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Converting to Canuck

Greetings, ladies of the Block, perpetual students, and others longing to dig into a dissertation.

Get out your passports.

Get out your passports.

As if universal health care, free college and great Asian food weren’t temptation enough to justify a move to Canada, a new report by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) shows academics make more money up there.

“The CIHE study found that overall average monthly salaries ranged from $1,182 in China to $6,038 in Canada. These findings produced an international average of $4,856 per month, with Canadian academics earning on average 5.1 times more on a monthly basis than their Chinese counterparts.”

Ryan Hahn, writing on the Private Sector Development (PSD) Blog speculated that this should be creating brain drain from China to Canada.

But in general, in developed countries, academia doesn’t pay well. In India, the report found that average faculty salaries are “a whopping 8.7 times greater than that country’s average World Bank GDP monthly per capita estimate… In contrast, more developed countries—like the United States, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, and New Zealand—present faculty incomes that are only 1.4 to 2.2 times above their country’s GDP per capita—per month figures.”

Sounds like there may be yet more brain draining from Calvert Street, to Canada, India, or even Colombia, where scholars make 5.4 times their civilian counterparts.

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Poutine = Canadian pheromones

Poutine = Canadian pheromones

Forget oysters, pomegranates, and your other pansy aphrodisiacs. Want to get asked out by that cute barista sporting stubble and a soulful gaze? If you’re in Canada, try poutine.

Poutine, sold in Canadian eateries from McDonald’s to popular restaurant chain Dic Ann’s, appears to be a steaming pile of cheese curds, fries and BBQ chicken gravy. This concoction apparently stirs up that lovin’ feeling in cute Canucks. Our Block Ambassador to Canada (a.k.a. Jess) had sampled some of Canada’s finest cuisine and, eminating aromas of gravy and potato, was immediately chatted up by a hottie in a top-shelf coffee bar.

Now, we’ll have to hunt down some bonne poutine to see if this stuff works in Charm City.

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