02 juin 2013

People without Jobs — Jobs without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘skills crisis’

http://aka-cdn-ns.adtechus.com/images/261/Ad4096261St1Sz2666Sq22265231V0Id5.gifBy . Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in low-skilled jobs. Laid-off welders in Ontario sit idle, while oilsands employers in Alberta are chronically short-handed. High-skill jobs go unfilled, yet university graduates can’t find work. Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in such low-skilled jobs as fast-food servers.
Why? One reason cited has been called the skills mismatch or skills shortage, phrases that refer to the growing gap between the skills Canadian employers say they need and the ones job seekers can provide. Employers say it’s one of the toughest challenges they face; the federal government made it the centrepiece of its 2013 budget, with a training incentive grant for employers called the Canada Job Program. Read more...

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U of R international students hurt by lack of English skills, prof says

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS26vThT4bd2rqdTo_nZcDLuW3KFt6S4J0Hr6vp3rHvRCE_KdjaUgHaVAUniversity insists the supports are there. Some Saskatchewan university professors say international students being admitted to study in the province don't have the necessary English skills to be successful. At a recent university council meeting, University of Regina professor Cameron Louis brought up his concerns, tabling a motion stating international students were being accepted into programs they did not have sufficient English skills to complete. But the problem may be more visible as the enrolment of international students keeps increasing. At the U of R, the number of international students has nearly doubled from 730 in 2009 to 1,448 in 2013. The number has been going up at the University of Saskatchewan as well, from 1,714 in 2009-10 to 2,264 in 2012-13. Read more...

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New way to run universities

http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/www2.canada.com/images/newspapers/edmontonjournal/widgets/paper_image.gifBy Bruce Spencer. Athabasca U staff look at shifting from corporate-style management. The cut of more than seven per cent in public funding for post-secondary institutions that were expecting a two-per-cent increase has created a crisis for Alberta's university and college sector. This new cut in funding, alongside mandate letters that emphasize post-secondary education as essentially preparation for work and university research in the service of business, is all in line with global trends that threaten university independence. Is it possible for universities to survive in this environment or will we be left with only the largest privately funded universities? Read more...

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Trent University alumni starting to reclaim a past that’s been trashed

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngJust last year, furniture maker Rob Tuckerman pushed past old mattresses and fibreglass insulation to pull, from a dumpster at Trent University, iconic wooden chairs – known as the Ant and Series 7 – by the Danish great Arne Jacobsen. Dumpster diving was something Tuckerman did not exactly relish. At 58, he is educated as a biologist and has enjoyed an extensive career illustrating books for the likes of David Suzuki. But he is also a passionate Trent alumnus, and has been doing whatever it takes to salvage at least part of the Ontario university’s vast collection of mid-century furniture, which has been trashed for decades. That same day, in the freezing cold, Tuckerman fashioned a slide from old mattresses and eased out of the dumpster a 1960s wood-frame couch that had been designed by Toronto architect Jack Diamond with the Muller and Stewart furniture studio, and showcased in a Habitat suite at Expo 67. Read more...

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Parts of (great convocation) speech: Funny, personal, inspiring – and short

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Kathryn Blaze Carlson. U.S. President Barack Obama took on race. Media mogul Arianna Huffington called for a “third women’s revolution.” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo noted how much the world has changed in his lifetime, saying, “When I was your age, we didn’t have the Internet in our pants. We didn’t even have the Internet not in our pants.” Read more...

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Libraries into career centres, campus residences into senior homes

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Rey Rosales. Imagine it is the year 2030 and the former student centre at Big University X is full of people dancing to a new comeback tune from an aging pop star named Psy. Twenty years ago, the place would have been full of young college students playing video games, working on an assignment, or simply chatting with friends. Read more...

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Few academic jobs, but Canada’s need for PhDs grows

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Brent Herbert-Copley. It sounds like the lead-in to a bad joke: “How many PhDs does it take to …..”?
In this case, however, the question is a serious one: How many doctoral graduates does a country like Canada need to fuel an innovative, creative economy and society? There’s a current of pessimism circulating at present, with tough labour market conditions prompting doubts about our ability to make good use of the stream of doctoral grads from Canadian universities. Before we jump to conclusions, however, some perspective may be in order. Read more...

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Nothing about us, without us

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/logo-university-affairs.gifBy Joey Fitzpatrick. How the new credo for community-engaged research is making a difference both in communities and at universities. Emergency youth shelters serve a vital purpose, providing sanctuary to young people in crisis. Staff at these shelters are all too familiar with “revolving door syndrome,” in which the same vulnerable young people cycle through the social service network. Ideally, a person stays in a shelter temporarily before finding a suitable housing solution. But in most cases, the supports are not in place for that to happen. It’s a problem with no easy solution. The problem of revolving door syndrome was not specifically on her mind when Naomi Nichols began her doctoral studies at York University’s faculty of education in 2006. But she did have a clear vision of the direction of her research. “I knew I wanted to work in the area of service provision for marginalized youth, and was thinking about a participatory-activist research project with young people.”
Dr. Nichols (she now has her PhD) had just returned to Peterborough, the city where she was raised, and a mutual friend introduced her to Walter Johnstone, executive director of the city’s Youth Emergency Shelter. “We chatted, and saw some real lines of convergence between what he wanted to do at the shelter and what I was proposing.” Read more...

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There’s no place like here

By . Though it isn’t the topic of my current research, I’ve been interested in the Internet (as an object of study) for some time, in particular its possibilities for connecting people and helping them generate new relationships and forms of social support that might not otherwise have been available. I think this is because I’ve been engaging in forms of distance-networking for over ten years now, starting with snail mail and leading all the way to Twitter. I’m not particularly sociable by nature, because unfamiliar social situations tend to tire me out; all social interaction is a form of performance, but some people find it more taxing than others. Over time I’ve discovered that for me personally, it’s easier to cultivate an initial level of familiarity through mediated interactions, rather than through increased in-person socializing, because the latter tires me out too quickly. Read more...

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The so-so state of science communication in Canada

By . The recent public outreach efforts of International Space Station Commander and Canadian Chris Hadfield – his explanatory videos, photos and remarkable cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” shot from outer space, not to mention his nearly one million Twitter followers – was a triumph for science communication, says science writer Kyle Hill, writing for Scientific American. Who could argue with that? Read more...

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