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There are more than 400,000 international students in Canada, and no one is building housing for them.
Ten universities and colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas have partnered with Metrolinx and the City of Toronto to conduct a three-year study investigating how postsecondary students use transportation.
In the last few weeks, student housing activists from the two Waterloo universities and beyond have rocked the boat with their calls for change in the housing and apartment market.
Do intercollegiate athletics have to be the only “entryway that allows the public to connect with traditions, values and campus life?” Using the “front porch” metaphor, the author argues that academic outreach is an instructive way to create dialogue between institutions and communities. Ennis recommends that institutions “foreground and reward academic outreach” by making it a professional priority.
With school back in session, some Thoroldites are fearful their peaceful neighbourhoods will erupt into noisy student parties. In efforts to prevent this, as well as unkempt student residences, a delegation of Brock University and city volunteers embarked on a proactive mission last Saturday—to meet students at the source of past problems—where they live.
The Government of Ontario’s student choice initiative became active this September, allowing students to opt-out of some fees that were previously mandatory. While certain feessuch as health and counseling, sports and recreation remain mandatory, others that support campus newspapers or student food banks are now optional. "This puts food banks in a precarious situation because they don't know how much food they can afford to buy for students or how many staff they can hire.
Authorities figure there's no way they can stop the next Ezra Avenue street party later this month, but they plan to test new ways to control the mayhem. If another street party happens as expected on Sept. 28 during Homecoming at Wilfrid Laurier University, they plan several measures to control tipsy crowds, limit nuisances, and dissuade partiers from throwing bottles.
This fall, Ontario students will have the option to opt-out of all fees deemed “non-essential,” and it is yet to be seen how significant an impact this will have on-campus life, writes Joanne Laucius. The author notes that the move will see undergraduates on most campuses save less than $200 a year out of a total of about $2,000 in student fees if they opt out of all “non-essential” fees. Some student groups are reportedly already cutting staff in anticipation of financial shortfalls. Among the groups expected to be most significantly hit will be student unions and the services they provide, such as food banks, Indigenous centres, women’s centres, and LGBTQ+ support centres.
ON representatives responded by citing the province’s $1.6B fund to help boards avoid teacher layoffs, noting that schools use a variety of means to ensure students are equipped to meet their graduation requirements. Critics, however, state that boards have little flexibility to add extra course sections. Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says, “Many courses are simply not running, and many students’ timetables are incomplete ... To put it bluntly, it’s a mess.”
Brock, the cities of St. Catharines and Thorold, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) and other community partners have been working together to lessen the tensions between them. A "Town and Gown" committee meets quarterly to solve problems and discuss concerns before they become issues.
Town and gown tensions date back to the Middle Ages, when medieval universities first encroached on their host communities, which pushed back. The current discord — over enrollment growth, housing and whose rights are paramount — suggests little has changed over the centuries except the cash at stake: millions of dollars. Billions in Stanford’s case.
As economies in some US and international communities continue to struggle or reinvent themselves, the ITGA is calling for new collaborations that reflect shared interest and immediate needs. Successful town-gown strategies are needed to stabilize and enhance town-gown economies and quality of life.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of approximately 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. In this year’s publication, students highlight successes and challenges in their municipalities, with themes ranging from improving the ability of students to advocate municipally and providing work-integrated learning opportunities, to addressing housing issues and unsanctioned street gatherings, as well as highlighting the importance of cultural development.
“It’s a university town with a high density of young people so you are going to get parties. I think we’ve managed to reduce the risk factor,” said Woolf.
Western University students might start facing academic penalties for misconduct at unsanctioned events, like illegal street parties. A report going before the school’s Board of Governors on Thursday suggests expanding the student code of conduct to include events that aren’t sanctioned by Western University but are indirectly associated with the institution because of their nature or the number of students attending. The current code, which governs the behaviour of registered students, applies to conduct on university premises and at university-sponsored events.
Whether by bike, car, bus or foot, on rural roads or city streets, the logistics and challenges of transportation – of getting people and things where they need to go – were the focus of the fourth annual Cornell University Regional Town-Gown Conference, March 26.
There is a long history of Town and Gown troubles. Riots between university students and townspeople took place in the Middle Ages and they continue to this day. One difference, though, is that the combatants, for the most part, are students and police officers.
The Record reports that a task force created by the city almost a year ago that includes the area's universities, police, student leaders, and school boards is looking at four problems areas: public safety, crowd behaviour, costs, and risk to local institutions and the community. The committee’s first report is expected in nine months.
Call for presenters extended to Fri. March 29 for TGAO's “Building Bridges” symposium June 3-6, 2019. TGAO recognizes the value of the relationships between communities and post-secondary institutions and seeks to explore the connections between colleges, universities, municipalities, local citizens and students.
As commuter student populations continue to grow on many campuses, we will discuss emerging practices, share programming initiatives, and identify how we can create environments that provide commuter students with a sense of belonging on post-secondary campuses and their communities. This webinar is curated for post-secondary staff who work directly with engaging commuter students in campus and community activities and others with an interest in this topic. Send questions in advance to Kathryn Hofer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The policies that enforce the coexistence of university and municipality life are often called “Town and Gown Ordinances.” The City of Frostburg has long standing rules about noise, rental properties, and codes of conduct related to Frostburg State University students who travel here for their education. In March 2019, a new ordinance is set to be accepted.
Fifty-four representatives from universities including Waterloo, Queen’s, Guelph, Western, McMaster, Ottawa, Brock and Carleton were joined by members of the Waterloo and Kingston police forces and city officials at the meeting held at Laurier.
Shutting down unsanctioned parties 'far more complex' than it seems, Laurier's Kevin Crowley says
A team of researchers at Western University have received $5M from the Government of Canada for programming that supports healthy relationships for at-risk youth. According to a Western release, the funding will enable the researchers to engage with more than 2,600 youth and provide training and resources to 540 facilitators and 875 pre-service educators across Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. “Our programming has been shown to reduce teen dating violence – but its impact is much broader,” said Education Professor Claire Crooks. “Our positive youth development approach gives youth the skills they need to develop healthy relationships, improve their mental health, and minimize problematic substance use.”
In one of the final events of the University of Stellenbosch’s centenary year, the rector of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Professor Wim De Villiers, convened a ‘town and gown’ conference on 29 and 30 November 2018. The myth of the ivory tower was shattered. The conference illustrated that there is no longer a zero-sum calculation between civic engagement and academic excellence. In fact, it was revealed that in the Global North the closer the co-operation and the better the understanding of the separated but connected roles of town and gown, the greater the rewards for both parties.
A new study has found that six research-intensive universities across Canada—Dalhousie University, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia—are “experiencing increased requirements for accountability, and increasing pressures to respond to government priorities.” Co-author Glen Jones attributed greater capacity for research and knowledge mobilization, as well as the fact that more people are attending universities, as major factors in this trend. Trust—or lack thereof—between governments and institutions is also said to have contributed to the pattern of decreased autonomy cited in the study. The authors note, however, that the relationships between universities and provinces have undergone distinct historical trajectories that differ on a case-by-case basis.
UVic, SFU, Heiltsuk Nation collaborate to launch website The Heiltsuk people, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the Hakai institute, and Greencoast Media have launched “Húy̓at: Our Voices our Land,” a website that illuminates thousands of years of Heiltsuk Nation voices and history. The website is the result of over eight years of collaboration between the partners and grew from the community’s desire to present their connection to their lands and seas for their own communities and others. “With this publicly accessible website, we’re sharing our inseparable connection with our homelands as it holds true for all First Nations up and down the coast,” said Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett.
Canadore College launched “Biigiiweyan,” a seven-week Indigenous interprofessional cultural safety training program for students and health care professionals. The program covers topics such as colonization; Indigenous worldviews, healing, and wellness practices; respect, relationship, reconciliation, and accessing health resources and services; spiritual wellness practices; and cultural safety, advocacy and transformational change. “The program explores Indigenous approaches to healing and wellness and supports healthcare post-secondary students and current practitioners in connecting with Indigenous health services and practices in our community,” said Patricia Chabbert, Business and Indigenous Relations Manager.
Wilfrid Laurier University will move forward with its plans to build a campus in Milton, Ontario. “We are all ready to move forward, Laurier is not going away,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “They are already here and growing in our community.” A release states that WLU has been working with private sector investors and community partners to pursue alternative financial support for the Milton campus after the provincial government canceled funding in 2018. The project consists of two phases: Phase One, which is underway, will introduce degree and non-degree programming to Milton’s MEV Innovation Centre in Winter 2020; in Phase Two, WLU will develop MEV lands and produce a campus master plan.
ew York-based Niagara University has opened a new campus in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, the first university in the city. The 12,000-square-foot space will house 300 students, and the university will offer programming with a focus on education. “It has been my dream to bring a university to Vaughan. With focus, discipline and excellent partners, this dream has come true,” said Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “Today is the manifestation of what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and perseverance. It is a great day for our city and Niagara University as we take steps to take charge of our future.”
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has partnered with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program to teach foundational computational skills for British Columbia’s secondary and high school students. A BCIT release states that the BC branch of TEALS has launched programs at four secondary schools to date. “We are excited and honoured that BC students and teachers are the first in Canada to be a part of this cutting-edge program,” said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. “Our government will continue to support programs like TEALS to ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed, graduate successfully, and find good jobs in BC’s booming tech sector.”
Share your ideas and expereinces with stakeholders from across Canada in the Town and Gown equation. Call for programs is now open. From June 3-6, 2019, Brock University, Niagara College and the municipalities of St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, and Niagara-on-the-Lake will host the national TGAO conference in Niagara, Ontario. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Building Bridges”. Our conference theme; “Building Bridges” recognizes the value of the relationships between communities and post-secondary institutions, and seeks to explore the connections between colleges, universities, municipalities, local citizens, and students. The annual TGAO conference gathers stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding campus and community relations and will focus on sharing of ideas, experiences and methods of best practice. Please visit www.buildingbridgesniagara.ca for more information. Program Proposals are due by: Friday, March 1, 2019.
The University of Guelph’s Party Registration is a collaborative program between the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph with the goal of making the City of Guelph a more neighbourly place to live for everyone. Students register their party through GryphLife.ca and agree to have their contact information shared with Guelph Police and the City of Guelph so that there is direct contact information should an issue arise at the party. Students who register participate in a consultation that includes tips related to successfully managing a party and reducing neighbourhood complaints, which will in turn decrease their chance of receiving a nuisance fine. Learn about the University of Guelph's program and how you can set up a program on your campus. The webinar will be hosted on November 30, 2018 from 1 pm to 2 pm. Register at email@example.com
Nearly a month after our smoke-free policy took effect, a Canadian Cancer Society report confirmed that George Brown is the first college in Ontario to go 100 per cent smoke-free.
In towns across the UK, many locals fear the relentless expansion of universities threatens the fabric of their neighbourhoods. For some, they represent the very best of British, hubs of learning and commerce attracting the brightest and the best from around the world who bring huge wealth to spend. They can even breathe hope into rundown towns and cities, with the promise of jobs and cash to rejuvenate areas deserted by traditional industries. But for others, Britain’s burgeoning universities are anything but a blessing.
University officials are currently reviewing multiple proposals to the RFP they put out in August with hopes of opening the office in late November or early December.
Fanshawe's strong presence in downtown London was celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2018, with invited guests at the grand opening of 130 Dundas Street, home to the College's Schools of Information Technology and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
Moving to campus often the first time young people deal with issues of sexual consent
The University of Ottawa holds its annual 'Dump and Run' event on April 28, 2018. Volunteers salvage usable items left behind by students moving out of their dorm rooms
Province Improving Access to Education and Training for Students in Halton Region
Confederation College Partners with Local Healthcare Organizations to More Closely Align Education with Work Experience
“No small feat to contain” a 22,000 person street party, says Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Region Police
The University Transit System, as it was originally called, turns 50
UFV and the City of Abbotsford are launching CityStudio, an initiative tackling civic challenges by combining the creative energy of students with the know-how of city staff
Warden Gerry Marshall and members of Simcoe County Council presented Lakehead University with a $1 million cheque on Wednesday to support growth and access to learning opportunities for students in the region.
Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs signed a memorandum of understanding today to pursue new collaboration opportunities that will build on mutual strengths and interests.
TGAO is hosting an online seminar on the large-scale street party: Find out what is happening in Town and Gown communities across the province as TGAO facilitates a discussion about large-scale student street parties. From Homecoming to St. Patrick’s Day, we will draw on the experience of participants from Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, and you to talk about the role that we can each play in responding to events, how we collaborate with community partners to minimize negative impacts, and what we can do to strengthen our communication before, during, and after these events. Details: Wednesday, November 29th, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. RSVP by emailing info@tgao.
The Gazette talked with Arunima Khanna, Cross-Cultural Advisor with Student Wellness Services, as part of our coverage of International Education Week. Dr. Khanna provides counselling services to the 2,496 international undergraduate and graduate students studying at Queen’s, who come from 108 countries. Her work focuses on helping international students to navigate and adjust to campus life, as well as connecting them with resources and counselling for a range of personal and interpersonal issues that have an impact on physical and and mental health.
Post-secondary coalition call for beefed-up efforts.
A week-long media tour of educational institutions in Canada has given a group of Chinese journalists a first-hand glimpse of the country’s international education landscape. The Canadian government hopes the tour will enable the Chinese public to “gain a better understanding of and appreciation for Canadian education”.
McMaster University is calling on its students to "do better" and vowed to work harder to prevent a repeat of a massive, out-of-control party over the weekend that saw more than 2,000 students take over a street.
Students in residence at the University of Guelph shouldn't be surprised if the president of the school knocks on their door starting Monday.
Councillors unanimously passed Sendzik’s motion directing city staff to prepare a report and draft bylaw to regulate and license rental housing in the city. The bylaw — which would still have to be approved by council after public input — will aim to target student housing problems in residential neighbourhoods.
Employment Minister Patty Hajdu on soft skills, internships and labour shortages
Students no longer required to reveal gender identity on housing applications
Chase Graham’s mother thinks the coroner should track university deaths
Public Administration students recently presented recommendations to municipal leaders about future staffing issues in the public sector. “The collaboration with ONWARD was a win-win for all involved,” says Prof. Jon Olinski. “It allowed students to provide recommendations and solutions directly to the decision-makers on a real issue impacting all levels of government.”
A Toronto-based developer has applied to transform a site in Calgary into a 28-storey residence, primarily for undergraduate housing, and hopes to break ground by the end of the year.
Ontario businesses are finding it more and more challenging to recruit properly qualified talent, according to a report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Indigenizing western campuses creates unique difficulties, benefits
The Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP–AH) launched today with a strong commitment to taking steps to address collectively alcohol-related harms on Canadian campuses. PEP–AH is a partnership among Canadian universities and colleges, Universities Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA, formerly known as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse). Members of PEP–AH are collaborating to share strategies and best practices specific to alcohol issues on campuses.
First, a note of consolation: If you’re a young university student still living at home, don’t – repeat, DON’T – feel like you’re falling short of independent, responsible adulthood.
City of Vancouver says renting parking is 'typically not allowed' without permits
Data collected from across the country shows the extent of the problems. “There is a perception that this age group is healthy, but they’re not.”
Nipissing University is now home to a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC), a high-level, secure network and data lab that provides researchers with local access to Statistics Canada’s confidential, large-scale survey data.
It can be challenging for post-secondary education (PSE) institutions and the municipalities they operate in to connect with one another. Complex historical, socio-political, and geographic divisions can be difficult to overcome.
The construction of housing geared to students has ramped up since 2011, especially in the City of Waterloo. This construction was encouraged by the strong growth in enrolment at the city’s two universities between 2001 and 2010. However, construction of housing geared to students now outpaces the increase in enrolment, which has slowed. This report will delve into the supply of and the demand for off-campus student housing and look at whether the market is oversupplied.
McMaster working with a developer to build a new residence adjacent to campus on land occupied by single-family homes. This will be McMaster’s first off-campus, university owned-managed residence.
Brock University and the Town of Lincoln formalized an agreement that could help the municipality and the school identify joint projects that enrich Brock’s educational opportunities while advancing the town’s economic, social and community development.
The campaign for the new building is being led by the Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Town & Gown partnership program, along with the Murray-Calloway County Industrial Authority.
Faced with too many inebriated students climbing to the rooftops to party during Homecoming and other celebrations, city hall is set to pass a bylaw making the practice illegal.
The City of Hamilton will pay co-op college students to patrol perceived messy student neighbourhoods around McMaster University.
Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are partnering to launch CityStudio, an innovation hub where students, city staff and community stakeholders co-create solutions that support the city’s strategic priorities.
Canada is poised to teach the world a thing or two about partnerships. While other countries are finding the effort frustrating and, for the most part, are failing to yield the fruit of their collaboration attempts, Canada already has a proven recipe for success.
Three crucial steps to make a more porous boundary between universities and their surrounding communities.
The University of Toronto Mississauga has created a new mobile game called Guardians of UTM that will introduce incoming students to the campus and university life.
A collection of stories showcasing the transformative impact of research on Canadians and their communities
“The intrinsic value of developing a broad world view through international education is self-evident,” writes Western University President Amit Chakma. The author highlights a number of strides the federal government has made to boost the role of international education in Canada, which include rebranding the country as an education destination, improving the Express Entry program, and renewing the country's commitment to study abroad. Chakma also takes time to remind readers that in addition to the country's ambitious targets, “what’s more important to consider is the philosophy behind the idea, along with the merits of pursuing such a policy more aggressively to better support the development of our future global citizens.” Chakma concludes with a discussion of the barriers currently faced by students looking to pursue study abroad and how institutions and governments might better address them.
The City of Niagara Falls is partnering with Ryerson University in an effort to bring postsecondary education to the city’s downtown. Ryerson has filed a proposal for a Niagara Falls/Ryerson Innovation Zone, according to Acting Manager of Public Affairs Johanna VanderMaas, which “will be an ‘incubation to acceleration’ hub for digital technologies linking Niagara region’s (small and medium-sized enterprises), startups and incubation services to the broader ecosystem of southern Ontario.” VanderMaas adds that “it is not a new satellite campus.” Introducing postsecondary education to the downtown has reportedly been a priority for Major Jim Diodati since his election in 2010, and the Niagara Falls Review reports that the city “will need to provide more information for the application to move forward.”
The Abernathy Award is given out each year to the city and university that best exemplify the mission of the ITGA: “strengthening town/gown ...
New field of dreams to increase recreational opportunities for Peterborough community. The Trent Sports Fields project is a cooperative project between the City of Peterborough and Trent University, with support from the Peterborough Baseball Association (PBA) and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association (PRBA).
Scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.
Textbook Student Suites wants to build two, 26-storey towers at 256 Rideau St. and 211 Besserer St., to be joined by a three-storey podium, to create 275 units intended for students. There would also be a 529-square metre retail space on the ground floor.
The University of Ottawa Board of Governors has voted to try to “shift” the school’s investments in fossil fuel industries, but stopped short of full divestment as many campus activists had pushed it to do.
Postsecondary students in Nova Scotia are criticizing the provincial government for “missing the mark” on higher ed in its 2016-17 budget. With a reported surplus of $17 M, the budget is the first to be balanced since 2013.
An online peer support service aimed at helping students through the stresses of their lives is launching at the University of Lethbridge in what organizers are calling a Canadian first.
Canada’s diminished dollar and the possible presidency of a pumped-up Trump have the potential to prompt U.S. business students to look north, especially those with dual citizenship.
Ross Finnie is collecting information on the job market and human capital. For students especially, it will be a gold mine.
Any time a student moves from high school into postsecondary education, or from postsecondary into the workforce, stakeholders on either side of the transition seem to say to the other side, “You got this, right?”
A model of reciprocity between the school and surrounding community is at the core of CEBRIC: the Centre for Education, Behavioural Research and Intervention in the Community. The centre officially launched in 2013, after five professors spent six years developing it as a way of maximizing the expertise of St. Lawrence College in applied behavioural analysis (ABA).
Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., has authorized swift measures to purge the Irish-tinted celebration from its campus.
For First Nations, Metis and Inuit students to find academic success, schools need to rework their programs, curricula and campus cultures
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