Top Ten

December 22, 2020

ON invests $77M in Second Career program

The Government of Ontario is investing $77M through the Second Career grant program. The training program is designed to help people who have been laid off to find in-demand jobs in their communities. The program will focus on training that is 52 weeks or shorter, and will remove funding caps to enable students to access programs at a variety of institutions. “Our government will connect people to rewarding careers, enabling them to contribute to our economic recovery,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our updated and improved Second Career program will help people get back on their feet, learn new skills and provide hope for them and their families.” ON (ON)

SK BEd students allowed to apply for temporary teaching permits

Fourth year Bachelor of Education students in Saskatchewan who have completed their internships will be allowed to apply for temporary teaching permits to teach as substitute teachers. This move enables students to fill SK’s shortage of 300 substitute teachers. Students must be approved by both the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) and the school division they are applying to. “It’s a good workaround to put a student who has almost finished their Bachelor of Education degree in a position where they could substitute teach if they were called upon to do so,” said Trevor Smith, chief operating officer and registrar for SPTRB. CBC (SK)

AU, GAC, TÉLUQ expand UCAP education partnership

Athabasca University and Université TÉLUQ have expanded a partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) after a successful first year. The partnership enables GAC staff to obtain university education via the University Credit Access Program (UCAP), and has been expanded from 600 GAC employees to all 6,500. “Considering the national and international context of uncertainty attributable to the COVID-19 crisis, we can only welcome the vision as well as the strong signal in favor of distance continuing education delivered by a Canadian leader such as Global Affairs Canada,” said Julie Carle, Director of External Affairs and Secretary General at TÉLUQ. AU (AB | QC)

U of T Faculty of Music receives $1M from Elaine Keillor

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music has received a $1M donation from alumnus Elaine Keillor. The funds will be used to fund doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, or for Music and Health Research Collaboratory research projects. “Dr. Keillor’s endowment will provide a tremendous foundation in perpetuity to advance research in music and health on all levels, and support outstanding work of graduate students like Nicole Richard,” said MHRC directory Michael Thaut. Part of the donation will be matched by the division of the vice-president and provost to support graduate and international students. U of T (ON)

Royal College, RBC partner on strategic partnership

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and RBC have announced that they are partnering on a multiyear member-focused strategic partnership that will give students educational opportunities and access to a banking program. The partnership will support a variety of programs, including engagement initiatives, podcasts, professional practice programs, and business training. “The Royal College is fortunate to be able to help medical specialists thrive throughout their entire career journey,” said Susan D Moffatt-Bruce, FRCSC of the Royal College. “This strategic partnership with RBC will help us support our members in both their personal and professional lives so they can deliver outstanding patient care to our communities.” Newswire (National)

Kenjgewin Teg’s ASIRC approved as CWB Testing Site

Kenjgewin Teg’s Anishinabek Skills, Innovation, and Research Centre (ASIRC) has been approved as a Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) testing location. Students in the Shki-Maajiinakiing trades program are now able to prepare for and complete an examination and certification by a CWB examiner at Kenjgewin Teg. “Employers out there want employees and graduates to also have the ‘certified technical skills’ that are applied and used in practice on-the-job,” said welding instructor Dave Barnes. “Becoming an approved testing centre for CWB means we are helping the employability of our trades graduates during and after they have come to us at Kenjgewin Teg.” Kenjgewin Teg (ON)

NS, NWT announce new rules for students re-entering after holidays

Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories are attempting to curb the spread of COVID-19 through new rules around students re-entering the regions after the holiday break. Starting on January 4th, Students returning to NS after the holidays are required to have a COVID-19 test 6 to 8 days after arriving in NS. Even if students are asymptomatic and test negative, they must additionally complete 14 days of self-isolation. Students returning to NWT must also self-isolate for 14 days; if they are unable to isolate at home, they must stay in an isolation centre. NWT has agreed to cover the costs of the isolation centre stay for students who travelled for education or training. NS | CBC (NS | NWT)

UBC changes style guide for press releases, “Dr” now used for those awarded a doctoral degree

The University of British Columbia has changed its style guide to use the honorific “Dr” in front of the names of those who had been awarded a doctoral degree. The article says the move was made after an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal questioned whether Dr Jill Biden’s doctoral degree warranted the title. In response, UBC has changed its policy of following the Canadian Press Style Guide and will now include “Dr” in front of the names those who have a doctoral degree. “The question of how media and large institutions should recognize academic credentials, rank and titles while ensuring readability for their audiences has sparked dialogue in recent years,” read the policy. “Some members of the UBC community have also raised this important question—and we’ve been listening.” Western Standard (BC)

UoGuelph, UWaterloo provide extra support for students over winter break

The University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo will be offering additional support for students this holiday season. UoGuelph will be keeping the Student Support Network and mental wellness supports open over the holidays. It will also be providing activities, such as a virtual Christmas Eve gathering, with cookie and cocoa kits distributed to students in the area. UWaterloo, which is expecting more international students to arrive over the holidays, has created a quarantine support group and support packages to help students who are arriving in Canada. CBC (ON)

UQAM launches program in disability and deafness

Université du Québec à Montréal is launching a new program in disability and deafness. The program is designed for people who may come in contact with people with disabilities and deaf people in their work, such as those in health, social services, or interpreting. The program is offered on a part-time basis. It includes three courses, which cover rights and citizenship, communication strategies, and the representation of disability and deafness in the media. UQAM (QC)