Top Ten

June 4, 2021

Algoma announces plans to search for unmarked burial sites

In response to the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops residential school site, Algoma University has announced that it will be searching its grounds to find any potential unmarked burial sites. AlgomaU, which is located on the site of the former Shingwauk Residential School, will be using all available technology to uncover any gravesites outside of the Shingwauk Cemetery. “We continue to be guided in our work by our partners and our spiritual advisor to ensure that our work is done in a good way, building upon the tremendous work of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff,” reads the statement. Algoma | CBC (ON)

SMU celebrates launch of a new brand platform to recognize its growth

Saint Mary’s University has announced that it has launched a new brand platform with a new logo, wordmark, and tagline: “World Without Limits.” The new branding recognizes SMU’s growth and expansion, and embodies its connected campus, collaborations, leadership, and research. “More than an updated look and feel, our new brand platform is a powerful way of telling the Saint Mary’s story,” says SMU VP, Advancement Erin Sargeant Greenwood. “Saint Mary’s offers a unique experience. We are a caring community, more typically associated with smaller universities, combined with the research and student engagement opportunities of the largest institutions. We are moving the university forward in a way that reflects our traditions and values and embraces our bright future.” SMU (NS)

UBC IRSHDC, UManitoba NCTR call for national framework for investigation of potential burial sites

The University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) have issued a statement calling on the Government of Canada to create a national framework for the investigation and protection of burial sites. IRSHDC and NCTR are calling for the protection of potential burial sites until they can be properly investigated and documented, as well as the criminalization of the destruction of burial sites. They also note that the investigation and protection of these sites needs to respect the rights of Indigenous governments and peoples. “There must be a new determination and diligent action by Canada on the key priorities like the missing children and burial sites,” said IRSHDC Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe). “The Survivors, and all Indigenous peoples deserve to know their voices were listened to when they told Canada there were children who never made it home, and someone did the right thing—they found them.” UManitoba NCTR | UBC IRSHDC (National)

Northern College, Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord establish mining centre

Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines has partnered with the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord and its signatory communities to establish the Sioux Lookout Mining Centre of Excellence. The centre will address labour market needs and support First Nations youth in finding opportunities within the mining industry, as well as enable the delivery of mining-related training within the region. “The goal of the partnership is to increase First Nation participation, opportunities, and inclusiveness in regional area mining projects, which strengthens everyone,” said Audrey J Penner, President of Northern College. Northern College (ON)

UCalgary, Mphasis, AB partner to create Quantum City Centre of Excellence

The University of Calgary has announced that it will be partnering with Mphasis Ltd and the Government of Alberta to create the Quantum City Centre of Excellence. Quantum City will be a hub for companies that are interested in quantum technologies. It will diversify Calgary’s economy and create up to 1,000 jobs. “This (quantum) technology will not only create its own industry, but it will fuel advances in others,” said UCalgary president Ed McCauley. “Calgary will not only be an energy capital, it will be a quantum capital, too.” UCalgary | Calgary Herald (AB)

Trent, UNB, Lethbridge College launch new bachelor’s programs

Trent University, the University of New Brunswick, and Lethbridge College have launched innovative, new bachelor degree programs this week. Trent has launched a hybrid Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology, in which students in the program can choose to take classes in person or online. The program will integrate Indigenous perspectives and experiences, and students will take part in a full-year work placement with a community or ministry agency. UNB will be offering new environmental sciences programs for bachelor of science students. The programs are pre-accredited by Eco Canada, include experiential learning opportunities and a capstone in the final year, and offer streams in topics such as Chemical Environmental Perspectives, Environmetrics, Responsible Resource Recovery, and Sun-Earth Interaction. Lethbridge College has announced a Bachelor of Agriculture Science program. The program, which Lethbridge says is the first of its kind in southern Alberta, offers applied learning opportunities and is recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Trent | UNB | Lethbridge College (ON | NB)

Colleges, universities launch and join health initiatives to fight COVID-19

Postsecondary institutions across Canada are participating in health initiatives to support the fight against COVID-19. Keyano College has released nine faculty members to provide extra support at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre as Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. McMaster University is co-leading an initiative to study the South Asian community’s immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine across Canada. The study recently received a $1.5M federal investment. Institutions such as the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, and University of Ottawa will be participating in an Ontario-wide COVID-19 wastewater project. The project will enhance province-wide co-ordination and surveillance of the virus. Keyano | UWindsor | McMaster (AB | ON)

Using apps to effectively edit your own work: Opinion

Editing your own work can be difficult because of the brain’s tendency to read what the author intended rather than what is actually on the page, writes University of Alberta JD Candidate Valerie Leowto. Loewto draws on advice from Letitia Henville and Glen Ashworth to point to different apps and software tricks writers can use to edit their work. Three apps are referenced: Count Wordsworth to gain baseline metrics, HemingwayApp to identify and fix wordy areas, and The Writer’s Diet to address other problem areas. The article also suggests adjusting the font and spacing of a document before returning to edit it to make errors easier to spot. Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (National)

GPRC launches #Vacc2School Campaign to incentivize student, staff vaccinations

Grande Prairie Regional College has announced the #Vacc2School Campaign, a contest to encourage students, staff, and faculty to get their COVID-19 vaccines before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Those who receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to enter a draw for prizes that include gift cards, GPRC Wolves merchandise, bookstore vouchers, and full Fall 2021 tuition. Faculty and staff will also be eligible for a draw for 120-day and annual parking passes. “With vaccines now widely accessible across Alberta,” says Dr Vanessa Sheane, Interim VP, Academic and Research, “our goal is to give students and staff even more reasons to book their free shot.” GPRC (AB)

OUA releases plans for return to play in Fall 2021 semester

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) has released plans for a return to play in Fall 2021 semester, and says that it is “in the final stages of planning for next season’s open championships.” OUA noted that health and safety continues to be a priority, and that an increasing number of athletes and members of the sports community have been vaccinated. “The OUA collective remain committed to offering competition during the 2021-22 season and welcoming back our student-athletes to the playing field,” said OUA President Gord Grace. Western University has responded with enthusiasm and excitement at potentially welcoming students and fans back. U SPORTS also recently announced updates to its football eligibility policies after reviewing its Maximum Years regulation. OUA | Western | U SPORTS (ON)