Brock bullying expert appears on TVOs The Agenda

A Brock University developmental psychologist who researches bullying and victimization was a guest on TVO’s current affairs show The Agenda Monday night.Tony VolkTony Volk, associate professor of Child and Youth Studies, appeared on the program, “Why So Mean?” which looked at the culture of mean from schools and workplaces to the political and business worlds. It asked the question, “How can we tackle the problem of bullying in a society that seems conflicted about how it really feels about it?”Drawing upon his and others’ research, Volk recently penned an Op-Ed, “Why bullies do what they do,” in The Globe and Mail on Oct. 22.Last week was also the tenth annual Bullying Awareness Week in Canada – a national campaign held the third week of November to raise awareness about bullying amongst students while promoting positive relationships and providing youth with real-life solutions to help them deal with bullying behaviour.The Brock News (Oct. 18): “Brock prof provides insight into bullying” read more

Cholera outbreak food shortages and bad weather threaten Burundians UN says

The Kamenge neighbourhood alone reported more than 20 cases, while the Nyakabiga, Bwiza, Buyenzi and Ngagara districts have all been affected. The UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and health care non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met yesterday to map out containment and preventive actions, OCHA said.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have estimated that late rains, recent hailstorms, floods and the spread of a disease of the basic cassava root crop were increasing food insecurity in some communities in the Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces.Sixty-three families had fled Kirundo province and gone to the Kabuyenge internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Gisuru province in search of food, OCHA said, adding that it was organizing emergency aid.Floods from torrential rains in the Gihanga community, Bubanza Province, and Mutimbuzi in Bujumbura Rural displaced 1,500 people.WFP has distributed 1,541 tons of food to 317,095 people through programmes in these provinces, OCHA said. read more