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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


New college president touts skilled trades
The Barrie Advance
Universities can keep pumping out new doctors and lawyers; Georgian College is more than happy to train the next generation of plumbers, electricians and small-engine mechanics. New president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes delivered that message Aug. 23 during her first visit to the Robbert Hartog Midland campus.–new-college-president-touts-skilled-trades

Le CETAB+ investit dans une plantation d’arbres en Afrique
Nouvelle Union
Le Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+) du cégep de Victoriaville investit dans une plantation d’arbres en Afrique de l’Ouest, en partenariat avec une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) de Bopa, au Bénin. L’objectif de ce projet est double : compenser une partie des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) dues aux projets de recherche du CETAB+ et contribuer au développement durable de la communauté hôte.

Michel Tarko named as new president of New Westminster-based Justice Institute of British Columbia
The Record (New Westminster)
Michel Tarko was recently named as the new president of the New Westminster-based Justice Institute of B.C. Tarko has more than 25 years of experience in the post-secondary education system, serving in leadership roles ranging from faculty member to curriculum manager, associate dean, dean, and most recently as the institute’s vice-president, academic since September 2009. Tarko succeeds Jack McGee, who is retiring at the end of September after serving as the institute’s president since 2000.

Pour contrer l’intimidation : les 17 à 25 ans appelés en renfort
Nouvelle Union
Les collégiens pourraient d’ailleurs obtenir des crédits et une reconnaissance de leur engagement civique dans leurs cours d’engagement personnel et communautaire, le cégep de Victoriaville s’étant ouvert à un tel partenariat. Cette volonté du Centre Emmaüs de créer des actions communautaires et de prévention ne date pas d’hier. L’an dernier, les volontaires du Katimavik local avaient, par leur engagement dans divers milieux scolaires, fourni au Centre et aux Bâtisseurs pour la paix les matériaux pour organiser, en juin dernier, un colloque sur l’intimidation.

Mass MacEwan move-in signals the end of summer
Edmonton Journal
Around 800 Grant MacEwan University students started the school year with a dose of Lil’ Jon and 50 Cent on Sunday, move-in day for the school’s residence. Assisted by parents or siblings, the students hauled their luggage past a DJ spinning modern dance-floor hits to begin unpacking in the rooms where they will sleep, cook, and study over the next eight months.

College still hopes to avoid strike
Niagara Falls Review
With the start of classes at Niagara College only a week away, the school’s administrators remain hopeful that a faculty strike can still be averted. “We’re fully expecting at this point that we’re going to hopefully put together a negotiated settlement before the contract ends at the ends, before the end of August,” the college’s marketing and communications director, Gord Hunchak, said Monday. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents about 10,000 college faculty members across the province, including about 510 at Niagara College, has called a strike vote for Sept. 10.

Apple Peel Extracts Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
International Business Times AU
Writing in the journal Food Chemistry, researchers from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Canada said the outer layer of an apple contains as much as six times the amount of chemical ingredients that can help combat potentially life-threatening hypertension, or high blood pressure. Natural medicine enthusiasts have long known that apples are a rich source of antioxidants and chemical compounds called flavanoids that are heart-healthy and good for the cardiovascular system in general.

Schools discuss how to integrate First Nations’ values, culture
Vancouver Sun
Many institutions have already added First Nations studies and support services. “But we’re getting at that place where we’re saying, now that we have students coming to the university, how do we implement these programs and services so they’re seamless within the institution, as opposed to specialized programs or add-ons or one-offs?” One way some post-secondary institutions are indigenizing is by incorporating First Nations cultural icons. The University of Fraser Valley, for instance, has built a replica of a Sto:lo longhouse with a capacity of 300.

SIAST expects increased enrollment; housing lacking
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Students at SIAST Palliser campus have been preparing to head back to school. And though students are allowed to apply throughout the year, officials with the school expect to see a growth in attendance in their September audit. The school experienced attendance growth by 6.1 per cent and dean of industrial training Dennis Johnson said, with a booming economy, he expects to see that movement continue.

Local College Students Concerned About Possible Strike
580 CFRA Radio
The faculty contract at 24 Ontario community colleges, including Algonquin College and La Cité Collégiale, expires on Friday. With classes set to resume on September 4th, some students are concerned about the threat of a strike in the coming weeks. Negotiations continue between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the College Employer Council. However, the council’s request of a no board report is a sign that the two sides may be too far apart to reach an agreement.;nid=87913

Local campus has room to grow . . . but Abbotsford is a different story for UFV
Chilliwack Times
The University of the Fraser Valley is feeling the pinch of too many students and not enough money in the face of a continued provincial funding freeze in the coming year. “Enrolment will equal or surpass where we were last year,” said UFV provost and vice-president academic Eric Davis, noting 16,000 students attended the university last year. “That’s a challenge for us because we are servicing more students than we are funded for and we are running out of space.”

Enrolment up at some northeastern Ontario colleges

Colleges across northeastern Ontario are reporting a small increase in student enrolment his year. Officials at Canadore College, Sault College and Northern College are all reporting an increase in student numbers in the range of one to two percent. Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College, says each year programs are reviewed and some are suspended because of market demand and to ensure students will get work placement in the community.

Ontario College students face strike threat
Brantford Expositor
In southwestern Ontario, a strike would affect students at London-based Fanshawe College and its satellite campuses in Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Simcoe and St. Thomas, Windsor-based St. Clair College and its Chatham campus and Lambton in Sarnia.