College Council Member Named Chancellor

Ernie Checkeris, an appointed member of the College Council since 1999, has been named Chancellor of Thorneloe University, a church-related affiliate of Laurentian University, based in Sudbury and serving Northern Ontario.
Checkeris, who was a school trustee for 55 years and recently retired as chair of the Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, says he was "taken aback" at his appointment but welcomed the challenge.
"We are the smallest of the colleges and universities that make up the Laurentian group," he says, "but we have a very good humanities program and I hope to be able to strengthen it and promote it as a place of understanding and peace."
Checkeris is a lifetime member of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and was awarded the Order of Ontario in December 2000.

Study Underway of Use of Canadian Literature in Schools

The Writers’ Trust of Canada wants to know what Canadian literature is being used in Canadian schools, especially high schools.
A major part of the research project was a survey sent to all Canadian high school English departments in the fall. The survey asks recipients to name the primary works they use in class, as well as the secondary works and textbooks and the amount of Canadian content the secondary works contain.
The survey will also try to discover the barriers teachers encounter — lack of support material or training, for example — in using Canadian materials and what resources or conditions would encourage the study of Canadian literature.
The project is being funded by Canada Council, which will receive a report from the Writers’ Trust containing recommendations to address any concerns raised by teachers responding to the survey.
Jean Baird of the Writers’ Trust, who is responsible for the project, says that teachers who complete the survey are given the option of follow-up discussions about their concerns via telephone.

To obtain copies of the survey, you can contact Jean Baird at Writers’ Trust by telephone at 416-504-8222, ext. 246 or via email at at

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