Queen’s University and Queen’s Medicine department lead Dr Stephen Archer have filed a statement of defence against Matt Strauss. Queen’s and Archer’s defence statement asserts that Strauss was not defamed as he claims in his lawsuit, that his resignation was planned so he would “receive as much income in advance and cause as much disruption as possible,” and that his disagreement with public health measures extended into his workplace. The defence states that Strauss’s position was not renewed due to funding issues and that he was encouraged to apply for a new position created at the school, which he did not do. CBC reports that none of the claims have been proven in court.
The design of student residences has changed over the last thirty years, write Shelagh McCartney (Toronto Metropolitan University) and Ximena Rosenvasser (TMU), and not to the benefit of students’ wellbeing. McCartney and Rosenvasser studied university residences controlled by or affiliated with Toronto-based universities and how the typical design changed over the years from shared dorms to more “privacy-oriented” residences. McCartney and Rosenvasser argue that this shift to privacy comes at the cost of the common spaces that have historically facilitated student socialization opportunities. Since these socialization opportunities are connected to improvements in students’ GPAs and well-being, the authors call for a reconsideration of how residences are developed.
Northwestern Polytechnic is reportedly considering demolishing multiple buildings at its Fairview campus. Six student houses, three residence halls, and two mechanics labs were marked for consideration for demolitions in the Fairview campus plan. The Municipal District of Fairview is reportedly concerned about the implications of any possible demolitions for the future of the polytechnic campus. “We want NWP to grow, bring in new programs, services and students to the Peace region, while supporting and giving local students an option for the educational experience at home in the Peace region at both campuses,” said Fairview Mayor Gordon MacLeod. NWP Acting President Vanessa Sheane stated that no final decisions have been made about possible demolitions at this time. A timeline for an alternative-use proposals process is reportedly being developed.
Memorial University has begun preparations for the Canada Games 2025, which will be held in St John’s. Memorial will host the athletes’ village, sport competitions, a polyclinic with health and wellness supports, a dedicated space for volunteers, and social and entertainment events. “In 2025 we’ll be welcoming the future names in Canadian athletics, right here on campus, and we look forward to being a part of it,” said Lisa Browne, VP of Advancement and External relations for Memorial.
Lambton College has announced its intent to open a new student residence in 2027-2028. The residence will be located on campus and will include “grab-and-go” food services and student gathering areas. The college plans to select a developer for the project by the summer of 2024. Lambton President Rob Kardas said that working with a private developer will enable the college to provide input on the residence while keeping the college’s capital reserves available for other projects.
Southeast College will be launching an Entrepreneurship for Trades micro-credential program this Fall. New entrepreneurs will learn how to turn their ideas, products, and services into successful businesses. “The work of today’s trade entrepreneurs goes beyond starting a business,” said Southeast President Vicky Roy. “To advance in the trades career, it is essential to learn how to think and act like an entrepreneur. Developing entrepreneurial thinking, behaviours and sustainable innovation business practices are the key to future career success.” The program consists of four courses delivered with online and live sessions.
The University of New Brunswick has broken ground on the new Health and Social Innovation Centre (HSIC). The HSIC will bring together academic, public, and private-sector health research and support the education of the health workforce. The centre’s design will meet green building standards and aim for LEED certification. The building will be located near health partners such as Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College Allied Health, and the Saint John Regional Hospital; UNB says that the co-location of the HSIC is unique in Atlantic Canada and will support collaboration.
Sheridan College has partnered with the Regions of Halton and Peel to introduce an Early Childhood Education Leadership micro-credential program this Fall. The program is designed for leaders and aspiring leaders working in early childhood education (ECE) who already have ECE training. Sheridan collaborated with Halton and Peel on curriculum development and tailored the program to meet ECE leadership community needs. The micro-credential development was supported by funding from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
Several institutions in British Columbia and Quebec have recently received funding to embark on research projects related to climate change. In British Columbia, researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria are working with industry partners to combat the impact of climate change on BC’s agriculture and aquaculture. These genomics projects received a combined $1.84M in funding from the provincial government and partners. Université du Québec à Montréal Professor Philippe Gachon will be leading a $3.6M research project with the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Polytechnique Montréal, and several industry and government partners. The partnership is focused on better predicting the impact of extreme weather on hydroelectric and mining infrastructure.
In a recent article, Amanda J Gorton and Tess Grainger discuss the parental-leave policies of postsecondary institutions in the United States and Canada. Gorton and Grainger researched parental leave policies at academic institutions in both countries and tracked factors like length of paid leave, academic job, parent type, and the public or private status of the institution. While this information was often difficult to find, the researchers found that, on average, better leave was available in Canada than in the US and longer leaves were typically available to faculty compared to graduate students and postdocs. In the US, private institutions had better parental leave options than were available at public institutions. “Our hope is that these data [“¦] will spur universities to thoroughly examine their own parental-leave policies in comparison to those of other institutions,” conclude the authors.