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

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  • 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.
  • The 28-year-old Toronto man who’s been looking for a woman named “Elizabeth Gallagher” to travel with him around the world (he’d planned a trip around the world with his girlfriend, the relationship ended, the tickets were nontransferable, her name was Elizabeth Gallagher), has chosen his new soon-to-be-jet-setting Elizabeth Gallagher. She’s a 23-year-old from Nova Scotia, and while she says “it definitely did seem a little bit creepy at the beginning,” she’s since talked to him, and now “it’s less creepy and more awesome.”
  • The City has this year (at least as of this past Monday) filled in a whole 363,257 potholes. That marks a 10-year pothole-filling high, eclipsing the previous 10-year-high of 277,000, which was set in 2008. If you want to know how many potholes were dealt with in, say, 2005 or 2009, you can refer to this list.

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