Top Ten

October 6, 2020

Southern AB postsecondary institutions undertake infrastructure, Indigenous cultural projects

The Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, with the support of municipalities and postsecondary institutions, will be providing more than $52.7M in funding toward infrastructure projects in southern Alberta. The funds will go toward the rebuilding of Red Crow Community College’s main campus, renovations and expansions at Medicine Hat College that will include an Indigenous gathering space, and cultural and administrative spaces at the University of Lethbridge. Funds will also be directed toward a French language cultural centre project in Calgary. Medicine Hat News | Lethbridge Herald | AB (AB )

International students allowed to enter Canada to attend DLIs

Beginning October 20th, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that international students will be allowed to enter Canada to attend a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan. International student travel to DLIs will be considered non-discretionary and non-optional unless there is evidence that students are entering for other discretionary or optional reasons. IRCC will post and update a list of approved DLIs. “This announcement is an extremely positive development for colleges and institutes across Canada and reflects our collective efforts to prepare and plan for the safe arrival of international students,” says Colleges & Institutes Canada. CICAN (National)

BC law students petition for employment standards for articling students

University of British Columbia and University of Victoria law students are asking for worker protections for articling students. While articling jobs are a mandatory part of becoming a lawyer in British Columbia, each firm’s wages and employment standards vary because BC’s Employment Standards Act does not cover articling student jobs. Over 100 students have signed a letter directed to the Law Society of BC asking that a set of standards be developed for BC articling jobs. At the Law Society of BC’s annual meeting, members will vote on whether to draft an articling agreement that would establish employment standards for articling students. CBC (BC)

Holland College, EC-Council partner to offer online cyber security training

Holland College and EC-Council Canada have partnered to deliver online cyber security training to students in the two-year Computer Networking Technology program. The partnership will help the program to respond to the increasing global demand for cybersecurity practitioners. “EC-Council is highly respected in the Cyber Security field, and the organization’s use of online simulators and real time infrastructure replaces what we would usually do in our classroom,” explained Chris Arsenault, program instructor at Holland College. “The partnership provides proven curriculum designed by some of the world’s top security professionals and a host of other benefits for students and faculty.” Holland College (PEI)

URegina launches Business Essentials Program for employee training

The University of Regina has launched a Business Essentials Program for employees of Saskatchewan businesses impacted by COVID-19. Employees will be trained by industry experts on a variety of different topics, including navigating changes brought about by the pandemic, rethinking how they serve their customers, and improving and innovating to meet business needs. “With this new skill development program, we are continuing to support businesses and people in our community, helping them to thrive and succeed in any situation they face,” said Christie Schultz, URegina Director of the Centre for Continuing Education. URegina (SK)

Canada’s sports conferences delay decisions on sports seasons

Sports conferences across Canada are facing decisions about allowing postsecondary students to engage in sports as COVID-19 numbers in some areas rise. The Canada West conference cancelled its first-term fall sports, and has delayed its decision on the second-term conference competition. The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec is also contemplating its decision around suspending team sports for the rest of October in the province’s “red zones.” “You can see by the reaction … sports is part of our culture and part of everybody’s life,” said Rémi Richard, the assistant director-general for Sports Quebec. “We can see people lose something in their lives without sports.” Times Colonist | Montreal Gazette (National)

Universities in Atlantic bubble prepare for holiday breaks

With Thanksgiving approaching, institutions on the east coast are advising students who live outside of the Atlantic Bubble to refrain from unnecessary travel. In order to encourage students to stay close to campus, St Francis Xavier University will be coordinating traditional and non-traditional activities over the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to asking students to stay in Atlantic Canada for the upcoming holiday weekend, Acadia University has also asked that students not travel on weekends or during study breaks. Some institutions are also looking ahead to the Christmas break: Université Sainte-Anne is requesting that students remain in the bubble over the holidays, while St Francis Xavier University is looking at shifting terms dates to allow for any isolation periods upon return. CBC (NB | NL | NS )

Students call for business school curriculum changes

If corporations are to pursue their equity, diversity, and inclusion pledges, students say that business schools will need to overhaul their curriculum. In an article written by Angelyn Francis, students from business schools in Canada described gaps in their course curriculum, including a lack of equity training and a lack of training on how businesses can negatively impact communities. The students additionally explain how a lack of baseline knowledge, which some had experienced within their institutions, can lead to damaging stereotyping and assumptions about diverse communities. “If we don’t start really thinking about different ways of changing the system, we’re going to see more of the same,” said I&D 101 Founder Jamile Cruz. The Star (ON)

COVID-19 could lead to positive change for academic parents: Opinion

COVID-19’s lingering impacts on academic parents could, on the whole, be positive, argues Joshua Kim. The author writes that before COVID-19, academics with children were faced with poor childcare options, challenges with career progression, and an atmosphere that did not encourage academics to have children. However, the author says that post-COVID-19, cultural norms around the separation of work and family will likely change. “What will happen is that parents will have more degrees of freedom to set their schedules and to work remotely,” said Kim. “There will be less concern across campuses of working during ‘working hours,’ as I expect the flexibility and autonomy that faculty and some staff have enjoyed will be extended to greater numbers of higher education workers.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

MacEwan creates Chair of International Health Research

MacEwan University has announced its new Chair of International Health Research. The chair, created with a donation from the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE), will focus on projects related to international health, specifically in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. MacEwan vice-president, research Craig Kuziemsky described the addition of this new research chair as “a sign of growth in the institution’s research, scholarly, and creative activity landscape.” The chair, Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing and will focus her research on the response of health educators to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Ukraine, and Chile. MacEwan (AB)