Pain by Numbers: The distributional impacts of federal funding for post-secondary education

The recently-released PBO report, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education, is a treasure trove of information about education funding, tuition fees, savings schemes and tax credits going back to 2004-2005 and projecting forward to 2020. It’s also vindication for a number of organizations that have been pointing out how the high…
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It’s time to re-examine inclusive education policies in our classrooms

Two separate instances (in June 2014 in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and February 2015 in the Ottawa Catholic Board) of students with autism being restrained with handcuffs at school to try and “diffuse” their respective situations underscore the public’s limited understanding of disability and impairment in Ontario’s education system…
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Degrees of Separation

The shaky economy seems to have prompted Canada’s CEOs to pontificate on what steps should be—nay, must be—taken to solve our economic woes as a nation. Case in point: on Monday, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) released a paper titled “Career ready: Towards a national strategy for the…
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Teach For Canada: De- or re-colonizing Aboriginal communities in Canada?

As instruments for advancing democratic values, Canada’s public schools have an ambiguous legacy. Over the years, many exclusionary and colonialist policies have been challenged, and this shift in cultural values has inspired policies to help make public schools in Canada more diverse and accessible. It is less apparent, however, that…
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