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July 22, 2021

URegina hosts wildfire evacuees in residences

The University of Regina is hosting over 450 wildfire evacuees from the Shoal Lake Cree Nation and the Red Earth Cree Nation who had to leave their homes due to poor air quality. The evacuees are staying in URegina dorms, and staff members from a variety of departments have offered assistance to help the evacuees feel comfortable. Evacuees on campus have access to amenities such as recreational equipment and facilities, which include the pool and children’s play areas. As the air quality improves, members of the community can return home, though those with respiratory conditions are expected to need to wait longer. CTV News (SK)

ON institutions announce vaccine policies for Fall semester

Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have announced their COVID-19 vaccine policies for the Fall 2021 semester. Confederation College has announced that it will require all those who access its campuses in person to be fully vaccinated by the time class starts. International students will be able to receive their vaccinations while in quarantine. Algoma University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College have announced that vaccinations will not be mandatory for students or staff, though vaccinations are recommended and encouraged. Western University, which is requiring vaccines for students living in residences, will not make vaccines mandatory for those on campus. “[W]e’ve gone as far as we can go legally, and we’re very comfortable with our decision,” said Western President Alan Shepard. TB Newswatch (Confederation) | CTV News (Algoma) | Brantford Expositor (WLU, Conestoga) | CBC (Western) (ON)

The importance of supporting youth with foster care experience in pursuing education: Opinion

Youth living in foster care need support to help them pursue postsecondary education, writes Dalhousie University Professor Jacqueline Gahagan. The author explains that youth who live or lived in care are particularly vulnerable, and that those who have completed secondary school or postsecondary education have a better chance at employment. Gahagan explains that tuition waiver programs without age caps are more accessible to older students, and argues that wraparound supports can help students thrive through reducing financial, social, and other barriers. “[W]e need to see greater leadership from both within the post-secondary education sector as well as in foster care settings across Canada to ensure we aren’t continuing the cycle of poor health, social and economic outcomes among vulnerable segments of the population,” writes Gahagan. The Conversation (Editorial)

CNA receives funding for new imaging technology for mining

College of the North Atlantic has received funding to support the introduction of new imaging technology to be used in mining. A total contribution of $4.5M has been provided by the Government of Canada and Government of Newfoundland to develop advanced drill core imaging technology. “This state-of-the-art technology … aligns perfectly with the college’s vision to further expand and develop its applied research and innovation arm so that we can assist industry in achieving positive, breakthrough results in the mining sector,” said CNA President Liz Kidd. “We are also excited that our graduates will benefit from the training associated with the (Hyperspectral Scanning Unit).” CNA | Canada | NL (NL)

Laval offers walk-in vaccine appointments for QC students with valid student cards

Postsecondary students in Quebec are now able to receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at Université Laval through a new CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale initiative. The initiative aims to make it easier for students to get a vaccine through providing accelerated vaccinations, with a goal of helping QC reach the target of having 75% of 18-to-30-year-old students fully vaccinated in time for the Fall semester. Students who have valid student cards from any cegep or university are eligible to receive a vaccine. If the 75% target of vaccinations is not met, there could reportedly be changes to the plan to have face-to-face courses. Journal de Montréal (QC)

CMU, Booth UC, Providence UC share plan for Fall semester

Two of the three faith-based postsecondary institutions in Manitoba are planning for an in-person return to class in September, reports John Longhurst for the Winnipeg Free Press. Canadian Mennonite University and Providence University College will be welcoming students in person, but will be ready to pivot online if necessary. Both institutions are encouraging their students to get vaccinated, and students who will be living in residence will have single rooms. Meanwhile, Booth University College will be starting the year online, with instructors given the option of meeting in-person if students are comfortable. A move back to in-person classes is a possibility, according to VP and Academic Dean Michael Boyce, if the situation makes it possible and students are open to it. Booth will require students living in residence to be fully vaccinated. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

QC must support immigrant entrepreneurs to help them reach their potential: Opinion

A new article penned by Luis Cisneros of HEC Montréal and signed by community members and university faculty argues that Quebec needs to better support immigrant entrepreneurs to contribute to economic growth. The article explains that, based on the results of a study completed by researchers from HEC and the Université de Montréal, the QC entrepreneurial ecosystem’s weakest point is in the area of supporting immigrants. Funding and resources will need to be provided to immigrant entrepreneurs so that they can develop their potential. Additionally, Cisneros argues that the culture must change to make others aware of the difficulties that companies led by newcomers face. Le Devoir (Editorial)

Westervelt College receives funding to support PSW students

Westervelt College has received new funds from the Government of Ontario to support students training to be Personal Support Workers (PSWs). The funding will provide up to $13K to 40 new and 65 current students to cover tuition costs, books, fees, and clinical placement costs. “Personal support workers are on the frontlines every day providing our family members and loved ones the one-on-one care they need and deserve,” said Jill Dunlop, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By increasing accessibility to PSW programs here in Windsor, our government is working to achieve our commitment of training more frontline workers in the healthcare sector and preparing students for these high-demand and rewarding careers.” ON (ON)

UVic receives funding to establish wet lab to support oncology, precision health, and more

The University of Victoria has received over $536K from the Government of Canada to create the Centre for Advanced Materials & Related Technology (CAMTEC) BioMedical Core. The funding will be used to establish a Class II biosafety facility with specialized equipment to support initiatives in a variety of areas, such as oncology, precision health, apparel manufacturing, and water treatment. It will be shared by industry partners that do not have access to these types of equipment to facilitate their growth. “The availability of these resources in a shared, industry-focused research environment will contribute to substantial growth in the life sciences sector in British Columbia,” said CAMTEC BioMedical Core director Jeremy Wulff. NewsWire (BC)

Pitfalls to avoid when writing scholarly book proposals: Opinion

Writing an excellent scholarly book proposal can be difficult, writes Laura Portwood-Stacer, but avoiding certain pitfalls can help scholars write proposals that stand out. Portwood-Stacer describes several types of proposals to avoid: topics without a point, ideas without evidence, proposals that are still dissertations or lack one main claim, and proposals that are too unique or lack a precedent for their appeal. The author recommends that academics research presses to ensure the best fit for their proposal, and encourages academics to be confident and submit proposals in order to see if anyone is interested in their idea. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sub req) (Editorial)