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Newsstand: December 18, 2014

Remember that time when a movie by Seth Rogen and James Franco became the target of terrorist threats? Welcome to life in 2014. In the news: Waterfront Toronto defends running over-budget on the Queens Quay revitalization project, the meaning behind the "Super Dave!" sign at Coxwell and Gerard, a fatal fire in Parkdale, and a Toronto-bound plane is diverted to Halifax.

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Extra, Extra: Sessional Instructors, a Lucky Elizabeth Gallagher, and Thousands of Potholes

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • In news that will depress but not surprise sessional instructors everywhere, Centennial College has decided it will now be paying its part-time instructors by the hour, rather than by the day or week. And by “by the hour,” we mean “for only the hours they are actually on campus and standing in front of a class.” Anyone who has been a sessional or a student—or has a basic working knowledge of teaching—knows that before teachers teach something, they have to prepare material, and that once pupils have learned something, they are generally expected to demonstrate their knowledge of that something by completing assignments or sitting exams: the new system will not remunerate instructors for their hours (and hours) of prep work or their hours (times infinity) of marking.
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Sessional Instructors, a Lucky Elizabeth Gallagher, and Thousands of Potholes