Paralympian sues University of Regina

After waiting 10 years for a trial, Canadian Paralympian Miranda Biletski has taken the University of Regina (U of R) to court for a diving injury in their pool that left her a quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound, according to the CBC. At the time of the accident in 2005, Biletski was a 16-year-old competitive swimmer and water polo player; she had just joined the Regina Piranhas Swim Club, according to the article. Within 37 days of joining the club, she attempted her second shallow dive at a training exercise; she lunged off the blocks to cover more distance. Biletski’s head hit the bottom of the pool, causing a fracture to her spinal cord. She told the CBC that all she remembers […]

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Revenge porn website dedicates threads to Canadian universities

An anonymous revenge porn website is dedicating threads to Canadian universities students including York University, according to their community newspaper, the Excalibur. The Excalibur described the website as an image-hosting site where intimate images and videos of mostly women are uploaded without their consent. The Charlatan has withheld the website’s name to avoid further publicity. David Ariza, a third-year journalism student at Carleton University, said he researched the issue of revenge porn last year for a class assignment. He said when he started this project, he found out about the website in question that was spreading revenge porn of girls both of age and under-age without their consent. “We failed as a society to stop this,” Ariza said. The website works […]

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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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