For a number of years now, I have had the great pleasure of managing the Globe and Mail’s Western Schools special information feature and writing one or more of the articles within it. Each year, learning about the passion, energy, competence and innovation simmering within Western Canada’s post-secondary education institutions inspires me and reminds me that our future is in capable hands.
It’s a small world. I was reminded of this recently when reviewing the photos for a report on the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its commitment to innovation that we published in The Globe and Mail on July 24, 2014. As someone who grew up hiking in southern Alberta, I was immediately attracted to a stunning photograph of Waterton Park – which I then saw was taken by Karol and Don Dabbs.
We Canadians tend to be very focused on our trade with the U.S. Of course, our southern neighbour is by far our most important trading partner and probably always will be, but while writing the recent Canada Europe Trade special report (Globe and Mail June 25, 2014) it became clear to me that Europe is an equally crucial part of our economic future.
There has been a recent public debate about the value of a university degree, specifically in the liberal arts. It has been implied that a significant number of those majoring in the liberal arts better prepare themselves for landing jobs as baristas.