Campus Crisis: Alberta post-secondary schools grapple with mental health issues

The Edmonton Journal reports on the rise of, and response to, mental health issues on Alberta post-secondary campuses.

Smartphones in the Classroom? Let Students Decide

On chroniclevitae.com, David Gooblar suggests that the question of the acceptable use of personal technology in the classroom – which is a contentious issue for many instructors – could be decided by the students themselves. One result of this approach, he writes, would be the removal of any unnecessary difficulty, stigma or discrimination placed upon students with disabilities who use personal technology to participate fully in the class.

Calgary Herald: Success of first workplace mental health program hard to measure

From the January 17, 2014 issue of the Calgary Herald: “A year after launching Canada’s first national guidelines for workplace mental health, the agency behind the program says it doesn’t know how many employers are using it — or how.”

U.S. Ratification of U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This past December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the United States ambassador to the United Nations urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Last December, the Senate voted 61-38 in favour of the treaty, failing to meet the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

Supporters have argued that ratification would press the rest of the world to get up to par with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which they call the world’s “gold standard.” Opponents have suggested the treaty would not have any measurable, positive effects on Americans travelling or serving abroad, and could impinge on U.S. sovereignty.

The treaty, which came into force in May of 2008, was ratified by Canada in 2010.

Calgary Herald: Council votes to end fee for longer Access Calgary trips

As reported in the Calgary Herald, Calgary City Council voted unanimously Monday to scrap Access Calgary’s $20 surcharge for trips more than one kilometre from a  regular transit stop.