Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Harper, Dion visit London.

September 17, 2008

Today Stephan Dion made a campaign stop in London to announce $1.2 billion in promises for post-secondary grants, loans and research cash.

The announcement aims to ease access to post-secondary education with education grants that would be delivered four times a year, bursaries of up to $3,500 per year, a $5,000 student loan regardless of parental income; and guaranteeing a lower interest rate for student loans while extending the grace period on repayment to two years, interest-free. He also promised increased support of university-based research and extend tax credits to the private sector for research.

“Support for learning has been a long-standing Liberal value and under a new Liberal government we will make the investments in the post-secondary education and research needed to ensure Canada can compete in the 21st century,” said Mr. Dion.





Earlier this week Steven Harper prommised Ottawa will make “prudent” investments to boost the economy of Southwestern Ontario, noting the millions his government has earmearked for the regions infrastructure, University, and manufacturing industry. He also warned the region would be adversly effected if Dion were to be elected and implients their proposed carbon tax proposal.

Video of the event at Deys.ca

At the time of this article being writen the NDP nore the Green Party have announced stops in London, although a staffer at Irene Mathyssen’s (London-Fanshaw) office said he would be stoping here at some point durring the campaign.

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Should Collaborative Learning be Prohibited?

March 20, 2008

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A UWO Gazette sketch (reposted with permission).
comic

Have you been following the Facebook ‘cheating scandal’ story? Click on the ‘toon to read the Gazette’s editorial position.

A Dime A Day?

March 12, 2008


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A UWO Gazette sketch (reposted with permission).
comic

It’ll take more than 70¢/week to accumulate the $5000 that’s eligible for the feds RESP savings plan, but maybe the sharp pencils used by cartoonists are different than the ones used by accountants. In any case, what bothers me most about about the seeming largesse of this political gesture is the fact that it’s limited to education savings. Click on the ‘toon to read the editorial.

Academic McMotivation

December 9, 2007

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ad jacketResponding to criticism about it’s report-card promo in Florida’s Seminole County, fast-food giant McDonalds insists that it’s motives are entirely honourable. As opposed to a crass marketing campaign?

The campaign consists of a Happy Meal coupon, a cartoon of the chain’s Ronald McDonald brand mascot, the golden arches logo, and photos of Happy Meal menu items – all printed on the cover of a report-card jacket at the corporation’s expense ($1,600 for the 2007-2008 school year). Children who present their report cards to the local restaurant are entitled to receive a free Happy Meal, provided that they’ve scored As and Bs, have exhibited good behaviour or have had two or fewer absences.

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Mmmm… Take the Tour

December 6, 2007

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mystery meat

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Literacy Report

December 5, 2007

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In London, “at least one in three children aged eight to 14 is not meeting the standards established by the province in reading, writing and mathematics. And one in five adults is functioning at the lowest level of literacy, often unable to read basic signs and medicine instructions.”

Click HERE to get the ‘Literacy in London & Middlesex’ report.

Links:
2007/12/05 – City of London: media release
2007/12/06 – LFP: Reading an obstacle for 1 in 5 Londoners

Rationalizations

November 26, 2007

An XKCD sketch.
alphabetical grades

Infrastructure Experiment

November 14, 2007

Toilet iconWhile the attention of so many Londoners is on infrastructure issues, like sewers, now might be a good time to do some public education. Over on How Stuff Works, they answer the question “What if everybody…flushed the toilet at the same time?

Hmmm.

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Play a Game, Feed the Hungry

November 12, 2007

1. Visit the Free Rice website.
2. Answer a vocabulary question:
  (a) If your answer is right:

  • they will donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nation’s World Food Program;
  • difficulty level of the questions increases.
  •   (b) If your answer is wrong:

  • difficulty level of the questions decreases.
  • 3. Repeat step #2.
    *** WARNING: This may make you smarter! ***

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    Enforcement, not Posturing

    January 23, 2006

    Project SpeedwatchThe Speedwatch radar trailer is deployed by officers from the Auxiliary Police Section in various areas of the City where chronic speeding violations have been reported. By informing the motoring public of both their current speed and the posted speed limit, the Speedwatch sign is both a public education program and a deterrent.

    Despite all of the concerns that I have expressed about pedestrian safety along this stretch of Commissioners Road East, there has been no noticeable response from London Police Services. With one exception. When a 12-year-old C. C. Carrothers public school pupil was struck while crossing the Commissioners & Pond Mills intersection in early November, Sgt. Tom O’Brien appeared on A-Channel, standing beside the Speedwatch trailer that had been quickly located at Commissioners & King Edward. Speedwatch was then removed, almost as soon as the tv cameras were turned off. And it hasn’t been back again since then.

    But according to Sgt. Tom O’Brien, “The London Police Service has one Speedwatch trailer. It is utilized throughout the entire city dependant upon weather conditions and personnel availability.”

    So, am I being unfair to police? I remain steadfast in my belief that there is a serious lack of enforcement in London and that pedestrians are consequently being put at unnecessary risk. But who’s to blame? Police, for not buying/using more of these trailers? Or City Hall, for underfunding police so much that they can’t afford the equipment and/or personnel?