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- ItemPublic libraries and houseless patrons: a defense of libraries as social services providers(2023) Bolton, LisaOn any given night in Canada, 25,000 to 35,000 Canadian citizens experience homelessness (Stroble et al, 2021), while in the United States, the estimate is over 500,000 people per night (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2021). A variety of community organizations seek to provide support to those experiencing homelessness, including public libraries. Historically, public libraries have provided a place of connection for those who are homeless, provide free technology resources and training, and safe spaces to escape from the elements (Velji, 2020). Furthermore, libraries unapologetically provide the same level of service to marginalized patrons as to those who are privileged. Consequently, public libraries must continue to support and expand services to those experiencing homelessness, despite potential customer opposition or resistance from within the library community itself. In doing so, libraries will honour their code of ethics and fulfill public service mandates to all members of their communities.
- ItemCould skyrocketing costs of insurance bankrupt a condo corporation?(2020) Ryan, Michael; Hancock, ChrisThe inspiration for the project came from watching and reading several news items that identified the skyrocketing costs of insurance and the associated deductibles that multiple condominium corporations were experiencing within the Province of Alberta. Upon further investigation of the issue, it was discovered that the ever-increasing costs of insurance, if left unabated, could have a calamitous effect on a condominium corporation and its stakeholders. The research focused on risk identification that included an Impact component and a Likelihood component used to calculate an overall risk score for each identified hazard to a condominium corporation. This was done by developing a risk matrix that scored Risk Impact versus Likelihood of Occurrence that forms the basis of a Risk Assessment for a condominium corporation. Potential risks were identified through interviews with industry stakeholders that included: the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Insurance Institute of Alberta, a commercial insurance broker, condominium legal experts, and the Government of Alberta (Service Alberta, Treasury and Finance Board), property management, and a condominium corporation. The findings suggest that all condominium industry stakeholders must proactively work with government to find an equitable solution that addresses the needs of all stakeholders. This needs to be done with some urgency to prevent a looming fiscal crisis within the condominium industry.
- ItemDoes fairness matter? Motivation levels as a result of perceived fairness(2019) Zahacy, Karen; Jindal, RohitOur research aims to understand the role of perceived fairness in selection mechanisms. Organizations use different selection mechanisms when recruiting people. The study explores peoples’ perceptions regarding the fairness, the specific questions being: (1) Do perceptions of fairness vary according to selection mechanisms? (2) Do these perceptions change depending on whether people are: selected/not selected, and whether they are offered cash / offered a voluntary position? (3) Do selection mechanisms affect peoples’ motivation for a task, even when the level of economic incentive is the same?
- ItemFuture of nonprofit and sustainability programs(2015) McCoy, CameronIn 2012 a report was prepared regarding the validity of nonprofit programs in Canada. This report followed the closure of the nonprofit leadership program (LENP) at MacEwan University and the reasons for its failure. It also examined the stability of similar programs in Canada (McCoy, 2012). The 2012 report led to the question that will be answered in the following report, “What do students think about nonprofits and sustainability and how can we create programs that are engaging and successful?” Research of current programs, successes and failures, and statistics about the demand for programs is the first step in the process. The research collected and reported on in this report will provide a foundation of knowledge that will help support and check the data collected through the student surveys and focus group. These research articles cover a broad range of topics and programs giving a wide array of opinions and facts about existing programs in global post-secondary institutions. After the research is presented about current programs, there is a section about the focus group that was held at MacEwan University. The focus group provides a qualitative look at how students view the topic of nonprofits and sustainability. The feedback from the focus group was used to create the questions that are asked in the student survey. The student survey is the largest quantitative piece of the report. The collection of student information is the most important factor to answering the question “Is there a demand at MacEwan University for sustainability and nonprofit programs?” The information collected will provide a real comparison between the research articles, information and students’ views on sustainability and nonprofits.
- ItemTo cheat or not to cheat: a study focused on student and professor perspectives about academic dishonesty(2014) Brodie, Sarah; Hunter, Sarah; McNelly, Victoria; Takla, Sarah; Zirk, AmandaThis study provides a new insight on how to approach problems universities face with cheating. Focusing on Academic Integrity at MacEwan University, our research provides an overview of the perceptions faculty and students have on this topic. We conducted 69 surveys from faculty members and 280 surveys from students. We then evaluated those findings using a statistical software (SPSS).Throughout the study we will evaluate the impact of professors, the mindset of students, and the faculties that have students who are more inclined to break the policies. Our findings are based on primary and secondary data that evaluates our hypothesis and further describes recommendations for universities to successfully implement methods to avoid academic dishonesty.