Top Ten

June 30, 2022

CICan expands Career Launcher to provide WIL opportunities for up to 6,000 apprentices

Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced a $37M agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada to expand its Career Launcher program, which provides employers of postsecondary students and recent graduates with wage subsidies for intern salaries. Eligible employers can now receive up to $5K per apprentice to hire up to two first-year apprentices as interns in one of 39 Red Seal Trades. They can also receive an additional $5K if apprentices are from equity-deserving groups. The expanded program aims to provide more than 6,000 apprentices with work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences over the next two years. "Expanding into designated Red Seal Trades will not only help more students find fulfilling careers but will also help address labor market shortages in the construction and manufacturing sectors, which are vital to Canada's economic recovery," said CICan President Denise Amyot. CICan (National)

UoGuelph twins with university in Ukraine to support students, faculty

The University of Guelph has announced that it has twinned with Dnipro State Agrarian and Economic University (DSAEU) in Ukraine. The agreement will help Ukraine to avoid a “brain drain” by supporting DSAEU faculty, staff, and students as they continue their studies and work. “There are a lot of U of G faculty, staff and administrators who want to do something to help,” said UoGuelph AVP (International) Dr Stuart McCook. “When the war broke out, we didn’t have a focus. This partnership now gives us that focus.” UoGuelph says it is the first Canadian postsecondary institution to twin with a Ukrainian university. UoGuelph | Guelph Mercury Tribune (ON)

MtA returns Indigenous artifacts, photographs to Membertou

Mount Allison University has partnered with Membertou Development Corporation to return Indigenous artifacts and photographs to their home. The collection includes over 250 items, including prehistoric tools, weapons, pipe bowls and stems, and beads. These items were donated to MtA in the 1950s from the estate of alumnus Clara Dennis, and had been stored in MtA’s archives. The items have now been gifted back to Membertou to become part of Membertou Heritage Park’s collection where they will help to teach about Mi’kmaw history. “Without the traditions of the past, we would not be where we are today,” says Chief Terry Paul of Membertou. “Mount Allison University is giving us a true gift in returning these to our community, where we will proudly display and cherish them for many years to come.” MtA | CBC (NB)

UNBC, UBC, Northern Health open new center for northern clinical research

The University of Northern British Columbia, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, and Northern Health have collaboratively launched a new Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR). The NCCR will create more opportunities for clinical and biomedical research in northern British Columbia, and will enable clinical trials, research, and biomedical science relevant to northern, remote, and Indigenous populations. Rural health workers will be supported with research design, regulatory approvals, and project administration. The NCCR will also provide research training and mentoring for students, healthcare workers, and up-and-coming health investigators, and will host a research associate working on research and evaluation of real-time virtual support for clinicians in rural communities. "The Northern Centre for Clinical Research will enable us to answer clinical research questions form a northern, rural, and Indigenous context," said UNBC Associate VP of the Division of Medical Sciences Dr Paul Winwood. UNBC (BC)

Steps professors can take to teach students resilience: Opinion

Resilience is a skill integral to students’ success in the world beyond the university, writes Brian LaDuca for Inside Higher Ed, but teaching this skill in the classroom can be challenging. LaDuca provides ideas on how professors can integrate teaching resiliency into their courses. First, professors need to let students know that this is a difficult skill to learn and that "it takes guts to sit down and do this work." LaDuca also writes that resilience requires vulnerability, and can best be taught in cohorts where students have already established trust amongst each other. The author recommends giving students a vehicle through which they can explore resilience, and encourages professors to listen to and learn from students when teaching resilience, as it is a collaborative project. Inside Higher Ed (Account Req.) (Editorial)

U of T launches Master of Public Health in Black Health degree

The University of Toronto has launched a Master of Public Health in Black Health degree. Students in the two-year program will learn about the reasons behind the health crisis in the Black community, as well as how they can support the well-being of Black patients and provide them with healthcare that takes their diverse identities into account. “We’re going to be addressing African Black epistemologies, so ways of knowing and doing,” said U of T Assistant Professor Roberta Timothy. “It’s an important piece to show there are Black folks who bring knowledge to health, and particularly public health. The Star (ON)

New spaces, artwork announced to support, recognize Indigenous students

Several postsecondary institutions have announced new spaces and artworks to support Indigenous students and recognize Indigenous contributions. Dalhousie University has announced a new Indigenous community room that will provide a space for students and the community to reflect and feel at home. St Francis Xavier University has a new medicine garden that will provide a space on campus for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty to practice their culture, while Lambton College has unveiled plans for an Indigenous Outdoor Space. Lakehead University has installed an 18-foot tipi at the Angora Circle that features a painting acknowledging the Ojibwe peoples in the region. At the University of Winnipeg, a new mural has been installed that features UWinnipeg Wesmen athletes Robyn Boulanger and Josh Gandier, who are both Indigenous role models. StFX | Dal | Nation Talk (Lambton) | Lakehead | Nation Talk (UWinnipeg) (National)

Queen’s renames School of Graduate Studies, increases support for postdoctoral fellows

Queen’s University has announced a new name for its School of Graduate Studies: the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGSPA). The new name aims to raise awareness of postdoctoral fellows and their role at the university and in the community. Queen’s has also created a new full-time staff position dedicated to supporting postdoctoral fellows by coordinating resources, welcoming fellows, providing orientation, and connecting them with the Queen’s community. “The school’s new name acknowledges [postdoctoral fellows’] vital contributions, represents greater inclusivity, and signals our recommitment to attracting top talent and nurturing excellence across our university community,” said Queen’s Principal Patrick Deane. Queen’s (ON)

USask completes construction on vaccine development facility

The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization has announced that construction on its Vaccine Development Centre (VDC) is now complete. USask says that the centre is the largest containment facility in Canada, and will expand Canada’s ability to respond to future pandemics. The facility will be able to develop human and animal vaccines for viruses that are categorized up to Level 3. “The construction completion of the Vaccine Development Centre marks a major milestone for VIDO and its role as a global leader in addressing COVID-19 and future infectious disease outbreaks,” said USask President Peter Stoicheff. “We celebrate the partnerships and investment that have led to this moment, empowering USask’s pursuit to be the university the world needs.” USask | CBC (SK)

Western’s WORLDiscoveries launch WE-Empower program

Western University has announced the launch of the WE-Empower program. The program will help women innovators and underrepresented researchers transform their innovations into business opportunities. Participants will receive year-round mentorship as well as support and training in areas such as technology transfer, research commercialization, and entrepreneurship. The program will be led by WORLDiscoveries, the business development arm of a partnership between Western, Robarts Research Institute, and Lawson Health Research Institute. “The WE-Empower program provides an opportunity to support women and underrepresented groups in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from disclosing and commercializing their research or being an entrepreneur,” said WORLDiscoveries business development manager Saqib Sachani. Western (ON)