Top Ten

November 14, 2022

MB launches $200M health human resource action plan

The Government of Manitoba has announced a $200M health human resource action plan that will focus on three pillars: Retain, train, and recruit. Within the training pillar, MB has launched a variety of supports and funds to support training all levels of healthcare staff and support new professionals who are entering the health care system. This includes expanding the Undergraduate Nurse Employee program to include formerly retired and internationally-educated workers, creating a psychiatry resident retention program, and increasing the number of publicly funded psychology and psychiatry positions. MB will increase its nurse education intake with an additional class intake at the University of Manitoba and 400 new seats across the province, and will increase its doctor education intake. The recruit pillar will include a tuition rebate program to incentivize nurses who hold full-time positions and includes plans to address testing costs and remedial training for returning, retired, or international nurses. MB | CBC | Global News | CTV News (MB)

Canada needs to do more to retain international students: Opinion

In an article for The Conversation, Toronto Metropolitan University Executive Director of International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion Isaac Garcia-Sitton calls for the Government of Canada to tackle issues of racism and financial insecurity to retain international students. Garcia-Sitton explains that Canada's immigration strategy is focused on bringing students into Canada, but these students face a variety of barriers after arriving, such as racism, financial and housing insecurity, and psychological stress. Garcia-Sitton points out that between 2010 and 2016, less than half of international students remained in their provinces of study after graduating and many left Canada entirely. He concludes by calling on the government, businesses, and communities that international students are a part of to create a more welcoming space for these students. The Conversation (Editorial)

Dal assistant dean discusses gaslighting in medicine, institutional responses to racism

In an interview with CBC, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine Assistant Dean of Serving and Engaging Society Dr Gaynor Watson-Creed discusses her recent paper on gaslighting in academic medicine and how it can perpetuate racism. Gaslighting in academic medicine: where anti-Black racism lives discusses anti-Black racism in academic medicine and explores how institutions can address it by identifying and halting gaslighting. Watson-Creed says that though someone may have and report a negative experience, they may be met with a response asserting that they misinterpreted what happened or that it was not racism, causing the person reporting the experience to doubt themselves. “The courage that it takes to do [bring forward a complaint] is incredible, and so institutions really need to look to support the person who is in that lower power position because they're going to need it,” said Watson-Creed. “They're going to need that extra support as they work through these claims.” CBC (NS)

Western launches new Black leadership program

Western University has launched the Black Leadership University Experience (BLUE), a program focused on providing Black students with work and networking opportunities within the London community. Through the program, Western provides funding to offer students part-time employment opportunities at host organizations; students can choose what to pursue and will be provided with a dedicated mentor who will work alongside them. “As a student, you get a mentor who's going to invest in you based on what they've learned, so you're coming into a space where you can actually learn practical skills that benefit you to transition from academia into the community,” said BLUE mentor Yvonne Asare-Bediako. CBC (ON)

Death of SMU student leads to calls for expanded access to meningitis vaccine

A student from Saint Mary’s University has passed away after a confirmed case of meningitis, reports CTV News. Over a dozen of the student’s confirmed close contacts have been contacted and offered prophylactic antibiotics and access to a strain-specific vaccine. While no other cases have been reported, CBC reports that other postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are watching the situation. “I would love to check off the box of having [the vaccine] covered at every university and post-secondary school across Canada,” said Alex Ryan, co-director of meningitis awareness organization B for Kai. CTV News reports that B for Kai was formed after Acadia University student Kai Matthews died of meningitis last May, and the organization has been campaigning for improved access to the vaccine at Atlantic universities. CTV News (1) | CTV News (2) | CBC | City News (NS)

ACC celebrates official opening of practical nursing sites in Virden, Otterburne

Assiniboine Community College has celebrated the official opening of new rural rotating practical nursing sites in Virden and Otterburne. The Virdin nursing site is located in a renovated building that is located across from the hospital, where students will be able to train as nurses without needing to travel far from their homes; while the Otterburne site is hosted at Providence University College. The rotating practical nursing site spaces received $19.5M from the Government of Manitoba. “Assiniboine continues to be responsive to Manitoba’s labour market and support economic growth by meeting community needs,” said ACC president Mark Frison. “Our rural rotating practical nursing sites answer the call on both of these priorities, and it is a pleasure to celebrate a new site in Virden and Otterburne this week.” Brandon Sun | Discover Westman | Pembina Valley Online (MB)

UoGuelph establishes new ecological pest management chair thanks to $3M donation

The University of Guelph has established the new E Alan and Jule A Cameron Chair in Ecological Pest Management thanks to a $3M gift from Alan and Jule Cameron. The chair will study ecologically-based pest management strategies that have a minimal environmental impact; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental science; and interact with industry, farmers, and government agencies. The gift will support the new chair for an unlimited term. “On behalf of all of us at the University, I want to express my gratitude to the Camerons for their visionary gift that will grow our collective understanding of pest management best practices," said UoGuelph President Dr Charlotte Yates. UoGuelph (ON)

Cégep Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu locked down, suspects arrested following suspicious behaviour

A lockdown was in place on Friday at Cégep Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu after a man was reported inside the cégep exhibiting “suspicious” behaviour. Police created a security perimeter and restricted access to the school, and students were instructed to barricade themselves in a close room and to keep the lights off. CTV News and City News report that a 19-year-old male suspect wearing a “bulletproof vest” and a female minor have been arrested. The lockdown lifted shortly after noon and all activities at the cégep were canceled for the rest of the day. CBC | CTV News | City News (QC)

Navigating inclusive teaching and professional life as minority faculty: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Dr Kerstin M Perez explains how professors from marginalized communities can encourage inclusivity in their classes without sacrificing their own professional lives and mental health. She describes her experience with being treated as having less authority, being expected to do emotional work she is untrained for, and facing issues from tenure boards for putting in work to make her classroom more inclusive. To navigate this problem, she suggests that professors become familiar with mental health resources on campus, establish their academic expertise before ceding personal authority, use the infrastructure and syllabi of their classes to help guide students to supportive resources, and establish clear boundaries between their research work and emotional work with students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

UQAM education students continue to strike for changes to teacher placements

Thousands of Université du Québec à Montréal students have been on strike for almost a month and are calling for changes to education placements, reports La Presse. The students are demanding action against harassment, the introduction of a salary, accommodations for parent students, reduced workloads, and limits on travel to placements. An education student association has also called for the university to establish a committee to assess transfer requests in cases of harassment. Teacher Simon Landry expressed his agreement with the students’ calls related to harassment and salary, but told the Journal de Montréal that students must be prepared to take on a large workload without accommodations when they start their careers. La Presse | Journal de Montréal (QC)