• How a Canadian experimental program helped one child with autism speak

    Known as the Social ABCs, the program teaches parents strategies to help toddlers with ASD to talk or vocalize in more meaningful ways and to smile more with their caregivers… The 12-week intervention… uses objects that grab a child’s attention and motivates them to verbally interact with their parents… Researchers also saw increased verbal responses to parental prompts and gains in their functional language, as well as how often they initiated a verbal connection on their own

  • Polytechnics are the missing link in the automation revolution

    In the face of a transitioning economy, we only have one choice, really: embrace and adapt… If the essential fact about capitalism is creative destruction and the necessary reshaping of economies, then governments need to see polytechnics as the economic actors they are and bring them into the innovation policy discussion. Polytechnics adapt, embrace, and thrive in the face of economic challenge and change.

  • Grassroots group plans legal challenge against separate school funding

    The group wants to bring the issue to the forefront at a time when school closures are causing havoc in many regions, arguing that taxpayer-funded Catholic schools are no longer fair or affordable in a society of many religions and cultures… “We believe there should be one non-denominational two-language public school system.”

  • Province must bridge gap between affluent and needy schools

    One of the biggest barriers to equity, the group found, is fundraising. As the study points out, schools from richer neighbourhoods have a huge advantage with some able to raise up to $200,000 a year while others in poorer neighbourhoods couldn’t raise anything… Forty-eight per cent of elementary schools reported fundraising for learning resources such as computers, art supplies or other products or upgrades that clearly tilt the educational playing field.

  • Jordan Peterson, hero of the anti-PC crowd, just keeps winning

    … one of the reasons they didn’t call for him to be fired or censured, but rather defeated on the arguments [is that] “We have a commitment to academic freedom, and… that academic freedom does include the problem that you have to listen to people you don’t like, saying things at the top of their lungs that you fundamentally disagree with.”

  • Ontario autism program will soon include direct funding as option

    … the $533-million Ontario Autism Program beginning next month will soon include a direct funding option, something families have long been clamouring for… A government-commissioned analysis about 10 years ago found that the average cost per hour for direct service was $55, versus $37 for direct funding — something Ontario’s auditor general highlighted in a 2013 report.

  • The elephant in the classroom amid school closings

    Our one province is blessed with four distinct school systems, divided along religious and language lines, which cut the pedagogical pie into smaller and less sustainable schools… Instead of pointless overspending, or painful streamlining, surely amalgamating school boards — on geographical rather than religious grounds — is the answer.

  • Parents battle for son’s right to autism services in school

    If successful, it could pave the way to school boards providing better supports for the 20,000 autistic students in Ontario… The Skrts argue the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is violating Jack’s rights by failing to provide him with accommodations he is legally entitled to receive as a result of his disability. “This amounts to discrimination,” says the application, which is seeking a tribunal order requiring Ontario school boards to ensure ABA is available to students with autism.

  • Shutting down schools hurts small towns, but it doesn’t have to be that way

    Due to a misguided education-funding model that depends on high enrollment levels, and therefore favours urban schools, dozens of communities in rural and small-town Ontario may lose their public schools. Contrary to the rhetoric, this doesn’t need to happen. Schools can be vital centres of activity, particularly for smaller and rural communities.

  • The End of Identity Liberalism

    We need a post-identity liberalism, and it should draw from the past successes of pre-identity liberalism… It would speak to the nation as a nation of citizens who are in this together and must help one another. As for narrower issues that are highly charged symbolically and can drive potential allies away, especially those touching on sexuality and religion, such a liberalism would work quietly, sensitively and with a proper sense of scale.