Top Ten

September 7, 2022

RSC welcomes 102 Fellows, 54 College Members to ranks for 2022 Cohort

Several faculty members from postsecondary institutions across Canada have been elected to the 2022 cohort of the Royal Society of Canada, as well as to the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. 102 Fellows have been elected in recognition for their work in the arts, social sciences, and sciences, while 54 College Members have been welcomed this year. “The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to welcome this outstanding cohort of artists, scholars and scientists,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil. “These individuals are recognised for their exceptional contributions to their respective disciplines and are a real credit to Canada.” RSC | RSC (PDF) ()

Olds launches new brand, public-facing name

Olds College has announced a new public facing name – Olds College of Agriculture & Technology – as well as a new visual identity. The new name and identity build on the college’s foundation and position in the educational, agricultural, and ag-tech sectors. The logo’s green field and blue sky are intended to reflect this agricultural focus, while the shield’s hexagon shape and precise lines reflect its technological background. “The ag sector is poised to undertake a dramatic evolution that will foster innovation and technology, and create economic and employment opportunities at a pace that was hard to imagine just a few short years ago,” said Olds VP of Development and Strategy Patrick Machacek. “Olds College of Agriculture & Technology is positioned to lead at the forefront of this emerging ag revolution.” Olds | CKFM ()

Western frosh week features increased safety measures, care hubs

Western University and its student union are offering an overhauled version of orientation this year that includes new safety programming, training, and more in response to last year’s events and investigation. All 8,000 incoming first-years were required to take part in a mandatory gender-based sexual violence course before arriving on campus, orientation leaders took part in new training that covered topics such as anti-racism and mental health support, and orientation week featured “care hubs” around campus where students could access a variety of resources. " The Canadian Press reports that student unions at universities like the University of Toronto and University of Ottawa also introduced new initiatives this year, such as requiring students to take part in consent workshops or partnering with survivor groups. CBC | Global News (CP) | CTV News (ON)

AB announces CRSP funds for research in cancer prevention, care

The Government of Alberta has announced the Cancer Research for Screening and Prevention (CRSP) grant program, which will provide three-year grants of up to $1M each to related research, education, and initiatives. The program will fund efforts related to cancer prevention promotion, early detection and screening, and the improvement of the journey of care for patients and families. “Cancer is something that will touch all Albertans in some way during their lifetime,” said AB Minister of Health Jason Copping. Expanding eligible applicants for this funding will encourage partnerships to improve cancer outcomes for all Albertans.” Eligible organizations for this round of funding include postsecondary institutions. AB | CHAT News Today (AB)

Students struggle with rising costs, MB consults on tuition and fees

Students in Manitoba are struggling with rising costs at the academic year kicks off, reports CBC. At the University of Manitoba, over half of an emergency fund for students has already been depleted. On top of tuition, students are facing steep costs related to food, rent, and childcare, while international students in the province are facing the added constrictions of the 20-hour work limit on their student visa. The CBC reports that students will have to borrow more to meet the costs associated with their education, even as the cost of borrowing increases, further bolstering student debt levels. An MB spokesperson stated that the province has kept tuition increases below the rate of inflation and that the province recently completed consultations for a new policy on tuition and student fees. CBC (MB)

Humber launches Indigenous Alumni Circle

Humber College's Indigenous Education and Engagement (IE&E) department has launched an Indigenous Alumni Circle to keep Indigenous graduates connected to Humber's community. The circle will host regular meetings through the year and coordinate professional development, networking, and other such events. A Member Committee of seven circle members will oversee the programming and community engagement. “We are proud of our alumni who are leading in their industries, and we wanted to give them platforms to share their journeys and success stories while also providing opportunities for collaboration and to remain connected,” said Humber IE&E Manager Quazance Boissoneau. Humber | NationTalk (ON)

Okanagan launches pilot pathway programs

Okanagan College is piloting new pathway programs to help students transition smoothly from academic upgrading to career programs. The pathways include a Math for Trades and Apprenticeships program, an ESL for the Early Childhood Education program, and a pre-health Math and Science path that meets the entry requirements for a variety of health programs at the college. Okanagan Arts & Foundational Programs Associate Dean Andrew Pulvermacher explained that the approach supports access to education by simplifying the application, admissions, and advising process. "Students will receive the skills and knowledge they need for their program,” stated Pulvermacher, “and where possible, content will be tailored toward their individual career direction." Okanagan (BC)

TMU Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst launches cybersecurity learning experience for youth

Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Toronto Metropolitan University has launched CyberStart Canada, a learning experience that aims to close the gender gap in cybersecurity. CyberStart Canada will gamify the acquisition of cyber-related skills and increase interest in cybersecurity careers among young women and non-binary students. 700 students from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia are expected to take part in 2022-2023, and the program will expand across the country in the following year. Participants will also have access to cyber career talks, workshops, and other activities. "It is clear that we need to encourage more women to enter the field–and that starts with giving girls the confidence that the cyber profession is for them," said Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst Founding Executive Director Charles Finlay. The project was funded by Public Safety Canada's Cyber Security Cooperation Program and the SANS Institute. Newswire (ON)

Arctic College relaunches computer systems technician program

Nunavut Arctic College is relaunching a computer systems technician program after a five-year hiatus in order to address a gap in the Nunavut workforce. The program will offer lessons in operating systems, networking technologies, computer hardware, and system administration, and includes a six-week placement. The program was originally launched in 2007, but was shut down in 2017 due to factors such as low student enrolment and funding issues. The program is now receiving base funding and will be further refined in future years based on employer feedback. The college is also looking to offer parts of the program online, so that students can enrol from their home communities. CBC (NV)

Funding for NPs draws praise in ON, but more seats, improved retention rate needed

A recent $57.6M funding commitment from the Government of Ontario to place more nurse practitioners in long-term care homes has received applause from those in and around the health care sector. Dr Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio, Director of the School of Nursing at Lakehead University, said that the initiative needs to be backed with further action, such as improving retention rates in the field and increasing the number of seats in undergraduate nursing programs, to increase the number of practicing NPs. "I think we're at the start of something that has really incredible potential," said Jones-Bonofiglio said. "Not only to stop ... or slow down the flow … into acute care settings, but also … for say, older adults to live really well in the community or in long term care settings." CBC (ON)