Top Ten

September 20, 2017

McMaster to impose universal campus smoking ban

McMaster University has announced that it will ban all smoking on its campuses effective Jan. 1st, 2018. In a news release, the school says that the move will cover “all oral smoking devices” and make the school Ontario's first “100% tobacco and smoke-free campus.” “McMaster is globally recognized for its commitment to innovation and advancing health and societal wellbeing through our research, teaching and community service,” said McMaster President Patrick Deane in a statement. “A tobacco and smoke-free campus is the next important step towards fulfilling our responsibilities as educators, healthcare professionals and to the communities we serve.” CBC | McMaster

New agreement between Saskatoon, USask a first in Canada: Stoicheff

Saskatoon City Council has unanimously endorsed an agreement with the University of Saskatchewan, which USask President Peter Stoicheff says is the first such agreement in Canada. The City Council’s governance and priorities committee voted this Monday to pursue an MOU between USask and city hall that outlines several areas of collaboration between the city and the university, particularly with respect to the university’s development of city land. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that USask owns roughly 18% of the land within a five-kilometre radius of Saskatoon’s city centre. Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Retention rates for male students improve with proactive, group-based advising services: HEQCO

First-year PSE students who receive repeated emails encouraging them to participate in advising services, particularly in group advising sessions, are less likely to drop out, according to a new report published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The study examined the use of “proactive” advising services at Mohawk College and found that the offer of proactive advising improved overall retention over one term by 2.5 percentage points, while one-on-one advising had no significant effect on retention rates. However, the offer of proactive advising improved retention rates only for male students, and had no significant effects on the retention rates of female students. HEQCO | Report

Holland tells city councillor to stay off campus, citing “verbal and physical altercation”

Holland College has stated that Charlottetown City council member Edward Rice has been ordered to stay away from the college’s city campus following a “verbal and physical altercation” in July that involved a female staff member. A statement issued by the college states that Rice allegedly approached a female employee at the hall to ask about the removal of photographs of himself and of benefactress Florence Simmons from the Florence Simmons Performance hall lobby. The statement states that “during the ensuing altercation, Councillor Rice used profane and threatening language, restrained the woman by holding her arm, and touched her several times without her permission.” Rice has told CBC that he was “totally surprised” by the notice. CBC

UNB, STU, Foundation for Environmental Stewardship partner on youth training

Student unions, staff, and faculty from the University of New Brunswick and St Thomas University are partnering with the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship to host a training opportunity for youth in October. “The Student Union is incredibly excited to partner and support the UN-SDG initiative this year,” said UNB Student Union President Herbert Bempah. “As students, it is in our best interest to contribute to the conversation about solutions to world issues such as climate change, economic inequality, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.” The training day will include opportunities for students to interact with UN and Foundation for Environmental Stewardship officials, policy makers, faculty members, and community activists. UNB

Queen’s introduces unique Certificate for Social Impact for Professionals

Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business is offering a Certificate for Social Impact for Professionals, which it states is the first of its kind in Canada. The certificate was designed to meet the growing demand for business leaders who are “ready and willing to tackle the most pressing social needs.” The professional program is comprised of two two-day sessions—Social Finance Academy and Leading with Impact—and professionals who wish to earn the full certificate must apply their learning to a project exploring issues of social impact specific to their workplace. Queen's

Confederation inks three-year lease for fitness centre, announces renovations, rebranding

Confederation College has signed a three-year lease agreement with RZ Realty Services Inc for the operation of the Confederation College Fitness Centre. The agreement includes renovations to “the bubble” and the rebranding of the facility as the Goal Sports Centre. The centre will begin operations once Confederation’s new SUCCI Wellness Centre, Minowaadiziwin, is opened in October. “In opening our new SUCCI Wellness Centre, Minowaadiziiwin, the current Fitness Centre would have been left empty,” explained Confederation Vice President of College Services Ken Adams. “This lease agreement enables our Fitness Centre to have renewed purpose through its support of additional programs for our community and students.” Confederation | CBC

NWCC enters final stave of community engagement on proposed Coast Mountain College name

Northwest Community College has reportedly entered its final stage of engaging with the community to discuss its proposed new name—Coast Mountain College. The proposed name is the product of two years of research and extensive strategic planning that involved staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. The strategic planning process specifically focused on identifying short- and long-term milestones that will support the college’s goal of becoming the college of choice for experiential place-based learning by 2027. “The work we did with staff, students and community around the strategic planning process really demonstrated that the core purpose of the college is to create adventurous pathways to transform lives,” says President Ken Burt. NWCC

Loyalist opens new satellite facility in downtown Port Hope

Loyalist College has opened its new satellite facility in downtown Port Hope, which will deliver the college’s new nuclear program. The one-year Ontario College certificate program will prepare students to work as radiation-protection personnel. “Understanding the regulations that govern nuclear facilities and techniques for ensuring safety are important components of the program,” stated Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. “Students will gain the knowledge and skills to play an important role in helping communities to redevelop remediated sites and return them to a safe state.” Northumberland Today notes that the community of Port Hope has been called the “epicentre of nuclear innovation in this country” by MP Kim Rudd, making it an ideal site for the new program. Northumberland Today

PSE students lack understanding of, support for First Amendment: US study

Students at American institutions do not appear to understand or support the principles of the First Amendment, according to a new study. The survey-based study found that students were more likely to believe that hate speech was not protected by the First Amendment than they were to believe that it was protected (44% to 39%). It was also found that about two-fifths of students said that it would be acceptable for a student group to use violence to prevent a controversial speaker from speaking, and the majority (59%) had little or no trust in the press when it came to accurately and fairly reporting the news. Inside Higher Ed