Blanket of hope: students knit blanket to support refugees

Through the power of art, textile arts students at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus are helping to bring Syrian refugee families to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A massive blanket made of individual colourful knitted squares—created by the students—was sold to raise money for the Refugee Support Group, a local community organization working to support and sponsor refugees coming to the area. The blanket was originally the idea of Barb Hunt, a visual arts professor at the university. Over the past several years, Hunt has been teaching students to knit, creating small knitted squares as a practice project. Having accumulated many squares from previous students, she said the plan was always to sew them together and make a blanket. After voting, the class decided […]

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Letter: Canadian history isn’t boring

Last week commemorated a historic milestone not seen in a millennium. Queen Elizabeth II eclipsed the reign of her predecessors. “A long life can pass through many milestones. My own is no exception,” Her Royal Majesty said. True to her words, the following day marked another milestone back home in Canada. Quietly it passed, with little hoopla and even less mention. For the first time as an independent country, Canada declared war on Sept. 10, 1939. The country had no searchlights. Barely thirteen vessels. Newfoundland still was a direct colony of Britain. None of that deterred us. By the end of the Second World War six years later, over one million Canadians—out of a pre-war population of 11 million—would take […]

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Alberta freezes tuition fees for two years

Post-secondary students in Alberta won’t see a tuition fee hike when they return in the fall, as the province’s newly-elected NDP government has frozen tuition fee rates for the next two years. The provincial government will cap tuition fee increases at the 2014-15 level for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. Leah Holoiday, press secretary for advanced education minister Lori Sigurdson, said Alberta has one of the lowest post-secondary participation rates in the country. According to Holoiday, the government believes introducing a tuition freeze will “give students and families the predictability they need to plan for post-secondary education.” Along with the freeze, the government is also decreasing “market modifiers,” a system where tuition fees are increased for specific degree programs. […]

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Newfoundland instructor flies drone journalism code

Canadian journalism schools now have their first ever drone journalism code of conduct, courtesy of a Newfoundland journalism instructor. College of the North Atlantic (CNA) instructor Jeff Ducharme recently created a Drone Journalism Code for photojournalism students at the college’s Bay St. George, N.L., campus. While Ducharme said he wrote the code primarily for his students, he hopes it helps spur a discussion on the larger ethical issues surrounding unmanned air vehicles in journalism. “I think whether people adopt pieces of the code and then write their own rules or whether they adopt the whole thing, you need a jumping off point, you need something to start the dialogue,” he said. Ducharme said drone journalism has recently been a contentious […]

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Maclean’s lists most educated provinces

Approximately 44 per cent of Canadians ranging from 25-64 years old have acquired a post-secondary education (PSE) according to a recent list published by Maclean’s, but those numbers differ widely between the provinces and territories. The list used data from a 2009 Statistics Canada report, which provides information on the national and provincial education and employment rates.   Ontario tops the list of most educated provinces, with  56 per cent of its population having achieved a PSE degree—the only province or territory in Canada to surpass the 50 per cent mark. The employment rate there is 81 per cent. Yukon lands next with 49 per cent of educated people with an employment rate of 87 per cent. While Prince Edward Island […]

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