Top Ten

October 31, 2018

$1M gift supports animal-free testing at UWindsor

The Eric S Margolis Family Foundation has donated $1M to help establish the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods research and training laboratory at the University of Windsor. A UWindsor release says that the donation is the largest philanthropic gift for research in the university’s history.  “Many countries — including the United States — have already established national centres to advance non-animal methodologies, but CCAAM is the first and only centre of its kind in Canada,” said Charu Chandrasekera, the Centre’s Founding Director. UWindsor President Douglas Kneale added that scientists have started to realize the pragmatic and ethical limitations of animal testing, turning instead to more humane research methods. UWindsor

UAlberta opens accelerator in downtown Edmonton for spinoff health companies

The University of Alberta has opened the UAlberta Health Accelerator in downtown Edmonton. The newly opened $2.3M TEC Centre Labs houses the UAlberta Health Accelerator and the Merck Invention Accelerator. “As our scientists and learners make discoveries that have value in the health-care system, we have to move those out of the laboratories and into human use,” said UAlberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Dean Richard Fedorak. “Rather than taking researchers who have made a fabulous discovery, celebrating them and sending them back to their lab, we want to move their intellectual property and their spin-out companies into an area where they can blossom and grow.” UAlberta

YorkU, Seneca, Markham, York Municipality looking at 'other means' to build Markham campus 

Leaders from York University, Seneca College, the City of Markham and the Regional Municipality of York have released a joint statement noting that they “remain equally committed” to the Markham Centre Campus project and to “working together as we explore all possible options to build the campus.” The partners stated that they will be reviewing other means to advance the plans for the campus, and that they stand firm in the expectation that the new campus will be a critical economic generator and community asset for Markham, York Region, and the province.  CBC | YorkU

SLC, AU sign degree pathway agreement

St Lawrence College and Athabasca University have signed a degree pathway agreement that will benefit students in a variety of program areas. SLC states that graduates from the college's Community and Justice Services; Early Childhood Education; Fitness and Health Promotion; Mental Wellness and Addictions; and Police Foundations programs may apply their diploma credits towards AU's Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Arts in Human Services; Professional Arts in Criminal Justice; and Professional Arts in Governance, Law, and Management programs. “We are grateful for this partnership with Athabasca University, as it provides yet another important way for our students and graduates to continue on with their educational goals,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. SLC

UQAR, UCO collaborate on Education studies

Leaders from York University, Seneca College, the City of Markham and the Regional Municipality of York have released a joint statement noting that they “remain equally committed” to the Markham Centre Campus project and to “working together as we explore all possible options to build the campus.” The partners stated that they will be reviewing other means to advance the plans for the campus, and that they stand firm in the expectation that the new campus will be a critical economic generator and community asset for Markham, York Region, and the province.  CBC | YorkU

NorQuest to deliver mass online programming in hemp farming and production

People interested in industrial hemp production will have a new learning pathway at NorQuest College. NorQuest reports that its online Hemp Farmer course will show interested learners how to maximize revenue streams, feature film footage and advice from current farmers, and offer in-depth research into the hemp growing season. “The interest in this was identified and developed from a 50-stakeholder engagement project conducted by NorQuest last summer,” says NorQuest Vice President of Business Development Marian Gayed. “We are currently engaging 20 contributors from coast-to-coast to build our industrial hemp curriculum.” The class will be available to the public in January 2019. NorQuest

Lambton introduces six new programs for 2019

Lambton College has added six new programs to its Fall 2019 roster. According to a Lambton release, the college will roll out new diploma and certificate programs in Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning; Chemical Lab Technician; Esports Entrepreneurship and Administration; Recreation Therapy; and Power Engineering Techniques. The programs include full-time, two-year diploma programs; an Ontario College Certificate; and a fast-track, 12-month diploma. Lambton

Too many Laurentian sessionals “living hand to mouth”: MPP

While sessional work used to be a "stepping stone" to fulltime employment, too many of Laurentian University’s professors are stuck in a cycle of precarious contract labour, says the Laurentian University Faculty Association. NDP MPP for Sudbury Jamie West, himself a former sessional professor, told CBC that many people are led to believe that postsecondary education leads to a promising career. However, West notes that labour statistics show that many professors live below the poverty line. CBC states that 25% of Laurentian’s teaching staff consists of contract faculty. CBC

King's acquires land from London diocese

The Diocese of London has transferred over 18 acres of land to King’s University College. The transfer reportedly ensures that the land will be used as a greenspace and educational site. “At the end of the day, the community will have access to the area, not just as an educational institution, but as green space and an open space,” said London City Councilor Paul Squire. King’s did not say how much it paid for the land, but noted that it is launching a $15M fundraising campaign to help cover the expense. King’s | CBCCTV News

SFU rewrites emergency protocol following death of student

The Vancouver Sun reports that Simon Fraser University has rewritten its emergency protocols in the wake of a 58-year-old man’s death during a recent midterm exam. According to the Sun, SFU policy used to state that staff and students were to call campus security in the event of a medical emergency, and that security would call 911 if necessary. The new protocol includes 911 on its list of campus emergency numbers. Tim Rahilly, SFU’s Vice-Provost and Associate VP, Students and International, told CBC that the former protocol was the “most efficient way” to handle an on-campus emergency, given its relative isolation from the city. CBC | Vancouver Sun