We always look for an excuse to ditch school/work and go chill with our friends, which usually turns into a night of partying, because that's just how things go. Normally, the excuses we muster up are far from legit, but researchers at Concordia University may have found the perfect reason to shirk any responsibility: your physical health.
Concordia professor Jean-Philippe Gouin, in a recent study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, looked into the physical differences between two types of international students new to the city, namely those who had a large social group they regularly did stuff with, and those who generally kept to themselves.
Gouin analyzed the heart rates of both groups (partiers and shut-ins) over the course of five months after they just moved into Montreal. Students who said they were very socially active were found to have a fairly steady heart rate, while the boring kids were found to have high-frequency heart rate variability, a direct indicator of a poorly functioning nervous system.
So basically, students who put themselves out there, made friends, and probably drank a bunch of drank with their new peeps were markedly less stress and had a healthy heart rate. What the means to us is partying is good for your health.
In the report issued byConcordia covering the study, Gouin points out his study doesn't apply to students. Gouin's findings can apply to anyone going through a "radical change of life," which can mean a move, a new job, a breakup, or moving in with your significant other.
So whenever you're feeling stressed about a big change, and your hearts going wild, call up a few friends, have a few drinks, and go out, for your health.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
Concordia neuroscientist Dr. Nadia Chaudhri died on October 5, the university announced Wednesday.
Dr. Chaudhri documented her battle with ovarian cancer on Twitter, where she had over 146,000 followers.
In her final days, the professor used her platform to raise money for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, Concordia said in a statement. The award aims "to support the training of neuroscientists from underrepresented backgrounds and honour Nadia Chaudhri's legacy of academic achievement and mentorship."
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She also shared the details of her symptoms to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
"Nadia was a force of nature," Concordia President Graham Carr said. "She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
"She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause."
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."