Construction rattles school families

The developer, KG Group, says that it has an excellent construction safety record, and the neighbours will be unaffected as the apartment building goes up. But some parents say that at the very least, there will be vibration, noise and dust. The TDSB says it’s assessing the risk from construction, and a report on that will be released in April.

Grads find coping strategies for stress of unemployment

For four years, Michelle Yan handled her stress like most university students did. She sat through classes, listening to professors. She handed in her assignments on time; and she spent long, sleepless nights in her apartment. She was an average student.

Yan always thought that the stress would fade away. But as she walked down the red carpet at her convocation, she was more stressed-out than ever.

“I always assumed my life would get easier after I graduated,” Yan said.

The benefits of meditation to education

“Meditation is a practice. We are teaching ourselves a different stance in life, a different way of perceiving our issues and ourselves,” said counsellor Svetlana Lilova. “It is a practice in the sense of gaining a better perspective of understanding how we function and observing what happens for us, rather than getting caught up in a particular issue.”

East York trustees: Democracy trumps dollars

Byelections are notorious for low voter turnout. And the board expects costs for the “scaled-down” election will be in the $350,000-$400,000 range. The most recent byelection held by the TDSB was this past January, when Neethan Shan replaced elected Shaun Chen in Ward 21/Scarborough-Rouge. Chen had been elected to Parliament in the fall federal election. That vote cost $250,000.

Bad hair day for school

Being called to the principal’s office usually means a student has done something wrong. One Amesbury Middle School student did not think she had done anything wrong, but says she was spoken to by the principal a number of times. She claims the principal was punishing her and making comments about the way she styled her hair.