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April 27, 2022

Goodbye Ryerson, hello TMU: New institution name formally approved

The new name for Ryerson University has formally been released: Toronto Metropolitan University. The name honours the institution’s location in the heart of Canada’s biggest city and its aspirations to expand its reputation and reach. “I cannot think of a better name for our university,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. “I am so grateful to the University Renaming Advisory Committee for their dedication and determination in finding a name that will unify us for decades to come.” The name was approved Tuesday morning and takes effect immediately. The transition to the new name will happen in phases, and TMU notes that the amendment of the Ryerson University Act – which is necessary for the new name to be reflected on legal documents – will require the involvement of the Government of Ontario. TMU (1) | TMU (2) | CBC | Globe and Mail (ON)

NSERC, CNRS sign MOU creating framework for collaboration on training, research

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has partnered with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) to create framework for collaborations on research and training opportunities and foster a shared commitment to EDI in research activities. “Knowledge is one of our most precious resources, and solidifying research collaborations with valued partners around the world will help us create more prosperity together,” said NSERC President Alejandro Adem. “With this agreement between CNRS and NSERC, we are ensuring that there will be more opportunities for our scientists and engineers to collaborate, and that both of our countries will stand ready to benefit from their breakthroughs and innovations.” NSERC (International)

ON launches Better Jobs Ontario to offer assistance to train people for in-demand professions

The Government of Ontario has announced that the launch of the Better Jobs Ontario program, which will build on the efforts of the province’s Second Career program. Better Jobs Ontario will provide funding to anyone who is interested in training for in-demand work, including those who are on social assistance, are self-employed, working as gig workers, youth, and newcomers. The program will pay up to $28K in tuition and costs for short-term training programs, as well as providingup to $500 a week for living expenses. “This funding opens doors for underemployed workers, new students and anyone looking to pursue a new career that requires a specific skillset,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “It expands job training and education to those who need it the most.” ON | Kawartha Now (ON)

NIC celebrates official opening of Indigenous Gathering Place

North Island College has celebrated the official opening of Q̓ə pix ʔidaʔas, its new Indigenous Gathering Place. The space is located at NIC’s Campbell River campus and the building’s design is representative of a traditional drum. The gathering place will provide a safe space for people to come together and learn, and will house the Elders in Residence program, a community room, and space for the delivery of language courses and other programming. “ I’m looking forward to being in this beautiful and spiritual space with students,” said NIC Elder in Residence June Johnson, who is a member of the Wei Wai Kai First Nation. Nation Talk | BC | Journal of Commerce (BC)

Robertson reopens to international students, expands offerings into AB

Robertson College has announced that it will be opening its doors to international students again and will be expanding its offerings with additional programs and locations. “Canada remains one of the most popular destinations for international students," says Helen Lee, Manager, International at Robertson College. "Many students come here because of the high quality of life that we are known for.” The Winnipeg campus has seen growth, and as restrictions have been lifted, Robertson has also made plans to expand into Alberta. News Wire (MB)

Six principles to consistently measure cost savings in OER: Report

A new report released in the US provides six principles that institutions can use to consistently measure the cost savings of Open Education Resources (OER). The report advocates for decision-makers to consider their audience and how messages can be tailored towards stakeholders at different levels, ensure that students can gain full and ongoing access to course materials, and consider the faculty and administrative costs of implementing OER. The report also advocates for considering how OER materials can reduce costs, support student learning outcomes, and provide other benefits such as greater faculty collaboration, pedagogical improvements, and increased student completion. Campus Technology (Editorial)

UWindsor, Wayne State University partnership designated Regional Centre of Expertise by UN

The University of Windsor and Wayne State University have established a partnership that has been designated by the United Nations as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in the Windsor-Detroit area. The institutions will work together to foster sustainable development and support exchange and research in community health and well-being. The project will also address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as climate change, economic and health disparities, and social inequity. “Our unique location offers exciting opportunities to collaborate on a range of sustainable development initiatives to benefit the entire urban border region,” said UWindsor President Robert Gordon. “[W]e look forward to taking a transnational approach and combining efforts to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.” UWindsor (ON)

Independent investigator finds former BrandonU soccer coach abused position of power

An independent investigator has found that former Brandon University soccer coach Jesse Roziere demonstrated “a pattern of sexually harassing behaviour” and abused his position of power. According to investigator Pamela Clarke’s report, the coach violated BrandonU’s discrimination and harassment prevention policy and sexualized-violence policy. Clarke found that 13 claims against the former coach were true, and that Roziere “suffered from a serious credibility deficit” as he denied wrongdoing and suggested that the women had fabricated the stories. Yahoo!News | Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription) | Brandon Sun (MB)

Trent receives funds to support construction of Jalynn Bennett Amphitheatre

Trent University has received $560K from the Department of Canadian Heritage to support the Jalynn Bennett Amphitheatre at Trent’s Catharine Parr Traill College. The three-season amphitheatre will have 80 to 100 seats, professional lighting, and will use acoustics to direct sound. It will meet the community’s need for an outdoor stage, and will provide students with a space in which they can practice and perform and engage in hands-on learning opportunities. The new space will bring ne arts and cultural events to the community in the downtown area. Construction on the amphitheatre will begin in the summer, with completion anticipated by September 2022. Trent also recently received $750K over three years from Canada’s Department of National Defence to support the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the Study of the Canadian North. The chair is held by Dr Whitney Lackenbauer. Trent | Nation Talk (ON)

UQAM completes major infrastructure improvements at Centre sportif

The Université du Québec à Montréal has completed a $5.8M overhaul on the heating and air conditioning systems in its Centre sportif, which will make the system far more sustainable. The centre’s thermal boilers were replaced by electric aerothermal heat pumps, ventilation units have been moved inside to increase their lifespan, the mechanical room has been optimized, light fixtures have been replaced with LED fixtures, and the new heating and A/C systems are able to adjust automatically for efficiency and comfort. The overhaul is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 200 tonnes a year. UQAM (QC)