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NSCC receives $1.15 million for student awards
NSCC
The Nova Scotia Community College Foundation has received a $1.15 million donation from the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) for student scholarships. "The commitment from our members and NSCC not only helps students financially as they begin their training for careers in the construction industry, but helps to build our economy and to ensure the industry is meeting the growing needs for skilled labour in Nova Scotia," says CANS President Duncan Williams. The NSCC Foundation has been able to help some 250 students a year access funding to pursue education at NSCC.
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Construction Specifications Canada
Construction Canada
Construction Canada, the official publication of CSC, is conducting its fourth-annual survey of the country's design/construction industry. The magazine wants to use your completely anonymous answers to not only provide a snapshot of Canada's specifiers, architects, and design/construction professionals, but also see how things might have changed over the last few years. A full report will be published in the May issue. Until April 6, you can complete this short survey online at here. To see a summary of the 2013 results, please click the read more button.
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Atlantic community colleges add $4.7 billion to regional economy
Academica Group
A recent study shows that Atlantic Canadian community colleges add $4.7 billion to the Atlantic Provinces Region economy, with $465.5 million coming from college operations and student spending, and $4.2 billion stemming from added income through higher student earnings. The report also reveals that taxpayers and provincial governments gain a 7.2 per cent return on their college investment, and that students see a 21.3 per cent ROI due to higher lifetime earnings. The study, released by the Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium (APCCC), analyzed data from Nova Scotia Community College, New Brunswick Community College, College communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, College of the North Atlantic, and Holland College. Click here for the APCCC news release. Click here for the full report
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Quebec charter would include mandatory French exam at English CEGEPs
Montreal Gazette
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced last week that the Parti Québécois' proposed French language charter, if passed, would mean students at English-language CEGEPs would have to pass a French-language proficiency exam to graduate. "If our official language and our common language is French, it's normal that in our public institutions we expect that someone who is a graduate of a public institution can understand the official language," says Marois. According to the Montreal Gazette, Quebec's English CEGEPs rejected the idea when it was brought up in an earlier version of the bill in 2012, calling it unnecessary and restrictive. Students at English CEGEPs already must pass two French courses before they graduate — students with no French background have to take a non-credit introduction course for one semester to be able to take the basic-level CEGEPs course.
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Study: Co-op work placements benefit university students
Toronto Star
University students who take co-op work placements while pursuing a bachelor's degree are rewarded with higher paying jobs and lower unemployment rates when they graduate, says a Council of Ontario Universities report to be released. While no one predicts the death of the traditional undergraduate degree, it is changing, and in the near future 60 per cent or more of undergrads will take part in co-op or other experiential learning placement, said council president Bonnie Patterson.
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NSCC receives $1.15 million for student awards
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The Nova Scotia Community College Foundation has received a $1.15 million donation from the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) for student scholarships. "The commitment from our members and NSCC not only helps students financially as they begin their training for careers in the construction industry, but helps to build our economy and to ensure the industry is meeting the growing needs for skilled labour in Nova Scotia," says CANS President Duncan Williams.

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CCTT wins CIC award for new Engineering Career Pathways Tool
CCTT
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) received an award from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for the newly-launched Engineering Career Pathways web tool. Parliamentary Secretary, Hon. Costas Menegakis presented the prestigious award to CCTT Chair Louis LeBel on behalf of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander at the 2nd annual IQN Awards hosted at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC.

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Thousands of students cheating at university
CBC News
Results of a CBC survey of 54 Canadian universities show that almost 7,000 students were punished for cheating in 2011-12, representing less than one per cent of the total student population. Of these cases, plagiarism was the biggest offender, found in more than 50 per cent of all cases, unauthorized aid including inappropriate collaboration accounted for 22 per cent, and 10 per cent involved cheating on tests.

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More women have degrees, but pursuing same jobs
Toronto Sun
More Canadian women than ever are earning university degrees, but the jobs they're filling are the same ones as 20 years ago, a just-released report says. A generation ago, women with university degrees flocked to careers in nursing and teaching. Those careers accounted for more than 20 per cent of all female university graduates in 1991, said a report released by Statistics Canada.
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University of British Columbia to build new Quantum Matter Institute building
The Ubyssey
The University of British Columbia plans to start construction on a new building for an expanded Quantum Matter Institute. At a Board of Governors standing committee meeting, the Board approved a $2.5 million funding release to continue plans for the project, which will be built as an addition to the Brimacombe Building.
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Scientists: Wireless radiation health studies needed
CBC News
Health Canada should "aggressively" research the possible link between wireless airwaves and cancer and should inform Canadians how they can limit their exposure to such electromagnetic fields while using cellphones, an expert scientific panel recommends. However, the panel found that Health Canada guidelines for human exposure to wireless airwaves from cell towers, radio and TV broadcast antennas and other wireless technology provide enough protection from the two established health effects from high-powered exposure to those frequencies.
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