NEWSCAST - Friday, December 7th, 2018
In campus news…
- Despite the strong presence of women students in university business programs, a new study out of Western shows that women leaders are portrayed stereotypically in business case studies that are key in educating managers and studies will often omit or cliche portrayals of women in these studies that will skew a woman’s ability to lead.
- The study was performed by Colleen Sharen and Rosemary McGowan and was published in Invisible or Clichéd: How Are Women Represented in Business Cases? in the Journal of Management Education.
- The analysis will be helpful in designing case studies and will help establish a baseline for improvement in the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The researchers examined 266 sample cases from the Ivey Publishing collection published between Aug. 2013 and Aug. 2014 and found that more than 80 per cent of these cases had no woman leader as protagonist.
- When the cases do portray women leaders, they are more often shown as less competent, less creative, less visionary and less strategic than men; and women were also portrayed as risk-avoidant, more tactical, more emotional, more ethical, more detail-oriented, and more communal than men.
- The pair examined only cases at Ivey, which is the second-largest case publisher worldwide, accepts submissions from international academics and its cases are peer reviewed. That focus helped ensure consistency in criteria for publication, presentation, classification and editorial standards.
- Additionally, Ivey Publishing provides easy access to teaching notes, which were used to determine the objectives of each case. Women’s absence as decision-makers in the business cases is a glaring example of reinforcing existing beliefs, values, ideologies and gendered behaviours in the business world.
- Women represent almost 50 per cent of undergraduate business graduates and 36 per cent of MBA graduates here at Western.
- Despite U.S. and Canadian numbers showing women represent almost half the undergraduate enrolment in management studies, there’s a wide gap between them and their male counterparts after they enter the workplace: of every 100 women promoted to their first managerial position, 130 men are promoted.
- Other findings of the study detail that in the topic of Independent decision-making males were making the decisions 65 per cent of the time, while women were sole decision-makers 37 per cent of the cases.
Switching over to local news…
- The London area’s jobless rate dropped slightly in November to 4.8 per cent, matching an all-time low that was set in 2004, newly released Statistics Canada figures show but the underlying numbers show it’s not all good news in London’s surrounding communities, which also includes St. Thomas, Strathroy and portions of Elgin and Middlesex counties. The local unemployment rate in October was 4.9 per cent.
- The drop in the local jobless rate is coupled with a decrease in the area’s labour force of 3,300 people. In October, the labour force also dropped by 1,100.
- After months of steady gains, it’s been two straight months that the region didn’t see gains in total employment, with the total number of people employed dropping by about 2,900.
- Nationally, the jobless rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 per cent, the lowest rate since comparable data became available in 1976, according to Statistics Canada.
- In a medical research-heavy city where teaching hospitals and lab discoveries focus on prolonging and improving life, there’s been a major investment in a sometimes overlooked sector designed to help dying patients and their families.
- London’s Parkwood Institute’s palliative care unit received a multimillion dollar renovation that will boost capacity of their in-demand services at a time when Ontario’s large aging population is putting a strain on the province’s limited end of life resources.
- After nine months under renovations, the Institute was ready to unveil its new facilities. The fourth floor unit at the Wellington Road hospital, a division of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, has 19 private home-like rooms that include a fold-out couch for a patient's’ family member, a private bathroom and space for pictures and personal mementos. The new unit has funding for 18 beds, four more than the space Parkwood’s palliative care program is leaving behind.
- 3.1 million dollars of the development was funded by St. Joseph's Healthcare capital funds and 1.1 million dollars was raised by the hospital fundraising arm, St. Joseph’s Health Care foundation.
- In Ontario, approximately 100,000 people died in 2016-17 and of that group, about six out of 10 received at least some palliative care during their last year of life. The care helps relieve the physical and psychological stresses from both patient and family as the patient nears their end-of-life.
- Provincial Health reports state that most Ontarians aren’t receiving palliative care soon enough, which is a fact that hasn’t changed in the past 5 years. Nearly 50 per cent only receive palliative care during the last month of their lives.
- The South West Local Health Integration Network — the mega-agency that oversees health care funding and administration in much of Southwestern Ontario — is working to expand the residential palliative care program outside of London, to cities where they are less prevalent.
- Patients currently in palliative care will be moved to the new unit Dec 12. The new facility was able to include a large family room with a kitchenette, fireplace and comfortable chairs, with the help of the family of Douglas Del Net, who died after a six-day stay at Parkwood’s palliative care unit Dec. 3, 2017.
- The London Knights are hosting the Kingston Frontenacs at Budweiser Gardens tonight at 7pm, looking for their 15th straight win. The Knights have not lost in regulation since October 19th when they fell 4-2 to Oshawa.
- Their last loss of any kind was on November 17th in a shootout to Guelph 2-1. London leads the OHL Western Conference with 42 points, just one ahead of second-place Sault Ste. Marie. The Frontenacs are dead last in the Eastern Conference, going 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- This will be the last home game for Evan Bouchard, Liam Foudy and Alex Formenton, who will being going to Team Canada’s World Junior training camp next week. The Knights will be in Owen Sound tomorrow to take on the Attack.
And in weather…
- Today’s high is -4 but it’s going to feel like -8 with the windchill. Expect light flurries today with a partly sunny afternoon. Tonight’s low is -9.
- Saturday will see a high of -2 but its going to feel like -8 and a nighttime low of -6.
- Sunday’s high is 2 degrees but its going to feel like -2 as well as a nighttime low of -4.