Top Ten

February 25, 2020

Collège Mathieu launches French journalism program

Collège Mathieu has announced that it will train the next generation of journalists with its newly opened French journalism program. The program, which was designed in partnership with la Cité collégiale, will be delivered in a hybrid format where theory courses are taught by professors in Ontario via videoconference, while practice courses are taught in collaboration with local media groups in Saskatchewan. Francopresse reports that the program is the first French journalism program of its kind west of Ontario.    Francopresse  (SK)

QC apologizes after McGill professor barred from ethics conference

Government of Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge has apologized to McGill University Law Professor Daniel Weinstock for barring him from a forum on the future of a provincial course on ethics and religious culture. Weinstock was barred from the conference after a Journal de Montréal columnist erroneously claimed he supported a form of female circumcision. While the story was corrected, a government official contacted Weinstock to say that, given the controversy surrounding the error, he was welcome to attend but not speak at the forum. Roberge stated that he wished the situation had been handled differently and later publicly apologized to Weinstock. National Post  | Montreal Gazette  (QC)

Brock celebrates launch of Canada-Caribbean Institute

Brock University and the University of the West Indies have celebrated the formal launch of the Canada-Caribbean Institute. “We know this partnership is a wonderful opportunity for many people to collaborate and make a positive difference that creates very real future benefits both in Canada and across the Caribbean,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. The CCI will support studies and research into specific Canada/Caribbean issues through collaborative initiatives, exchange programs, and institutional capacity building. The institute will also provide a framework for scholars in both regions to conduct research and scholarly activities, generating the knowledge and analysis necessary to inform innovative policy and initiatives.   Brock  (ON)

CICan, Mastercard partner on Young Africa Works initiative

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) program in Kenya. Through a five-year project, CICan will work closely with Kenyan partners and postsecondary institutions to develop TVET Centres of Excellence in Kenya, which will include a focus on curriculum development, training of trainers, work placements for trainees, and more. “We couldn’t be happier to join forces with the Mastercard Foundation,” stated CICan President Denise Amyot. “We share the Foundation’s optimism about Africa, and by working together, I am confident that we can have a lasting impact on the lives of young Kenyans and help them to gain the skills they need to succeed.”  CICan  (National)

Queen’s dismisses coach over social media comments

Queen’s University has dismissed track and field coach Steve Boyd after he made comments on social media about the Scott-Thomas case. The Kingston Whig Standard reports that Boyd suggested the victories University of Guelph runners “amassed under Scott-Thomas’ coaching should be nullified, and ... criticized people who knew, or should have known, about what Scott-Thomas was allegedly doing and said nothing.” Queen’s Interim Provost Tom Harris told CBC that Boyd's comments followed a “pattern of objectionable social media commentary spanning several years, about which he had previously been formally cautioned.” CBC  | The Kingston Whig Standard  (ON)

UMoncton receives donation from Fondation Élan Jeunesse to modernize labs, support students

The Université de Moncton has received a $300K donation from the Fondation Élan Jeunesse in support of learning experiences on campus. The funds will be used to modernize the science laboratories in the Louis-A-Lebel Building on the Edmundston campus and support the “Student Experience” endowment fund. “The Université de Moncton’s Edmundston campus is a very important player in northwestern New Brunswick,” said Élan Jeunesse President Vincent Durepos, “and the Fondation Élan Jeunesse is very proud to contribute to its modernization and to improving experiences for its students.” The funds were donated towards the institution’s Evolution fundraising campaign.  UMoncton   (NB)

St Clair SAA purchase AKO Fratmen football team

The St Clair College Student Athletic Association has formally announced its purchase of the AKO Fratmen football team. The purchase will see staff members such as team president Mike Morencie and head coach Mike Lachance retain control of football operations, while the association will take over business side and game-day operations. The Fratmen will move to the college’s new $20M SportsPark stadium, which will feature artificial turf, lighting, and a media press box, for the 2020 season; and will wear the college’s colours. SAA president Kshitij Punj stated that the purchase will create new opportunities for St Clair students from programs such as sports and recreation management, hospitality, and security. “We wanted to be the first proud owners of a football team,” said Punj. “We think it’s a great opportunity for our students and, with a new sports park, we were looking to show off the facility.” Windsor Star  (ON)

UNBC president steps down from term early

The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that President Daniel Weeks will be ending his second term earlier than anticipated. Weeks was re-appointed for a second term at UNBC in August 2018. Weeks recently went on medical leave, and UNBC states that Weeks will now begin transitioning to research leave. “I know that the UNBC Timberwolf family is blessed with many talented people,” said Weeks. “I am proud of the many positive things we accomplished over the past six years, and I wish continued success for the University.” Geoffrey Payne, who became acting President while Weeks took a medical leave, will be taking on the role of Interim President. UNBC (BC)

Fanshawe signs MOU with CAF

Fanshawe College and the 4th Canadian Division of the Canadian Armed Forces have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide students, members of the CAF, and veterans with career opportunities and additional supports for transition. The two parties will develop a framework that will support military personnel who are currently studying at Fanshawe, increase awareness of CAF careers among Fanshawe students, and provide military members and veterans who are transitioning from active service with advanced standing in academic programs. “Here at Fanshawe,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin, “we are pleased to offer our support and to provide a welcoming campus with services and resources available to meet the unique needs of military personnel.”  Fanshawe  (ON)

UCN launches adult high school programming in learning centres

The University College of the North has received approval from the Province of Manitoba to operate adult learning centre sites in Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagen) and Tataskweyak Cree Nation (Split Lake). Through these sites, participants will be able to complete a Mature Student High School Diploma designed for adult learners, take individual high school credits, and strengthen prior learning. “My future goal is to continue my education so that I can become a good teacher like my instructor Lisa Flett,” said Sylver Spence, who is enrolled in the program at Tataskweyak, “I want to be a role model for my children and to make my family and friends proud.” UCN (MB)