Top Ten

February 18, 2022

QC invests $65M into recruiting, training foreign nurses

The Government of Quebec has announced that it will be investing $65M into recruiting and training around 1,000 nurses to work in regions most affected by the nursing shortage. QC will be recruiting individuals from francophone countries to work in seven regions: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Baie James and the Outaouais. The candidates will attend cegep in these regions for nine to 12 months, with the cost of training covered by QC. Students will also receive a $500 weekly stipend during their training, and will be able to work up to 20 hours a week during their training. QC will provide the recruits with support as they transition to life in the province, and their spouses will be offered open work permits. CBC (QC)

AU Faculty of Business achieves AACSB accreditation

Athabasca University has announced that its Faculty of Business has received Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, placing it within the top six percent of business schools around the world. The accreditation recognizes excellence in teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning and recognizes the knowledge and competencies that graduates gain within the program. It will also support AU’s pursuit of international partnerships and attract international learners who wish to earn an internationally-recognized credential. “Achieving such highly regarded accreditation sends a signal to the world that AU’s Faculty of Business is among the world’s very best, and that our graduates are positioned to excel in their careers and the communities they serve,” said AU President Peter Scott. AU | Globe Newswire (AB)

Trent, Niagara announce new programs focused on meeting sector needs

Trent University and Niagara College have announced new programs to meet sector needs. Trent has launched a Bachelor of Arts in Logistics & Supply Chain Management degree, which it says is one of the only undergraduate programs in this area available in Canada. Students in the program will learn a variety of skills, such as how to manage supply chains, analyze data, and develop solutions to supply chain and logistics problems. Graduates will be prepared to achieve the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation. Niagara College has introduced three new graduate certificate programs: Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, and Social Media Management. The programs are designed to meet the increase in demand for professionals in each area. Trent | Niagara (ON)

Graduate facing exclusion order after college admission letter revealed to be fake

A woman from rural India who completed her postsecondary studies in Canada has received an exclusion order after a review showed her original college acceptance letter from Seneca College was a fake procured by a private immigration agent, reports CBC. Karamjeet Kaur, who had reportedly been unaware that the agent had committed fraud, instead completed a diploma at NorQuest College in 2020. Kaur has been working in Canada and had applied for permanent residency, but was told about the fraud in May 2021 and was recently issued an exclusion order after a decision-maker said she should not have fully relied on the immigration consultant. Her lawyer says it is unreasonable for the decision-maker to expect Kaur, who had never had a phone or internet access in India, to confirm her acceptance. CBC (AB)

GBC, Pinball Clemons Foundation, RBC Future Launch partner to create career opportunities

George Brown College, the Pinball Clemons Foundation, and RBC Future Launch have partnered to provide BIPOC youth with career pathways in a broad range of industries. Through the partnership, 20 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) students in the GTA will be able to take part in a 15-week program that includes a micro-credential course, an intensive mentorship, and internship and employment opportunities. “This is just one way we can open doors to the future for BIPOC youth,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, GBC President. “This program has the power to transform lives and reflects what we can achieve together through partnership.” GBC (ON)

PEI announces development of Clean Tech Park which will include Clean Tech Academy

The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced that it will be developing a Clean Tech Park in Georgetown that will include a Clean Tech Academy and a Clean Tech Learning and Innovation Centre. The Clean Tech Academy will offer a Certificate and a Master’s Degree in Cleantech Leadership through a joint Holland College and University of Prince Edward Island initiative. Students will have access to incubation space and collaborative areas so they can learn from the industry. “This is an excellent real-world learning opportunity for our students,” said UPEI President Greg Keefe. “They will get the chance to work within the private sector or in entrepreneurial settings. These types of work placements are so valuable.” PEI | CBC (PEI)

NS announces $9.8M investment in postsecondary student grants

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced a $9.8M investment in grants for postsecondary students who receive Nova Scotia Student Assistance. Eligible students will receive $875, which will be deposited directly into their bank accounts without any application process. “We know the pandemic has been very difficult in many ways for post-secondary students,” said NS Advanced Education Minister Brian Wong. “I am committed to reducing barriers and finding solutions to help post-secondary students be successful. This investment provides immediate relief for thousands of Nova Scotia students with the highest need while we continue to work with our partners to assist students.” NS | iHeart Radio | Globe and Mail (NS)

Managing accommodation requests from students: Opinion

Instructors should consider how they will manage accommodation requests from students in a streamlined and compassionate way, writes Regan A R Gurung. Gurung writes that students are exhausted and stressed, which may result in more students than typical requesting accommodations. The author recommends simplifying the accommodation process by using a “CCOMFE” (compassionate, clear, organized, multifaceted, and engaging) approach, and encourages instructors to be clear about allowances and assignment policies, discuss any changes to policies in class, and create a common email response for all requests. Gurung also recommends considering class size when deciding on allowances and making late submissions possible for students. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)

YorkU, City of Vaughan begin discussions on healthcare centre, School of Medicine

York University has begun discussions with the City of Vaughan on the establishment of a physical presence in the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. The land-use talks include the transformation of 82 acres into a health, preventative medicine, and community care centre, as well as the possible creation of a School of Medicine focused on training primary care physicians. “Engaging the York community as well as the external communities we serve in a discussion about the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct and the new School of Medicine is an exciting opportunity to explore how York can continue to advance our University Academic Plan and drive positive change,” said YorkU President Rhonda L Lenton. YorkU (ON)

Sheridan throws support behind legal challenge of QC’s Bill 21

Sheridan College has thrown its support behind the legal challenge of Bill 21, a recent Quebec law banning public sector workers from wearing religious symbols. Sheridan says that its campuses – located in Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville – are in some of the most culturally diverse communities in Canada, and so the question of religious freedoms resonates deeply with students and staff. “Freedom of expression is fundamental to the operation of any postsecondary institution. It extends to the right to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn,” said Sheridan President Dr Janet Morrison. “It’s essential to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and it underpins social and economic development.” Sheridan made the decision to show support and make a $10K donation after a challenge from Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown for all municipalities to contribute to the cause. Sheridan | InSauga (ON)