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Bonjour/Hi: How Welcoming are we to Newcomers? Part 1

September 22, 2020 - Ontario’s northern and western regions need immigration. Since 1976, seven out of 11 districts in Ontario’s western, northern, and central regions have faced a decline in population; all are experiencing a population shift. Demographically, the population is aging and youth are out-migrating in search of education and employment opportunities elsewhere. Thus, labour market shortages have, and will continue to, arise. Attracting and retaining immigrants is a crucial step in ensuring current levels of quality of life remain, despite demographic factors working against our favour.

Post-secondary education in a global pandemic: impacts for Northern Ontario learners

September 15, 2020 - This article was first published in First Policy Response. The author was asked to contribute responses to the following questions: What issue are you most concerned about when it comes to resuming classes, and how should we deal with it? How will post-secondary education be different two years from now as a result of COVID-19? The original publications, along with responses from other contributors, can be found here and here.

Ingenuity Space at Lakehead University

September 10, 2020 - Lakehead University's most recent initiative is the addition of its business incubator called Ingenuity. This is a place for students with start-up ideas that will give them the tools and the capacity to turn those ideas into innovations.

Some Like it North

September 1, 2020 - Our Experience North placements have proven time and time again that they are creative, determined, and thoughtful…Okay, okay, they’re pretty funny too.

Northern Ontario's state of Mental Health and Why

August 18, 2020 - According to the Government of Canada, mental health is defined as a state of psychological and emotional well-being. Good mental health is extremely important for individuals and for society. It allows one to live happily, achieve maximum productivity, and to better cope with life’s challenges. Poor mental health can lead to mental and physical illness, which is why it is crucial that communities implement services that foster good mental health. In this blog, we will first explore the state of mental health in Northern Ontario. Next, potential explanations for Northern Ontario’s state of mental health will be provided.

Staying Connected in Increasingly Distant Times: Transportation in the COVID-Era

August 4, 2020 - Since February, the COVID-19 pandemic has undone many social fabrics holding communities together. The ability to physically visit friends and family members, as well as go out to different restaurants and businesses, has been severely limited. Our ability to travel locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally is even more restricted. With the implementation of physical distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, inevitably came a decrease in ridership among all transportation modes.

Can the Government Help Canada's Most Vulnerable Population Amid a Pandemic?

July 30, 2020 - When talking about protecting vulnerable communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, groups often discussed include the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. One population often overlooked is Indigenous peoples in Canada, especially those living on reserves. Though navigating through unprecedented circumstances, the government must prioritize the health and safety of Indigenous communities and create collaborative policies specifically tailored to meet their unique needs and circumstances.