Study co-author Dr. Jack Mintz (Credit: University of Calgary)
Good news for Canadian business from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. The latest study by Dr. Jack Mintz and Dr. Duanjie Chen reveals Canada is now the most competitive country for capital investment tax among the seven largest developed countries represented by the G-7 alliance — a big improvement from 2005, when Canada was deemed the least competitive.
Capital investment tax is a valuable indicator of future investment and economic growth. Since global wage rates are gradually equalizing, corporate tax rates will become increasingly important in attracting business. Canadian prospects are good, especially in light of further planned reductions in corporate taxes by 2013. “The combination of resource wealth, a favourable tax regime and our proximity to the U.S. is very positive,” said Mintz.
Canada should not rest on its laurels, however. In the study’s analysis of . . . → Read More: Cutting Back To Climb Ahead: Study Reveals Canada Most Tax-Competitive G-7 Country
Rita Levi Montalcini (Photo Credit: McGill University)
Rita Levi Motalcini has received an honorary degree from McGill University in an Italian ceremony–the first McGill honorary doctorate granted on foreign soil. Motalcini received the degree in honour of her contributions to medicine and science. [McGill University]
Adam Sarty (Photo Credit: Saint Mary's University)
Saint Mary’s University Professor of physics Dr. Adam Sarty has been awarded a 3M Teaching Fellowship. [Saint Mary's University]
Kieran Egan (Photo Credit: Simon Fraser University)
Simon Fraser University education professor Kieran Egan’s book The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up has been awarded a 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). [Simon Fraser . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: Honourary Degrees, Teaching Awards and Best Books
YouTube has exposed the world to the light-hearted likes of Justin Bieber, the Evolution of Dance and the “leave Britney alone” guy—but could this seemingly blithe medium carry hidden dangers for Canada’s youth? In an era of omnipresent online video where kids can—quite literally—carry the Internet with them in their pockets, a University of Guelph study purports that YouTube videos depicting self-harm can negatively impact some youth by making destructive behaviors seem normal.
Professor Stephen Lewis (Credit: Universit of Guelph)
The researchers, led by University of Guelph psychology professor Stephen Lewis, studied the top 50 YouTube videos showing a person engaging in an act of self-harm. These videos–which had a combined total of over two million views—contained both live acts as well as graphic photographs and text. The most common form of self-harm depicted was cutting.
According to Lewis, between 14 to 24 per cent of youth . . . → Read More: YouTube Youth: Guelph Study Finds Danger in Catching it on Video
Dr. Dongya Yang (SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations)
More than seventy years after her mysterious disappearance while flying over the Pacific Ocean, researchers from Simon Fraser University are using modern DNA and forensic testing technologies to try to put Amelia Earhart to rest.
Amelia Earhart was one of the first and most famous female pilots after rising to fame for her aviation skills in the 1920’s. Earhart and her navigator disappeared in 1937 while attempting to complete a circumnavigational flight around the globe. Since her disappearance, there has been much speculation about her whereabouts.
Led by forensic scientist Dongya Yang, SFU scientists will analyze the saliva Earhart used to seal a series of four letters to collect samples of Earhart’s genetic markers, DNA. If the researchers are able to ascertain a reliable sample of her DNA, they will be able to create a genetic profile for the . . . → Read More: Saliva Solutions: SFU Researchers Attempt to Use DNA to Determine What Happened to Amelia Earhart
Two lucky University of Regina freshmen will be breathing a little easier when it comes time to pay tuition, thanks to the newly bequested Ross John Kirk Entrance Bursary.
Kirk, and traveler and salesman, provided the university with a total fund of over $200,000 to create the award in his name. The bursary will be awarded to two full-time first-year students each year, and will be based on a combination of academic standing and financial need.
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons expressed appreciation for the gift, saying that “Mr. Kirk’s generous gift is a means of helping in this regard by providing financial assistance that is so important to student success over the long term. I would like to thank Mr. Kirk for this gift, and for the confidence he has shown in our students – our future leaders.”
New entrance bursary creates opportunity for undergraduate students . . . → Read More: Scholarship Alert: Ross John Kirk Entrance Bursary
Credit: Trinity Western University
While most students have a lot to balance with papers and exams, Tara Teng is also balancing a tiara.
Teng, a third-year education student at Trinity Western University from Langley, British Columbia, has been crowned Miss. Canada 2011. Prior to her national win, Teng also won the title of Miss BC.
“I am so excited for this new opportunity ahead of me. Not only do I have the honour and privilege of representing my beautiful home of Canada to the world, I now have a larger platform to speak from. My goal as Miss Canada is unchanging from my mission as Miss British Columbia.” Said Teng.
In addition to her crowns and course work, Teng has also been involved in multiple social causes. Teng—who is the president of the Trinity Western University International Social Justice Club—has founded Freedom Week. Freedom Week will occur in . . . → Read More: Student Special: Tara Teng Wins Miss Canada 2011
Million-Dollar Man Geoffrey Hinton (Credit: University of Toronto)
Million-dollar medal: Geoffrey Hinton, computer science professor at the University of Toronto, has won the 2010 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. As a reward for the medal, Hinton will receive $1 million dollars over five years to support his research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. [University of Toronto]
Chris MacDonald is one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics. (Credit: Saint Mary's University)
Influencing Ethics: Philosophy Professor Dr. Chris MacDonald of Saint Mary’s University has been named as one of the Ethisphere Institute‘s 100 most influential people in business ethics. This is the third consecutive year that MacDonald has achieved this distinction, in honour of his contributions to his Business Ethics Blog. [Saint Mary's University]
Top Teacher Fred Phillips (Credit: University of Saskatchewan)
Accounting professor Fred Phillips of the University of . . . → Read More: Recognizing Research: $1 Million Medal, Top 100 in Business Ethics, 3M Fellowship
Tuitions costs, living expenses, books and student fees are just some of the factors to consider when planning your post-secondary education. Could your parent’s income be another factor in this equation? If you are a youth in the United States, how much your parents earn may determine whether or not you choose a post-secondary education. In Canada however, researchers suggest that parental income does not significantly influence post-secondary attendance rates.
New research from the CIBC Centre in Human Capital and Productivity at the University of Western Ontario outlines these findings in a policy brief authored by economists Lance Lochner (University of Western Ontario professor, Canada Research Chair in Human Capital and Productivity and CIBC Chair in Human Capital and Productivity), Philippe Belley (economics professor at Kansas State University) and Marc Frenette (Senior Research Associate at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation).
The findings show some significant differences in post-secondary . . . → Read More: Mind the Gap: Differences in the Impact of Parental Income on Post-Secondary Attendance in Canada and the U.S.
When the word “eating disorder” is brought up, anorexia or bulimia often spring to mind. However binge eating, although a less well-known disorder, is currently affecting many Canadians in a serious way. As such, researchers at the University of Calgary are working on a unique new project that aims to help binge eaters help themselves.
Binge eating disorder is a mental condition that occurs when you cannot control what—or how much—you eat in a short period of time. Victims of the disorder often feel depressed and guilty as they eat, but are unable to stop.
PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary Phil Masson has developed a self-help manual that aims “to help people stop binge eating by learning healthy ways to cope with stressful situations, and giving them new strategies for controlling their emotions that don’t include food.” While self-help manuals are a common part . . . → Read More: Helping You Help Yourself: University of Calgary Researchers Try Self-Help Manual to Treat Binge Eating
Dr. Shirley McClellan (Credit: University of Lethbridge)
Dr. Shirley McClellan has been selected as the next Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge. Dr. McClellan is a former member of the Alberta Legislature as well as the former deputy premier of Alberta. [University of Lethbridge] Dr. Sal Badali has been appointed as the new Dean of Education for Brandon University. Dr. Badali will officially commence work at this new position on Canada Day, July.1, 2011. In response to the appointment, Dr. Badali said “I am excited about this opportunity for a variety of reasons, not least of which is Brandon’s commitment to teaching and learning, diversity, social justice, equity, inclusion, and its special emphasis on education for rural, aboriginal, and northern communities.” [Brandon University] British Columbian Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry Wally Oppal has been selected as the next Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University. Oppal will . . . → Read More: Movers and Shakers: Sal Badali, Shirley McClellan, Wally Oppal, Stephen Grundy