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October 13, 2022

Institutions receive federal support for early learning, childcare projects

The Government of Canada has announced $27.4M in federal funding to support 16 early learning and childcare projects across Canada, several of which involve postsecondary institutions and researchers. These projects focus on improving early learning and childcare service delivery, and the federal government gave special consideration to those with a focus on cultural diversity and inclusion or serving children and families with diverse needs. The University of British Columbia received over $1.29M to research outdoor play intervention with 10 early learning and childcare sites. The Carrefour francophone de Sudbury has received over $506K to lead a project in collaboration with Collège Boréal’s Centre d'innovation sociale pour l'enfant et la famille that will focus on providing early childhood centres with ecology-focused learning experiences. The University of Winnipeg Student Association Daycare has received $331K to develop and test a safe outdoor play area for Indigenous culturally appropriate learning and programming, while providing staff with Indigenous professional development Newswire (National)

Northern ON colleges offer free Pre-Early Childhood Education certificate program

Sault College, Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, Northern College, and Confederation College are partnering with the Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association to offer a free Pre-Early Childhood Education certificate program. The 10-week program is offered online and includes a job placement. Learners will develop the basic skills to start working in early years and childcare settings. The program is meant to tackle staff shortages in the early years and childcare sectors across Northern Ontario. The certificate program is an Employment Ontario project funded in part by the Government of Canada and Ontario. "This program will provide basic knowledge and skills to support future employment opportunities within this critical field," said Sault Continuing Education and E-Learning Director Lori Crosson. Sault | CTV News (ON)

TRU opens new Early Childhood Education Centre

Thompson Rivers University's Early Childhood Education Centre opened its doors earlier this week. The new building includes space for an additional 37 on-campus childcare spaces at the Cariboo Child Care Society, and will house the university’s Early Childhood Education program and researchers. The $7.2M project was supported by the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund, the province, and TRU. "It brings together a high-quality daycare centre with post-secondary students and researchers in a space where learning happens on multiple levels and ideas can be readily explored," said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. TRU (BC)

U of T, UBC, McGill, McMaster lead Canadian institutions in THE World University Rankings 2023

Times Higher Education has released the 2023 edition of the World University Rankings and four Canadian postsecondary institutions have appeared in the top 100. The top institution for Canada was the University of Toronto (#18), followed by the University of British Columbia (#40), McGill University (#46), and McMaster University (#85). Other high ranking Canadian universities included the Université de Montreal (#111), University of Alberta (#118), and University of Ottawa (tied for #137). The top universities in the world were the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the University of Cambridge and Stanford University (tied for 3rd). Times Higher Education | U of T | McMaster (International)

YorkU receives $4M gift for building upgrades, operating funding, new facility

York University has received a $4M gift that will be used for a variety of upgrades and initiatives on campus. The funds will be used to upgrade the Victor Phillip Dahdeleh Building, provide CIFAL York with operating funding, and support the development of a new Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation initiative facility. The gift was provided by alumnus and philanthropist Victor Dahdaleh and his wife, Mona Dahdaleh, through the Victor Dahdaleh Foundation. “The [Victor Dahdaleh Foundation’s] generous investment will allow York to expand capacity for research and training in areas of particular importance to the world, through health and disaster and risk management, but also to further York’s commitment to actioning the UN SDGs,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. YorkU (ON)

Journals should do away with article processing charges and embrace diamond OA: Opinion

In a recent article for Nature Juan Pablo Alperin, co-scientific director of Simon Fraser University’s Public Knowledge Project (PKP), calls for more support to eliminate article-processing charges and opt for diamond open access in the Global North. Diamond OA is a level of open access that relies on faculty members editing journal articles rather than charging authors fees to publish or expecting payment from readers. Alperin writes that diamond OA has been embraced in Latin America while the global north has seen article-processing charges (APCs) become ubiquitous, particularly in more prestigious journals. Alperin calls for funds allocated to APCs to be invested into other supports for journals, and for journals to embrace the diamond OA model to reduce operating costs and raise journal quality. Nature (Editorial)

Mohawk launches honours bachelor’s degree in Analytics and Data Management

Mohawk College has launched a new honours bachelor’s degree in Analytics and Data Management. The program will focus on training students to work in data analysis to fill the labour needs of the area. Students will lean a variety of skills, including programming, data management and interpretation, and analysis and communication, and will complete work experience to prepare them for a career working with data. The program also includes a focus on using data for business decision-making rather than for data mining. Graduates will be prepared for careers in areas such as finance and insurance, manufacturing, public administration, and health care. Mohawk | InSauga (ON)

Olds launches Agriculture Communications Certificate

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has announced that it will be launching a new agri-food communications and marketing certificate. The Agriculture Communications Certificate is a one-year, online program that trains students in marketing and communications, as well as agriculture advocacy. Students in the program will develop their skills in areas such as writing, videography, photography, marketing, social media planning, and audio production. The program includes an internship in the industry. “Agriculture has important stories to tell,” said Olds Instructor Bertrand Bickersteth. “Graduates from this program will be equipped to work in the industry to share these stories in meaningful ways.” Olds | Rimbey Review (AB)

Exploring how junior economists negotiate discovery, careers in research: Study

A recent paper published in Higher Education explores how early career economics researchers negotiate between co-existing and oft-competing discourses and demands of research. As part of a larger study on research quality notions, researchers Kody Steffy and Liv Langfeldt interviewed 15 pre-tenure economists in high-ranking departments about their research development and their reflections on research and career concerns. They found that these junior-academics economists largely discussed their research in terms of discovery and interest, though they also took steps to adapt and limit their research to meet publication requirements. Steffy and Langfeldt note the importance of this information in the broader discussion of competition and uncertainty in the early academic career and encourage further research to explore this topic in greater depth. Higher Education (Research)

Canada launches Advisory Panel on the Federal Research Support System

The Government of Canada has launched the Advisory Panel on the Federal Research Support System, which will provide independent policy advice to inform how the government and federal research granting agencies support research and talent. The panel will provide advice on structure, governance, and management, and will focus on the relationships between NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, and CFI. The advisory panel aims to position Canadian researchers for success in their research both now and in the future. “Canadian researchers transform curiosity into bold new ideas that can significantly enhance Canadians' lives and well-being,” said Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. “With this advisory panel, our government will ensure our support for their research is just as cutting-edge as Canada's science and research community.” Newswire (National)