Top Ten

August 20, 2021

NB pilots new immigration stream for graduates of private career colleges

Opportunities NB has announced that it will be piloting a new immigration stream in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Starting in April 2022, the stream will be available to international students who graduate from certain programs from Atlantic Business College, Eastern College, McKenzie College, and Oulton College. “Newcomers are key to addressing the challenges of our labour market,” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder, “and by providing this additional immigration stream we are empowering more of our post-secondary institutions to develop the skilled workers that New Brunswick needs.” NB (NB)

Concordia Edmonton acquires historic mansion

Concordia University of Edmonton has acquired the historic Magrath Mansion with the support of a $1.4M donation from the mansion’s previous owners. The building was built in 1912 and 1913 and features six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and ample green space. Concordia Edmonton President Tim Loreman said that the university will be able to use the building for hosting events, guest lecturers, classes, and more. “The Magrath Mansion has been an important part of so many lives,” said former owner Nellie Braaksma. “We’ve been fortunate to welcome visitors from around the world to the property to admire and appreciate it, and I am very happy that it will continue to have a presence and make an impact as part of CUE.” CBC | Edmonton Journal (AB)

CMA Foundation provides $1M to IPAC for mentorship program

The CMA Foundation will be providing a $1M grant to the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) to support the development of a national mentorship program for Indigenous medical learners and physicians. The program will connect Indigenous medical learners to mentors who can provide guidance, training, advice, and growth opportunities. “As Indigenous Peoples, learning from our Elders and Knowledge Keepers is part of our culture. Mentorship encourages mutual respect and strengthens Indigenous ways,” explained Syexwalia, Knowledge Keeper and Elder from Squamish Nation. “I look forward to working with IPAC as they develop their nation-wide mentorship program in support of Indigenous medical learners and early career physicians.” Nation Talk (National)

MtA, STU introduces new mandatory vaccinations

Mount Allison University and St Thomas University have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. The decision comes shortly after the provincial government announced mandatory vaccinations for public sector employees. “As we have consistently for the past 17 months, we will continue to adapt to what is happening with the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to keep our campus and community as safe as possible,” said MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. STU will reportedly be keeping its mandatory mask policy and will be offering vaccinations through its campus pharmacy. (NB) MtA | CBC (MtA) | STU | 91.9 The BendSTU

Tips for setting up class discussions for student engagement: Opinion

Setting up class discussions well rather than “lurching” into them is key to successful engagement, writes John J Silvestro. To make discussions more engaging, Silvestro encourages instructors to situate the discussion by explaining how the topic relates to larger course themes or student skills. The author explains that presenting students with the value of the work they are doing in the discussion also increases engagement by demonstrating the significance of a discussion. “[W]e need to both develop a situation and value for each discussion we hold and clearly explain both to students before each discussion,” writes Silvestro. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

MB invests in multi-faceted, skilled-trades training for Indigenous women

The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will be partnering with the Manitoba Construction Sector Council and investing over $600K to provide a skilled-trades training initiative for Indigenous women in four communities. The targeted initiative will support women from Pinaymootang First Nation, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Dakota Tipi First Nation, and York Landing. Training will include a three-week job readiness course and a workshop on women in the trades. “It is important to provide Indigenous women the tools, training and support they need to build a career in a field with good-paying jobs, employee benefits and job security, which is often hard to acquire in northern and remote communities,” said Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere. MB (MB)

ON postsecondary institutions to include second-year students in orientation week activities

Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have shared that they intend to include second-year students in orientation week activities, reports The Star. The institutions decided to expand their frosh activities to second-year students since these students were unable to participate in traditional frosh week activities last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Star reports that some institutions, such as Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and York University intend to host in-person activities; while others, such as Centennial College, George Brown College, Seneca College, and Algonquin College, will be planning solely virtual frosh activities. The Star (ON)

Shortage of veterinarians across AB causing burnout, stress on industry

Alberta is facing a shortage of veterinarians across the province, which is creating burnout and stress in the industry and increased wait times for pet owners. Alberta Veterinary Medical Association President Pat Burrage said that there are currently 1,800 practicing veterinarians in the province and 370 vacancies. “The pandemic has created extra work for the veterinary profession, as it has for the human medical profession,” said Burrage. “On top of the workplace shortage, it is wearing people out.” Burrage noted that only 50 people graduate from the University of Calgary’s veterinary program each year, and that the number of graduating veterinarians in the province has not changed to meet the increased demand for services. CBC (AB)

URegina student union raises concerns about privacy, cybersecurity with vaccine policy

The University of Regina Student Union is pleased with URegina’s recent vaccine mandate announcement, but has raised concerns about the privacy and process related to handling students’ health information. URSU President Hannah Tait explained that “our issue is not the actual collection of the private health information, but it's about how we're collecting it, how we are using it, how long we're going to keep it.” Tait pointed to concerns with cybersecurity and ensuring staff are adequately trained to handle private information. She added that the union has been dealing with misinformation and confusion among students, such as whether the vaccine contents are compatible with religious beliefs. CBC (SK)

ON colleges mandate vaccination for employees, students, guests

Several colleges across Ontario have announced new vaccine mandates and introduced proof of vaccination requirements in the wake of the provincial government’s announcement. Algonquin College has announced that vaccination is mandated for all three of its campuses. Visitors to Lambton College, including staff, students, faculty, and guests, will be expected to be vaccinated beginning August 31st. Loyalist College has similarly announced expectations that students and employees have at least one vaccine by September 7th and both by the start of November, and has stated that visitors will not be permitted on-campus without pre-approval. Centennial College will require proof of vaccination from students, employees, contractors, and visitors to campus, or expect these persons to participate in regular testing. CTV News (Algonquin) | Global News (Lambton) | The Intelligencer (Loyalist) | Centennial (ON)