And the Brock Family contest winner is…

Three generations of Brock women: (left to right) Kate Dirks (MA ’12), Linda Dirks (BA ’84), Patricia Waters (BA ’88) with the graduation sash and photo of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91), and James Waters (BA ’77)In late summer 2011, Brock Alumni Relations ran an online contest to get to know Brock families. We encouraged grads to explain their family tree for a chance to win a prize package and family portrait on campus.The draw for Brock’s Family contest occurred in December 2011, and the Cahill/Dirks/Waters family won with five family members with Brock degrees, spanning more than 30 years. The Cahill family, native to St. Catharines, has had connections to Brock since the beginning.Three generations of Brock alumnae came to get their family photo taken on campus in early January, and to tell us about their Brock connection. Patricia Waters (BA ’88), daughter of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91) came with her daughter, Linda Dirks (BA ’84), and granddaughter Kate Dirks, a current Master of Education student at Brock. In a unique photo opportunity, Kate draped her great-grandfather’s honorary doctorate robe over her arm while her mother and grandmother held pictures of the late James Waters (BA ’78) and Lou Cahill.All three women said their connection to Brock has been continuous and “comfortable.” James Waters was the first to attend Brock in the ‘70s, studying ‘Cultures and Civilizations.’ Linda, daughter of James and Patricia, remembers coming to Brock in the ‘70s to watch the Hamilton Tiger Cats practise on campus in the off-season. She later earned a degree in education in 1984. Patricia came to Brock later on in her life, after her husband had attended, her children had grown up, and Linda had graduated. In 1988, Patricia received her BA in Visual Art after taking courses part time for years.Lou Cahill is a well-known name in St. Catharines and in the public relations community throughout Canada. He was a pioneer in the public relations industry, founding Canada’s longest-operating PR firm, OEB International. He was also a passionate supporter of everything Niagara for more than 75 years. In 1991, Cahill was presented with an honorary doctorate from Brock.The Alumni Relations Family Contest winners truly represented a multi-generational group of graduates with a family tradition of learning from the institution. Patricia Waters has visited the Special Collections library at Brock every week for more than 13 years to work on the archives for the Canadian Federation of University of Women, of which the St. Catharines chapter is the oldest in Canada. Linda attends Centre for the Arts performances, and Kate studies and acts as coxie for the men’s rowing team.Congratulations to Brock’s Family Contest winners. We received 19 submissions, learned about more than 74 new relationships, and are bound to hear about more stories. Do you have a Brock family with more than three graduates? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter! read more

Canada adds 48300 new jobs but wage growth and hours worked slip

Canada adds 48,300 new jobs, but wage growth and hours worked slip by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says the economy added 48,300 net new jobs in January, pulling down the national unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent. Workers are pictured at the Vancouver Shipyard in an October 7, 2013, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward OTTAWA – The country’s labour market continues to pump out new jobs, but Canadians are seeing wage increases fade and their work hours shrink.Last month, the job market unexpectedly added 48,300 net new positions, thanks to surges in part-time and private-sector work, Statistics Canada said Friday.The January employment survey showed an increase of 32,400 part-time positions and a smaller gain of 15,800 jobs in the more-desirable category of full-time work. Both numbers, however, were too low to be deemed statistically significant.The report also found that private-sector jobs rose 32,400 between December and January, compared with an increase of 7,700 public-sector positions.The increases helped drop the unemployment rate last month to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent.Economists described the overall job growth, which once again defied their expectations, as “very impressive” and “remarkably strong.”“It seems as if we are all thinking that streak is going to come to an end and it just keeps on going,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, noting the number beat the consensus prediction for a sixth straight month.But even with more people working, Jean said the composition of the labour data remained sub par due to some “lingering weakness.”He pointed to the disappointing growth in hourly wages in January compared with a year earlier. Hourly earnings increased by less than 1.3 per cent, which was below inflation.In the past, Jean said hourly wages have often grown between two and three per cent, and sometimes even a little bit more.“So, there’s been a steady deterioration on that front and it seems like we can’t really get off that trajectory,” said Jean, who also noted that year over year hours worked was only up 0.2 per cent due to the shift toward part-time work.Jean noted that the Bank of Canada had expressed concerns about hours worked and earnings growth and didn’t think the latest jobs data would ease its preoccupations, even if overall the job market continues to expand.Other experts also pointed to the slumping wage and work hours increases.“It’s disappointing to see that we had a decline in hours worked — we also saw very weak wage growth,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada.Alexander was encouraged that the “surprising” amount of job creation that Canada saw in the second half of last year has continued into 2017.He said some people will point to negative details of the job growth, such as the rise of part-time positions.But Alexander noted it’s important to remember that the gain of nearly 16,000 full-time positionslast month was healthy on its own, even if most of the new jobs created were part time.“I think the critics are often too glass-half-empty when they’re looking at this,” he said.Looking back 12 months, Canada gained 276,100 net new jobs overall with the addition of 86,200 full-time positions and 189,900 part-time jobs.The job market has now seen increases in five out of the last six monthly reports. In December, the overall labour force expanded by 53,700 net jobs compared with the previous month.Economists had projected the job numbers to stay unchanged last month and for the unemployment rate to hold at 6.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The vast majority of the new jobs — or 42,600 positions — were created in the services sector, with the bulk of those concentrated in areas such as finance, insurance, real estate, business management, transportation and warehousing.The number of factory jobs in Canada increased by 5,600 positions last month.The category of self-employed positions added 8,200 last month while paid employee jobs climbed by 40,000.Among the provinces, Ontario gained the most jobs last month with 28,800 new positions, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared with December. Most of those new jobs — or 23,500 positions — were part time.The overall number of jobs in Alberta last month was essentially unchanged compared to December, but the province did shed 24,300 full-time positions.The report was stronger for British Columbia, which gained 11,200 net new positions last month thanks to a month-over-month increase of 25,400 full-time jobs.Statistics Canada also found the national youth unemployment rate rose in January to 13.3 per cent, up from 12.6 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the jobs growth figure in the second headline. read more