Top Ten

August 16, 2017

51 Canadian universities receive $52M in new funding for innovation infrastructure

The Canadian government has announced that it will invest $52M in 220 new infrastructure projects at 51 universities across Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Coming specifically through the John R Evans Leaders Fund, the funding aims to help universities and researchers across Canada to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities. “Our scientists need the best tools and equipment for ground-breaking research and discovery and we are committed to ensuring they have them,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science at the funding’s announcement. “Their successes will lead to an improved economy and will fuel an active research community here in Canada and internationally.” CFI

U of T asserts that no “nationalist rally” will be held on its campus

The University of Toronto says that despite news of a “nationalist rally” taking place on its downtown Toronto campus next month, no such event is set to be hosted there. News of the event spread on social media following the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. In an email to CBC News, University of Toronto director of media relations Althea Blackburn-Evans says that the school has had no communication with the group claiming to be the host of the planned event, and that no booking exists for the event. Blackburn-Evans also says the school has contacted Facebook asking them “to remove U of T as the location of the event, given that there is no such space booking.” CBC | Guelph Mercury

McGill mourns professor Eleanor Stubley, reported missing last week

The body of McGill music professor Eleanor Stubley has been found, police announced this Monday. The 57-year old associate professor and associate dean of graduate students in the Schulich School of Music was reported missing last week after being last seen August 7th at 8:30pm. In a Twitter post, police said that there was nothing to indicate Stubley was the victim of a crime. “Eleanor Stubley was a vital member of the Schulich School of Music community,” said Schulich Dean Brenda Ravenscroft. “As Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, she demonstrated on a daily basis profound devotion and fierce advocacy for students, learning, and artistry. … She was a beloved colleague, who inspired all those around her with her humanity, passion and courage.” Montreal Gazette | McGill

ULaval management, students press Quebec City for student bus passes

Université Laval's management and student associations have come together to demand the creation of a discount bus pass, paid for by students, in order to relieve traffic congestion around the ULaval campus. “It's been shown in other cities that when people have the (bus) card in their hands, they use it,” says Samuel Rouette-Fiset, president of ULaval’s undergraduate student association (CADEUL). Along with ULaval’s graduate student union, CADEUL has submitted a memorandum to the City of Québec asking that students receive the pass in exchange for paying an additional contribution that could range from $60 to $162 per year. The pass would give students unlimited access to public transportation in Quebec City and Lévis. La Presse (1) | La Presse (2)

How to make change in a change-averse workplace culture

“If the culture at your college is all about not fixing what’s not broken, you may have a challenge ahead of you as you try to suggest and implement some needed change,” writes Ellie Schlam. However, the author notes that one can turn this challenge into an opportunity by following several tips for making change in a change-averse environment. To start, Schlam argues that changemakers should start small, noting that “if you try to do too much, you’ll encounter resistance and nothing at all will happen.” Second, the author insists that it is important to show data to support the change that you want to bring. Other tips include sharing credit for success, not being afraid of making mistakes, and staying current in one’s field. Inside Higher Ed

Capilano introduces University One for Aboriginal Learners

Capilano University has introduced its new University One for Aboriginal Learners certificate program. University One is an 8-month program that will be offered for the first time in the 2017-2018 school year, and which is designed for students of Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit ancestry who intend to pursue a postsecondary education. The program emphasizes the critical reading, thinking, writing, quantitative, and problem-solving skills that students will need to succeed at postsecondary education. The lessons include Indigenous content, field trips, storytellers, guest speakers, and connections with Capilano Elders-in-Residence. Students who complete the program will graduate with 12 100-level credits that can be applied towards other degree, diploma, and certificate programs at the university. CapilanoU

Former NS premier to oversee public policy course at Dal

Dalhousie University has announced that former Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter has been appointed to teach a course on public policy. Dexter, who was the province's first NDP premier between 2009 and 2013, is taking on the role through the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. The course will offer graduate students the chance to discuss public policy challenges with a variety of guests, with Dexter chairing the gatherings. Dexter stated in a news release that he expects to discuss topics like healthcare, economic growth, and civic engagement during the weekly classes. Times Colonist

UWinnipeg students take part in land-based learning at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway

Eight University of Winnipeg students took part in a unique field school hosted by Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation where they learned about Indigenous ethnobotany. “This course provides a unique experiential learning opportunity to weave academic knowledge (basics of botany and plant taxonomy) with Indigenous knowledge of Elders,” explained UWinnipeg Indigenous Studies Professor Shailesh Shukla. “Students participate in medicine walks, medicine picking and practice hands-on Indigenous protocols for sustainable use and conservation of local plants.” UWinnipeg

UNB’s Saint John College now an official CELPIP test centre

The University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus is now an official Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test centre. UNB states that this allows the university to support those who are applying for Canadian permanent residency and citizenship by offering the only Canadian tests recognized by IRCC for immigration and citizenship purposes. “We are pleased to offer the CELPIP tests to our community,” said Lindsay Taylor Doiron, Saint John College’s associate director. “The CELPIP tests provide an affordable, reliable, and secure way for individuals to prove their English language proficiency for immigration purposes.” UNB

Police warn students about rental scams in Waterloo region

Waterloo Regional Police have warned students to beware of rental fraud, especially at the end of semesters when students are subletting or planning their accommodations for the coming year. CBC reports that rental fraud can be common on websites like Kijiji and Airbnb, and are especially dangerous for students who are under significant pressure to find affordable housing under tight deadlines. Police have told students seeking accommodations not to send money to someone they have contacted only through the internet, and they caution generally against wiring money electronically. “I wish there was  a way to make [sites like] Kijiji a bit safer. But the only advice that works at the moment is that you have to be cautious,” says fourth-year Wilfrid Laurier University student Erin Doyle. CBC