Seniority is a lousy way to hire teachers

As we move into teacher hiring season, it’s time for Ontario policymakers to take a hard look at Regulation 274, which makes seniority the ruling principle in hiring.

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re a recent university graduate and you get a job as a bank teller in Toronto. Over the next 10 years, you work hard at the bank and earn local, provincial and even national recognition for your work. Customers love you, co-workers look up to you, and supervisors praise your contributions to the branch.

Laurier's Next President, and the Idea of the University


Laurier is searching for a new president.

There's an online survey we can take, provided by the HR consulting firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, that asks (among other things) what "must have" qualities a president should have, and whether we have any ideas for potential candidates?

The Trudeaus: Like father not like son

If you want to see the difference between Justin Trudeau and his late father, look no further than the son’s performance in Waterloo on Friday.

Justin was touring the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (a “must” stop for any 21st century political leader who wants to be taken seriously), when a reporter asked him a foreign affairs question with a bit of a smart-ass preamble: “I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but …”

Ranked balloting: Wilfrid Laurier University prof Barry Kay explains the good, the bad and the different

A switch to ranked balloting at the municipal or federal levels could mean the way you vote will change in upcoming elections.

Ontario has introduced changes to the Municipal Elections Act that would allow municipalities the option to use ranked ballots starting in 2018 – a change that could help voters feel like their opinions are being heard, said political scientist Barry Kay.

Tom Mulcair's biggest weakness also his greatest strength: bringing NDP to the centre

Tom Mulcair's political legacy will be as a strong orator, a champion for the environment and a chief architect of the orange wave that brought the party to historic heights in Quebec.

But he will also be remembered as the man who presided over a failed campaign that dragged the NDP from its first Official Opposition status back to a disappointing third-place finish.

Federal politics is getting interesting

It is peacetime in the nation’s capital. The new Liberal government is getting settled, secure in the knowledge that its majority – coupled with disarray in the opposition parties – means it can do pretty much whatever it likes for the next few years.

Peacetime, however, is not the same as quiet time. We are in for an active time in federal politics. Everyone will be struggling.

Indigenous Origins in the "Americas"

The two main arguments centre around: Indigenous people have always been here since time immorial or that they came from Asia across a land or ice bridge.

By I have never heard anyone make the argument that some Indigenous people came here by boat!

Here's the abstract:

Governments need to clean up fundraising abuses

It is a simple, time-tested formula: money plus ambition equals access and influence.

In politics, the formula has been around for centuries. In the early 17th century, for example, King James I of England and Scotland discovered he could raise the money he needed to finance his activities without increasing taxes. He started selling peerages to wealthy subjects who had ambitions to move up the social ladder and gain access to, and influence in, the monarch’s inner circle.

Reflections from abroad: What comparativists can learn from territorial politics in the Canadian North

I first met Graham White when I arrived at the University of Toronto to complete a post-doctoral fellowship there. Because I had intended to compare institutional developments in different Westminster systems, and because I had just come from completing a PhD in Edinburgh, it seemed logical to compare devolution in the UK and Canada, as well as electoral reform in New Zealand and the republican referendum in Australia. All seemed to be examples of different attempts to adapt the Westminster system to domestic political cultures.

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