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November 17, 2017

Striking ON college faculty reject employers’ offer, Wynne to table back-to-work legislation

Ontario's striking college faculty voted yesterday to reject a contract offer from the College Employers' Council and continue their nearly five-week job action. The 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians have been off the job since October 15th. Talks between the colleges and the union reportedly broke down on November 4th, which prompted the colleges to request the final offer vote. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents the workers, had recommended the colleges' contract proposal be rejected. ON Premier Kathleen Wynne met with both sides after the vote yesterday and gave them a deadline of 5pm to either reach an agreement or agree to binding arbitration. The two sides did not reach an agreement and did not agree to binding arbitration. Wynne has since announced that she plans to table back-to-work legislation that will end the strike and compel the two sides to binding mediation-arbitration. CTV News | CBC | Toronto Star | Global News | Ottawa Citizen (back-to-work legislation)

Five Canadian universities appear in THE University Employability Ranking

Canadian university degrees continue to be valued by employers around the world, according to the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking. Simona Chiose of the Globe and Mail reports that this retention of value has occurred even while institutions from other countries have faced declines in their reputation among employers. Five Canadian universities made the Top 100 on this year's ranking, which polled 6,000 firms globally on the question of which universities produced the “best graduates in terms of employability” in their own countries and abroad. The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of Montreal/HEC ranked #13, #18, and #44, respectively, while the University of British Columbia ranked #45 and McMaster University #74. Globe and Mail | Times Higher Ed

Employer bias against online education shrinking

Canada’s employers do not see a digital education as inferior to an on-campus education, provided the institution providing the courses is reputable, reports the Globe and Mail. “I think there is a growing acceptance of online learning, but it fundamentally comes down to the reputation of the program, the institution offering it and the accreditation attached to it,” says TalentEgg President Mary Barroll. “It doesn't have the same stigma attached to it as it did 10, 15 years ago.” The article discusses how many employers will still need online graduates to prove that they have interpersonal soft skills through community and work experience, and how students must discern the quality of programs before participating to ensure they will be viewed positively by employers. Globe and Mail

Douglas expands into Anvil Centre Office Tower

Douglas College has announced that it will be adding a second campus in downtown New Westminister at the Anvil Centre Office Tower. With enrolment anticipated to grow over the next three to five years, Douglas rented four floors of the tower with plans to outfit them with 21 new classrooms, student-collaboration spaces, a simulation lab, and more. “It's an exciting chance to develop new learning opportunities for our students through our degree, post-degree and diploma programs,” said Douglas President Kathy Denton of the expansion. “It also gives us space we need to upgrade our existing campus in New Westminster and plan for the future.” The space is expected to open mid-summer 2018. Douglas | New West Record

U of T alumni donate $1M for bursaries for Indigenous Law students

The University of Toronto has received a donation of $1M from alumni Norman and Gay Loveland to create bursaries at the Faculty of Law for Indigenous students. Gay explained that the donation was given as a way to help address the wrongs committed against Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada's history. “Gay and Norman’s gift will help alleviate some of that financial burden and, for some students, will help make attending U of T Law a reality,” said U of T Faculty of Law Manager of Indigenous Initiatives Amanda Carling, noting the misconception that all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students get a free ride in PSE. “We are grateful to the Lovelands for not only their generous financial contribution but also for their genuine interest in, and dedication to, moving this country forward on the path to reconciliation.” NationTalk

UWinnipeg increases security following attack on campus

A student was stabbed at the University of Winnipeg last Thursday evening while trying to prevent the theft of a laptop. According to police, a 19-year-old was sitting at a table when a man grabbed his laptop. The victim held on to the laptop and was stabbed by the man. A second student was assaulted after trying to intervene with the suspect outside of the university. The suspect was apprehended by police on multiple charges, and both students were treated and are recovering. UWinnipeg has offered the victims counselling services, and CBC reports that the university has boosted the amount of security guards on campus during the day and evening by 33%. UWinnipeg spokesperson Diane Poulin also stated that the university is conducting an audit of its security services. CBC (1) | CBC (2)

Canada will not produce “next generation of leaders” without bolstering study abroad: report

Canada ranks ahead of only the UK in the number of PSE students it sends abroad, according to a report released by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. The Global Education for Canadians report, which compares the outbound mobility of students as part of their undergraduate program, found that Canada sat well behind countries such as France, Germany, Australia, and the US, with only 11% of its domestic students going overseas. “If we fail to act, these nations rather than ours will produce the next generation of leaders across all sectors,” the report noted, adding that “[study abroad] must be seen as a vital tool to equip young Canadians from all walks of life for success. Their future, and Canada’s future, depends on it.” The PIE News

Limoilou, Sainte-Foy, ULaval receive combined $95M from Canada, QC

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $95M in 13 projects in the Québec region. Two of the projects will be based at Cégep Limoilou, two at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, and nine at Université Laval. Additional contributions from the schools bringing the overall investment to nearly $113M. “This investment in research and innovation at post-secondary institutions is excellent news for the Québec region,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “We can count on high-quality institutions that will ensure that the youth of today and tomorrow, as well as professors and researchers, have access to state-of-the-art training facilities.” Canada

Collaborative, non-traditional approach to PSE could “revolutionize the North”: report

Expanding postsecondary access in a unique and collaborative way could “revolutionize the North,” according to a new report developed by Ken Coates and the Northern Policy Institute. The report examined the feasibility of a standalone university in Timmins, Ontario, but ultimately recommended against it due to foreseen issues with sustainability. However, the report suggested that an expanded, coordinated Northern College-university partnership could capitalize on the mix of regional programs in the area. The report also recommended other non-traditional ways of delivering programming, such as an Indigenous institution, or a work-focused institution that would connect students with employers directly after high school or during university admittance. Timmins Press | Net News Ledger

UCalgary-based humanities institute receives $1M gift

The University of Calgary has received a $1M donation towards its Calgary Institute for the Humanities. The donation comes from Judy MacLachlan and her daughters, Kate and Leane, both of whom are UCalgary alumnae from arts and arts-related programs. A UCalgary release reports that the funding has spurred the creation of a new endowment fund aimed at helping the CIH strengthen its existing programming while also undertaking new projects that will enhance the institute’s profile locally, nationally, and internationally. “I think humanities and the arts help us understand our world. They engage us,” said Judy MacLachlan. “They bring civil discourse to society. This is important to me. The CIH should be a beacon drawing interest to the Faculty of Arts. I believe that’s a worthy endeavour.” UCalgary