Top Ten

October 26, 2017

Canada should expand $73M WIL program beyond STEM, business: Peacock

A federal program to expand student work placements will support more students and companies that least need the assistance, writes David Peacock, executive director Community Service-Learning at the University of Alberta. Peacock notes that the $73M Student Work-Integrated Learning program is directed only toward students from the STEM and business fields, adding that this limitation will further entrench a number of inequities in the educational system and labour force. Peacock argues that the over-representation of men in the STEM and business fields will mean that the funds will benefit men more than other genders. Further, Peacock argues that a STEM bias in the work-integrated learning program is also likely to reward more privileged students while excluding the non-profit sector. The Conversation

Teaching women to fight back decreases rape incidents by half: UWindsor study

A program at the University of Windsor is showing “unprecedented” findings for the prevention of rape. Called the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act Education Program (EAAA), the initiative trains women to actively fight back against sexual assault. Researchers recruited nearly 900 first-year female students at three Canadian universities and randomly split them into two groups, one of which participated in the program while the other received a brochure about sexual assault. In the first year, the incidence of rape was reduced by 46% for the group that participated in the program. “The findings suggest that teaching women tools to protect themselves is a highly effective approach, especially among students in first-year university,” reports Erin Anderssen of the Globe and MailGlobe and Mail | UWindsor

Universities, CEGEPs reluctant to enforce QC’s Bill 62

Universities and CEGEPs in Montreal are reluctant to apply the provisions of a new Quebec bill that prohibits students from wearing a veil that covers their face in the classroom, reports La Presse. QC Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée tried to clarify the law on Tuesday, stating that in class, students will have to have their face uncovered, since communication is required between the student and their teacher to facilitate learning. However, schools are reportedly expressing concern with this directive. McGill University Spokesperson Justin Dupuis said on Tuesday that the school “has an obligation to accommodate religious differences and will continue to do so.” La Presse | Journal de Montréal | Montreal Gazette

Laurentian conducts road seismic testing to uncover mineral potential beneath the earth

Laurentian University has sent a fleet of trucks onto the roadways of Sudbury, Ontario to conduct seismic testing as part of a research effort to uncover the area’s mineral potential. The $104M, seven-year project is being led by the Mining Exploration Research Centre (MERC) at Laurentian. CBC reports that the trucks send sound waves into the earth to learn more about what lies beneath, similar to ultrasound testing. The effort aims to “get an impression of what does [the] earth's crust look like in these metal-endowed areas versus what the earth's crust and mantle look like in less-endowed areas, to see what the differences are so we can understand the processes of metal enrichment and understand better where our resources are,” says Harold Gibson, director of the Metal Earth Project. CBC

NBCC partners with Dublin-based Institute of Technology Tallaght

New Brunswick Community College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Technology Tallaght, based in Dublin, Ireland (ITT Dublin). This new agreement will open pathways for credit transfers, research collaborations, and student and faculty exchanges between the two institutions. NBCC students will have the opportunity to apply their college credits towards degrees in the areas of Business Accounting, Electronics, Mechanical or Energy Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and Tourism and Culinary Arts at ITT Dublin. “We are pleased to announce our new partnership with the Institute of Technology Tallaght,” said NBCC President Marilyn Luscombe. “International partnerships such as this enrich the NBCC experience and open new educational opportunities for our learners.” NBCC

Agri-food supercluster including Olds, UCalgary, ULethbridge shortlisted for $950M funding

The Smart Agri-Food Supercluster—a 53-member stakeholder consortium that includes stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and growers—has been shortlisted for some of the $950M in funding made available through a new federal program. Postsecondary institutions such as Olds College, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge are members of the supercluster, and Red Deer News Now reports that the supercluster secretariat will be housed at Olds. “We are honoured and very excited to be selected to submit full application,”  said Olds President Stuart Cullum. “Our goal is to accelerate agri-food innovation efforts through a unique collaboration framework.” Mountain View Gazette | Red Deer News Now  

ACC Police Studies students help police nab thief

Police Studies Students from Assiniboine Community College received unexpected real-world experience earlier this week during a theft on 18th Street in Brandon, Manitoba. Police received a report of theft after the students saw a man stealing a pair of shoes that were valued at $250. In a moment of “unexpected real-world experience,” the ACC students apprehended the suspect and waited for the police to arrive. The Brandon Sun reports that the suspect was found to be highly intoxicated, and was charged with theft under $5K. Brandon Sun  

Northern College worker hit by vehicle while on picket line

A striking worker from Northern College was hit by a truck while on the picket line, reports CBC. “This gentleman came out of nowhere, didn't wait his turn, just went around and hit the picketer and then drove off to the courthouse,” said Lad Shaba, the academic union local president at Northern. “We want the public to slow down. We try not to delay anyone. We just want the public to be aware that this is a legal strike.” Timmins Today reports that the picketer was hit and fell to the ground, suffering undetermined injuries. The OPP say that they have identified the driver and are continuing to investigate the collision. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Timmins Today

Regis College to use $1.5M grant to preserve and continue Scarboro work

Regis College has reportedly taken up the mantel of preserving and carrying forward the Scarboro Missions' work as the order devolves. “We wanted to continue their legacy,” said Regis College vice president and dean Scott Lewis. “This isn’t just a donation they’re giving us. We’re going to carry their work forward.” Regis College will use a $1.5M grant from the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society to establish a new chair in inter-religious dialogue and build the Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology. The centre will reportedly focus on issues relevant to today and include lectures, workshops, and other initiatives promoting the centre’s mission of interfaith dialogue and hand’s-on learning. Catholic Register | Regis College

Western president speaks out on need to address school’s “party problem”

Western University President Amit Chakma admits his school has a "party problem" to solve, but said administrators made the right choice by moving homecoming to October, saying the event is mainly for alumni and not for students. “I'm very disappointed and very concerned,” said Chakma about the unsanctioned “fake homecoming” that was celebrated by students in defiance of the school’s decision to move homecoming from September 30th to late October. The party led to 11 arrests and 10 people being sent to hospital. Chakma said the university will continue to work with law enforcement, student leaders and city officials to prevent a repeat of the party. However, he also said the university is limited in its ability to control what students do. CBC