Top Ten

August 15, 2019

Canada’s faculties of medicine commit to improving Indigenous health

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has approved a Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health that will aim to train medical students to better serve Indigenous communities. AFMC Indigenous network chair Marcia Anderson said that the commitment was made in response to the TRC, and that she hopes it will bring consistency to “highly variable” Indigenous health initiatives at schools across the country. The commitment includes several action items related to relationships with Indigenous communities, admissions, the medical school environment, curriculum, and post-graduate education. University Affairs | AFMC (National)

ON institutions partner to welcome international students at airport

19 post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario have partnered with Destination Ontario to set up welcome kiosks for international students arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport for the fall semester. School representatives will offer welcome packages as well as services such as assistance with transportation and accommodation options and free calls home to inform family members of their arrival. Schools participating in the initiative are Laurentian, McMaster, Ryerson and Wilfrid Laurier universities and Boreal, Cambrian, Canadore, Centennial, Conestoga, Fleming, Humber, Lambton, Loyalist, Mohawk, Niagara, Northern, St Lawrence, Seneca, and Sheridan colleges. Mississagua.com (ON)

Why we “they” in academic writing: A discussion of pronouns

In response to a question on the use of pronouns in academic writing, Letitia Henville advises writers to just go with the singular use “they” instead of using an alternative agendered pronoun such as “one,” selecting a gendered pronoun at random, or using “s/he” or alternating pronouns. Henville states that alternating between examples can create confusion for the reader, while using “he or she” or “s/he” is not inclusive of people who may be genderqueer, aayahkwew, sipiniq, or onón:wat, among other identities. “When you submit to an academic journal, you have power over the text that is published under your name,” writes Henville. “Sure, you may need to conform to a particular citation format and house style […] but for language that has political implications, you can and should make a case for your preferred word or formatting.” University Affairs (International)

Lambton establishes pathways to Sheridan, John Jay for graduates

Lambton College has announced six new agreements that will open pathways for graduates to pursue a degree at Sheridan College or John Jay University. Specifically, graduates of Lambton’s Photography program will be able to pursue Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Photography – Degree program. Graduates of the College’s Fire Science Technology; Police Foundations; or Protection, Security and Investigation programs will be able to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art from John Jay in two years through online study. Lambton (ON)

CMTN announces new cannabis cultivation classes

Coast Mountain College has announced the Cannabis Cultivation Series, a set of courses intended to educate students on the rules and regulations surrounding growing recreational or medicinal cannabis in Canada. “We know that in the new framework of legalization that there are a lot of people that are curious about how to grow cannabis … and with the legal framework still being fairly young there’s not a lot out there that’s teaching people how to do this,” said Sarah Zimmerman, CMTN executive director of communications. “We suspect that it will be a popular course.” The course will be offered at the college’s Terrace, Prince Rupert, and Masset campuses. Interior News (BC)

Brock signs MOU to bring newcomers, community together

Brock University will help newcomers become more engaged members of their community through a new agreement it has signed with the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre in St Catharines. A Brock release notes that the memorandum of understanding commits the partners to support newcomers with research, outreach, and support services. “Brock has a role to play in helping to develop the knowledge and skill sets that will enable individuals to become contributors to and champions of their new home,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “We are pleased to partner with Niagara Folk Arts to help the community embrace new members and welcome new friends and neighbours.” Brock (ON)

Langara garners federal support to enhance early learning with Indigenous content

A Langara College project has received federal funding to enhance Early Learning and Childhood Curriculum (ELCC) with Indigenous content. The project, known as Indigenous ways of knowing in early childhood education language and literacy training, has arisen from a partnership between Langara, the Musqueam community, and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “This is an exciting opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Musqueam, and create a legacy that will inform our ECE practitioners for years to come,” said Kelly Sveinson, Chair, Langara College Applied Research Centre. Langara (BC)

New mental health resource aims to help first-year students cope with transition to post-secondary

Mental health advocates are launching a new resource that aims to prevent burnout and poor mental health among freshmen. CBC reports that the resource, titled “"From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience," is now available online, with some schools planning to hand out hard copies during this year’s Frosh Week. "This is about prevention," says Mary Ann Baynton, director of strategy and collaboration at Winnipeg's Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, which created the handbook. "It's about becoming self-aware, learning about yourself and learning about what's out there to help you.” CBC (National)

Taylor Swift sends $6,386.47 to help pay tuition for UWaterloo student

A University of Waterloo student recently received a major surprise when she learned that Taylor Swift had sent her $6,386.47 to pay for her tuition. Ayesha Khurram had been struggling to come up with the money after learning that she would receive less funding this year from the Ontario Student Assistance Program. A note attached to the transfer said: "Ayesha, get your learn on, girl! I love you, Taylor!" Khurram noted: "I can't put it into words. It was insane. I could not believe it.” CBC (ON)

SFU launches new look for athletics

Simon Fraser University’s Athletics & Recreation department has launched a new look for its sports teams. The new icon will be used by all athletic programs, competitive clubs, and youth camps. It draws on the original red and white school colours, as well as the vintage maple leaf and octagon shape worn by historic SFU student-athletes. “We are Canada’s NCAA team and we proudly Rep the Leaf in every competition,” said Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation Theresa Hanson. “Our new brand was inspired by, and honours, all of the talented student-athletes who have competed for SFU while moving us into a new era with a modern look and feel.” SFU (BC)