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    For anyone in doubt: "Report on industrial schools for Indians and half-breeds" by Davin, Nicholas Flood, 1843-1901 https://archive.org/details/cihm_03651 "The experience of the United States is the same as our own as far as the adult Indian is concerned. Little can be done with him. He can be taught to do a little at farming, and at stock-raising, and to dress in a more civilized manner, but that is all. The child, again, who goes to a day school learns little, and what little he learns is soon forgotten, while his tastes are fashioned at home, and his inherited aversion to toil is in no way combated" (p. 2).
    Jan 29, 2016 8:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    How can we have a school- a school - in Regina still named after the architect of residential schools which have now been officially recognized as cultural genocide? Let's fix this-- together... Who's in?
    Jan 28, 2016 8:20 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Perhaps we could work on respectfully acknowledging Nicholas Flood Davin, and the many students who have attend/ed Davin school, while also honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's findings, calls to action, and our aim to work towards a more just and inclusive education system and society. This could be a real opportunity for the whole Regina community to get behind an initiative as a positive, proactive response; especially in light of tragic events in our province, and more positively important victories for kids like Cindy Blackstock's most recent win at the Human Rights Tribunal. I realise there may be many in our community who feel an attachment to the name Davin, or who resist changing names of historic buildings/schools. But, I also feel, few would really want to honour, as an outstanding individual, someone who was found to be the architect behind what we now officially recognise to be a genocidal policy. At any rate, I thought it might be good to reach out and potentially work together on such a positive and impactful endeavour. Let's talk...
    Jan 28, 2016 6:59 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    This could be a real opportunity for the whole Regina community to get behind an initiative as a positive, proactive response; especially in light of tragic events in our province, and more positively important victories for kids like Cindy Blackstock's most recent win at the Human Rights Tribunal. I realise there may be many in our community who feel an attachment to the name Davin, or who resist changing names of historic buildings/schools. But, I also feel, few would really want to honour, as an outstanding individual, someone who was found to be the architect behind what we now officially recognise to be a genocidal policy. goo.gl/itFVKo
    Jan 28, 2016 7:44 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    What a wonderful time for some honesty and leadership from our Regina Public School Board. As we, as a community are invited to name the 3 new RBE schools, let's take the opportunity to have a hard, reflexive look at Nicholas Flood Davin’s legacy and Davin School's name. goo.gl/itFVKo
    Jan 27, 2016 8:23 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Time for some honesty at Regina Public Board. As we, as a community, name the new P3 schools let's take the opportunity to have a hard, honest look at Nicholas Flood Davin and Davin School's name. http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/boundary-program-changes-will-accompany-opening-of-new-public-schools This was Davin's famous work: "Report on industrial schools for Indians and half-breeds" by Davin, Nicholas Flood, 1843-1901 https://archive.org/details/cihm_03651 Despite RBE's claim on their website: http://davin.rbe.sk.ca/history "In modern terms, Davin was an eloquent communicator. The goal of any educational institution is to teach children how to communicate and to provide them with the means by which they might learn about their world. The edifice, his namesake, Davin School commemorates this outstanding individual." Time to face our past, as we embrace a more just future...Rename the school while preserving Davin's full history side by side with the new name lest we never forget our collective history. Time to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf It's 2016 after all! http://www.archive.org/stream/cihm_03651#page/n5/mode/2up
    Jan 27, 2016 5:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    All social workers, teachers, adults should watch this presser- it's our job to stand up to what we know to be wrong
    Jan 26, 2016 11:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jan 26, 2016 6:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jan 25, 2016 7:24 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Where's our mayor's leadership here? He silenced these discussions at Council, and now he still doesn't appear to be in any hurry to address these legitimate concerns
    Jan 25, 2016 6:41 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jan 25, 2016 6:27 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "The residents of La Loche who have escaped a reliance on welfare tend to be older and follow traditional Dene methods of living off the land through hunting and fishing. Few of the town’s young, Chief Cameron said, have such skills. Stephen King, the school’s principal, has long been aware of that problem. On Saturday, a woman who answered the phone at his home said that he was not available to speak. But during an interview in 2010 for a video about the town produced by journalism students at the University of Regina, Mr. King said the decline of the traditional Dene way of life had been devastating for the community. “You take away the land, you take away the traditional livelihoods, you feed them booze, you introduce smallpox in your trade wars,” he said. “We won’t call it genocide, because we’re white guys and white guys don’t do that. That’s just other evil people in the world.” He added, “I began to understand that colonization isn’t something that’s a long time ago, it’s something that’s at work right now.”"
    Jan 24, 2016 10:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Provincial investigations have uncovered more than 300 cases where private contractors failed to provide proper winter road maintenance services, CTV News has learned."
    Jan 23, 2016 3:12 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "University of Saskatchewan (A) The enviable U of S has a board mostly limited to financial matters, the academic decisions of which require approval of other bodies. An academically focused senate and council can make binding decisions without approval -- the former regarding smaller decisions, the latter regarding the biggest choices the university might make. Council (consisting of university leadership, staff and students) has real authority over the academy backed by provincial law. As if this isn't fair enough, there is also a general assembly -- a watchdog consisting of all faculty and many students -- that can vote to delay and force reconsideration of decisions and to dissolve council and temporarily transfer power to the senate. Others should take a good look at the University of Saskatchewan Act."
    Jan 19, 2016 8:27 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The Grim Reaper itself, audit culture, comes a knocking... "The auditor’s recommendations said the university should have more detailed performance measures and targets on research activities." Back to where you belong audit-- stick to the financial aspects. http://globalnews.ca/news/2454413/university-of-regina-fixes-rules-on-research-after-criticism-from-auditor/
    Jan 14, 2016 9:15 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    If the mayor is eager to end homelessness as the print version of this story reads, he has the remarkable ability of being 100% ineffective in his pursuit of this goal!
    Jan 14, 2016 6:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "But there’s a disturbing twist in the story when we look at who is actually involved. While the federal government will provide some money to get the project going, neither the provincial nor municipal governments are expected to contribute a nickel, or indeed to explain any refusal to lend a hand. And that makes for an embarrassing anomaly compared to the other cities across Canada where a Housing First strategy has proven successful thanks in large part to the participation of multiple levels of government."
    Jan 14, 2016 6:13 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Up until this week, Regina was the only city on the Prairies receiving federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding without such a strategy ….It is unlikely the city or province will add money to what is being made available by the federal government, according to Roberts. Other jurisdictions using Housing First models have received money from other levels of government." GREAT! But *sigh* No thanks to our provincial or municipal governments
    Jan 13, 2016 5:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    This interview was lots of fun. Thanks for the opportunity Ed Kapp!
    Jan 12, 2016 8:55 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Everyone needs some Jazz Against the Machine!
    Jan 12, 2016 8:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Academics are certainly governed by surveillance mechanisms, but these increasingly take the form of bureaucratically elaborate audit regimes which purport to measure the quality of academic research. These auditing exercises treat the actual substantive focus of the research as a secondary matter. Indeed, a scholar could conceivably publish a damning critique of the neoliberal university in a prestigious academic journal and still be championed in a university environment where neoliberal reason is flourishing. So long as these critiques are kept safely in relatively unknown academic publications, the ability of individual scholars to write critically about the university, or most other matters, is likely to remain largely unencumbered. However, the potential threat to academic freedom comes into clearer view once these critiques are articulated in the media and public spaces that preoccupy the corporate university."
    Jan 12, 2016 7:51 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "...uncooked eggs and other food even corrections officials deemed inedible." YUM! Calling on Premier Brad Wall & all MLAs to take the #PrisonFoodChallenge http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/appeals-to-base-supporters-bring-out-the-worst-in-politics (popularity you say? Ya so is Donald Trump-- that's just sad)
    Jan 12, 2016 7:46 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Evidence-based policy development: A framework and its application Munir A. Sheikh, Former Chief Statistician of Canada January 2016 "There has been considerable interest and debate recently on the use of evidence in policy development, sparked perhaps by a view that some governments overly rely on ideology rather than evidence to make policy decisions. Yet, when asked, virtually everyone says they support evidence-based policy. But even if there is widespread agreement, a discussion and examination of the issue serves two useful purposes: • First, it helps clarify exactly what we mean that policy development needs to be based on evidence and how one actually goes about doing it; and, • Second, such a discussion helps clarify the distinction between basing policy decisions on evidence and creating evidence to support a policy decision already made. The former is desirable and does not happen often enough, while the later is undesirable and occurs frequently http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/documents/research/policy-briefs/JSGS-policybriefs-Evidence-based%20policy%20development_FINAL_WEB.pdf
    Jan 08, 2016 7:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jan 05, 2016 4:35 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "The push toward open access is not only growing in sheer numbers of journals but also in an increasingly confrontational strategy that academics leverage against large publishers. “At the moment, the Netherlands, the whole country, has said to Elsevier that we want all of our researchers to be able to publish open access in your journals at the same rates we would pay for a subscription last year and if you can’t do that we’re going to cancel every one of your journals, for all of our universities nationwide,” says Eve. “They have a few days left to resolve this, and it looks like they are going to cancel all the Elsevier journals.”
    Jan 05, 2016 4:29 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Jan 04, 2016 6:51 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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