Top Ten

June 23, 2022

CAMH report shows police support, handcuffing during mental health-related transfers is widespread in ON

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released the results of a study examining the use of handcuffs during mental health-related student transfers from Ontario university health clinics to hospitals. The study included interviews with physicians from nine university health clinics and found variation across the policies and processes used to transfer students to hospital. Five clinics always called police to assist with a transfer, which, at some clinics, included handcuffing students during transfers for “pragmatic” and “extramedical” factors. Other universities had systems that included having health clinic staff or nonclinical support workers accompany students to the hospital. Researchers found that clinics relied on police due to factors such as a lack of resources and staffing, existing policies, liability concerns, and/or hospital wait times. Physicians interviewed expressed concerns about the use of police and handcuffing, noting that it can traumatize students and deter them from seeking help in the future. CAMH | CMAJ Open (Research) | Toronto Star (Study)

FNU, USask, URegina launch nation-building program for Indigenous leaders

First Nations University of Canada, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Regina have announced the launch of a nation-building program for Indigenous leaders. The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nation-Building will be offered to leaders from across Canada. It will include online classes and an in-person residency component, and will cover topics such as the impact of colonialism and the role of Indigenous self-governance in transforming economic, social, health, and environmental outcomes. FNU is also formally celebrating the opening of its Indigenous Continuing Education Centre (ICEC) today. The centre, first announced in January, uses a hybrid learning model to provide distinct, Indigenous-focused short course programming. USask | FNU (ICEC) (SK)

McGill Conservatory of Music to close at end of summer

McGill University’s Conservatory of Music, a community program of the Schulich School of Music, is set to close at the end of the summer. McGill noted that the number of students enrolled at the conservatory and the number of instructors have both fallen in the wake of the pandemic, and projections indicate that next year’s enrolment would not exceed 100 students. McGill says that the space that the Conservatory uses is also at a “critical premium” as the university expands its programming. “[W]e will always be proud of the generations of pre-school to adult learners who have furthered their musical education through the Conservatory—and of the generations of instructors who made those educations possible,” stated Schulich Dean Brenda Ravenscroft and incoming dean Sean Ferguson in a release. Raad Jassim, head of the McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union, has voiced concerns about the decision to close the conservatory altogether, saying that with reduced enrolment, the program will need less space. McGill | CBC | Montreal Gazette | CTV News (QC)

George Brown partners with MCFN to expand Indigenous presence on campus, curriculum, supports

George Brown College celebrated the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Under the agreement, the partners will expand the visible Indigenous presence on all three George Brown campuses, collaborate on curriculum planning with MCFN, and develop a plan to support Indigenous learners. George Brown and MCFN will also transform campus spaces to reflect Indigenous heritage and cultural practices, add the MCFN logo to entry ways, and name a space in George Brown's new Limberlost Place building. "The Mississaugas of the Credit First nation are the traditional land, treaty holders and ongoing caretakers of the land upon which our campuses are situated," said George Brown President Dr Gervan Fearon. "We are honoured to collaborate with and learn from this community." George Brown | NewsWire (ON)

Supporting unaffiliated researchers benefits academia: Opinion

Unaffiliated researchers should be supported in continuing their academic interests, as they bring unique benefits to the sector, writes Maria Cohut. Cohut describes the obstacles that unaffiliated researchers face when completing independent scholarship, which include the inability to access university libraries, journals, and other resources; no access to on-campus events; and reduced opportunities to access research funding. However, there are advantages to being outside academia, such as the ability to critique higher education. Cohut notes that unaffiliated researchers also bring more diversity to the sector. “If independent scholars feel barred from contributing to academe in their own way, this will only impoverish the research environment further,” writes Cohut. Times Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)

Jonquière to construct new research, teaching lab called Centre TERRE

Cégep de Jonquière has announced that it will be constructing a new renewable energy research and teaching laboratory called the Centre TERRE. The centre will include spaces and specialized equipment to support research and training for companies, organizations, and individuals who are interested in greener products. The building will be a Net Zero Carbon structure with LEED Gold certification. Highlights include an energy laboratory, an outdoor experimentation area, and an open-air field laboratory situated on a roof. The building will also serve satellite sites in La Baie, Saint-Bruno, and Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu. The project is funded by $14.7M from the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec. Jonquière (QC)

RRC Polytech launches Pathway to Information Technology Programs for Indigenous students

Red River College Polytechnic has launched a new pathway program that will help Indigenous Manitobans pursue postsecondary training in the information technology sector. The Pathway to Information Technology Programs offering will focus on increasing students’ academic, personal, social, and financial readiness to pursue an RRC Polytech program by providing them with training and supports. The program will also reserve seats for Indigenous students to remove barriers such as wait lists. The program is supported by $450K from RBC. “With the move to remote and hybrid work and heavy reliance on technology, the world of IT operations is growing every day,” said RRC Polytech President Fred Meier. RRC Polytech (MB)

QuestU partners with liberal arts universities to found Pacific Alliance

Quest University has co-founded the Pacific Alliance of Liberal Arts College (PALAC) alongside eight other liberal arts universities across the world. PALAC will support joint programming initiatives and cooperation in innovative pedagogy through collaborative working groups, which will focus on topics such as liberal arts development and climate change. The alliance will also facilitate faculty and administrator exchanges, as well as the sharing of intellectual property and digital resources. The other institutions involved in the alliance are Soka University of America, Pomona College, University of Puget Sound, Duke Kunshan University, NYU Shanghai, Hong Kong Baptist University, BNU-HKBU United International College, and Fulbright University Vietnam. NewsWire | PALAC (BC)

Laurentian receives court approval to sell Art Gallery of Sudbury building, art collection

Laurentian University has gained court approval to sell the Bell Mansion, which is currently home to the Art Gallery of Sudbury, as well as the art collection contained therein. CBC reports that Laurentian will be able to sell the property 90 days after the completion of the new building for the art gallery: Junction East Centre or by the end of May 2025. The art collection has an estimated worth of over $4.8M. Laurentian will not be allowed to sell the art before making a plan through the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process and will need to give 90 days' notice to the gallery if it intends to sell an art piece. CBC (ON)

Vector Institute renews partnership with industry sponsors

The Vector Institute has announced that it has extended its partnerships with its founding industry sponsors until 2027. The Vector Institute, which was established in partnership with the University of Toronto and includes a network of over 600 Canadian researchers and practitioners, will receive around $40M from industry partners. In turn, the extension will allow the institute to continue programs that provide industry sponsors with hands-on opportunities to engage with AI. "[Industry sponsors'] renewed commitment with Vector will help secure Canada's leadership role in the field of AI, increasing our global competitiveness and improving the lives of all Canadians," said Vector Institute President Garth Gibson. NewsWire (National)