Teach Money Skills to Your Middle Schooler This Summer
May 25, 2016
According to a 2014 University of Michigan Study, the average high school senior – who may already be juggling a part-time job in addition to their schoolwork– knows little about saving or proper money management.
In fact, they spend most of what they earn on entertainment and clothing – a pretty bad precedent for young adults heading off to college …
Good Teachers Matter More Than Small Class Size
May 25, 2016
Reducing class sizes is a costly initiative with little payback
Prince Edward Island opposition MLA Sidney MacEwen made headlines earlier this month when he challenged the government to enforce class-size limits. But the evidence shows such a move is costly and relatively fruitless in terms of academic gain.
MacEwen, a Progressive Conservative, zeroed in on supposedly large kindergarten classes and …
Searching For Meaning of Life
May 22, 2016
Given the fact of what is happening around us and the world everyday we need to stop and ask these questions to ourself:
Have we learnt anything as humans from century to century? If not; then when will we learn? What is the meaning of life anyway?
In every given second of every hour in every day or night human …
Joining Your Friend’s Wedding Party Without Going Broke
May 19, 2016
If a close friend or family member is getting married it’s an honor to be asked to join the wedding party. However, if your budget is tight because you’re saving up for a financial goal, paying off bills or have had a recent financial reversal like the loss of a job, you might need to do some thinking before you …read the whole story >
Comprehensive Approach Needed to Fix Metro Vancouver Housing Crisis
May 18, 2016
Study : (Vancouver) A new study finds Metro Vancouver’s growing housing affordability crisis is widening the gap between the rich and poor, and requires a multi-pronged response that would restrict absentee ownership, increase affordable housing supply for both new owners and renters, and make property taxes fair.
“The housing crisis is top of mind for most people,” says Marc Lee, …
B.C. Needs to Step Up its Game on Innovation
May 18, 2016
A nimble economy requires innovation in such areas as tax policy, an educated workforce and immigration policy
The economic and business environment in which British Columbia operates is shifting and changes are necessary if the province is to remain vibrant.
A number of trends are transforming the global economy. The principal forces identified by the McKinsey Global Institute are: urbanization, …
ICTs key to Transforming Education in Africa
May 18, 2016
International experts in the education sector have called for the uptake of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the education sector for the region to transform its education system.
Speaking during the first of a three-day United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) cross-country workshop for the finalization of the country project documents of the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) project …
Houston Provides Affordable Housing Example for Vancouver
May 15, 2016
Reducing red tape allows for innovative solutions to housing for growing populations, ultimately lowering housing costs
A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing …read the whole story >
Dear Earls: Your Beef Dilemma Is Already Solved
May 15, 2016
Canadian cattle producers are justifiably proud of their humane treatment of their animals
Congratulations on your renewed commitment to sourcing beef from here at home. Canada’s beef-eaters and producers applaud you. The good news is that there is already plenty of beef in Canada to meet your humane treatment requirements. (It’s actually illegal to raise cattle …read the whole story >
Should You Join the Gig Economy?
May 14, 2016
Today, our standard workday isn’t so standard anymore and we’re talking more about “gigs” – alternative work arrangements that often depend on the latest technology and a desire to set one’s own schedule and pay. However, the question is whether everyone plans for the reality of the work or the impact self-employment in any form can have on his or …read the whole story >
Why Canada Needs a National Housing Strategy Now
May 13, 2016
By providing secure, safe housing, we are also addressing persistent health problems
As family doctors, we see and know the powerful effect proper housing has on the health of our patients.
When you feel unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the desire for a safe and comfortable place to rest and …
Calling all Aspiring Leaders in Grades 8-12 to Apply for a Scholarship Initiative
May 12, 2016
May 31 deadline for 5 scholarship submissions at SAGE FOUNDATION via Alexander Academy
The Sage Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2007 (launched 2010) to open opportunities for youth, has partnered with the Alexander Academy to offer grade 8-12 students in BC 5 scholarships, for a 5 year study period each via The Aspiring Leaders Scholarship Initiative.
Apply by May …
Working Out on a Budget
May 7, 2016
It’s true–good health really does save money.
A Towers Watson survey (https://www.towerswatson.com/en-US/Press/2012/11/research-shows-prevention-is-key-to-reducing-health-care-costs-for-all-employees) noted that employee wellness programs saved employers an average of $100 in health care costs per worker. So if you’re going to get healthy, do it the smart way and make well-researched spending decisions throughout the year. Here are a few tips at the starting line.
Do a …
Getting Your Finances Ready for Adoption
May 5, 2016
The decision to start a family is a joyful event. However, parents considering adoption should consider advance planning for a range of financial issues unique to the process and the child they hope to bring into their home.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the costs of adopting (https://www.childwelfare.gov) may be a few hundred dollars or …
Canadian Cattle Industry Faces a Growing Crisis
May 3, 2016
The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs
The Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada.
The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W …
Public Policy Can’t Ignore Income Mobility Facts of Life
April 28, 2016
Ignoring income mobility could worsen public policy or even limit the degree of mobility in Canada
It may be hard for Canadians to believe, but a key feature of our society is regularly ignored in the discussion and setting of public policies. Whether we’re talking about taxes, income inequality, poverty, or the minimum wage, policy often ignores the obvious yet …
Personal Finance Gifts for the New Graduate
April 26, 2016
College graduation season is upon us. How about a gift that will really mean something to a student in your life?
The way I see it, the best graduation gift isn’t just a check in an envelope – it’s coming up with a few great, memorable ideas to help a new grad get a great financial start in life. At …
Universities Have Become Giant Taxpayer-Funded Daycare Centres
April 25, 2016
Students are coddled by a new legal ‘right’ not to feel ‘offended’ by challenges to radical feminism and other prevailing orthodoxies
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is being sued for having once again displayed its intolerance for politically-incorrect opinions on campus.
The Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) has been denied registered club status by RSU. Unlike dozens of other …
Why we need a Made-in-Canada Approach to Assisted Suicide
April 25, 2016
As Canadians weigh in on Bill C-14, some will say it has gone far enough. Others will insist it must go further
This is part 5 in our series Assisted suicide
Autonomy, it would seem, is an intoxicant. The more we have, the more we want. In tabling its draft legislation on physician-hastened death, the Federal Government has rejected several …
There is No Silver Bullet to Economic Prosperity
April 24, 2016
No single project or government program will miraculously rescue Atlantic Canada from its depressed economy
Budget season prompts us to reflect on basic economic questions. A good life rule is: don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
In public finances, balance is a sign of good management when the objective is a stronger economy and job creation.
The same …
Half way across Africa!
April 24, 2016
BC retiree Dr. Brenda Trenholme’s epic fundraising cycling adventure across Africa has passed the 1/2 way point. Brenda is undertaking a 4 month, ten country, 12,000+km trip by bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa, fundraising for scholarships. “High school is not free in Kenya”, Brenda says. “As a result, many clever, committed students are denied the opportunity …read the whole story >
A Woman of Purpose, a Wonderful Documentary!
April 19, 2016
A Must See Doc! Former Governor General Michaëlle Jean:
“This loving, caring and even tender documentary of Michaëlle Jean by her husband, the noted filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond creates a balance of great strength, beauty intelligence and compassion for immigrants and those whose voices may not always be heard. As an immigrant from Haiti who went through difficult times, Ms. Michaëlle …
Five Ways to Save on an Overseas Trip
April 17, 2016
My neighbors and I talked for weeks about their upcoming European vacation with their teenaged kids. We discussed every single place they planned to visit. But when I asked if they knew how much their European train and ground transportation, smartphone data plans and meals out were going to cost, they shrugged and said, “We’re not worried. That’s the cheapest …read the whole story >
Alexander Academy Announces The Aspiring Leaders Scholarship Initiative With Its Partner The Sage Foundation
April 13, 2016
The Sage Foundation recognizes excellence and achievements by youth thus creating the perfect partner to have with us in this endeavor.
Our students are leaders! They are leaders in their classes, the Academy, and their community. We see this happening every day at Alexander Academy. Whether it is leading their group in projects such as our Graduation 2016 Video or …
This Is One Education Reform Business Will Applaud
April 12, 2016
Incorporating core competencies in education will change the way people find, and keep, jobs
Rising jobless rates should create a buyers’ market for employers. But many Canadian employers say the pool of competent workers is still pretty shallow.
Employers say they can’t find enough people who communicate well, think critically, work in teams, or manage themselves or their time well. …