Category Archives: Social Issues

Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Increased diversity in classrooms brings a huge importance in encouraging inclusivity.

A participant in a 2014 study on inclusivity in Alberta schools expressed the experience of a contemporary classroom: “I find it more and more difficult to support these students as the needs of students increase, class sizes increase, the complexity of students increases, and the complexity of social situations becomes more dire.” Continue reading Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

My four-year-old son will be entering kindergarten next year and it’s got me thinking about which school he will attend and what I believe about schools.

Schools should act as community hubs, creating relationships between families that endure for years and contribute to neighbourhood resiliency. This is particularly important in inner city neighbourhoods like ours. Continue reading Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

Enforcement agencies focus on trivialities Work on major issues for a better use of resources

De minimis non curat lex: The law does not concern itself with trifles.

This Latin expression has guided the proceedings of courts around the globe since antiquity. It means that the courts should not entertain trivial matters, and directs the court to allocate their resources to major matters of human consequence to maintain the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. Continue reading Enforcement agencies focus on trivialities Work on major issues for a better use of resources

Why you should remember your community concerns Following up on issues identified during the municipal election

The municipal election has come and gone, but we still have the lingering issues identified during the campaign.

These issues are important to community members and come up during an election for good reasons. It’s important we don’t forget about these issues. After all, we have an opportunity to keep advocating for our concerns and ensure city council and public school trustees find solutions. Continue reading Why you should remember your community concerns Following up on issues identified during the municipal election

City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

Winter is a chilly time to be intoxicated in public, with the city and season bringing unique dangers.

Const. Cam Buffalo, a member of one of Edmonton Police Service’s northwest division’s beat teams, said people who are intoxicated outdoors could catch hypothermia. Continue reading City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Bruises aren’t the only signs of domestic violence. Other signs can be subtle, but equally telling.

Signs might include someone who can never stay after or be involved in anything outside of work, only goes out with his or her partner, or has no money, phone, or vehicle of their own. Being deprived of personal things most people normally have can be a form of domestic violence.

Const. Sheila Dow, domestic violence coordinator of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) northwest division, said, “Isolation, control, and intimidation are surprisingly common. If you suspect domestic violence, call the police.” Continue reading Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Consider the following statement from a millennial-aged employee in her mid 20s or early 30s. We’ll call her Jane.

“I spend my days in work meetings, whether I am working remotely or in the office. Then they expect me to spend my evenings doing the actual work. My manager doesn’t understand. Nothing we start ever seems to get finished and more just gets piled on.” Continue reading Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success