Today's Top Ten

August 22, 2016

McDonald’s employee management training to count for credit toward ON college business diplomas

Employees of McDonald’s restaurants will soon be able to count their in-house management training as credit toward a two- or three-year business administration diploma at one of Ontario’s 24 public colleges. According to theGlobe and Mail, a new agreement between Colleges Ontario and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd recognizes that “a McDonald’s employee with at least two of four company courses required to become a manager has earned the equivalent of first-year courses in a two- or three-year business diploma.” As a result, a manager-in-training at McDonald’s can apply to a college and enter directly into the second year of a business program. Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin says that the new agreement is “a hint of where we are going in the future in postsecondary education.” Globe and Mail | Guelph Mercury | Colleges Ontario

Student Union calls on MUN to stop construction on new $325M science building

The student union at Memorial University has stated that the institution should halt the construction of a new core science building due to concerns about the project’s cost and whether it serves the needs of students. MUNSU Director Renata Lang argues that the planned building is lacking in lecture halls and classroom space, and she questions the building's anticipated cost in light of the provincial budget cuts already facing the university. MUN Dean of Science Mark Abrahams says that the school will not put the project on hold, adding that MUN's current science building “was designed [when] we didn't really know what DNA was. So it was designed for a different era, for a different age of science." CBC

uCalgary Cumming School of Medicine receives accreditation

The University of Calgary has announced that its Cumming School of Medicine has received full accreditation for an eight-year term. “We demonstrated throughout the accreditation process just how strong we are,” commented Dean of Medicine Jon Meddings. “Of the 95 elements evaluated by the survey team, we satisfied the requirements in 97 per cent overall; 100 per cent for elements directly related to curriculum and student evaluation.” According to a uCalgary release, the CSM is among the first medical schools to be assessed under the new Canadian standards that came into effect June 2015. uCalgary | CBC

St Clair breaks ground on new Strasser Student Life Centre

St Clair College announced the name of its new Strasser Student Life Centre at a ground-breaking ceremony last week. The construction of the new project is being overseen and designed by the Student Representative Council, which reportedly provided the majority of the funding for the $3.35M project. “It’s really exciting to see this finally happening, we’ve wanted this for a long time now,” said Council President Jeff Rousseau, adding, “I think the building is being named after the right person, someone who really wants students to succeed and I’m glad where we are with that because he deserves it. He put in so much effort into the college.” Windsor Star

Dal accused of supporting “Nova Scotia’s elite” by PC leader

Nova Scotia’s Official Opposition leader has criticized Dalhousie University for paying up to $300K US to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to participate in an entrepreneurship accelerator program, reports CBC. Led by Dal President Richard Florizone, a team of eight individuals from Nova Scotia will attend training sessions at MIT at least four times over a two-year period as part of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, which matches MIT experts with diverse regions to develop strategies for economic development. Referring to the eight-person team as “Nova Scotia's elite," Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie argues that Dal’s payment for the program will be “a bitter pill” for the public to swallow “at a time when our tuitions are going up and up and students are struggling.” Dal has stated that it plans to cover the expense of the program through fundraising and partnerships rather than taxpayer dollars. CBC

McGill signs MoU with Indian university to establish new infectious disease centre

McGill University has partnered with India's Manipal University to launch the new Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases. A recently signed MoU commits both schools to supporting collaboration on research and training initiatives relating to the study and treatment of infectious and tropical diseases. The Times of India reports that both schools have major strengths in the study of these diseases and that the new MoU builds on research collaborations already being undertaken by the schools. Manipal Vice-Chancellor Vinod Bhat declared in his inaugural address that the Centre will work to inform the scientific community, guide policy makers, and provide public health education. Times of India

CEGEP workers' strike anticipated to disrupt return to classes

Fifteen Quebec CEGEPs are anticipating disruptions for students returning to classes today due to a looming strike by higher education professionals. Workers affiliated with the Union of Professional Colleges of the Government of Quebec have been without a contract for a year and a half, and La Presse reports that ongoing labour disagreements have centered on issues of salary relativity. The union, which represents over 700 psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other professionals, has said that the majority of affected CEGEPs will likely suspend classes this morning. La Presse (1) | La Presse (2) | Journal de Montreal

Canada student visa policy changes worry NS language schools

A recent change to international student visa requirements has caused concern among Nova Scotia’s English language schools, reports CBC. Introduced in July, the new legislative changes require international students in Canada to obtain a second visa before moving from secondary to postsecondary school. “What happened before the changes is students could apply for language training and university training and receive one study permit to cover the whole of the time that they were going to be in Canada,” says Sheila Nunn, president of East Coast School of Languages in Halifax. “This gave them the confidence that they knew that they would go on to the university, they didn't have to apply for any other paperwork.” Nunn adds that the new regulations might jeopardize pathways programs currently established at NS universities. CBC  | ICEF Monitor (Visa changes)

SPU introduces French-language graduate diploma in palliative care

Saint Paul University has announced that it will offer its new Diplôme d’études supérieures en accompagnement et spiritualité en soins palliatifs [Graduate Diploma: Supportive Care and Spirituality in Palliation] beginning in September 2016. An SPU release notes that the program will be the first of its kind in Ontario to be offered in French, and that its goal is to support professionals who can benefit from further training on end-of-life situations. The program will cover topics such as grief, ethics, and the psychological and spiritual aspects of pain management. SPU

BC housing market poses difficulties for fall students

“Thousands of students heading back to college and university who couldn’t get into residence are struggling to find housing in an increasingly hot rental market,” reports the Vancouver Sun. The newspaper reports that UBC currently has a waiting list of 6,000 students who are hoping to secure a spot in residence. Andrew Parr, UBC’s managing director of student housing and hospitality services, explains that the school hopes to help address this shortage with the recent opening of its new 1,047-bed Orchard Commons residence. He adds that the housing demand is coming largely from upper year students, as it is UBC’s policy to guarantee every first-year undergraduate a place in residence. The Vancouver Sun reports that Vancouver students can expect to pay $800 to $900 a month for shared accommodation off-campus, compared to $630 to $850 for residence. Vancouver Sun | The Province