Canadian Education News

Education reduces criminal activity
If you want to prevent online criminal activity, according to the Delta Optimist, one major way is to focus on education. The ability to catch the online/cyber criminals around the world is a difficult thing. Our dependence on technology makes us manage our lives online more. This can include everyday things: “?planning our social lives and booking appointments to shopping, banking and even filing taxes?”

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported on the Canadians defrauded out of their money per year, and it came out to about $100 million. Some of the most common frauds are those involving identity theft, such as “government issued ID and credit cards stolen from vehicles.” For more info, you can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud website.

Peel District School Board recognized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims
The Brampton Guardian states that the frontlines of the Peel District School Board controversy is based on religious accommodation. Tony Pontes, education director; Brian Woodland, communications director; and the entire board were given recognition by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).

The recognition was given at a May 6 awards event. Following this, at the May 9 board meeting, one trustee, Robert Crocker, considered the Peel District School Board award as indicative of the nurturance of inclusive schools for how they dealt with a controversial issue.

The original controversy was sparked with the religious accommodation to the operating procedure for the Peel District School Board. Some Muslims were upset because the changes did not permit students to “write their own sermons for Friday prayer.”

Thomas Doherty, and others, recognized for excellence in teaching
Wawatay News said, “Thomas Doherty, a teacher with the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education has been recognized by the Prime Minister’s Awards (PMA) for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Doherty is one of eleven national-level recipients who received the 2016/2017 PMA for Teaching Excellence, Certificate of Excellence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

The award was given at an awards ceremony in Ottawa on May 3. The ceremony was celebrating the nation’s top early childhood educators and teachers. It is national-level recognition of excellence in teaching.

Those who are recognized are given the award based on the outstanding achievements in education, to both honour and award them, for the digital environment. Their students will be better prepared for the “digital and innovation-based economy.”

NELSON acquires part of the business holdings of McGraw-Hill Ryerson
The Canadian News Wire, in a printed release, reported that NELSON, which is the top educational publisher in the country, entered into agreement with McGraw-Hill Ryerson. The agreement is for NELSON to acquire the business holdings for K-12 education of McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

This business holding purchase is part of a strategic acquisition move by NELSON. Steve Nelson, the president and CEO of NELSON, said, “As the only remaining all-Canadian-operated educational publisher and leading content provider in the K-12 classroom, the addition of the McGraw-Hill Ryerson portfolio enables us to pursue our commitment to providing the best possible educational resources and content across the nation.”

Recognition of Jeanette Christine Armstrong, and her work for First Nations education
University Affairs states that the numerous Canadian graduate schools, in the wake of the travel ban from American President Donald Trump, are providing open support for researchers and graduate students affected by the travel ban.

Canadian graduate schools gave offerings of workspaces, extended application deadlines, as well as granting visiting-researcher status to the stranded academics and students. This was reported as a “deep commitment to the tenets of diversity, inclusivity and global citizenry that underpin graduate education.”

A large number of international students partake of graduate studies in Canada. The newest Statistics Canada data (PDF) shows more than 30% of doctoral students in Canada are non-Canadian. It is argued by the author that “[in] a global knowledge economy, It’s imperative that we invest in training highly qualified individuals regardless of their country of origin.”

Sheridan College students campaigning for education of Indigenous communities? treatment
“The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), [hosted] a panel discussion during the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta (IBAA) 2017 Convention, kicking off a series of Canadian education activities in 2017,” Cantech Letters said.

President of the Travelers Institute and the executive vice president of public policy at Travelers, Joan Woodward, facilitated discussion with cybersecurity professionals on common cyber threats and cyber incidents.

The CEO of Travels Canada, Heather Masterson, stated that the Travelers Institute was pleased to help with the advancement of the opportunities in education on cybersecurity and general public policy subject matter for businesses throughout Canada.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is AUSU’s VPFA. He works with various organizations, and runs In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, and In-Sight Publishing.

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