• Ontario school boards to collect detailed data on hiring, suspensions

    Ontario plans to revamp Grade 9 — with an eye to ending streaming in the first, “critical” year of high school — as part of its new equity plan that will also compel school boards to collect detailed data on everything from staff hires to student suspensions… The province’s three-year equity plan will, for the first time, have school boards collect data on race, ethnicity and other factors to determine if certain groups are disproportionately represented in areas such as suspensions or expulsions and work to address them.

  • End unjust and ineffective practice of academic streaming

    For nearly a quarter century, this policy has done nothing to advance the academic prospects of Ontario students while doing a great deal to reinforce the educational disadvantages experienced by low-income and Black kids. It’s high time to end it… The education system should be a tool for redressing inequities, not compounding them.

  • I stopped talking to white people about race. Here’s what I learned

    Pointing out the differences between us is not the problem. The problem is the power that lies behind those differences, and how the status quo has relied on marginalization. To be responsible citizens we must reckon with this. It’s not just about the newspapers you read or the campaigns you donate to. It’s about your actions. Bringing down these walls means a fundamental restructuring of the society we live in. It means disrupting comfort, including your own.

  • White privilege, Jewish privilege, and neo-Nazis

    Privilege is part of any society that stratifies itself along various lines — hierarchical, patriarchal, economical, geographical, political, religious. But when “white privilege” is appropriated as a proxy for societal unfairness, it too easily breeds resentment… The reality everywhere is that race and skin colour are clumsy proxies for social distinctions that matter at least as much…

  • Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016

    Canada’s 150 public universities and degree-granting institutions spent $27.1 billion in 2015/2016, up from $26.8 billion in 2014/2015. Revenues fell from $28.4 billion in 2014/2015 to $27.2 billion in 2015/2016… The proportion of provincial funding decreased from 41.5% in 2010/2011 to 39.1% in 2015/2016… The proportion of revenues from tuition fees has grown from 21.5% in 2010/2011 to 27.9% in 2015/2016.

  • Why are some gender activists denying science?

    … the science is settled. The two biological sexes (and there are only two) are broadly (though by no means perfectly) coterminous with gender… Close to 100 per cent of the human race is born with a set of either male or female chromosomes. A small number of people are born with chromosomal and/or reproductive abnormalities, and these people are commonly identified as “intersex.” … None of this is to argue that we should force people to conform to gender stereotypes, or punish them if they don’t.

  • Your name may dictate your apartment, degree, and career

    … name-blind screening is not a panacea — unconscious biases can’t be eliminated with one little recruitment remedy, and candidates will eventually be evaluated face to face. But removing a barrier to diversity in the federal civil service is a positive step, even if it is a minor one.

  • On Canada Day let us remind ourselves we have done well, even as we strive to do better

    Rather than endless existential agonizing over “who are we,” civic nationalism asks simply: what do we want to do together? What are the purposes we want to achieve, what are the ideals we want to stand for? … An element of self-criticism, such as we are now going through, is therefore very much in order. So is a sense of proportion. Like any society, Canada has many sins to its name; foremost among them is the historic treatment and present condition of aboriginal Canadians, which is rightly the source of so much shame at present. But it is not the whole of the Canadian story.

  • If you had one national symbol left, it would be …?

    It’s unmistakable how ardent the attachment to Canada of most recent immigrants is… looking ethnically and multiculturally diverse but not particularly feeling the diversity because they’re all Canadians brought together… Not through some abstraction like Canadian niceness, but by their commitment to pay their taxes, assuring that everyone else there [in hospital emergency rooms] needn’t worry about money while awaiting the good, or bad, news.

  • Niagara school makes the grade for at-risk students trying to attend college, university

    Though the plan at first was to cater to low-income students only, that proved controversial so the focus became “first generation” students blazing post-secondary paths in their families… The school opened with just 124 students, and this fall will have 450 elementary and secondary students… the higher-level academic is the only offering and, in Grade 11, college and university-level classes… All grads are getting a small bursary and laptop as graduation presents, thanks to community sponsorships.