We need to restart our lives with care and planning

It’s time for government officials to focus on helping old and vulnerable people re-integrate into mainstream society

We need to restart our lives with care and planningNo doubt many Canadians remember drinking from school water fountains long before students carried water bottles. When the school day began, some elementary students would rush to get a drink while the other children queued in an orderly fashion. Learning about queuing culture was a major lesson for students in elementary school. There were, of…

Can parent-teachers adequately educate their children?

Greater accountability in teaching and learning could be a very positive outcome from this enforced homeschooling

Can parent-teachers adequately educate their children?Canadian students have been out of school for more than two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and parents are taking on increased responsibilities in homeschooling. In many cases, parents are reluctant teachers, asking themselves if they’re doing an adequate job. There are three questions they probably want answered: Can I do a good job…

Canada has weathered epidemics before and will again

From the Spanish flu to TB to whooping cough to polio, we have hunkered down. Our protective instincts made sense then and do now

Canada has weathered epidemics before and will againCOVID-19 is causing panic across Canada. But before wringing our hands in anguish, we should put this crisis into a broader context. Places like universities, libraries, schools, churches, restaurants and pubs are closed. International flights are being redirected to just four airports with appropriate screening facilities, and the border between Canada and the United States…

When reconciliation defies the common good

In a democracy, politicians need to balance various interests. Indigenous needs can’t always come first

When reconciliation defies the common goodTen years ago, Douglas Bland, a retired lieutenant-colonel from the Canadian Forces and the chair of Defence Studies at Queen’s University, published Uprising: A Novel. In this 500-page work of fiction, Bland outlines how militant Indigenous warriors and their allies could, in the tradition of Louis Riel, hold Canada up for ransom, stopping rail traffic, blocking…

A fundamental flaw at the centre of the Truth and Reconciliation report

The commission seems to have begun its work with a conclusion in mind, then spent six years and more than $60 million amassing evidence to support it

A fundamental flaw at the centre of the Truth and Reconciliation reportThis close to Christmas is a good time to test our knowledge of Christianity and Christian charity. So ponder this: When Christian churches founded schools in Canada, what names did they use? Perhaps you think these schools were named after saints, days in the Christian calendar and important church leaders. If so, give yourself part…

Undergraduate teaching needs to improve

Our future depends on it

Undergraduate teaching needs to improveBy now, many of the 2015 high school graduates have begun their university studies. Some are attending research-oriented universities, such as Dalhousie, while others are attending teaching-oriented universities, such as Mount Allison. Those who attend research universities will soon learn – if they have not already – that teaching first-year students is not highly valued.…

How to get Aboriginal kids’ grades up

A voucher system would ensure teachers have incentives to increase the time their students spend on literacy and numeracy

How to get Aboriginal kids’ grades upAboriginal students’ educational achievement is, on average, two years behind other Canadian students and their graduation rate is less than half the national average. How can their educational outcomes be improved? Hire private tutors. First, it is important to know that the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development funds education for many bands. These…