Our Turn publishes national action plan against sexual violence

Our Turn, a student-led initiative to end sexual violence on campus, launched a National Action Plan on Oct. 11 from McGill University’s campus, according to a press release. The National Action Plan lays out a list of principles that student unions can adopt to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and advocate for change on their campuses, according to the document. The plan, according to the release, was created by three Carleton University students along with the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). The action plan also includes scores for sexual violence policies from 14 school across the country, almost half of which failed to score higher than a ‘C’ grade. According to the document, the policies are graded on a […]

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University of Winnipeg introduces women’s-only gym hours

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) has started a new pilot project centered around providing women and non-binary people reserved access to the gym on campus, according to Laura Elsie Garinger, president of the U of W Students’ Association (UWSA). The “Inclusive Gym Initiative,” which will run until the beginning of December 2017, is led by the UWSA board of directors, students, U of W Recreation Services, and the administration, according to the university’s website. The initiative was started in May 2016 but was only implemented in September of this year to see if students would benefit from gym times, fitness classes or intramurals reserved solely for women and non-binary people, according to the UWSA website. Garinger said the […]

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CBC Marketplace investigation reveals professors with phony degrees

A recent CBC Marketplace investigation has found that as many as 800 Canadians could have purchased a fake degree. Dubravko Zgrablic, a Toronto professor, was one of the people who was found to possess a phony degree by Marketplace. Zgrablic told the undercover journalists of CBC Marketplace that he obtained his master’s degree in computer science  at Almeda University, which is a fake online school, according to the investigation. According to CBC Marketplace, Almeda University has been linked to Axact, a Pakistan-based IT firm which has been uncovered as “the world’s biggest diploma mill” and which recently closed. Zgrablic has taught at Centennial College, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Seneca College, according to his LinkedIn profile. Althea Blackburn-Evans, director of media relations at […]

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Niagara College launches cannabis production program

Niagara College announced the launch of a post-graduate certificate program in Commercial Cannabis Production (CCP) on Sept. 19. The program will start in fall 2018. According to a press release, the launch of the one-year post-graduate program is in response to a “need for skilled graduates who are knowledgeable in the complex regulations and requirements of an emerging industry.” Alan Unwin, associate dean of Niagara College’s school of environmental and horticultural studies, said in an email that there is a demand for highly-skilled and well trained graduates of the CPP program. “We are responding to a real need for this in the industry and are confident that there are career opportunities that will be available once students have completed this […]

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McGill professor teaches Black Canadian history at Harvard

An art history professor at McGill University is taking her research on Canada’s slave history to Harvard University for the 2017-18 academic year as the William Lyon Mackenzie King visiting professor for Canadian Studies. Charmaine A. Nelson will be taking a year off teaching at McGill to conduct more research  on Canadian fugitive slave advertisements, while teaching courses in Canadian Art and on Visual Culture of Transatlantic Slavery, according to the McGill Reporter. In an email, Nelson said that throughout her career she focused on the representation of Black subjects in historical western art, mainly female subjects. “Since I look at artwork produced in the 18th and 19th-centuries, that has meant that I was dealing with the broader context of Transatlantic Slavery […]

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