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July 21, 2017

Queen’s-affiliated SNOLAB receives $28.8M for deep underground research

The Ontario government has announced that it will provide $28.8M over the next five years to support the Queen’s-affiliated SNOLAB, an international facility for deep underground science. A Queen’s release notes that SNOLAB was born out of the Queen’s-led Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, for which Queen’s Professor Arthur McDonald was named the co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. “The provincial support for operations is crucial to Ontario's leadership in high impact fundamental research, the long-term competitiveness of Canada’s research facilities and affiliated universities such as Queen’s,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen's. “The work happening at SNOLAB has, and will continue to have, a real and substantial impact on how we detect and understand the fundamental components of our universe, with a remarkable potential for wide spread impact.” Kingston Whig-Standard | Sudbury Star | Queen’s

Student groups from across SK unite to form Saskatchewan Student Coalition

A number of student associations from across Saskatchewan have come together to represent students across the province. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association, the University of Regina Students’ Union, the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students’ Association, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Saskatoon Students’ Association have agreed to unite to create the Saskatchewan Student Coalition. The coalition’s new chair, USSU President David D’Eon, says that “we feel like the circumstances have put a lot of pressure on students. So we decided it would be a good idea to get around the table and talk about what we can do together.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Court ruling will help fix “severely watered down copyright protections”: opinion

A recent ruling by the Federal Court of Canada has put an end to the “massive and flagrant copying of published materials,” writes Richard Owens. The author argues that in ruling against York University in its battle with Access Copyright, the federal court moved to fix the “severely watered down copyright protections” that had resulted from previous court rulings. Owens adds that ultimately, YorkU and the rest of the education sector will “be better off” for having to pay royalties to Access Copyright. The reason, he argues, is that “the education industry absolutely relies on the existence of educational publications, which wouldn’t exist if fair dealing unduly diminished remuneration of creators and publishers.” Financial Post

“Now is the time for bold actions” on attracting talent: Mitacs CEO

“Canada has an opportunity to establish itself among the best performing countries in science and innovation,” writes Mitacs CEO and Scientific Director Alejandro Adem. The author highlights a number of positive developments that will help Canada attract innovation talent, such as the shortening of waiting times for work permits and the doubling of Mitacs internships over the next five years. The author recounts his experience of leaving a successful academic career in the United States for Canada because of Canada’s position as an international centre for research and innovation. “These are exciting times for Canada that will lead to increased prosperity if we are willing to take advantage of the window of opportunity we now have,” Adem concludes. “Now is the time for bold actions and smart investments.” Vancouver Sun

How to face the sting of being passed over as an internal candidate

How should you proceed after being passed over as an internal job candidate? Judith White writes that the answer is not always clear. After all, White writes, “at least external candidates get to manage the challenge with some privacy and with a sense of returning to status quo. But when your candidacy unfolds and falls short before the observant eyes of colleagues, you have little emotional space for a private reaction to disappointment.” White insists that after one is passed over for an internal job, many eyes will be on them to see how they react, and this reaction can have significant consequences. For this reason, White gives tips on how to navigate the three stages of post-disappointment behaviour. Inside Higher Ed

NSCADU president speaks on moving forward after “bad publicity”

Three years after facing widely publicized challenges related to financial struggles and declining enrolment, NSCAD University in Halifax is ready to move forward, says university President Dianne Taylor-Gearing. In 2014, stakeholders were considering whether NSCADU should merge with another postsecondary institution, yet now, Taylor-Gearing reports that the school is in a balanced financial position with increased student numbers. “We've increased our student application numbers this year and we've really overcome some quite bad publicity and PR and reputational damage,” she said. The institution is currently pursuing research to determine its institutional impact and where students are finding the most success. CBC

Humber partners on Indigenous publishing workshops

In August, Humber College’s School of Creative and Performing Arts will be partnering with the college’s Aboriginal Resource Centre, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Canada Book Fund to host concurrent, Indigenous-led workshops on the topic of publishing. The workshops will cover best practices for editing and publishing Indigenous writers and stories. “Recent events have underscored the urgent need for more Indigenous editors, as well as for greater cultural sensitivity in non-Indigenous editors and publishers,” stated Steve Bellamy, Humber Dean of Creative and Performing Arts. “These workshops aim to build capacity and ultimately support the publication of more Indigenous writers and content.” NationTalk

VCC's revamped culinary program focuses on active participation

Vancouver Community College has revamped its culinary arts (professional cook 1) and culinary arts (professional cook 2) programs to provide a more learner-driven curriculum. “A major emphasis of the new program is active student participation,” says culinary arts department head Collin Gill. “While students have always received hands-on learning, we’ve taken it a step further by encouraging students to become self-directed and responsible for their own learning, and to come to class well prepared for active participation in classroom and kitchen activities.” The program is also implementing a new flexible delivery and has built on the opportunities created in its updated kitchen to teach students more modern cooking techniques. VCC

MFNERC, UManitoba partner to launch language literacy program

The University of Manitoba and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre have developed and launched a Masters Inclusion Language Literacy Program. Offered through UManitoba's existing MEd program, this initiative is designed specifically for the special education and language and literacy needs of special needs students in First Nations schools. Graduates of the program will be fully qualified language and literacy coaches. These graduates will also have the option to continue coursework in order to become reading clinicians. The program’s opening ceremony was held at Yellowquill College, where students, Elders, and representatives from UManitoba and MFNERC gathered to celebrate the unique opportunity. NationTalk | MFNERC (1) | MFNERC (2)

CASA releases policy paper calling for more “investment in innovators”

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations has released a paper calling for Canada to invest in postsecondary students as key innovators in the economy. CASA notes that it is important to acknowledge that students already are, and long have been, the driving force behind some of the country’s best research. For this reason, the organization “encourages the federal government to cultivate more opportunities for students to synthesize and mobilize new ideas and to participate in creative problem solving.” CASA notes that whether one is speaking of discovery research or applied research at Canada’s colleges, polytechnics, and universities, investing in students has proven its value and should be ecouraged. CASA | Paper