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In case you missed anything – a roundup of facts we picked up last month University of Winnipeg

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ACC accepting proposals for rotating prac- tical nursing sites Assiniboine Community College (ACC)

issued a call for proposals today to commu- nities interested in hosting a rural rotating practical nursing site for the college. "By extending our Practical Nursing pro-

gram to regions outside Brandon and West- man, we expand education opportunities beyond larger centres, giving students the chance to study closer to home," said Karen Hargreaves, ACC's Dean of Health and Hu- man Services. "The intent is that most of these graduates will stay and work in their regions, helping to meet the demand for trained nursing professionals in these areas." Tree communities will be selected to host

the delivery of the college's two-year Practi- cal Nursing diploma program, each during one the following dates: 1. September 2016 - May 2018; 2. January 2017 - September 2018; and 3. September 2017 - May 2019 Tere will be 25 seats available in each of

the three intakes. Proposals will be assessed based on labour

market demand; health care partnerships, which primarily involve practicum place- ments for students; available facilities; student demand and student experience. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, No- vember 13. An announcement for the three locations

selected is expected towards the end of this year.

University of Manitoba

Heating your home with only one light bulb Today, with thousands of football fans

watching from the stands of Investors Group Field, the University of Manitoba publicly launched Front and Centre: Te Campaign for the University of Manitoba, announc- ing a remarkable $215,294,636.30 in gifts received to date. With a $500 million goal, Front and Centre is the most ambitious and transformational fundraising campaign in the province’s history. Of the $500 million, $350 million is ex-

pected to be raised through donations from individuals and foundations. Te university is also working with the provincial govern- ment to secure an additional $150 million towards the campaign’s priorities related to teaching and learning, discovery, and com- munity engagement. Paul Soubry, president and CEO of New

Flyer Industries, is a U of M alumnus and the campaign chair for Front and Centre. “My father was an immigrant to Manitoba, who believed you must give back to your com- munity more than you take. As a result, I am always looking for that opportunity to help out–to contribute to the place I call home,” he said. “When I was asked to volunteer as chairman of the Front and Centre campaign, it became clear that this was more than a give-back, it’s a transformational campaign that sets the stage for Manitobans, and for generations to come. It ticks every box.” Te Front and Centre campaign has five

priorities and investment goals: •

Indigenous Achievement - $65

million: Manitoba will become a centre of excellence for Indigenous education and research. •

Graduate Student Support - $100

million: Manitoba’s capacity for innovation will grow with an increased number of ex- ceptional graduate students. •

Research Excellence - $80 million:

Our researchers and scholars will make discoveries that contribute to knowledge, grow the economy, and improve lives here and around the world. •

Outstanding Student Experience -

$105 million: Our students will benefit from exceptional experiences and support. •

Places and Spaces - $150 million:

Our community’s quality of life will be enhanced through new environments for learning, discovery, and engagement. “Te legacy of this campaign will be pro-

found, supporting transformational change at the University of Manitoba and beyond: in our city, our province, and our global society,” said President Barnard.

November 2015

UWinnipeg's BatLab Needs Your Help UWinnipeg’s Bat Lab, led by Associate

Professor Dr. Craig K. R. Willis, (aka UWin- nipeg’s Batman) is encouraging the public to get involved in the protection of Canadian bats. Bats in Canada are in danger because of an infectious disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has killed millions of bats in eastern North America since it was accidentally introduced to North America less than 10 years ago. Bats play a crucial ecological role by eating

night-flying insects and the spreading threat from WNS makes their conservation more important than ever. Te UWinnipeg Bat Lab is asking members

of the public to help protect bats in two new ways. Citizen scientists can be essential con- tributors to bat conservation, as even com- mon species of bats are difficult to find and count, making protection difficult. Funding for research is also urgently needed. UWinnipeg’s Bat Lab is recruiting citizen

‘scientists’ from across Manitoba and On- tario to join the Neighbourhood Bat Watch and report the locations and sizes of summer colonies of bats, contributing to a critical first step in the conservation of bats in North America. Citizens can visit the Neighbour- hood Batwatch website at to learn informa- tion about bats in central Canada, register a colony on their property, and learn how to enter their own scientific data. Your tax-deductible donations can help

insecurity or strife. In ways that challenge current research on the interrelationship between conflict and medicine, my recent work also identifies how, in certain circum- stances, hospitals can serve as sites of exclu- sion and violence, while medical personnel can become active co-participants in the propagation of diverse forms of harm against patients.” Te article looks at hospital spaces, clini-

cal services and treatment encounters at the District Headquarter Hospital, the primary referral hospital for the 1.5 million residents of Gilgit-Baltistan, a geographically remote and mountainous region in northern Pa- kistan. Dr. Varley examines the impact of sectarian conflicts, and those between Shias and Sunnis in particular, on the social, ad- ministrative and clinical practices of health- care services, and the complex ways clinics serve as centres of contact, abandonment and violence. “Although Canadian hospitals, health-

care workers and patients do not have to deal with the acute tensions, conflicts, and prob- lems disseminated by Shia-Sunni sectarian- ism in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan which constitutes Dr. Varley’s important work,” said Dr. Demetres Trypho- nopoulos, BU Dean of Arts, “the emerging lessons she outlines have more than mere contiguous application to the Canadian reality. Published in leading journals, Dr. Varley’s medical anthropological research is relevant, timely, and cutting-edge.”

Red River College

RRC's commitment to sustainability in building management earns Earth Award for HETC Red River College has been recognized

for excellence in building management with a 2015 Earth Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada. Te award went to RRC’s Heavy Equip-

ment Transportation Centre (HETC), and was presented in conjunction with BOMA’s national conference in Quebec on Sept. 17. “We have an excellent Facility Manage-

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save bats from WNS. Dr. Willis and his team at UWinnipeg have found preliminary evidence that artificially heated bat houses could increase survival and reproductive rates for the few bats that survive the win- ter with WNS. Tey have received partial funding for the project from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Species at Risk Research Fund of Ontario, but more help is needed to support students working on this ambitious project. To do your part, please visit the team’s

crowdfunding page at Bat Lab,where you can also see a short video and description of the project. You can also help by sharing the project on social media through the crowdfunding page. If you have any ques- tions please email

Brandon University

BU Prof Publishes Research on Conflict’s Impact on Health Services Dr. Emma Varley, Assistant Professor

in the Department of Anthropology, has published “Abandonments, Solidarity and Logics of Care: Hospitals as Sites of Sectar- ian Conflict in Gilgit-Baltistan” in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: An International Journal of Cross-Cultural Health Research. Te article, which focuses on healthcare de- livery sites as conduits for the expression and enactment of Shia-Sunni sectarian conflict in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region, rep- resents nearly three years of ethnographic fieldwork and research. Dr. Varley docu- mented healthcare providers’ professional and personal experiences during times of Shia-Sunni tension and conflict. “Health services and personnel are not

impervious to the forces that produce states of crisis,” says Dr. Varley. “For ten years, my research has explored

how health systems around the world are affected by natural disasters, political up- heaval or warfare, and identifies the heroic ways that healthcare providers treat and save those most at risk during periods of

MITT President Paul Holden on the heavy equipment simulator. photo: Dan Harper

ment team and this award further dem- onstrates our hard work and dedication to sustainability,” says Tom Skraba, director of Facility Management at RRC. “I wish to con- gratulate the team for their tireless efforts.” BOMA’s Earth Awards recognize excel-

lence in resource preservation and envi- ronmentally sound commercial building management. During the selection process, BOMA evaluates a building’s ability to re- duce overall environmental risk, provide good indoor air quality, practice green clean- ing, recycling, and energy conservation. HETC is one of the largest industrial train-

ing facilities in Manitoba, and one of the province’s most environmentally friendly buildings. Tis 60,000-square foot site was one of the

first education centres in Manitoba to receive a BOMA BESt Platinum certification and a Silver LEED® certification (from the Canada Green Building Council), and has many sustainable features not commonly found in larger industrial buildings, including: Geothermal heat ing and cool ing: A

groundwater loop system provides partial heating and cooling of the facility Natural heating: SolarWall systems collect

the sun’s energy to preheat outdoor air before it ventilates classrooms Daylight views: More than 90% of regu-

larly occupied spaces have direct views of the outdoors Native vegetation: Plants surrounding

the building require little maintenance, are drought resistant, and help control storm

Shown above (from left): Randal Froebelius, Chair of BOMA Canada; Tom Skraba, Director of Facility Management, RRC; Alex Fleming, President of Demand Side Energy Consultants; Dave Wozny, Technical Officer, RRC; Darryl Oshanyk, Financial Assistant, RRC; Murray Hibert, EDC Maintenance Manager, RRC; Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO, BOMA Canada

water runoff Recycled and regional content: More

than 25% of building materials have recy- cled content, and 35% of materials are from Manitoba, Saskatchewan or North Dakota Earlier this year, BOMA Manitoba pre-

sented a pair of provincial Earth Awards to HETC and the Exchange District Campus’s Roblin Centre.

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Heavy Equipment Operator training pro- gram MITT and partners announced a new

Heavy Equipment Operator training pro- gram, launching in January 2016, to help meet the growing demand of heavy equip- ment operators in Manitoba. Te Honourable Kevin Chief, Minister of

Jobs and the Economy led the unveiling of the new HEO training program and affirmed the provincial government’s five-year com- mitment to invest $5.5 billion into infrastruc- ture to kick-start hundreds of kilometers of roads, bridges and flood protection projects across the province. Te minister was joined by Paul Holden, President and CEO of MITT, Carol Paul, Executive Director of MCSC and Chris Lorenc, President of MHCA. At the event, Minister Chief said that “It’s about working together…if we want Manitoba’s economy to stay strong, these are the kinds of investments we need to make.” Te HEO Certificate program is an 8 week

program that includes full-time in-class training and incorporates the use of leading- edge training simulators allowing students to gain the real-world skills they need to op- erate heavy equipment safely and efficiently. Te HEO program will provide students with the background training to operate crawler tractors, hydraulic excavators, motor grad- ers, and rubber tire loaders. Students will also complete a work practicum with the opportunity to gain up to 160 hours of seat- time over a one year period. Te strong working relationship between

the partnering organizations, allowed the industry to take advantage of industry knowledge, curriculum development, and recognized training providers. Te develop- ment of the HEO Certificate program ensures new and existing employees have the right technical and essential skills to work in today’s highly competitive and rewarding heavy construction industry. Te Manitoba government provided $150,000 in financial support towards the purchase of four simu- lators which helped leverage support from key industry stakeholders. Brandt Tractor donated an additional three training simula- tors and Toromont CAT offset the cost of two of the original four simulators for the total purchase of seven new simulators. Tis course is being offered to Manitoba

employers and future employees at a far lower cost than is typical for equivalent training. Employment in the sector is strong, with employment growth of over 50% in the past 15 years. With the generational spend in infra-structure and coming wave of retire- ments, thousands of new position openings are expected in the heavy construction sec- tor in Manitoba by 2020 For more informat ion on the Heavy

Equipment Operator Certificate program, call 204.989.6500 or contact the Direct line to Continuing Education for employers: 204.989.6653.

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