Registration for Take Our Kids to Work Day open

It’s that time of year when parents have the opportunity to give their teenagers a taste of the proverbial real world.Take Our Kids to Work Day happens Wednesday, Nov. 6, providing parents with children in Grade 9 the chance to show their son or daughter how they spend their workdays.Faculty and Staff with a son, daughter or family member in Grade 9 who would like to participate in the national event are encouraged to register and give their child the chance to explore the work world and future career possibilities through job shadowing, and learn more about Brock.The experience helps students understand the importance of staying in school, gain an appreciation for earning a living, and shows them the links between education and their future.In addition to seeing what their parents or sponsors do at the office, participating students will spend part of the day doing health and safety orientation, touring the campus, and listening to presentations from Career Services and Recruitment Services.Each year, more than 250,000 Grade 9 students and at least 75,000 businesses and organizations throughout Canada participate in Take Our Kids to Work programming.To learn more about Take Our Kids to Work Day, email Melanie Kopac in Human Resources or download the registration form. Registrations are due no later than Monday, Nov. 4. read more

Most new vehicles soon will remind people to check back seat

DETROIT — By the 2025 model year, nearly all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will come with electronic reminders for people to check back seats so they don’t leave children behind.Twenty automakers representing 98% of new vehicles sold have agreed to install reminders in an effort to stop heatstroke deaths.So far this year 37 children have died nationwide after being left alone in cars during hot weather. The advocacy group Kids and Cars says a record 53 children were killed last year.Vehicles would give drivers audible and visual alerts to check back seats every time they turn off the ignition.“Automakers have been exploring ways to address this safety issue, and this commitment underscores how such innovations and increased awareness can help children right now,” David Schwietert, interim CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group that includes a dozen large car companies. Members of Global Automakers, an association of manufacturers based outside the U.S., also are taking part.Automakers say the voluntary agreement will get the alerts installed faster than a government regulation, which takes four to eight years.Only Tesla didn’t agree to the reminders. A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from the electric car company.Several automakers already are offering such a feature. General Motors, for instance, has a reminder on all of its four-door sedans, trucks and SUVs starting with the 2019 model year. Hyundai has pledged to make a similar system standard on its vehicles by 2022.The auto alliance says the agreement is a minimum and doesn’t preclude automakers from coming up with more sophisticated solutions.The U.S. House is considering a bill that would require such alerts.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Canadian Pacific Railway hikes dividend by 155 per cent

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is raising its quarterly dividend by 15.5 per cent.The railway says it will now make a regular payment to shareholders of 65 cents per share, up from 56.25 cents per share.Based on the company’s closing share price of $238.76 on Wednesday it will have an annual yield of about 1.09 per cent.Canadian Pacific also said that it bought back about 4.4 million of its shares at a weighted average price of $214.31 in May.By buying back its stock, a company spreads its profits over fewer shares.That increases its return on equity and earnings per share, two key ratios used to determine a company’s financial health and investment rating. read more

Robotics and coding now an option in the Saskatchewan curriculum

Across Saskatchewan, students from Grades 7 to 12 may now see robotics and coding become part of their practical and applied arts classes, due to the province’s launch of a new course curriculum.After running a year-long pilot project in 18 schools, the Ministry of Education has released a curriculum for a new class called Robotics and Automation for Grades 10 to 12. Parts of the curriculum can be modified and brought into existing Grades 7 to 9 practical and applied arts classes.Marc Gobeil, a co-ordinator of learning services for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, said Bethlehem Catholic High School was one of the pilot schools.“Everything we’ve seen suggests that students love it,” Gobeil said, noting students had the opportunity to design and 3D print their own robots, then code them to battle one another and go through a maze.“It’s already kind of expanded, so this year they’re doing a (Grade) 10 course as well as a 10/11 split, and we’ve also expanded to Bishop Murray High School as well as E.D. Feehan Catholic High School.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Gobeil said he is pleased to see robotics and coding integrated into the curriculum with a hands-on approach, and said the division is hoping to expand the program to all its high schools in the near future. Work is also being done to pull parts of the high school classes into existing practical and applied arts classes for Grades 7 and 8 students.“We feel that’s kind of a great combination between a computer science … and practical and applied arts, which is really hands-on, so it’s a really good combination of those two worlds,” he said.“It’s definitely a class where when I walk in I can see huge levels of engagement. I think we’re probably just at the beginning stages of seeing a real kind of growth in this area.”Related Regina students taking unique robot to international competition Thom Collegiate robotics team represents Sask. in world competition The Robotics and Automation curriculum was created as part of the provincial government’s 2017 commitment to grow students’ opportunities to learn coding skills. With the government’s recent renewal of practical and applied arts, it was also recommended that a curriculum for this type of class be created, said Susan Nedelcov-Anderson, assistant deputy minister of education.Nedelcov-Anderson noted some schools across the province were already running their own locally developed robotics and coding courses.Schools in both Regina and Saskatoon have been doing just that. Regina Catholic Schools spokesperson Twylla West said many of the division’s schools already have elements of robotics and coding worked into their programming, and that teachers have responded well to this. Veronica Baker, spokesperson for Saskatoon Public Schools, said the division has been running its own pre-engineering class at Bedford Road Collegiate and electronics class at Walter Murray Collegiate for several years already.“Because there was such interest in the locally developed courses, that’s when the reference committee made the recommendation to use those courses as the base to create provincial offerings in this area,” said Nedelcov-Anderson.The new course’s curriculum is flexible, so teachers can decide to focus on one particular area over another, depending on what students are interested in.“We’re always wanting to ensure that we’re providing students with relevant and engaging curriculum that reflects the world around them and the future,” she said.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com read more