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Aug 09, 2023 • National

In a recent article for the Star, several students shared that they “see no point” in reporting hate and discrimination incidents on campus. The Toronto Star reports that after experiencing repeated cases of antisemitic graffiti or the vandalism of Indigenous murals, many students felt that reporting had no outcome, leading to low reporting rates. “I strongly believe, in my experience in working at Canadian institutions of higher learning, that it is purposely ignored,” commented Canadian sociologist Walter deKeseredy (West Virginia University). “They’re scared. It’s highly competitive right now. There’s going to be a shortage of students […] so schools are competing heavily for students.” Institutional spokespersons shared that their institutions take reports seriously and actively investigate allegations.

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Aug 09, 2023 • NS, YK

The Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Yukon have signed a letter of intent to work together over the next two years on improving healthcare. The areas of collaboration include the recruitment and licensure of internationally trained healthcare professionals, improvement of labour mobility, and enhanced healthcare professional education and training opportunities. “I look forward to working with our partners in Yukon as we combine our efforts, share our knowledge and ensure everyone has access to the care they deserve,” said NS Premier Tim Houston. The next step will be the signing of a memorandum of understanding to formalize the agreement.

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Aug 09, 2023 • QC

As the search for unmarked graves at McGill University’s former Royal Victoria Hospital site continues, the Mohawk Mothers (Kahnistensera) have expressed their frustration with not being adequately consulted or heard. APTN News reports that Kahnistensera was not consulted regarding communications issued by McGill and SQI about project progress, and that these communications excluded important information. APTN News reports that Kahnistensera have also called for Mohawk security guards after an incident where a security guard removed the Kahnistensera from the grounds. “The process can no longer by any means be considered Indigenous-led, as the SQI and McGill attempt to control the whole process, reducing the role of Indigenous people to performing ceremonies on the site,” said Kahentineth of Kahnistensera.

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Aug 09, 2023 • BC

Thompson Rivers University has signed memorandums of understanding with the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics (Tulo Centre) and the University of Canterbury. The MOU signed by all three institutions outlines a pathway for cooperation and collaboration on research; support; and building capacity for Indigenous public administration, governance, leadership, and economic development. “We are honoured to be a partner in supporting Indigenous students who will use their education to go forward and create meaningful change,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “By signing this MOU, TRU strengthens and reinforces its commitment to serving Indigenous students and the communities of the region.” TRU and Tulo Centre also strengthened their existing relationship by renewing an MOU.

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Aug 09, 2023 • ON

York University has announced that it will now be giving its students, staff, and faculty digital YU-cards. All incoming students will be given a digital card, while those who currently have a physical card will be given the option of switching to mobile cards when they renew their cards. “Mobile YU-cards create an important sense of identity and pride as a member of the York community, while being more efficient and cost effective,” said YorkU Interim Assistant VP, Ancillary Services Tom Watt, who noted that the digital cards will eliminate lost card replacement fees. Students who do not have a compatible smartphone will still be able to receive plastic cards at no cost. YorkU says that it is the largest Canadian university to transition to a mobile credential program.

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Aug 09, 2023 • MB

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association says that it welcomes the Government of Manitoba’s announcement that it will not appeal the MB Court of Appeal decision upholding a $19.4M award. “It comes as very welcomed news,” said UMFA President Orvie Dingwall. Dingwall noted that the attorneys for both sides of the case will need to conclude legal formalities before the funds can be distributed to members: “We’ll have several weeks at least, if not a few months of the lawyers doing the things that they need to do to make everything official.” Once the association is in receipt of the cash, the UMFA will reportedly establish a process to determine and review the amounts allocated to members, with the hope of having the money in members’ bank accounts by the end of the calendar year.

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Aug 09, 2023 • NL

Students and faculty at Memorial University are calling for immediate action from the university and provincial government to save the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC). and note that the centre has provided students with training opportunities and access to mental health services for 20 years, during which time SWCC has maintained full accreditation from the Canadian Psychological Association. However, the university faculty association asserts that years of staffing cuts have left the SWCC residency program at “the point of imminent collapse,” which also places the centre’s accreditation at risk.

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Aug 09, 2023 • International

Remote conferences can open new career and partnership opportunities for researchers, writes Svetlana Ugarcina Perovic (Fudan University). To make the most of a remote opportunity, Perovic recommends properly preparing for the event beforehand by reviewing the conference agenda and reserving preferred sessions or talks that align with research interests. The author also encourages attendees to ensure that their conference platform profile is updated with a photo, brief summary of current work, and contact information. During the event, Perovic discourages multitasking and instead advises attendees to put their time and energy into connecting with other conference attendees. The author recommends taking steps to connect with presenters, panelists, and other participants after a conference to continue the conversation.

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Aug 09, 2023 • BC

Simon Fraser University Director of Athletics and Recreation Theresa Hanson has departed the university, a move that the says comes four months after controversy erupted over the elimination of SFU’s varsity football program. “After careful consideration and discussion, [Hanson and] SFU have come to mutual agreement that the time is right for a change in direction within Athletics and Recreation,” said SFU Vice-Provost Students and International Rummana Khan Hemani. “Further detail on next steps and the interim leader for Athletics and Recreation will be shared as soon as possible.” reports that Hanson presided over the decision to cancel SFU’s football program. A report is expected this September for the ongoing assessment of the future of SFU football. An investigation into allegations of bullying and harassment within the women’s soccer program is also reportedly underway.

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Aug 09, 2023 • NB, NS

Universit√© Sainte-Anne and Universit√© de Moncton have partnered on the expansion of professional development opportunities in postsecondary pedagogy. The two French-language postsecondary institutions signed an MOU in recognition of their common interests which outlines their intent to improve development opportunities for their teaching staff. Members of each university’s faculty will be able to participate in virtual or in-person educational training activities organized by the partner institution without needing to pay special registration fees.

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