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September 10, 2018

NAIT research facility to harness public-private partnerships to launch alternative energy solutions

Researchers at NAIT are set to help Alberta innovators develop and test low-carbon energy solutions with a new microgrid research facility, which will be funded by a $2M grant from the Government of Alberta. The Distributed Energy Management Initiative, a partnership between NAIT, ATCO, Siemens, and the University of Alberta's Future Energy Systems research program will provide a “plug-and-play” microgrid where energy companies can test and validate their technologies under realistic field conditions. “This funding will help NAIT and its partners to develop new electrical energy solutions, including the adoption of renewable energy into the grid,” said NAIT President Glenn Feltham. “This initiative is important to Alberta’s and Canada’s sustainability – both economic and environmental.” NAIT

College faculty union takes ON government to court

The union that represents Ontario’s college faculty is taking the provincial government to court for terminating a task force that sought to address the problems of part-time and contract work in the province’s post-secondary institutions, the Toronto Star has learned. According to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the task force was a lynchpin for an arbitrator’s decision that helped end a province-wide, five-week work stoppage last year. “It’s an arbitrated collective agreement that the parties ... are both living by,” says OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas. “The government has no right to change a collective agreement after it’s enforced.” Toronto Star

Niagara launches cannabis production program

Niagara College has reportedly become the first institution in Canada to offer a commercial cannabis production program. According to CityNews, the program includes courses on data interpretation for crop health, regulatory and trade requirements, and safety protocols. “Page after page of immediate hiring needs that they have. Senior growers, head growers, quality assurance and quality control managers, certainly the opportunities will be there for every single grad to be hired if that’s the career they end up pursuing,” said Alan Unwin, the program’s Associate Dean. CityNews adds that the first cohort will complete the program in April 2019. Toronto CityNews

UMoncton, INRS sign MOU

The Université de Moncton has announced a Memorandum of Understanding with l’Institut national de recherche scientifique. According to a UMoncton release, the MOU will facilitate the co-leadership of graduate students, research partnerships, and the potential implementation of a new program of study. UMoncton’s Vice-Rector Academic and Research André Samson stated that the collaboration will enable the two institutions to pool their collective resources for teaching and research in areas such as energy, materials and telecommunications; water, land, and environment; health and biotechnology; and urbanization, culture, and society. UMoncton

Halifax students struggle to find apartments

Postsecondary students in Halifax are struggling to find apartments as the city experiences its lowest vacancy rate since 2003, reports CBC. Kathryn MacLeod, a senior economic analyst with Canada Mortgage and Housing, told CBC that the shortage is partly due to the fact that more people are moving to Halifax. Although developers are building new apartments throughout the city, they are typically too expensive for students, MacLeod added. “You just have to get what's left, honestly. It's very difficult sometimes,” stated Saint Mary’s University student Sven Ambrose. “Especially if you wait to the last minute. The places aren't good. And prices aren't good.” CBC