The first budget of the rather short-lived Paul Martin administration introduced a fairly cool idea to Canadian policy: the Canada Learning Bond (CLB). The idea built on some the then-trendy work of American sociologist Michael Sherraden (among others) around asset-based solutions to poverty. Basically, the idea was that one of the reasons middle-class people act middle-class is that that they have a specific set of time-preferences; on the whole, working-class individuals tend to have shorter time-preferences and hence are less … [ Read More ]
Yesterday, Statistics Canada did the last of its big data dumps on the 2016 census and it covered education. As usual, the HESA Towers team swung into action to get you the highlights (no, really, today was a big team effort, Jonathan W. and Robert B. did extra duty to get you this post today).
Now, census data isn’t usually something that drives big headlines. You usually have plenty of notice about things like “people getting more educated than they … [ Read More ]
The big news in Canada last week was the unveiling by the governing Liberals of a “National Housing Strategy”. Housing is a good policy file to watch for higher education policy types, because housing and higher education share a lot of qualities.
This might not seem like an obvious policy analogy, but hear me out. Shelter, like higher education, is often viewed as a “right”, but it’s one where the base assumption is (in North America, anyway) is that it … [ Read More ]
Ontario College Professors, represented by the Ontario Public Sector Employee’s Union (OPSEU) went on strike Monday morning. A few thoughts on where we are and what might happen:
OPSEU’s final settlement offer published on the weekend (available here) is a heck of a long way from what they were proposing a couple of weeks ago. They’ve given up literally everything on workloads and the (frankly ludicrous) demand for academic Senates at all institutions and some other stuff besides. From this you can either infer … [ Read More ]
One big story from out east that didn’t get a lot of play in the rest of the country was the news that the Nova Scotia government had, over the period 2013-2017, quietly bailed out Acadia University to the tune of $24 million. This is of course the second time a Nova Scotia government has bailed out this decade: the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) received about $10 million.
This isn’t really a partisan thing: it was an NDP … [ Read More ]