UPDATED: The OTHER news about the senate

UPDATE: The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled that senate reform cannot proceed through ordinary legislation. See the CBC story for details 

The Quebec Court of Appeal is expected to release a ruling tomorrow in a case about the future of the Senate of Canada. The government of Quebec has challenged the federal government's attempt to make what some have called an end-run around the Constitution by reforming the senate through ordinary legislation. The court's ruling will take into account the expert testimony of several witnesses, including Dr. Don Desserud, professor of political science at UPEI.

Watch this interview about the case with Dr. Desserud:

Dr. Kate Tilleczek wins Whitworth Award

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) announced today that Dr. Kate Tilleczek, UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Youth Cultures and Transitions, has been honoured with the Whitworth Award. The CEA has awarded the Whitworth Award every three years since 1967, in recognition of individuals who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to education research over time.

In a news release, the CEA states that this award recognizes Dr. Tilleczek’s work in articulating the impacts of modern society on marginalized students in the context of transitions through school, mental health, and technology.

“With the complexity of young peoples’ social lives today, there are many teachers coming to me to say that mental health issues are the number one problem that kids are up against and they don’t know what to do,” says Dr. Tilleczek in the CEA release. “And you also can’t overlook the incredible impact of technology on students’ academic and social lives—both the good and bad of it.”

“This award confirms what we at UPEI already know,” says Dr. Robert Gilmour, UPEI’s Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies, “that Kate Tilleczek is an outstanding, dedicated researcher. Her work with marginalized children and their challenges as they move through school addresses an area that affects students and families across the world. I want to congratulate her on this award, on behalf of all of UPEI.”

Dr. Tilleczek will be formally recognized with the Whitworth Award later this month at a ceremony at the CEA’s national conference in Calgary. Read the full release from the CEA here.