than improving it."

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I would like to be considered for a teaching position in Canadian higher education. Are we excludikng Canadians from teaching in higher ed? How does a person get their foot in the door. I have a PhD.
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Facilitating Discussion: Five Factors that Boost Student Engagement

Facilitating Discussion: Five Factors that Boost Student Engagement | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
This instrument is a great tool for instructors looking to facilitate more effective discussions and improve student engagement and understanding.
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The way we think about work is broken

The way we think about work is broken | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.
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Trump and the Christian Fascists

Trump and the Christian Fascists | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. 
- 2017/07/23

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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics

We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.
- 2017/07/20
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Worker Wages Are Flat, but Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 937%

Worker Wages Are Flat, but Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 937% | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
New analysis shows how corporate bosses rake in huge salaries and bonuses as inequality continues to soar.
- 2017/07/20
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I went from care to Cambridge University . Let me show you where the barriers are | Vashti Kashian-Smith

I went from care to Cambridge University . Let me show you where the barriers are | Vashti Kashian-Smith | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The barriers Vashti Kashian-Smith faced when applying to universities weren’t just the obvious economic ones – they were cultural and psychological, too
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