Top Ten

November 8, 2017

UCalgary, McGill, WLU named greenest university campuses in Canada

The Corporate Knights’ Greenest Campus Index has named the University of Calgary, McGill University, and Wilfrid Laurier University the three greenest university campuses in Canada. Corporate Knights explains that all data for the index was sourced from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), which is described as a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Colleges were not included in the index this year. Thirteen indicators—such as clean air management, sustainable investing, green certified building space, and green purchases—were used for this year’s ranking. Corporate Knights

CCNB cancels senior group meeting due to concerns about anti-government activities

A meeting to discuss changes in extramural care was recently cancelled by Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, allegedly due to an internal policy that prohibits activities on the college's premises that are against government policy or involve political demonstrations. “It was quite a surprise to us this morning,” said Cecile Cassista, executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents' Rights, who said that the meeting was intended to educate the public about the issue, not to protest a government decision. The meeting was cancelled due to a policy that requires space renters to be neutral with respect to ideological, political, and religious matters, explained CCNB vice-president Sylvio Boudreau. The college says that it plans to review the policy. CBC

Universities need to “robot-proof” their future graduates: Aoun

“The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Revolution – is again upending previous certainties about employment,” writes Joseph Aoun, and universities will need to ensure that they train their future learners to become “robot-proof.” Aoun says that such an education will focus on the aspects of human intelligence that are difficult or currently impossible to replicate with AI. These capacities include educating students in technical capacities such as coding and data analytics combined with uniquely human literacies, such as creativity, entrepreneurship, ethics and cultural agility. Second, the author argues that “we must allow students to hone their uniquely human attributes,” which involves helping them “learn to collaborate better with other people (and machines) while performing the complex, highly skilled work of tomorrow.” Times Higher Education

Sherbrooke campuses see wave of sexual assault allegations

A wave of sexual assault allegations have reportedly led Bishop's University and Champlain College to increase their security measures. TVA Nouvelles reports that numerous allegations of sexual assault on the schools' campuses were recently posted on social media. Many of these alleged assaults have been perpetrated in recent weeks. The Sherbrooke police have confirmed that they have met witnesses in the past few days, and the schools have stated in their internal communiqués that they have increased their security presence in response to the allegations. Journal de Montréal

UWaterloo, UN agency partner on projected pilot shortage

The University of Waterloo has announced that it will partner with a special agency of the United Nations to offer an introductory course on aviation that will be available for free to anyone in the world. The agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization comes on the heels of a recent study projecting that there will not be enough trained pilots to serve the anticipated doubling of commercial airline passengers over the next 20 years.  “The aviation program at Waterloo is only 10 years old, yet it has quickly become the leading program of its kind in the country. I am proud that our faculty and students at Waterloo will help establish the next generation of professionals to fulfill global needs and demand,” said UWaterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur. UWaterloo

McGill University launches new school of public policy

McGill University launched the Max Bell School of Public Policy yesterday in a move that the university says will “create the next generation of national and global policy leaders with expertise across multiple domains and disciplines.” “On the heels of a historic election in Montreal where we elected our first female mayor, issues vital to our city and citizens have never been more prominent,” read a McGill release. “With transport and climate change top of mind here on the global stage, the need for public policy is clear, but good policy doesn’t just happen, it takes work.” Montreal Gazette

ULethbridge students to spend Semester at Sea thanks to donation

The University of Lethbridge has received a donation from the Brawn Family Foundation that will give its students the opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Semester at Sea program. Each year, the Brawn Family Foundation will provide a scholarship for one ULethbridge student to take part in the program, which consists of 100-to-110-day international passenger ship voyages that bring students to as many as 15 countries. A ULethbridge release states that students in the program will learn from leading faculty and international experts, engage in hands-on field experiences and service projects at each destination, and earn academic credit. ULethbridge

Dal introduces first-year Aboriginal and Indigenous law course with experiential learning

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 28, Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law has introduced a new first-year course called Aboriginal and Indigenous Law in Context (AILC). The first part of the two-credit course was piloted this year and completed in mid-September, and included field trips, a Blanket Exercise, and community speakers in order to provide students with an understanding of the historic and contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples. “This isn’t a conventional classroom course,” said Dal Professor Richard Devlin. “There are multiple moving pieces, including presentations, field trips, and displays. We believe it’s helping us move forward in the spirit of reconciliation. But it is only a beginning. There is a lot more that we have to do.” Dal

UOIT, GM partner on youth STEM initiatives

General Motors of Canada and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have partnered on four STEM-focused initiatives in order to to encourage students of all ages to pursue exciting careers in the STEM fields. Various faculties from UOIT will work with GM on four initiatives in particular: The c_wonder Maker Truck, which introduces K-12 students to engineering design; the Elementary School Teacher Professional Development System, which helps Durham Region teachers integrate STEM into the classroom; the ENG SQUAD Summer Camps, which serve students in grades 4 to 8; and the Oshawa Assembly Plant Scholarships, which will reward three Mechatronics Engineering students for their outstanding achievement each year. UOIT

VCC offers new, streamlined hairstylist apprenticeship a new option for VCC trades

Vancouver Community College has announced that it is launching a new hairstylist apprenticeship pathway and Red Seal Endorsement (RSE). The program provides an alternative to the traditional 10-month hairstylist certificate, as it instead allows students to complete 11 weeks of classroom learning before getting access to 3,600 hours of on-the-job training to complete a two-level apprenticeship. Upon completing Level 2 of the apprenticeship, students will have the opportunity to earn a Red Seal Endorsement. “A Red Seal is hugely important for your career,” says VCC Hair Design and Skin and Body Therapy Department Leader Lucy Griffith. “This puts the profession on the world stage and in line with other trades.” VCC