In the wake of reports about Saskatchewan’s recent economic and population growth, a University of Saskatchewan professor cautions that the numbers are not as impressive as they may seem. In an Oct. 25 op-ed published in the StarPhoenix, Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison claimed that “the prosperity and strong economic growth Saskatoon is now experiencing are here for the long term. The forces are aligned to continue to build Saskatoon’s success for at least the next 25 years. That’s not just wishful thinking, but is an economic fact.”
With less than two weeks to go before the provincial election, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union released a document outlining its demands of the provincial political parties. The timing was unusual for a document of its type, which groups usually use to extract promises from campaigning politicians desperate to curry favour with the electorate. USSU President Scott Hitchings acknowledged as much, saying the external affairs board he chairs got off to a late start this year.
Groundbreaking new research from the University of Alberta has led to the discovery of a new part of the cells that make up complex life. Four years ago, work began on a project centered on “harmless soil amoeba,” when scientists came across a protein that he had seen before in human cells. The protein is an adaptin that brings things into the cell or expels things. It is the fifth of its kind.
Saskatoon City Councillors discussed and ultimately deferred a motion on Oct. 24 to implement paid metered parking on Sundays in the downtown, Broadway and Riversdale neighbourhoods. There are no large metropolitan centres in Canada that currently charge for parking on Sundays, though city councillor Darren Hill says there are other municipalities that are already doing this.
On Oct. 6, Calgary’s St. Mary’s University College joined schools like the University of Winnipeg, Queen’s and the University of Ottawa when it banned the sale of bottled water on its campus. The Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice only lists six schools in Canada that have made this move, though they did not have St. Mary’s on their list.
Students walking through the Bowl on Oct. 17 may have seen a large black box with the letters “CIDA” scrawled on it. This mysterious display was part of Engineers Without Borders’ attempt to raise awareness about the need for international aid transparency. The Canadian International Development Agency spends $5 billion annually on development and poverty reduction around the world. After it is allocated, it becomes extremely difficult to follow up on how effective that aid was.
In the wake of a scathing editorial in one of the world’s leading science journals, Canadian handling of research misconduct has been called into question. The journal Nature criticized the Natural Sciences and Energy Research Council of Canada for refusing to publicly identify researchers found guilty of misconduct in its Sept. 28 issue. James Turk of the Canadian Association of University Teachers says his organization agrees with Nature and advocates a change.
Research by a Native Studies professor and medical anthropologist at the University of Saskatchewan shows the province’s child welfare system is in dire shape. Recent research by U of S professor Caroline Tait looks into the realities of the child welfare system in Saskatchewan, providing a sobering picture of a vital government program. The research resulted in a documentary on child welfare entitled Child Welfare: the State as Parent, which was launched at the U of S on Oct. 7.
The university teacher-student dynamic can be a strange one: on one hand, students are students, and should reasonably be expected to act accordingly, deferring to professors as superiors and as more knowledgeable. On the other hand, students know they pay a good chunk of their professors’ salary, and this can sometimes lead to students feeling as though they deserve more equal footing with their instructors.
Just days after Mahmoud Abbas formally launched Palestine’s bid for UN-sanctioned statehood, Saskatoon residents were given the opportunity to hear a speaker well-versed in the complexities of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Amira Hass is a journalist and an Israeli Jew whose mother was imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during the Holocaust. Hass has lived in Palestine since 1993, first in Gaza and then, since 1997, in the West Bank. For 20 years, Hass has reported on the daily conditions of Palestinians in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.