#PinkShirtDay: Evaluating bullying legislation

Linnea Kalchos (Photo by Bernard Clark) Bullying rates in Canada are among the highest of Western countries—a statistic confirmed by the work of tireless researchers who have devoted themselves to understanding the bullying and victimization faced by Canadian children. One of these researchers, my supervisor, Dr. Wendy Craig, is the co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network) and a professor of psychology at Queen’s University. Through the collaborative efforts of PREVNet’s researchers…

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The power of storytelling…

This Valentine’s Day, share the love… of a story. Paul Zak says so…. ” Zak examines the psychological effects of stories and narratives on the human mind – the ‘neuroscience of the narrative’. According to Zak, whether they play out at bedtime, in our communities or in popular media, stories can build trust. Zak’s research finds that stories cause our brains to produce a chemical called oxytocin (there are others too). The production of this…

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Y a-t-il une population optimale pour le Québec?

Une façon intuitive et proche de l’automatique d’aborder cet article est de garder à l’esprit que je suis, d’une part, immigré, et d’autre part, anglophone d’origine. Je n’apprécie donc pas les préoccupations de la population québécoise francophone, et cela déteint sur mon analyse, faudrait-il le croire. De mon coté, en dépit de mon choix du Québec, par intérêt, il y a plus de 50 ans, comme cette entité francophone noyée dans le flot d’anglophones (et…

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Why the academic community is critical to Canada’s digital economy

Digitalization is happening at a furious pace influencing almost every aspect of daily life. It is driving growth, innovation, and productivity around the world towards a projected $20 trillion dollar global economy by 2020.  As such, a country’s prosperity is increasingly linked to its capacity to adapt to this intuitive convergence of new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) including cloud computing, mobile technology, and digital platforms. Fundamental to this is the ability for academia, government,…

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Le REM, une implication de la Caisse dans le «développement économique», pas dans les transports en commun

Je ne voulais pas intervenir seulement pour critiquer la position de trois portes-parole de groupes environnementuax, mais les développements m’incitent à le faire, parce que le manque de perspective du gouvernement des «vraies affaires» se voit repris par ces groupes. Il y a quelques années, je participais à un panel avec des représentants de deux groupes écologistes, mon invitation découlant de la publication de mon livre sur l’IPV, une critique fondementale de certains aspects de notre modèle économique.…

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Why you should translate your discoveries from bench to bedside

The following is an edited transcript from a talk I gave at the medical device development course, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on May 12, 2016. Due to length, I have broken the talk up into seven parts: Part 1: Why do this? Part 2: What you need to do before you start Part 3: Identifying milestones Part 4: Execution strategy Part 5: Leaving academia Part 6: Questions and answers 1 Part 7: Questions and answers…

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Follow the money: York University prof examines mutual fund fees

York University professor of finance and entrepreneurship Douglas Cumming and his spouse, York instructor of finance Sofia Johan, say their recent report on mutual fund fees has friends making jokes about how they should go into hiding. Each month, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance…

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