Top Ten

January 27, 2021

ON announces expansion of OSAP at Indigenous Institutions

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is expanding the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) at Indigenous Institutions. Eligible students will be able to apply for assistance when attending Indigenous Institutes, which can begin offering OSAP eligible programs with Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council approval. Students will benefit from receiving financial assistance to attain culturally responsive postsecondary education. “For the first time in Ontario's history, students will be able to access culturally supportive, OSAP eligible programs that are independently delivered at Indigenous Institutes,” said Greg Rickford, ON Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Indigenous Institutes are an integral part of Ontario’s postsecondary education system and this financial assistance will help Indigenous learners get the skills they need to succeed.” ON (ON)

ITHQ launches hospitality degree

The Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) has launched a specialized degree in hospitality, called the Applied Bachelor in Hospitality and Hotel Management. The program aims to meet the projected post-pandemic demand in the hospitality and tourism sector. The program is bilingual and will include practicums and a ten-month internship. “Hospitality graduates stand out through their approach to creating human interactions that promote well-being thanks to behaviours, attitudes and physical environments that are customer-focused” said Jasmin Tanguay, Senior Director of University Programs and Research at the ITHQ. “This group of qualified young employees will appeal to companies in different industries that want to stand out through excellent service and an incredible customer experience.” ITHQ states that the program is the first of its kind in the province. QC (QC )

UCN’s DPN receives five-year approval from CLPNM

The University College of the North’s Diploma in Practical Nursing Program (DPN) has received a full five-year approval from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM). The two-year program will prepare students to work as members of health care teams and to take on leadership roles. “I am very proud of our DPN program and instructors,” said Dr Vicki Zeran, Dean of UCN’s Faculty of Health. “We have confidence in the quality of the program and our graduates who are working in the healthcare sector. Our faculty have always known this program is exemplary. We are tremendously grateful to receive that confirmation from the CLPNM.” UCN (MB)

BC invests $1.26M in ECE training

The Government of British Columbia is investing $1.26M in early childhood educator (ECE) training at public postsecondary institutions. Funding will enable BC to add 108 ECE seats, most of which will be delivered through a work-integrated learning approach, which will give students the opportunity to gain experience in the field as they complete their training. Students can also take classes in-person or online in a traditional model, and gain both theoretical and practicum experience. Programs are planned at Camosun College, Capilano University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Northern Lights College, and Selkirk College. BC has also invested about $16M in student bursaries. BC (BC)

Western Chancellor to remain in role, rebuild trust after overseas travel

Western University Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz, who travelled during December against public health recommendations, will continue in her role as chancellor. A CBC article explains that Hasenfratz regrets the decision to travel, and Western Board of Governors Chair Rick Konrad says the situation will be used as “a teaching and learning moment in the Western community.” “I am heartbroken for letting everyone down and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as Western's Chancellor,” wrote Hazenfratz. “I am committed to finding ways to earn back the trust and respect of the Western community.” CBC (ON)

Dal event for black students Zoom-bombed by people using abusive, racist language

CBC reports that a social event for Black medical and health students at Dalhousie University was “Zoom bombed” by people using abusive and racist language. The article explains that when OmiSoore Dryden, who holds the James R Jonston Chair in Black Canadian studies in Dal’s faculty of medicine, asked students to turn on their videos and introduce themselves, several people began to speak. “That’s when we were confronted and affronted with their racist and misogynist and homophobic slurs and their hateful speech,” said Dryden, “and, you know, it was a kind of taunting and racist bullying that many people still have to face.” Dryden stated she had previously promoted events on social media, but that this event was the first time that she sent a letter to Dal departments to promote the event as well. CBC says Dal is determining whether they can identify those who made the comments, and states that the university “unequivocally condemns these cowardly acts of anti-Black racism.” CBC (NS)

Study shows effects of COVID-19 on research time, expectations for parents

A US study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that COVID-19 has decreased the amount of time parents are able to spend on research. The study, which still must undergo peer review, found that COVID-19 decreased research time for all participants, with single mothers experiencing the greatest loss of research time. Less than a quarter of respondents indicated that their institutions explicitly changed research expectations and just under half were able to extend their tenure clocks. The article explains that the results may underestimate the numbers, given that the most overloaded postsecondary researchers may have chosen not to participate in the survey. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Brock, Laurentian announce updates to course delivery plans

Brock University and Laurentian University have released updates to their course delivery plans for the upcoming terms. Laurentian’s Senate has voted to continue to offer courses in the Spring 2021 semester remotely, with a limited number of classes offered on campus with strict public health measures in place. Brock has made plans to continue delivering courses in the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 terms remotely, and to transition back to in-person courses in the Fall 2021 term. Brock also has announced that it is anticipating that residences will have returned to “near-full capacity” for the Fall 2021 semester. Laurentian | Brock (ON)

CCTT, TAC provide graduates of accredited programs with international recognition

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) have made an agreement that will provide graduates of TAC national accredited programs with international recognition under the Sydney and Dublin Accords. The agreement will allow students to expedite professional certification with signatory countries. TAC will implement the Accords’ provisions. “This is an especially significant milestone for Technology Accreditation Canada” said Stephen Morley, TAC Board of Directors Chair. “International recognition enhances the value of TAC accreditation, creating a unique opportunity for graduates of TAC accredited programs to become certified in a signatory country.” Technology Accreditation Canada (International)

UoGuelph, St Clair students test positive for COVID-19

Students at the University of Guelph and St Clair College have tested positive for COVID-19. CBC reports that public health has declared an outbreak in UoGuelph’s East Village Townhouses, with 44 positive cases and 200 students now in isolation due to “unsanctioned social gatherings.” The article says that this number may increase as time passes. One student at St Clair College has tested positive for COVID-19, affecting students and staff they may have encountered in class. The article says that classes for these students and staff members have been cancelled and three individuals are self-isolating. UoGuelph | CBC | St Clair (ON)