Automation a risk to entry-level jobs: report

Young Canadians face a changing job market where jobs are being altered or made obsolete by technological advancements. This is why RBC is launching a 10-year $500 million campaign, called “Future Launch,” to offer youth opportunities to gain the necessary skills, job experience, and career networks to succeed in their future professional career. “There is not a clear census on the impact of automation on the workplace, but we know that it’s something that’s not going away,” said Kim Howson, manager of strategic initiatives at RBC. “We want to make sure Canada is taking the lead in this rapidly developing field and ensure young people have the right skills to take advantage of those enhancements.” The money has not yet […]

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Ottawa Women’s March attracts thousands of protesters

One hour before the Women’s March in Ottawa on Jan. 21, about 20 people stood at the Human Rights Memorial, chatting, smiling, and sipping hot drinks while the fog settled over downtown Ottawa. One little girl stood with a sign that read, “Women can be president too.” By the start of the march at 11:00 A.M., what at first was just a handful of people had become hundreds—and by the end of the march, thousands. The Ottawa Police estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 people marched from Elgin Street down Laurier Avenue to Bronson Centre. The sea of supporters were chanting, wearing pink “pussy hats,” and holding picket signs with catchy slogans. Only 800 protestors were allowed in the Bronson Centre […]

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Program to bring awareness to impact of marijuana on driving

Following the Liberal government’s announcement to legalize marijuana in 2017, some associations say a lot of work is still needed before legalization takes place. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is now lobbying for increased government funding for public education on the impacts of marijuana on driving. CAA helped fund a study called “Cannabis & Road Safety: Policy Challenges” by Ottawa-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). The qualitative study was conducted with 46 individuals who represented federal and provincial stakeholders. “Our focus was to understand the context, issues and priorities for agencies in transportation, health and criminal justice because they are most likely to be impacted by drug-impaired drivers,” said Robyn Robertson, TIRF president. In a November 2016 poll of just over […]

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Letter: Bill C-16 promises “real change”

On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Bill C-16. This bill, if passed, will amend the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Code, to add gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination. A 2015 study by the Trans PULSE Project Team reported 35 per cent of Canada’s transgender population considers suicide each year. Twenty per cent have been physically or sexually assaulted, and 13 per cent report being fired for being transgender. The gross human rights abuse present in the workplace and in society shows the need for “real change”—the campaign slogan Trudeau ran on in the 2015 federal election. Human rights are quickly becoming a defining characteristic of […]

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Carleton researchers awarded grants totaling $2.4 million

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) awarded $2.4 million in grants to 12 researchers at Carleton University to study a range of topics. In a Jan. 5 press release, it was reported that either an Insight Developmental Grant, which supports initial research for a short period of time, or an Insight Grant, which provides long-term funding for research initiatives, would be awarded to Carleton professors. “We absolutely needed these funds,” said Dawn Moore, an associate professor of law and legal studies at Carleton. “I am incredibly grateful that we were not only successful but ranked in the top ten this year in a nation-wide competition.” When applicants apply for these grants, the SSHRC adjudication committee that is comprised […]

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