At this time last year I was a fully functional ‘helicopter parent’ hovering around my son as he (correction we) researched his university choices. We spent hours reviewing websites and view books. Attended an education fair. More hours choosing his program and universities. Checked and double checked that he had the required courses. Made sure that his grades and average stayed within the acceptable range. Travelled many miles by car and plane visiting campuses. Completed (or rather helped to complete) admission and scholarship applications by the appropriate deadlines. Listened to far too many presentations. ‘Liked’ a few facebook pages. We even participated in a university activity that involved an overnight stay in residence!
This became a project that I spent more time on than I cared to admit. Once the choice was finally made and deposit paid at the end of May, the journey was still not . . . → Read More: Confessions of a University Mom
It’s one of those professions you were always curious about. Who uses them? Is it legal? And where can you learn how to do it?
Midwifery is a healthcare profession which offers care to women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period. Among assisting in the actual birth, midwives also have tasks such as giving injections, setting up IVs, suturing perineal tears, and conducting physical examinations of women and newborn babies. Communication, cultural sensitivity, and counseling are essential for midwives. In contrast to medical doctors, midwives build non-authoritarian relationships with women and their families so they can provide individualized care and minimize much of the anxiety often associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
Midwifery is still a relatively new profession in Canada since becoming legalized, and their numbers remain small. It has become so popular since the 90‘s that many women (of . . . → Read More: Midwifery in Canada
While I was in a mall parking lot one day, I noticed a McGill University bumper sticker on another car. This prompted me to scrawl a hurried note (“Hi! I went to McGill, too! We should be friends! Find me on Facebook!”) and tuck it under her windshield wiper. This led to a series of amusing coffee dates with one Canadian resident of Illinois. (Since several Canadians have asked me, “Isn’t Illinois in Chicago?” I’ll go ahead and clarify that—despite occasional inclinations to the contrary—Chicago is in fact in Illinois.)
My mom has a McGill University bumper sticker on her car. Rather than encouraging coffee dates, it has elicited several blank stares from her Chicago area acquaintances, most of whom are a bit unclear on the concept of Canada (to say nothing of my field as a Canadian Studies major!).
Once she explains the notion of Montreal, people usually . . . → Read More: Fighting Ignorance, one bumper sticker at a time
One of the issues I lived with for 11 years as the admissions director for University of Toronto’s MBA program was where are the women? Like most MBA programs, we struggled to achieve more of a gender balance in the incoming class.
Conversely, when I was researching undergraduate programs with my son, I was surprised to see most universities reported having more female students than male.
At University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university, the male to female ratio is 44 to 56. Similiar ratios can be found at most Canadian universities. The small handful of notable exceptions is easily explained by the nature of the institution or the focus of their programs. For example, the Royal Military College has a 78 to 22 male to female ratio and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology reported a 59 to 41 ratio.
Mount St. Vincent University has the . . . → Read More: Looking for a Few Good Men
A few weeks ago Ontario’s 20 universities reported an overall increase of 2% in high school applications. The 2010 entry year also saw a similar increase of 3%. According to the Council of Ontario Universities this parallels a trend of higher demand for university graduates in the workforce. Two out of three new jobs require post-secondary education. If you’re a glass-is-have-empty person, you are already predicting an increase in the 2012 applications and 2-3% unhappy high school students and parents.
If you simply look at the statistics reported by the Ontario University Application Centre it appears that this conclusion is incorrect because the number of confirmations or acceptances of admission offers also increased by 2%.
But it’s not that simple. Some programs had a higher number of applicants while others saw a decrease. The big winners were Social Work (16%), Mathematics (9%) and Engineering (8%). Those programs which saw . . . → Read More: Increase Applications = Less Spaces?
Kate Tairyan, Senior professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC has won a $100K grant because of an innovative idea for the world’s first free university for health care workers. . . . → Read More: Kate Tairyan wins $100K for her idea of a Free University
Is there a reason why certain areas of town have reputations for being “sketchy,” “dangerous,” or full of crime? What impact does an urban area’s design and layout have on promoting criminal activity?
One Simon Fraser University husband and wife research team–Paul and Patricia Brantingham–have been working to analyze urban crime patterns and find solutions and recommendations for how to make things better. Specifically, they study the impact of factors such as the placement of certain buildings, transit systems and roads as well as hours of shopping centres on the frequency and severity of crime in an area.
The criminologists, who founded SFU’s Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) in the early 1990s, have recently been given a monetary show of support for their work in the form of a RCMP supported $4-million, five-year renewal of their research chairs to . . . → Read More: SFU Researchers Fight Crime with Urban Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design alum Jeff Chiba Stearns has been awarded the Edith Lando Peace Prize for this documentary film—which focuses on perceptions of multiculturalism—”One Big Hapa Family.”
The Edith Lando Peace Prize was awarded at the recent Reel to Real International Film Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jeff Chiba Stearns Wins the Edith Lando Peace Prize at the Reel to Real Film Fest [Emily Carr University of Art + Design]
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