Top Ten

June 17, 2022

Canada announces over 800 SSHRC grants for projects across Canada

Over 800 social sciences and humanities research project have benefitted from the latest round of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants. The research council issued over $175M through the grants to support research, partnerships, and knowledge mobilization on critical issues. The projects cover topics such as inclusive policing, First Nations self-determination, and Canada’s net-zero emissions target. “This research investment is essential to generate fresh ideas, insights and perspectives on the human and societal dimensions of key challenges facing Canadians,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. Canada (National)

ULaval to embark on international innovation hub with $27.75M contribution from QC

The Université Laval has announced that it will be developing a new centre of innovation, thanks to a recent contribution of $27.75M from the Government of Quebec. The project will include the construction of a new pavilion on campus, which will house the École supérieure d'études internationales (ESEI). The building will be named Carrefour international Brian Mulroney, in honour of former prime minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney stated that he was proud and touched to be associated with the centre, which he deemed a promising project for the future of Quebec. ULaval | Métro Québec (QC)

UBC, Mission Municipal Forest partner on climate change, sustainability studies

The University of British Columbia has partnered with the City of Mission to provide a new opportunity for graduate students to study climate change and sustainability in the Mission Municipal Forest. Students in Faculty of Forestry will have the opportunity to go on field trips, and those enrolled in the Masters of Sustainable Forest Management program will be able to take part in projects with the Mission Forestry Department. The research projects will focus on climate change. “[The partnership] aligns well with our collaborative approach to addressing some of the planet's most pressing issues, such as climate change adaptation and mitigation,” said UBC Dean of Forestry Robert Kozak. Mission (BC)

International students ejected from fast track as NS restricts NSEEE program

CBC reports that the Government of Nova Scotia government will be adding new restrictions to the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry (NSEEE) program. Previously, international students who graduated from schools in other provinces were permitted to apply for permanent residence through NSEEE if they worked for 12 months in NS in a designated job. Now, the program will now be restricted to graduates of NS postsecondary institutions. CBC reports that this creates an issue for many student workers in the province, as well as for employers who risk losing employees to the change. "I had just two days left for my experience," said graduate Rahul Kumar. "They just said it's effective immediately." CBC (NS)

Arctic College explores expansion of management, teacher education programs

Nunavut Arctic College has announced its plans to expand its programming in the near future. Nunatsiaq Online reports that the college is interested in expanding its management program to offer the opportunity for students to pursue a four-year degree. Currently, the college offers a two-year diploma and a one-year management certificate in management and business administration. The new degree would be offered through a partnership with Memorial University and would involve instructors from both institutions. The college also announced that it will be expanding the first year of its teacher education program to more communities this year. Students in towns such as Arctic Bay, Chesterfield Inlet, and Kinngait will be able to begin their studies without needing to move away from home, explained Arctic College Dean of Education, Inuit, and University Studies Peesee Pitsiulak. Nunatsiaq Online (1) | Nunatsiaq Online (2) (NV)

Concordia launches PhD Career Connect to connect students with employers

Concordia University's School of Graduate Studies has launched PhD Career Connect, a program that connects PhD students with employers to explore career options. Students take part in six training modules and a five-day event with employers from government and industry, which allows them to develop the skills they may not acquire while pursuing their degree. The program also helps address employer perceptions around the value of PhD students in the workforce. "Today's knowledge driven economy is facing labor shortages of highly skilled employees,” said Faye Diamantoudi, Concordia dean of graduate studies. “What we are doing is trying to bridge the two.” Concordia (QC)

Article retractions take too long to influence public discourse: Study

A new study on article retractions has found that retractions take too long to meaningfully curb misinformation and influence public debates. Researchers analyzed the attention received by over 3,000 retracted papers over the last decade and found that most papers exhaust their attention by the time they are retracted, limiting the impact of retraction. Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed highlights some of the key findings of the study, as well as the implications of the findings for public discourse. Inside Higher Ed | PNAS (Study) (Editorial)

Microsoft, RBC, HCL Technologies, Sobeys launch new iteration of Canada Skills

Microsoft, the Royal Bank of Canada, HCL Technologies Canada, and Sobeys have partnered to launch another generation of Canada Skills. The Canada Skills program provides postsecondary students with the opportunity to achieve Microsoft Certifications in cloud, data, and AI. The seven institutions participating in this phase of the program are New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community College, Red Deer Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Seneca College, the University of Calgary, and the University of Victoria. Microsoft (National)

UNB McKenna Insititute, IBM partner to provide digital training.

The University of New Brunswick's McKenna Institute and IBM Canada have partnered to provide enhanced access to the free digital training program IBM Skills Build. The McKenna Institute and its partners will work with students and community members to develop customized learning plans and modules that target their desired roles and competencies. The goal of the partnership is to increase IT capacity within NB and provide working-age individuals with the opportunity to pursue opportunities in the field. "This unique format of the IBM SkillsBuild program will accelerate skills acquisition by basing learning on individual needs," said UNB McKenna Institute founder Frank McKenna. UNB (NB)

Fire at St Clair residence results in $50K in damage

A fire at a St Clair College residence on Wednesday night has resulted in an estimated $50K in damages, reports CTV News. Windsor Fire and Rescue Service was called to the building just after 8:30 PM after a fire broke out in a dorm on the fourth floor. Students were successfully evacuated from Quittenton Hall and fire officials say that no injuries were reported. It took fire crews about an hour to extinguish the fire and ventilate the building. The cause of the fire was reportedly electrical. CTV News | Windsor News Today | Windsorite (ON)