Top Ten

November 12, 2021

BC provides technology, trades equipment upgrades to 20 postsecondary institutions

The Government of British Columbia has invested $3M to help 20 postsecondary institutions upgrade their technology and trades equipment. Each institution will receive up to $150K to replace equipment that is obsolete with up-to-date technology. The equipment will help students gain the hands-on skills they need to be successful in the workforce. “Investing in students is an important part of building a stronger BC,” said Anne Kang, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Students across the province will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, preparing them for their future careers.” BC (Release) | BC (Backgrounder) (BC)

QC provides $5M to support new residence for Indigenous students at ULaval

The Government of Quebec has announced that it will be providing $5M to support the creation of a new living environment for Indigenous students and their families on Université Laval’s campus. Société immobilière du Regroupement des centers d'amitié autochtones du Québec (SIRCAAQ) will pilot the project, which will provide safe and affordable housing for Indigenous students pursuing graduate studies. Student tenants and their family members will have access to culturally relevant and integrated services with the aim of empowering them. News Wire (QC)

RRC Polytech announces new Indigenous name for Exchange District Campus project

Red River College Polytechnic has announced a new Indigenous name for its Exchange District Campus project. The project was given the name Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, which translates to “where the creator sits and brings light.” “The new name … represents a new beginning and reflects the space and history where the building stands,” said RRC President Fred Meier. “Having this name that has so much depth and meaning really grounds us in the pursuit of the building’s mission to spark transformation, ingenuity and collaboration between students and industry. Una Swan, Black Eagle Woman, from Fisher River Cree Nation, said that the building was created in a way that honoured Indigenous wishes. “It epitomizes the Indigenous community here in Manitoba,” said Swan. “You walk in there, you know it’s an Indigenous building.” RRC Polytech | CBC (MB)

ON announces decision to not file appeal over Student Choice Initiative

The Government of Ontario has announced that it will not be filing an appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada to challenge the August decision that found the Student Choice Initiative to be unlawful. The initiative allowed postsecondary students to opt out of paying some ancillary fees. Student groups expressed relief to, stating that they can now rely on the funding to return to their previous levels of service. “[N]ow that the government announced that they’re not going to appeal any further, we can actually budget properly knowing what we’ll have coming in,” said Kayla Weiler, the national executive representative for Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. CBC | (CP) (ON)

Bishop’s commits to change after anonymous message about sexual violence posted near campus

Bishop’s University has met with students and promised change after an anonymous message was found plastered on a concrete divider near the campus’ entrance. The message reads “He raped me. I reported. He’s still in my class. BU take action.” Bishop’s held an emergency town hall meeting on Tuesday with around 300 students and faculty, in which Stine Linden-Andersen, Bishop’s dean of students, apologized for the campus’ culture of rape. CBC reports that students felt optimistic coming out of the meeting, but criticized Bishop’s for not making the issue a priority until it was brought up by the survivor. Linden-Andersen stated that she will be reading policies from other Quebec institutions to examine how Bishop’s can improve its policy. CBC | Global News | Sherbrooke Record (QC)

GPRC to work with Northern Petrochemical Corp to train workers for new plant

Grande Prairie Regional College has announced a new partnership with Northern Petrochemical Corp. The two parties will work together to train workers to fill jobs at a new $2.5B plant planned near Grande Prairie. The project will include the construction of a carbon-neutral plant that will produce 200 million tons of ammonia and methanol annually. Up to 4,000 construction jobs and 400 long-term jobs are expected to be created through the project. CBC (AB)

Consensually navigating pandemic “re-entries:” Opinion

In an article for The Conversation, Bishop's University Professor Jessica Riddell compares the process of organizing meetings and gatherings during COVID-19 to the issues of consent within Shakespeare’s King Lear. Riddell says that when facing ambiguous situations, people may be unsure of how to react, leading to silence on issues that need to be addressed. The author recommends that leaders provide a clear framework for meetings, outline expectations of participants, and be explicit about precautions. Riddell further encourages leaders to provide a “dignified” way for other leaders to opt out of participating. Finally, the author recommends being aware of imbalances of power, understanding that participants can withdraw their consent to participate in events, and providing choices of how to connect. The Conversation (Editorial)

Canadore launches Entrepreneurship Academy

Canadore College has announced that it has launched an Entrepreneurship Academy for students who are interesting in starting a business. The academy will use a new model of learning to train students in leading, thinking, and learning in times of environmental disruption. Students will participate in hands-on, practical training and will be able to complete micro-credentials to diversify their knowledge. They have the opportunity to be mentored and coached by business owners and investors, and will be encouraged to start a business as they complete the program. “As Canadore looks towards the future, we must be responsive to the needs of the businesses, industries, communities, and students we serve,” said Canadore President George Burton. Northern Ontario Business | Canadore College (ON)

Fleming, NBCC, UCN, CNA receive vehicles, aircraft to support hands-on learning

Postsecondary institutions across Canada have received donations of aircraft and vehicles that will provide hands-on opportunities for students. Fleming College received a decommissioned ambulance from the Peterborough County-City Paramedics. New Brunswick Community College has received a 2020 Western Star 4900SA transport truck from Daimler Trucks North America, which will benefit students in NBCC’s Truck and Transport Service Technician program. Students will work on the truck to prepare them to diagnose and fix machinery. The University College of the North has received a Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan from The Pas resident Dr Brandt Weldon, who wanted to support hands-on learning for students. Earlier this fall, College of the North Atlantic also received a Learjet test aircraft from Bombardier, which will be used to provide hands-on skills training for students in the aviation programs at CNA’s Gander campus. (National)Peterborough Examiner | NBCC | UCN (Release) | CNA (National)

Conestoga to lead STRIVE OSH project to scale up skilled trades workers, optimize workplace safety

Conestoga College has announced that it will be building capacity among skilled trades workers while optimizing jobs and work environments in the field through the “STRIVE OSH: Skilled Trade Research, InnoVation, and Education in Occupational Safety and Health” project. The project, which received $800K from the Government of Ontario, will engage stakeholders to ensure that skilled trade businesses are prepared to accommodate a more diverse workforce and that curricula includes necessary training on occupational health and safety. “The STRIVE OSH project will meet the needs of our industry and community partners, help drive growth in our local and regional economies and provide opportunities for students to develop career-ready skills in experiential learning environments,” said Conestoga President Dr John Tibbits. Conestoga (ON)