Top Ten

January 15, 2020

BCIT receives funding for additional specialty nurse training seats

British Columbia has announced that it is increasing the number of specialty nurse training opportunities in the province by funding 1,000 seats each year at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. BC states that it added 611 training seats in 2018-19 for a total of 1,000 seats, and that it will provide funding at that level for 2019-20 and 2020-21. "Specialty nurses help us when we need emergency care; they help deliver our babies and they care for us when we are seriously ill," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "Increasing the number of specialty nurse seats helps people get trained for some of the most important and in-demand jobs in BC.” The minister added that specialty nurses are in high demand in areas such as emergency rooms, intensive care units for high-risk cardiac care patients, and obstetrical and newborn care.(BC)CBC BCIT

Canadian Cancer Society supports imaging equipment research at Lakehead

The Canadian Cancer Society has provided funds towards Lakehead University Physics Professor Alla Reznik to develop molecular imaging equipment. The Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) equipment is intended to help alleviate uncertainty from breast cancer detection, and the first clinical prototype is awaiting clinical trials at the University Health Network-Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. “This project will add advanced capabilities to the current PEM prototype, using data from our pilot studies as a guide,” said Reznik. “The next-generation device will have a better dynamic range to allow for a wide array of clinical tasks ... and will be tested in multiple clinical centres in Canada and the United States to prepare data to support wide-spread deployment.” (ON)Lakehead


UCalgary approves tuition fee hike

The University of Calgary Board of Governors has approved a tuition fee hikes of up to 15%, according to the Calgary Herald. The increase will see a 10% increase for students in undergraduate engineering programs; a 10% increase for domestic students and a 15% increase for international students in masters of engineering, business administration, and public policy students; and a 5% increase for other students. The decision was made as several students gathered outside the meeting to protest. The article notes that the UCP budget left UCalgray facing a $32.9M deficit. (AB)Calgary Herald


ON launches redesigned training program for Corrections Officers

The Government of Ontario has launched the Corrections Foundational Training program, a redesigned curriculum for incoming correctional officers. The program replaces the former Correctional Officer Training and Assessment program and adds an increased focus on key areas such as human rights, mental health, health and safety, and teamwork; more job-specific case studies; and an emphasis on de-escalation and communication skills. "Staff safety and training is very important to me and to our government," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "This course will teach the skills our frontline officers need to succeed in a modern corrections environment. (ON)ON

UQAR, TELUS, CISSS partner on launch of rural health, social services research chair

The Université du Québec à Rimouski has partnered with TELUS and Centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux on the launch of a research chair on rural health and social services. The chair will be funded by $1.2M over five years and will respond to social and health issues in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. Specifically, the hcair will seek to develop new knowledge, improve the training of students in health and social sciences, and promote close collaboration with CISSS. Nursing Professor Lily Lessard and Social Work Professor Marie-Hélène Morin will be the incumbent holders of the chair. (QC)UQAR


Redeemer raises $19.25M through fundraising campaign

Redeemer University College has celebrated the conclusion of its Re Campaign, which raised $19.25M and became the largest and most successful campaign in the institution’s history. "With gratefulness to a faithful support community, we can report that all initiatives of the 2020 Strategic Plan have been successfully launched and are fully funded," said President Robert J Graham. "The past five years have laid an exciting foundation on which we can build our next strategic plan.” (ON)Redeemer


MSVU, SAIT pilot new education tech

Mount Saint Vincent University’s Faculty of Education has partnered with Nelson to deliver Edwin, a new digital learning ecosystem, to all undergraduate and graduate students. Edwin is built to provide equitable access to learning resources directly linked to provincial curricula. MSVU states that it is the first university in Atlantic Canada and the second nationally to pilot the program. At SAIT Polytechnic, School of Business Marketing Instructor David Gaudet recently challenged his students to develop a series of Amazon Alexa flash briefings using the software. (National)MSVU SAIT


TRU launches trades assistant program

Thompson Rivers University is launching a Trades Assistant Program. The program is developed for students with diverse abilities needing additional supports who are interested in working in construction, warehousing or landscaping. “It has a six-week, off-campus practicum that provides work experience for students and hands-on, practical experience on campus or in the community throughout the program,” explained Program Project Manager Jane Horton. The 32-week program is the fourth to be offered through Adult Special Education at the university. (BC) TRU 

Confederation launches new Greenstone campus

Confederation College has announced the formal opening of its new Greenstone campus in Longlac. The Greenstone campus was formerly located in Geraldton, Ontario. The renovated campus space includes a computer lab, kitchen, student lounge area, and state-of-the-art technology enabled classrooms. Confederation states that the campus will to serve the Municipality of Greenstone and nearby First Nations communities.(ON)Confederation Confederation


ON resident suing provincial, national governments for student loan debt inequality

A deaf-blind woman in Ontario is in court pressing for changes to the student loan program. Jasmin Simpson argues that the loan program currently forces students who take longer to complete their studies due to their disabilities to graduate with considerably more debt than their able-bodied peers. “I’m not just thinking about myself, I’m thinking about all the people with a disability,” said Simpson. “This sets the precedent for all of them. They all deserve equal access to education and accommodation, and the level of debt owing after graduating with those degrees should be equal for all.” The Government of Canada and Government of Ontario, the defendants in the case, have argued in legal submissions that the program makes allowances for students with disabilities. (ON)Ottawa Citizen