Halifax Researcher Raises Alarm Bell over Concerningly Low Life Satisfaction among Canada’s Disabled Youth, Calls for A New Resilience-based Approach to Services

Young people with disabilities living in Canada are reporting significantly lower levels of life satisfaction compared to their peers, and without action to improve the way support services are delivered, their mental health and general well-being may suffer.

That’s the finding of a recent study led by leading Halifax-based youth and disability scholar Ami Goulden, who is calling for a paradigm shift when it comes to delivering healthcare and community-based programs for disabled youth, urging for more emphasis to be placed on nurturing relationships and connections, and cultivating resilience.

In a first-of-its-kind Canadian study, Goulden, a social worker and PhD candidate in University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and her fellow researchers looked at data from the 2016 Canadian General Social Survey to uncover how youth aged 15 to 24 who self-report having a disability view life satisfaction, and whether resilience could...

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Events Held During Pandemic Get Creative

Amid COVID-19, a new business category has arisen – virtual events.

When the pandemic hit, organizations that typically hold annual – or more frequent – networking, educational or trade show events found themselves cancelling them one after the other. Forward-thinking tech companies, such as Forj, seized the opportunity to help these organizations stay connected to their stakeholders, employees or members by providing platforms that improve attendee access and experience, and the results are mind-boggling.

One such example – and one of the most robust and complex events Forj has provided service for to date – is the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Congress 2021), Canada’s largest academic gathering, which takes place each May at a different Canadian university each year. The massive event typically attracts 5,000-10,000 attendees and the participation of dozens of...

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Embracing Econferences: a step toward limiting the negative effects of conference culture

Guest blog by Chelsea Miya, Oliver Rossier, and Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta

One of the largest gatherings of scholars in the country will be moving online this year. Thousands of Congress 2021 attendees will not be flying or driving across Canada to the University of Alberta. Instead, they’ll be gathering virtually.

Our reliance on in-person gatherings has been dramatically challenged in the past year, as academics (along with much of the world) were forced to isolate.

While there have been major hurdles while transitioning to online, there have undoubtedly been benefits. One of those has been the environmental impact.

Flying is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A sustainability audit at University California Santa Barbara in 2014 found that about one third of the campus’s CO2 footprint (55,000,000 lbs.) came from flying to conferences, talks, and meetings (Hiltner); and a 2018...

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Universities and the George Floyd moment

Guest post by Temitope Oriola, joint editor-in-chief of African Security, associate professor at the University of Alberta, two-time Carnegie fellow, recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal and president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)

George Floyd’s digitized and widely disseminated asphyxiation through that knee on the neck has led to global protests against police violence. The murder of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 has also spurred challenges to historical injustices (as well as their ostensible sites and symbols) and social inequalities. There is also increasing solidarity with the...

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Beyond a Single Story: Black Lives and Hidden Figures in the Canadian Academy

photo of Dr. Malinda S. Smith standing in front of bookcase wearing redGuest blog by Dr. Malinda S. Smith, a Professor of Political Science and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow at the University of Alberta, a former Executive member (Equity & Diversity) on the FHSS Board, coauthor of The Equity Myth (2017), and a coeditor of the forthcoming book, The Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy.

As Congress 2020 undertakes to “Bridge Divides” and confront the intersections of colonialism and anti-Black racism, it is critical to confront the histories and multiplicity of Black lives in Canada. As Desmond Cole’s new book reminds us, Black lives are neither reducible to “...

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