Category Archives: Canada

February 15, 2018

Almost 1 million Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions: study

968,000 people skimped on necessities to pay for their medicine in 2016, researchers find.

Nearly one million Canadians spent less on necessities like food and heat to afford their prescriptions in 2016, according to a new study.

The paper, published Tuesday, found that 730,000 people skimped on food and another 238,000 spent less on heating their home — a total of 968,000 people.

“We knew lots of Canadians were having trouble paying for medication,” said Michael Law, lead author on the paper and associate professor in UBC’s school of population and public health.

“Now we know they are trading off other everyday necessities in order to pay for prescription drugs.”

The study surveyed 28,091 people as part of the Statistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey, asking questions about their finances and prescriptions.

People without insurance, people with lower incomes and younger people in general were more likely to say they struggle to afford medication.

Indigenous people were nearly twice as likely to report challenges, as were women comparatively to men.

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February 8, 2018

Laurier free speech club airs controversial Dr. Peterson video (feat. Lindsay Shepherd) – Video

Local Kitchener-Waterloo correspondent Cosmin Dzsurdzsa gets exclusive footage of the first ever Laurier Society for Open Inquiry event. The event consisted of a private screening of the Dr. Jordan Peterson gender identity debate on TVO with Steve Paikin, followed by an open forum discussion with event organizers and the audience. Featuring an appearance by Lindsay Shepherd, and Laurier professor David Haskell.

February 7, 2018

Jordan Peterson Explains Exactly How Trudeau’s Progressive Policies Are Destroying Canada (Video)

“I think he runs an ideology in his head and accepts the output without question. And I think we’re really going to pay for it in Canada in ways that we can’t yet imagine.”

Professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Jordan Peterson said Tuesday that Canada is poised to pay for its progressive ideology and called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his left-wing policies.

While appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Peterson was asked about a forum where Trudeau told an audience member to use the term “people-kind” instead of mankind. Peterson said this behavior was par for the course.

“It’s quite the performance. I mean, I’m afraid that our prime minister is only capable of running his ideas on a few very narrow ideological tracts. We saw the first evidence of that when he put his cabinet together. He insisted upon making it 50 percent women despite the fact that only about 22 percent of the elected MP’s were women,” Peterson said. “It was easier for him to do that than it was for him to screen people for the sort of competence that would actually be necessary to be cabinet members.”

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January 30, 2018

Waterloo region teachers wearing Kevlar as violence in classroom grows

1,300 incidents involving elementary student-on-teacher violence in the Waterloo Region District School Board.

Some teachers in Waterloo region now feel the need to wear Kevlar clothing to protect themselves due to the growing trend of violence in classrooms.

“We’re (dealing with) everything to biting to kicking and punching,” said Jeff Pelich, the vice president of the local chapter of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

“Between our teachers and educational assistants, and child and youth workers, many of them are now required to wear Kevlar, to wear full vests to protect themselves from punches and kicks.”

1,300 violent incidents

Last school year there were approximately 1,300 incidents involving elementary student-on-teacher violence in the Waterloo Region District School Board, up from around 900 the previous year.

The numbers were part of a report discussed at the school board’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night.

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January 29, 2018

Ezra Levant: Trudeau to bail out failing newspapers (Video)

Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media reports on Justin Trudeau’s plan to announce a bailout for his allies in the failing mainstream media.

January 2, 2018

Laurier Professor Shocked by Postmodernist Claims (Peterson | Haskell | McNally) – Video

Dr. David Haskell, Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism / Religion and Culture and Dr. William McNally, Associate Professor of Finance at the School of Business and Economics (both of Wilfred Laurier) joined Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at University of Toronto, for this discussion (December 19, 2017) about Dr. MacLatchy’s response to the scandal surrounding TA Lindsay Shepherd.

December 28, 2017

Deconstruction: The Lindsay Shepherd Affair (Video)

In November 2017, Wilfred Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was called to a disciplinary meeting by two professors (Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott) and one administrator (Adria Joel) to discuss her screening of a video clip from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin during a class she was conducting. Shepherd taped the proceedings (http://bit.ly/2mMPvok) and released them, causing a national and international firestorm of outrage over the manner in which she was treated.

December 11, 2017

Lindsay Shepherd: My Laurier interrogation shows universities have lost sight of their purpose (Video)

How can humanities departments justify charging students tuition if they are not teaching them to think critically?

One of the research paper topics that students from Communication Studies 101 at Wilfrid Laurier University can choose to write about this semester is communication bubbles. Communication bubbles refer to the phenomenon of people becoming entrapped in ideological echo chambers as a result of only seeking out, or being fed, news that confirms their existing beliefs. This trend has been greatly exacerbated in recent years by social media. As a proponent of viewpoint diversity, I find the idea of communication bubbles fascinating but troubling—I believe a willingness to explore new ideas, entertain a variety of perspectives, and confront information that challenges one’s beliefs are critical values.

I am a teaching assistant for Communication Studies 101. Last month, I showed my students a clip from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, which showed University of Toronto professors Jordan Peterson and Nicholas Matte debating the contentious issue of gender pronouns. I mentioned to my class that watching debates such as the one we were about to view is a great way to break out of communication bubbles and decide for oneself whether an argument is valid or not. I emphasized that watching ideas being debated in action is how a “marketplace of ideas” is formed (a concept that is studied in the very course in which I was censured, ironically enough).

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December 10, 2017

Your new school curriculum: social justice for all

Where do education theorists learn such dumb ideas? In education school, and especially in OISE (the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), which is a highly influential hotbed of nutty social theory.

Canada’s biggest school system has some problems. Math scores are flat or in decline. Too many kids aren’t doing well in school, and too many of them are visible minorities. Something must be done. What is it?

The answer is to make social justice and “equity” the main focus of education in Ontario. Every school board, school and classroom will be re-engineered to root out racism and discrimination. School boards will collect data on race and ethnicity to ensure that equity is reflected in everything from staff hires to student suspensions. Teaching materials will be revised to be less Eurocentric. Children will be taught the history of colonialism, residential schools and oppression. Kids in the “applied” stream will be placed in the academic stream, because streaming is discriminatory.

The social-justice movement has spread across the country, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia. “Equality” is no longer the goal. The new goal is “equity,” a very different concept. According to a sweeping draft plan prepared for the Toronto District School Board, equity is not achieved by treating students fairly. It is achieved by challenging “entrenched systems of power and privilege” and “constantly working to centre the conversation around the effects of inequity, oppression, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of hate and discrimination specifically for racialized students.”

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December 8, 2017

The Academic Coward (Video)

How this instructor failed to challenge Jordan Peterson.