Population Change and Lifecourse

2009 Archives - Cluster members in the media

December 18, 2009 - thestar.com
When it comes to sharing work, beware the arrival of children

By: Lesley Ciarula Taylor

"An extensive Canadian study of how husband and wives have divided paid and unpaid work over the last 20 years has found young couples are sharing the burden more equally – until children arrive.

"Young children push people in a more traditional direction," Roderic Beaujot, the lead author and a University of Western Ontario sociology professor, said Friday. ... "

December 15, 2009 - Western News
Sharing work makes the heart grow fonder

"... Lead researchers, Rod Beaujot and Zenaida Ravanera from Western’s Department of Sociology, believe that a key policy challenge in Canada is that of accommodating the shared roles model within diverse families. ...

The study was conducted as part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster, a national network based at Western, led by Beaujot.
He, Ravanera and Jianye Liu of Lakehead University completed this research in London. ..."

December 12, 2009 - NATIONAL POST
Gender roles still loom large in modern parenting

By: Anne Marie Owens

"...Gillian Ranson, a sociologist at the University of Calgary, agrees that convention happens to most new parents, but her book, Against the Grain, focuses instead on those who eschew convention in their domestic arrangements: the couples "who in a variety of ways, broke with more conventional divisions of labour in their families and often, in the process, with traditional understandings of mothering and fathering as well," she writes. ..."

September 23, 2009 - Western News
Social inclusion of seniors key to independence

A new study published by The University of Western Ontario reveals that many older seniors (aged 85 or older) actively participate in activities that allow them to continue living in their homes. ... Lead author and adjunct researcher at Western, Judy Lynn Richards says the study debunks the stereotype that older seniors are helpless or completely reliant on others. ... "

August 15, 2009 - THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Coming up next, it's the baby bailout

By: Doug Saunders, Reckoning

"... We don't fully understand why people have babies or not, so why not blame the weather? ....

A new study by Roderic Beaujot and Juyan Wang of the University of Western Ontario provides some answers. They found Canada an ideal test case, since each province has distinct economic and social policies. ... "

May 14 , 2009 - thestar.com
Darker the skin, less you fit

By: Lesley Ciarula Taylor

... Crunching thousands of numbers from 41,666 people interviewed in nine languages, the just-published study found skin colour – not religion, not income – was the biggest barrier to immigrants feeling they belonged here. And the darker the skin, the greater the alienation. "We were surprised that religion didn't have more effect," said lead author Jeffrey Reitz. "It came down to race, with Asian people reporting some and with young black males the most stigmatized. The data is consistent with that. We tend to believe racism is a minor problem in Canada, of little consequence. Someone looked at them funny. Or that many immigrants are doing well, so it must be their fault if they aren't. There is a reluctance to investigate the issue." The University of Toronto professor of ethnic, immigration and pluralism studies added that a lack of trust was also higher among the successful, Canadian-born, Canadian-educated children of visible minority immigrants. ..."