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Newsletter Vol. # 15 That's how I see it!

Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter

What you'll find in this weeks newsletter: is the Student Loan Program ripping us off; legal assisted suicide is very close; a teacher answers the question: What Do You Make? What is the best predictor of workplace injury? Stress; attempts at humour; and Reader Response.

Student Loans -A Rip-Off!

Did you know?

-that in 2013 the Canadian has written off more than 44,000 student loans totalling $231 million. These represent loans the government has been trying to collect for more than six years.

-that if government doesn't collect with in the six-year period they are barred going after student loan debtors under the Canadian Student Financial Assistance Act.

-that in 2010 alone government wrote off $89 million student debt. To date $540 million worth of student loan have been written off over the last three years.

How do I feel about this? Cheated, robbed, defrauded! Those of us who came through a system (yes I know, in the old days) before student loans, somehow we managed to earn the money before we went to school. I know tuition rates are very low than and are extremely high now, but even so? I personally attended an American University for my first two degrees and paid four times the University of Manitoba tuition rate with only two months off in the summer. UND where I attended, the school term ran from September to the end of June. Yes, I had to work a year before I could afford to go to school. Believe me there was no sense of entitlement that "you owe me" in reference to our parents. If we didn't earn the money to go to school, we didn't go. Is it really harder to find work as a young person today than in previous generations? Or have we created a way for our youth to pay for their schooling without having to "take whatever job they can find, pleasant or not"-that being an expectation.

The expectation being that parents and government "should" provide the funding for our young people to go to university. That expectation is being realized and we taxpayers are footing the bill. I know we need to help our young people get educated-but $$540 million written off in three years is absurd.        
                       Some just get to walk away, the rest just get to pay!

Do we really need all these in post secondary programs, graduating and then being unable to find jobs in their field?

Now for the good news: Of the $3 billion handed out to 400,000 students each year in student loans, 87% of the recipients make their payments. How do I feel about that: proud, appreciative, and supportive of that 87 per cent.

Doctors' group says it's time to prepare for legal assisted suicide

A group of palliative-care doctors says it's time to move beyond the "yes or no" debate about physician- assisted death and begin preparing for its eventual legalization in Canada.

The doctors say in a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that physicians need to discuss potential policies and guidelines for legally assisting death. Why? Because a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision striking down the criminal code provision prohibiting assisted suicide gave Parliament one year to enact a new provision permitting assisted suicide but with certain safeguards.
Doctors will now play a part in deciding who may end their own life.

In light of school just ending for over 13,000 teachers, this is for you!

What Do You Make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,
What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" To stress his point he said to another guest; You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?

Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
You want to know what I make?
(She paused for a second, then began...)

Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honour winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 min. without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to know what I make?
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them how to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't everything.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.
(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?


 The Best Predictor

The best predictor of on-the-job back injury is workplace stress, according to a study from John Hopkins University. This doesn't mean physical stress, such as that caused by lifting and bending which certainly plays a role in back pain. Rather, it refers to a psychological stress-what experts call "high-strain" work, which entails high demands combined with little worker control and little social support. Being overweight and having a physically demanding job are also risk factors.

Burnout is a motivational problem caused by feelings of helplessness. People who believe they can't increase their job satisfaction regardless of how they perform, burnout.
                               Beverly Potter, "Losing The Fire"


We are best able to respond to stress when we are healthy. When we are run down and already ill, stress becomes an additional factor in the onset of disease. Prevention is a better alternative than a cure. To prevent episodes of mental illness the individual should develop and every day strategy that produces maximum health. Activities should be incorporated into an individual's daily life. Time should be set aside every day for talking to someone you like and trust, listening to relaxing music, exercising, reading, doing a craft activity or engaging in other activities that the person finds pleasant or productive. The key is to do the activities on a consistent basis so that it becomes part of your daily routine.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it. 

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR". 

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? 

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

Reader Response

Stress is a curse on those who experience it and those who have to deal with the ones that have it. It's not catchy but it's contagious. I have lived with it for the past 40 years and I cry for those who do have this curse.     Ray

It is not true that we can make ANY relationship work. Some are just doomed because they do not have the right foundation.                 Merika

Hi Dr. Dan,

This isn't a job or an industry, but on the flip side home cooking has come full circle. With so many women now working, many families are said to be eating out 3 - 4 times per week.  People are wanting to get back to home made meals, and are looking for ways to make that happen given that their time is restricted.  Groups of people are now getting together to make a week or two worth of home made meals, because lets face it, they taste better and they're better for you.  I brought ginger snaps to work at Christmas to a pot luck dinner we had.  My cookies were the only home made dessert brought in.  Everything else was store bought.  They were a huge hit! I thought how can something so simple as home made ginger snaps be so great to people.  Well, nowadays people don't have time to bake and now rely on store bought processed baking and Meal solutions type of meals.  So when you actually make something home made it is really appreciated.  I find more and more people are looking for ways to get back to home made cooking/baking without spending hours in the kitchen.  Thus the return of high sales for crock-pots.                                                        Shawn

July already! It just seems like yesterday I was looking forward to May-life is moving too fast.
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