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End streaming in schools, report to Toronto trustees recommends 7.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
“Streaming” students in high school hits low-income and certain racial groups the hardest and should be phased out across the city, recommends a new report going before Toronto District School Board trustees. The report, to be presented Wednesday, cites the success of a research project at a North York high school that urged struggling students to take academic-level courses in Grade 9 English and geography instead of the lower-level “applied” classes — and, in the end, boosted pass rates. “It’s something bold and different, and it’s based on the feedback we are hearing,” said Jim Spyropoulos, head of equity and inclusive schools at the TDSB, of the recommendation the research team made after extensive consultations and seeing the results of the pilot project at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate. “All of this really blends together with the conversations we’ve had … which communities keep feeding into (saying), ‘Applied is killing us. Raise the bar.’ ” Streaming is a stubborn problem across Ontario, one that ...
Faculty association asks province to investigate raises given senior uOttawa administrators 7.10.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Ontario's Bill 55 — The Strong Action for Ontario Act — of 2012 put an indefinite freeze on public sector salaries
Calcium intake didn't improve bone density, fractures, review finds 7.10.2015 Health

Extra calcium may not protect your aging bones after all.

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Latest Nobel Prize winner joins an elite Canadian club 6.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
On Tuesday, Canada’s Arthur McDonald was named co-winner of the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations. Here are some other notable Canadian scientists to win Nobel Prizes: Ralph Steinman, Medicine, 2011 The Montreal-born researcher died shortly before he was due to pick up his prize. Normally, the prize isn’t given posthumously but the Nobel committee noted that “the statutes specify that if a person has been awarded a prize and has died before receiving it, the prize may be presented.” Willard S. Boyle, Physics, 2009 The Nova Scotia-born scientist shared his prize in instrumentation and semiconductor technology “for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit — the CCD sensor.” His New York Times obituary called him “Father of Digital Eye” and noted that he helped “develop a device that is at the heart of virtually every camcorder, digital camera and telescope in use. . . ” Boyle summarized his achievement in these words: “We are the ones who started this profusion of ...
Dried medical pot producers await approval to sell now-legal cannabis oils 6.10.2015 Health
Cannabis Oils 20151005

A number of Canada's medical marijuana growers are poised to release cannabis oils for authorized patients who don't want to smoke or vaporize the dried herb to relieve their symptoms.

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Any move to toll roads, bridges would trigger another referendum: Fassbender 6.10.2015 Vancouver Sun: News
VICTORIA — Metro Vancouver mayors have started urgently researching road pricing as a potential source of much-needed transit revenue. But the B.C. government is warning that any scheme to toll roads, area travel or bridges will trigger another transit referendum. The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation voted late last week to get a staff report as quickly as possible on how to advance “mobility pricing”, in the wake of the public rejection of a transit tax in the July plebiscite.
New report warns of growing income gap in Toronto 6.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Toronto’s much-vaunted status as one of the world’s “most livable” cities masks the reality that a sizable underclass of people is missing out on the benefits of life in the Big Smoke, according to a new report on the social and economic standing of the city. Published Tuesday by the Toronto Foundation, the “ Vital Signs 2015 ” report surveyed recent data from Statistics Canada, academic research and other sources to analyze the quality of life in the city, based on factors such as access to transit, affordable housing, well-paying and stable jobs, sense of belonging and health. “We’re becoming a divided city,” said Rahul Bhardwaj, Toronto Foundation president. “If we need to move forward and maintain our livability, we’ve got to become one place; we need to think in an integrated fashion about how we move this city forward around issues like transit, affordable housing, youth unemployment, child poverty. “It’s only been 17 years since amalgamation,” he said. “We need to come together as one place.” The ...
The times they are a-changing: Teitel 6.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
Elite Singles — a dating website that sounds like it was designed specifically for Stephen Harper’s top staffers — recently tried to determine whether it’s taboo to discuss politics on a first date. In order to do this, the website conducted a survey of 500 single people from different nationalities around the world. The result was 65 per cent said they’d “be happy to discuss politics on a first date.” But more than any other nationality surveyed, Canadians were the least resistant to the idea. According to the study “not one Canadian single thought political chat should be off the table” on a first date. This result is refreshing for two reasons. The first is that it helps dispel the popular myth that we are a rigidly non-confrontational people; Canadians might be unfailingly polite, but politeness does not equal timidity in the face of conflict. The second is that it might suggest our nation’s bent towards political apathy — especially among youth — is changing. And it’s about time it did. The ...
Zip line injuries on the rise 5.10.2015 Health
Active Aging Week

Zip lining has become a popular way to experience a little adventure, but serious injuries can be an unintended consequence of that momentary thrill, researchers report.

Gold-digging MDs 5.10.2015 Health
Doctor with patient

Blog: Does your doctor wonder 'what's in your wallet?' Brian Goldman looks at the pressure placed on cancer specialists to identify would-be hospital donors.

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Campbell, Omura, Tu win 2015 Nobel medicine prize 5.10.2015 Health

William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine.

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Toronto doctor using 3D printer to solve the problems of space travel 5.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
The Mars Desert Research Station habitat, an isolated white pod in the ruddy Utah desert, is just eight metres wide and two storeys high. For weeks at a time, crews of up to seven people share the cramped space. The station is a “space analogue facility” operated by the Mars Society and designed to simulate the rigours of an eventual mission to the real red planet. When “analogue astronauts” pack their bags for a stay, both space and weight are at a premium. But when Toronto doctor Julielynn Wong travelled to the habitat last December, her bag held a rather bulky item: a 3D printer. She wanted to test what tools can be fabricated on the fly to treat ill or injured astronauts. “We can’t take all the surgical supplies we want with us on a Mars mission,” she explains. With current technology, a one-way rocket to the planet lasts eight months, and most scenarios for a human expedition span at least two years. Unnecessary supplies create unwanted weight, and missing equipment cannot be sent for months. “So ...
Robin Pilkey, the rookie TDSB trustee taking on a troubled board 5.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
It was early on Day 2 of the new school year and there she was on live TV, at the eye of the sex ed storm — praising the curriculum, slamming vandalism and looking quite the political pro. But that wasn’t actually why Robin Pilkey was at Thorncliffe Park Public School that day. The rookie trustee, who was brave (or crazy) enough to become chair of Canada’s most notorious school board , has made it her mission to meet with all of her 21 colleagues in their home neighbourhoods to get to know them and the schools they represent. In a twist of fate, Pilkey was meeting with local trustee Gerri Gershon at Thorncliffe the day hundreds of parents had pulled their kids from school to protest the new sexual health curriculum. To add to the tension, vandals had spray-painted “Shame on You” overnight on school walls, so police were investigating. Gershon and the principal were preparing to face the press. There was no need for Pilkey to enter the fray, but in she dived. “People teaching the (sex ed) curriculum have ...
Thousands pack Tunney's Pasture for annual Run for the Cure event 5.10.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
A wave of more than 5,000 pink-clad participants took over Tunney's Pasture early Sunday morning with the hope of putting an end to breast cancer.
Heroin, U.S.A.: How the middle class got addicted 4.10.2015 Toronto Star: Living
BROCKTON, MASS.—Not long into the meeting, a mother began to cry. She had been diligent, doting. She had not come to terms with how her son’s life turned out. “I worked so hard,” she said. “And this is where it ended.” It was a summer Monday night. Three dozen people were sitting in chairs scattered around the blue-walled “multi-purpose room” of a high school in a Boston suburb. In their khaki shorts and golf shirts, they looked like nothing so much as a parent-teacher association. This was the weekly Brockton gathering of Learn to Cope , a booming 20-chapter support group for the families of heroin addicts. This is how the families of heroin addicts look. “Sometimes people have walked into a meeting and thought they were at the wrong meeting,” said Joanne Peterson, Learn to Cope’s founder. “Because we all look so normal.” Teachers, nurses, cops, at least one judge. Jack Reilly is a lawyer and former human resources executive. Before he became chairman of the Learn to Cope board, he was another dad ...
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Better preemie survival rates by blocking light to IVs not yet a reality 3.10.2015 Health
Torran Donaldson

Blocking UV light from reaching the intravenous nutrients used to feed premature babies could improve their survival rates, but only if shielded IV bags, tubes and other equipment become available, Canadian researchers say.

Medical experiences for transgender Nova Scotians need to improve, says study 2.10.2015 Health
pride week

As some transgender Nova Scotians apply to change gender markers on their birth certificates for the first time, some say that's just one part of the challenge of improving health care experiences.

Women tested for breast-cancer mutations often miss out on key counselling 2.10.2015 Health
Angelina Jolie Mastectomy

Most U.S. women undergoing BRCA genetic testing do not receive genetic counselling that is widely recommended.

University of Ottawa investigates prof who also works fulltime in Abu Dhabi 2.10.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
The University of Ottawa is investigating a high-profile professor in its Faculty of Engineering who is also working full time at New York University, Abu Dhabi, for a salary twice as high as he earns in Ottawa. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik is University Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications and a specialist in haptik […]
Teacher work-to-rule is causing disruptions, but mainly to administrators 1.10.2015 Ottawa Citizen: News
Every September, students at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in Stittsville join thousands of other children across the country  in the Terry Fox National  School Run day.  This year, however, the school scrambled to save the popular charity event for cancer research while abiding by the work-to-rule sanctions imposed by teachers as part of their contract dispute with the province. Usually, kids run […]
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