Top Ten

July 29, 2019

Indigenous students, academics call on Canadian universities to divest from Thirty Meter Telescope

Indigenous students and academics from across the country are calling upon their institutions to divest from the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which would see the construction of a giant telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), which includes 20 universities, has been a partner in the telescope project since its inception in 2003. "Indigenous people across the country stand with each other no matter what side of the [Canada-U.S.] border we fall," said Tomas Jirousek, the Indigenous affairs commissioner at McGill University's Students' Society. “We are taking action and hopefully holding our universities to account when it comes to standing complicit.” ACURA Executive Director Donald Brooks issued a statement saying that ACURA wants to "to ensure the safety of all involved and to find a peaceful path forward that respects the wishes of Native Hawaiians.” CBC (National)

Durham announces Behavioural Science degree program

Durham College has announced the launch of an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science program. The program will include a comprehensive set of courses, a final thesis project, and a 420-hour supervised field placement. Graduates will be able to work with individuals of all ages in a variety of health and community settings. “As agencies and long-term care facilities prepare for the increasing numbers in these client populations, the need for more qualified professionals in the areas of health, community and social services will also increase,” said Durham School of Health & Community Services executive dean Judeline Innocent. “With the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science, our graduates will be ready to not only meet this need but become leaders in these fields as well.” Durham (ON)

Chemistry at UWinnipeg achieves national accreditation

The University of Winnipeg’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry programs have been accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. CSC is recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as the technical organization for Canadian chemists. “This accreditation certifies that we have modern and well-maintained infrastructure and a comprehensive chemistry curriculum for the training of future scientists in the area of chemistry,” said Department Chair Athar Ata. “It also illustrates that our program is competitive and that our students will be well-prepared for careers in academia, industry and all government sectors.” UWinnipeg (MB)

Canada invests $17M into WIL opportunities for post-secondary

The Government of Canada has announced a $17M investment to support the work of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable and create more work-integrated learning opportunities for students. The funding will support BHER in creating 44,000 WIL opportunities annually by 2021-22 and enable BHER to provide businesses and organizations that have not offered student positions before with the tools and information they need. “Young Canadians are talented, ambitious and hard-working; however, making the transition to the workforce can be difficult,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. “When young people gain valuable on-the-job experience, they are better equipped to succeed in the workplace, and that is fundamental to growing our economy and strengthening our middle class for years to come.” Canada (National)

McMaster Students Union suspends club over white supremacist concerns

Josh Marando, president of the McMaster Students Union at McMaster University, announced that he has revoked a student club’s privileges, including access to funding, after concerns about racist affiliations were raised. The club, called the Dominion Society, was one of over 300 clubs ratified for the 2019/2020 school year. "There was some information that wasn't available at the time or that folks didn't know at the time of the Student Representative Assembly," said Marando, adding that a social media post drew a connection between the Dominion Society and people espousing racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Marando stated that the scenario shows the need for improvement to prevent "potential abuse by individuals who may attempt to create a club as a front for organizing and recruiting for hate groups." The Spectator (ON)

Federal investment will help UBC further “smart city” ambitions

The University of British Columbia will be engaging in two major projects to help Vancouver pursue its aspirations to become a “smart city,” thanks to a combined $5.8M investment from the Government of Canada. UBC will be partnering with BC Hydro and Cypress Power on a $2.3M project to convert a parking garage into a source of solar power and supply a fleet of 12 electric cars, in addition to taking part in a $3.5M project to build and study a 111-unit, energy-efficient residential building. “UBC is in many ways the perfect place to test new ideas that will contribute to a more sustainable planet,” said UBC President Santa Ono. Vancouver Sun (BC)

Canadore launches three new programs

Canadore College has received formal approval for three new programs: Media Fundamentals – Indigenous Visual Storytelling , Product Engineering-Advanced Manufacturing, and Recording Engineering – Music Production. The programs will begin in September 2020. “Canadore’s programs are designed to be compelling to students, meet academic quality and program standards and fill skills gaps identified through industry consultations,” said Canadore President George Burton. “We are extremely proud to be bringing these new choices to Ontario’s post-secondary market.” The Nugget (ON)

ACA, ICTC partner to provide students with WIL opportunities

Atlantic Colleges Atlantique and the Information and Communications and Technology Council (ICTC) have established a partnership focused on providing work-integrated learning opportunities for students to prepare them for the digital economy. “Our students are eager to contribute their talents to the workplace and also to be model life-long learners,” said ACA Interim Chair and Collège de l’Île President Donald DesRoches. “The collaboration with ICTC will provide them with worthwhile placements in the STEM, business and cybersecurity areas.” NBCC (NB | NL | NS | PEI)

Fanshawe student union president ousted after chronic absences

Fanshawe College’s student council president has been ousted from the role after chronic absences from the position. FSU president Abdullah Qassab was elected in March for a one-year term and was the first student from a satellite school to head the student government. However, the London Free Press reports that he was removed from the position for repeatedly not showing up to work. “Mr. Qassab, a paid full-time employee of the Fanshawe Student Union, effectively resigned his position by failing to attend work repeatedly without notice or explanation,” FSU board of directors chair Cole Ayerst wrote in an email. “As a result, Mr. Qassab was deemed to have abandoned his position within the FSU.” London Free Press (ON)

Inter-Dec joins LaSalle to share programming, administrative structure

Inter-Dec College and LaSalle College have announced that they will be merging their activities, establishing an alliance that “will take effect immediately.” A news release states that LaSalle will be able to improve its program offerings while Inter-Dec will benefit from a reinforced administrative and academic structure. "This partnership with Inter-Dec College was completely natural,” said LaSalle General Director Myrianne Collin. “Beyond simply sharing the same facilities in Montréal and Laval, the 2 institutions both belong to the LCI Education network, a partnership program that is made up of 23 higher education institutions spread across 5 continents.” <a href="https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/inter-dec-college-and-lasalle-college-merge-their-activities-844561189.html ">Newswire </a> (QC)

Inter-Dec joins LaSalle to share programming, administrative structure

Inter-Dec College and LaSalle College have announced that they will be merging their activities, establishing an alliance that “will take effect immediately.” A news release states that LaSalle will be able to improve its program offerings while Inter-Dec will benefit from a reinforced administrative and academic structure. "This partnership with Inter-Dec College was completely natural,” said LaSalle General Director Myrianne Collin. “Beyond simply sharing the same facilities in Montréal and Laval, the 2 institutions both belong to the LCI Education network, a partnership program that is made up of 23 higher education institutions spread across 5 continents.” Newswire (QC)