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October 22, 2018

Dal unveils Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space

Dalhousie University has officially opened the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space in the Killam Library. A Dal release states that the Space will facilitate reconciliation by providing accurate information about Indigenous history. “This is a space that encourages education and awareness about Indigenous history, and will serve as a constant reminder to students, faculty and staff of the university’s commitment to reconciliation,” said Dal President Richard Florizone. Dal and Chief Morley Googoo, the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, chose the Killam Library for the Legacy Space because of its high traffic—according to the university, the library receives over a million visitors per year. Dal

Conestoga names expanded Waterloo campus after pres

Conestoga College has opened its newly expanded Waterloo campus. A Conestoga release states that the $58M project provides 150,000 additional square feet of classroom, lab and student space, and features state-of-the-art culinary and hospitality labs, a new, student-run restaurant, technology-enabled classrooms, and Welcome Centre. Cowan Foundation Chair Maureen Cowan, announced that the facility will be named after current Conestoga President John Tibbits. “When you look at how far Conestoga College has come it’s truly phenomenal, and I don’t think anybody would disagree that John Tibbits' leadership has been the primary driver behind Conestoga’s development and success,” Cowan stated. The Foundation contributed $4M to the project. ConestogaWaterloo Region Record

UCalgary researcher receives $1M from Mellon foundation for heart research

A researcher at the University of Calgary has received $1M for her ongoing work in women’s health and reproduction. UCalgary reports that Myriam Hemberger, who leads a team that investigates the associations between placenta defects and heart diseases, hopes to gain new insights into the origins of heart defects. “This is an under-appreciated aspect that will be instrumental to help us appreciate how heart development is regulated. Understanding the molecular basis for the heart-placenta connection holds the promise of earlier detection, improved diagnosis and perhaps even prevention and treatment of certain types of heart defects,” said Hemberger. UCalgary adds that the prize is distributed by the Richard K Mellon Foundation in the US. UCalgary

Five Canadian schools featured in Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings

The Financial Times has released the results of its Executive MBA Ranking 2018. The global rankings saw five Canadian programs rank in the top 100: York University’s Kellogg-Schulich EMBA (#32), University of Toronto Rotman’s EMBA (Tied for #47), Queen’s University and Cornell University’s partnership EMBA Americas (#56),  Western University’s Ivey EMBA (#62), and the University of Ottawa’s Telfer EMBA (#99). The Financial Times explains that the rankings are based on data collected from business schools and their alumni who graduated in 2015, and that participation in the rankings is voluntary. Financial Times | Rankings

Lambton celebrates new Athletics & Fitness Complex

Lambton College recently celebrated the official grand opening of the newly constructed Athletics & Fitness Complex. The 40,000 square-foot structure boasts a double gymnasium, two basketball courts, a media booth setup for live games, a fitness centre, a multi-tiered active learning classroom, and more. “This is where our students can enjoy a wide range of activities that have a focus on mental and physical health and well-being,” said Lambton President Judith Morris. “There truly is something available for everyone.” Lambton

UNBC cafeteria workers threaten to strike

Cafeteria workers at the University of Northern British Columbia are threatening to take strike action after negotiations with their employer, Chartwells, have reached a standstill, reports the Prince George Citizen. Octavian Cadabeschi, a research analyst for the local that represents the cafeteria workers, told the Citizen that “the company gave us an offer where they refused any pay increases for two and a half years.” If UNBC chose a different food provider after Chartwells’ contract expires at the end of this academic year, its workers could also lose their jobs, Cadabeschi added. The Citizen states that striking workers will restrict their pickets to a handful of spots on campus if they take job action. Prince George Citizen

WLU unsanctioned homecoming party breaks record for crowds, charges: Police

The Waterloo Regional Police estimate that at least 14,000 people descended on Ezra Street during Wilfrid Laurier University’s unsanctioned homecoming party last month, states the Waterloo Region Record. According to a police report, the full policing costs for the event have yet to be determined, but expenses for overtime and extra officers from the Peel region during last year’s St. Patrick’s day parade ran in excess of $200K. Operational Support Division Superintendent Tom Berczi stated that the homecoming crowds have reached St. Patrick’s day proportions. The Record adds that police laid 462 charges at this year’s street party, up from 204 in 2017. Waterloo Region Record (1) | Waterloo Region Record (2)

New book discusses “chilling effect” of sessional conditions at ECUAD

A new book by a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design aims to highlight the precarity of the school’s part-time instructors, reports the Vancouver Province. According to Terra Poirier, the book’s author, job insecurity fosters an atmosphere in which instructors are afraid to speak up about their working conditions at the same time as it risks compromising the quality of education that ECUAD students receive. ECUAD President Gillian Siddall said that ECUAD “value[s] their contributions deeply, and are sympathetic to their concerns.” The Province adds that 122 of ECUADS 216 faculty members are sessional instructors without health benefits. The Province

ULethbridge dedicates kinesiology space to late founding member

The University of Lethbridge has dedicated one of its campus spaces to Wilma G Winter, one of the university’s founding faculty members. The newly christened Wilma G Winter Hall will encompass the offices, calssrooms, and laboratory spaces of the Department of Kinesiology. “She was a very quiet leader, a great colleague to me and just one of those real unsung women changemakers on campus,” said retired professor Dayna Daniels. ULethbridge states that Winter served in roles such as the first female Athletic Director at the University, Chief Marshal of Convocation, and a stint with the Board of Governors. She passed away in 2009. ULethbridge

WCET finds positive trends in the world of multi-institutional consortia, systems 

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) has released a new report examining the operations of multi-institutional consortia and systems in Canada and the USA. The research found that there has been a great deal of changes in the consortia and systems over the last ten years as organizations closed, opened, and transitioned to more relevant models. The survey found that  consortia and systems offered a wide variety of services, such as brokering inter-institutional partnerships, faculty development,  and sharing courses; and were relying on a more diverse set of revenue streams than before. Overall, the trends were positive, and the researchers noted that partnering in consortia or system efforts allowed institutions to accomplish more together. WCET