Top Ten

July 13, 2021

Canada announces National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

The Government of Canada has announced that it has released the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, which is meant to protect Canadian research and intellectual property from foreign interference, espionage, and theft. The guidelines take into account national security when considering research partnership development, evaluation, and funding. The guidelines will be applied immediately: High risk projects will not receive funding, while medium and low-risk projects will be required to put risk mitigation measures in place. “By requiring that risk assessments be submitted with research funding requests, these new mandatory guidelines will help protect Canadian research, knowledge and intellectual property,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “We will not take chances with Canada’s national and economic security.” The Globe and Mail (Sub Req) | Canada (National)

Ryerson receives $1M planning grant for future School of Medicine in Brampton

Ryerson University will be receiving a $1M planning grant from the City of Brampton to support Ryerson’s official proposal for a future School of Medicine in Brampton. The funding will be used to support the proposal, which will include details on Ryerson’s approach to health education, including focuses on primary care, technology, interprofessional practice, and culturally sensitive care. It also will enable Ryerson and Brampton to collaborate on the future site of the medical school. “The new medical school will not only dramatically enhance the healthcare system in Brampton, it will also build a foundation for a diverse pool of talent to thrive in healthcare and healthcare-related sectors across our province,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. Ryerson (ON)

McGill removes statue of James McGill after vandalism

McGill University has removed its statue of James McGill after it was recently vandalized. McGill has said that it will repair the statue, which has been subject to repeated bouts of vandalism and calls for removal, but that the university intends to conduct an investigation to determine whether to relocate the statue. “Given that the recent incident exacerbated existing damage to the sculpture, it has been removed for repair and restoration,” said McGill spokesperson Frédérique Mazerolle. “Whether, following this work, the sculpture will return to its current site is not yet determined.” Montreal Gazette | Journal de Montréal | CTV News (QC)

Fanshawe launches the Oneida - Language Immersion, Culture and Teaching diploma

Fanshawe College is launching a diploma program called Oneida - Language Immersion, Culture and Teaching, which aims to preserve the Oneida language and reverse its decline. The program will teach students fluency in the Oneida language with the goal of producing graduates who have the ability to teach, translate, and tell stories in the language. The three-year program will take in around 20 students each year, and is open to students from all walks of life and backgrounds. Hubert Antone, who grew up speaking only Oneida, explained that at present only around 20 people in the Oneida of the Thames community can speak and understand Oneida. “If we lose the language now, we’re going to lose another part of our culture,” said Antone. CBC (ON)

BC provides $2.9M to PSE, community organization in support of literacy programs

The Government of British Columbia has announced over $2.9M in supports for Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALP) across the province in 2021/22. The funding will support 97 literacy programs that are developed and provided for free by community organizations, Indigenous-led organizations, and public postsecondary institutions. 16 postsecondary institutions in the province have received funding: Camosun College, Capilano University, Coast Mountain College, the College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, North Island College, Northern Lights College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College, and Vancouver Island University. Nation Talk | BC (Backgrounder) (BC)

A reflection on Canadian universities and reconciliation: Keshen

Canadian universities must commit themselves to Truth and Reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization, embracing diversity, and coming to terms with the past, writes new University of Regina President Jeff Keshen. The author describes how URegina’s strategic plan, kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak — All Our Relations, is being used to guide the university in reconciliation through its teaching, research, learning, and service efforts. “As together we emerge from the pandemic, and gradually reopen to something closer to what we remember life was like before COVID-19, we must also be open to something else: Demonstrating compassion and empathy toward others in a way that history shows our country has not always done,” writes Keshen. Regina Leader Post (Editorial)

Canada, QC announce funding to maintain, upgrade QC postsecondary institutions

The Governments of Canada and Quebec have announced funding for projects that will maintain, upgrade, and modernize QC postsecondary institutions. The funding, which is part of a larger $19M allocation, will support projects at Cégep de St-Félicien, Alma College, Cégep de Jonquière, Cégep de Chicoutimi, and the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. “[W]e strive to make wise choices in terms of infrastructure for years to come in order to better meet evolving needs,” said Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services. “Users deserve to receive care and services of the highest quality, in a safe and adapted environment, and this funding will support the realization of relevant projects in this direction.” Canada | Canada (Backgrounder) (QC)

Former Shingwauk residential school at Algoma designated as a national historic site

The former Shingwauk residential school, which is now a part of Algoma University’s campus and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, has been designated as a national historic site by Parks Canada. The national historic site designation ensures that the building will be preserved and that the experiences of Indigenous children will be remembered and retold. “If we have the Shingwauk Hall designated as [a national historic site] then that building won’t go away,” said Jay Jones, president Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. “That story remains. It will create conversation.” CBC (ON)

Experiential learning for PhD students increases career opportunities: Opinion

Experiential learning for PhD students offers opportunities for students to develop their skills for more versatile career and professional options, write Gaeun Seo and Michael W Zhang. The authors explain that some postsecondary institutions are re-evaluating the PhD as an avenue to diverse career pathways by giving students access to resources on careers outside of academia and experiential learning opportunities. The authors emphasize the importance of experiential learning, which allows students to polish their skills, confirm or redirect their career interests, and engage in short-term opportunities outside of their department. Seo and Zhang explain that campus-based experiential learning also benefits administrators by highlighting insights that graduate students are privy to. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

CTS Canadian Career College to receives funds to train VON workers for PSW roles

CTS Canadian Career College will be receiving over $269K from the Government of Ontario and Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) for Canada to train support workers through the VON’s Personal Support Worker with Professional Skills Training program. The funding will prepare 35 VON workers to take positions as personal support workers, home support workers, and other similar roles. The grant will cover some or all of the training costs of education for current employees and unemployed workers. The program is delivered remotely by CTS Canadian Career College, and students will complete 17 weeks of virtual classes, a work placement, and lab days. North Bay Nugget (ON)