Top Ten

March 12, 2019

Carleton professor’s death a “crippling loss” for university, global community

A Carleton University professor was among the 18 Canadians and 157 passengers who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash this past Sunday, marking what Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon calls a “crippling loss” for the university and global community. CBC reports that Pius Adesanmi, the director of Carleton’s Institute of African Studies and a professor at the school, was on the plane when it crashed shortly after takeoff. “He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students,” said Pauline Rankin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton. Bacon added that Adesanmi “was on the ground doing things, making the world better and he inspired a lot of people in our community and internationally.” CBC (National)

Founder of UVic’s Indigenous Governance program resigns

The Victoria Times Colonist reports that Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, the founding Director of the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Governance program, has resigned. In a statement, Alfred wrote that he chose to step down because he embodied “toxic masculinity,” but added that he is “committed to doing better” and will work as a full-time consultant on Indigenous governance and politics strategy with area First Nations. In 2017, UVic hired a group of external experts to review the program after concerns were raised about its learning environment, the Times Colonist adds. While the university cannot yet release the report’s findings, UVic spokeswoman Denise Helm said that they accepted the reviewers’ recommendations to redesign the program. Victoria Times Colonist (BC)

U of T acquires “treasure trove” from Mansbridge’s career

CBC reports that the University of Toronto has acquired the career archive of Peter Mansbridge, the retired anchor of CBC’s The Nationaland Mansbridge One on One. The U of T Libraries' Media Commons states that the collection, which spans almost five decades, includes press passes, letters, and photos, and that the Downsview library will store it. CBC adds that Mansbridge holds an honourary doctorate from U of T, and will host an event for students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in April. He retired on July 1, 2017, following coverage of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. CBC (ON)

NL post-secondary review to prioritize community, student needs

An extensive review of the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University of Newfoundland will focus on a set of recently announced terms of reference that include programming, contributions to immigration, infrastructure, revenue, and the relationship with the government. “We want to ensure our public post-secondary system meets the educational and vocational needs of our students,” said Advanced Education Minister Bernard Davis, who stressed that timelines were the focus of the process to this point. “We wanted to make sure we got it done right much better than getting it done quickly.” MUN President Gary Kachanoski, who welcomed the review, said that that he is hopeful that it will focus on institutional resources. CBC (NL)

Students, researchers address food insecurity on campus

Several Ontario campuses are in discussions with Meal Exchange, a national student-run charity, about developing a food security initiative, reports Anqi Shen. According to a 2017 report by the group, two out of five students surveyed at Lakehead, Ryerson, Brock, Dalhousie, and UCalgary experience food insecurity. “For a fairly long time, universities were places where the children of more affluent people ended up. It’s only been a generation and, in some cases not even that, that young people coming into universities are much more diverse socio-economically,” said Rachel Engler-Stringer, a Food Studies researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. Shen adds that Ryerson is looking at meal-sharing options, while Lakehead is piloting a free shuttle to an area grocery store. University Affairs (National)

NSCADU faculty, administration go to mediation

CBC reports that administrators met with faculty and librarians for 11 hours of labour negotiations at NSCAD University this weekend, with the two sides deciding that the impasse between them would have to be settled through mediation. The union has been without a contract since June of 2018, with wages, workloads, and job insecurity for part-time faculty as the catalysts for the strike. CBC adds that faculty union leaders from other provinces came to NS to support the striking workers, and that students also staged a sit-in at NSCADU President Dianne Taylor-Gearing’s office. CBC (1) |CBC (2) (NS)

Lakeland, Edwards help build SK’s economy

The University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business and Lakeland College have signed an MOU that will allow graduates of the Lakeland business administration program to transfer into Edwards. Students will be able to graduate with both a diploma and a Bachelor of Commerce degree after four years of study. “Edwards is excited to create pathways that provide additional opportunities for students near the Border City,” said Edwards Associate Dean Noreen Mahoney. “Together, we are building the Saskatchewan economy.” USask (SK)

Holland College commits to housing more students

Holland College has purchased new property to help meet the demand for student housing, especially the demand from international students. “We bought a couple of houses on our own street here on Kent Street, 271 and 277, and this is the third house that we bought and renovated to try to ease our own internal housing crisis,” said President Sandy MacDonald. “We do have a contract with a couple of other people who provide housing for our students as well.” MacDonald stated that the college plans to create a nine-bedroom mini residence in the rest of the building, and that the purchase and renovations will cost about $600K. CBC (PEI)

UManitoba med students push province to provide abortion pill

Medical Students for Choice, a group from the University of Manitoba, are lobbying the provincial government to provide universal access to Mifegymiso, a two-pill abortion drug. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the group has garnered around 1,000 letters of support. The students add that MB and Saskatchewan lag behind the rest of the country in access to the drug. Status of Women Minister Rochelle Squires said that although the pill is available across MB, issues with Mifegymiso’s manufacturer have contributed to a supply shortage. The Press adds that clinics in Winnipeg and Brandon offer the drug for free, but patients in other areas need a prescription that will cost about $350 to fill. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

Todd: Foreign female students in Vancouver area targets of harassment, exploitation

“Female foreign students from South Asia are experiencing sexual harassment by landlords, exploitation by bosses, and ethno-cultural double-standards, all the while dealing with their own fears of being deported,” writes Douglas Todd. Many of these women, Todd adds, do not seek help for fear of immigration-related repercussions or returning home. “It’s a source of shame if they get sent home. They fear they’ll never get the chance to come back to Canada,” said Kal Dosanjh, who also works with male foreign students who suffer exploitation at the hands of construction companies—or, in some cases, drug dealers—to pay high student fees and rents. Vancouver Sun (BC)