Society

Black Overrepresentation in Sports and its Relation to Education

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Click for original photoIn education, extra-curricular sports are encouraged as an excellent way to develop skills, build community, and encourage physical fitness. While there are numerous benefits for having sports in schools, educators need to be aware of issues that may put kids at risk for marginalization in the future.
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TTC Etiquette Campaign

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Just came across this National Post article on a new TTC etiquette campaign.   HILARIOUS!  You can see the posters here but click through to the article for links to print-ready versions.

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Hey Toronto, Want To Reduce Traffic? Invest In Telecommuting

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City of TorontoAccording to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), traffic congestion in the Toronto region costs Canada $3.3-billion in lost productivity a year. The news is reporting that the OECD is suggesting Toronto add congestion tolls, new taxes (parking and fuel) as well as high occupancy toll lanes in a move to reduce traffic on GTA (Greater Toronto Area) highways.

But will tax increases ever be enough?  What we need is a smarter solution to this, and the answer is telecommuting.

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Health and Social Class

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In today’s society, health has become a central issue; good health practices prolong life expectancy and greatly improve one’s quality of life. Poor health practices, on the other hand, can be linked to a myriad of diseases and a decrease in life expectancy. Naturally, good health is very important in any society.

Read the rest here on my guest post at PulseAndSignal.com.

Blog Action Day: Organizations Fighting Poverty in Toronto

In participation of Blog Action Day 2008, I’ve compiled a list of a few organizations that are fighting the battle against poverty in Toronto. Take a look at each of these and learn more about what they do and how you can contribute to their causes.
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Social Media Narcissism

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When going through the process of adding / friending / following in social media, we often look for a common characteristic in our ‘friends’.  These characteristics can be anything, from the love of tech, design, political affiliation or religion or any other type of culture.  Why do we do this?  It’s an attempt in the perpetual battle of finding the the signal amongst the noise, but on that journey, are we falling prey to too much narcissism?

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The Truth of Race is a Lie

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RacismThis is a guest post by Jasmin Smith (my wife), recent Sociology graduate and prospective Humanities teacher in support of International Blog Against Racism Week: http://community.livejournal.com/ibarw/

Race and racism are two concepts deeply entrenched in Western society, yet they are so commonly misunderstood. Racism describes prejudice or discrimination based on skin colour whereas race is merely an imaginary concept that segregates people into distinct social groups based solely on the colour of their skin. The existence of racism rests entirely upon this ‘reality’ of race. Consequently, the truth of racism is also a lie.

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