Top Ten

February 25, 2022

Students from India protest loss of tuition from colleges under creditor protection

Students from India are protesting the loss of their tuition after M College, CDE College, and CCSQ entered creditor protection in January and over 1,000 students lost the tuition they had paid. Students engaged in a car rally protest on February 17th, ending their protest in front of Quebec’s ministry of education office. Some students in Ontario also held a protest to call for justice. Students have not been able to get refunds from the colleges, but Sushil Sukhwani, founder of Edwise International, said that the Indian government and authorities in QC have requested that students connect with them for assistance. Sukhwani said that the closure of the colleges may negatively impact the reputation of other institutions, as the news has been heavily covered in India. PIE News | Study International (QC)

Laurentian agrees to release three million documents to ON

CBC reports that Laurentian University will be releasing three million documents that may illuminate the institution’s insolvency to the Government of Ontario. Interim board chair Jeff Bangs made a presentation to the standing committee on public accounts that showed a “change in tone” over the disclosure of the records. The records include financial statements and emails between banks and Laurentian’s senior administrators. “This has given me a window of optimism that I haven’t had ever in this file,” said Sudbury MPP France Gélinas. “We’re getting really, really close to having everything we need to be able to do our work and answer the questions that everybody in Sudbury wants answers to.” Gélinas estimates that a report will be ready within two months. CBC (ON)

USB receives $4.5M from Canada, MB to support infrastructure

Université de Saint-Boniface will embark on over $4.5M in infrastructure work, thanks to new funds and supports from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. The funds will go towards renovating and upgrading two teaching chemistry laboratories, a research and instrumentation laboratory, and storage and preparation rooms. USB’s hall of the Faculty of Education will receive additional funding to upgrade and modernize its spaces. “This investment will give us the means to carry out the significant—and necessary—transformation, so that we can provide a cutting-edge chemistry laboratory, as well as interactive, multipurpose classrooms tailored to new developments in teaching and scientific requirements,” said USB Rector Sophie Bouffard. Canada (MB)

Canadore receives funding to expand addictions centre

Canadore College will be receiving $6.84M to support the expansion of its North Bay Addictions Centre of Excellence. The funding will support 53 new addictions treatment beds, which will provide specialized addictions treatment to Ontarians in Nipissing and the surrounding region. The new centre will focus on providing culturally-sensitive supports to Indigenous clients through First Nations-led approaches. The expansion will also provide experiential learning opportunities for Canadore students. “We recognize there are mental health and addictions challenges in our community,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Today’s investment of 53 new beds, through Canadore College, will increase access to support services for those dealing with addiction and provide the opportunity to grow and prosper.” Canadore (ON)

Students to vote on fee increase to increase budget for UBC’s Sexual Assault Support Centre

With demand increasing for its services, the University of British Columbia’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) hopes that students approve a fee increase that would increase its budget, reports CBC. The calls and visits to the centre have reportedly doubled since the beginning of the pandemic and tripled since 2018, when the fees for the centre last increased. Students would have to approve the proposed fee increase of $6.42 per student in a vote next month in order to increase the SASC’s budget to around $864K. “We’re seeing a huge increase in demand for services,” said SASC manager Aashna Josh. Josh says that the centre would like to add full-time staff, increase its hours of operation, and add additional supports for students. CBC (BC)

Carleton, UOttawa grow capacity through research chairs

Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have each announced new investments in research chairs over the past week. Carleton has announced the establishment of a new Ericsson Chair in 5G Wireless Research through the Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership for Research and Learning in 5G Wireless Networks. The chair, which has received a combined $2M in funding from Ericsson Canada and NSERC, will focus on solutions to the challenges of using 5G in the real world. Chair holder Ioannis Lambadaris will focus on challenges faced by Ericsson, techniques for indoor localization, drone control systems, and latency reduction in drone control systems. UOttawa has announced that it has partnered with the Jarislowsky Foundation to endow a $4M chair focused on climate change and sustainable development research capacity. The new Jarislowsky Chair in Clean Economy and Innovation will support research on fiscal policies that will reinforce climate-friendly behaviour and train and mentor students on how to influence climate economics. Carleton | UOttawa (ON)

MITT launches mental health training program

The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology has launched a free mental health literacy program for students. More Feet on the Ground teaches students how to recognize signs of mental health distress, respond appropriately, refer others to mental health services, and reflect on the experience of helping an individual in distress. The program consists of a live online workshop and group discussions, and students will receive a certificate upon completion. "This workshop brings together a diverse set of students, who have varying ideas and experiences around mental health and how they share their feelings with others," said Kayla Hoskins, accessibility student adviser at MITT. Brandon Sun (MITT) (MB)

McMaster, BNITM partner to build collective capacity to address future global health threats

McMaster University has partnered with the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) to build their collective capacity to address global health threats. The institutions will collaboratively prepare to respond to potential future pandemics. The collaboration will include research exchanges and programs aimed at creating solutions to global health threats. “The collaboration with BNITM gives Canada’s Global Nexus a new lens on parts of the world where we currently have limited access,” said Gerry Wright, Scientific Director at McMaster’s Michael G DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research. “This will significantly expand our capacity to anticipate and tackle global health threats.” McMaster | InSauga (ON)

UCN Diploma in Practical Nursing receives national accreditation

University College of the North’s Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program has received a 7-year program accreditation with recommendations from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Accreditation Bureau. The institution states that CASN Accreditation is a fully voluntary process that promotes program excellence. “CASN accreditation for our Practical Nursing program is fantastic news for UCN and the north,” said UCN Dean of Health Vicki Zeran. “UCN is one of the first DPN programs to receive National recognition through CASN.” UCN | UCN (PDF) (MB)

UNBC to offer pop-up wedding packages

The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that it will be offering pop-up wedding packages this summer. The wedding packages will provide couples with a way to get married without the stress and cost of planning their own weddings. Up to six weddings will be held across two days, which will help keep the cost low, and the packages will include a three-hour wedding with up to 50 guests, a cocktail reception, photographer, a marriage commissioner, and more. “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing people spend such significant parts of their lives in these halls and can come experience one of their best days of their lives here as well,” said UNBC Manager of Hospitality Services Deb Van Adrichem. CKPG Today | UNBC (BC)