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The York University Brief

June 2018
York University announces new Indigenous teacher education degree

York University’s Faculty of Education, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), has created a new degree program rooted in Indigenous thought. The Bachelor of Education (BEd) – Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education has been developed to address the persistent need for more Indigenous educators and education across Ontario. Wabaan will be grounded in Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy and will include teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders.

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, York University’s Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Indigenous Education Centre, will offer admission to a cohort of students for the first time in 2019. The students will complete the BEd degree with a focus on Indigenous worldviews. Wabaan aims to educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. Read more…

York University’s distance-education program breaks barriers for refugees

With his wife in hospital and five children to care for, Okello Mark Oyat was not sure he could finish an assignment for his long-distance geography degree at York University. But Mr. Oyat, a resident of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, persevered and uploaded the paper, omitting only a final edit.

Two years later, his wife is back at home, and Mr. Oyat and 30 other refugees in Dadaab are receiving bachelor’s degrees through York’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) program.

Mr. Abikar has lived in Dadaab since he was 11. This fall, he will begin an MA in education through the same program; he is one of seven graduates, including Mr. Oyat, who asked York to let them continue studying. The university is covering tuition and fees. Read more…
York professor powers up the transit network

Hany Farag, an associate professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering, is exploring what the implications are of a fully electrified (that means no gasoline or diesel) bus transit system and what it would mean for municipalities.

Farag applied for and received $200,000 (research funds and in-kind) for a two-year study into the impacts of a full-battery powered electric bus transit network on Ontario’s electricity grid. The grant, awarded under the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Conservation Fund, will support his research as principal investigator into the demand response and load restrictions associated with a fully electrified bus transit system. His research will offer a strategic, research-based roadmap for municipalities seeking to ditch traditional fuel powered buses for the more environmentally friendly, clean technology of electric buses. This is the first study of its kind to document, model and assess the myriad of variables associated with changing over the transit network. Read more…
York research informs UN International Labour Organization’s flagship report

Data from a York University research project was used by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) to inform its flagship report “World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with Jobs”, which was released in May 2018.

In its report, the ILO draws on the research from York’s Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change: Canada in International Perspective (ACW) project, which looks at developing tools to green Canadian work and workplaces to address the challenge of slowing global warming.

The ACW project’s lead investigator is Carla Lipsig-Mummé, professor of Work and Labour Studies at York University.

The ILO report indicates that action to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius will result in sufficient job creation to more than offset job losses of six million elsewhere, and that 24 million new jobs will be created globally by 2030 if the right policies to promote a greener economy are put in place. Read more...
Schulich introduces new infrastructure finance program that supports G7 initiatives

York University’s Schulich School of Business will launch a new program to teach the world’s latest advances in infrastructure financing and development to visiting G7 Fellows from emerging economies. The program was created in response to key challenges in addressing the infrastructure gap that G7 leaders discussed in Quebec earlier this month, such as climate change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the use and production of energy sources.

The infrastructure education program is part of a major G7 Investor Global Initiatives project announced June 6 by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), in collaboration with other leading Canadian and international investors and the Government of Canada. The initiatives will focus on three themes: closing the infrastructure gap, climate change and gender equality. Read more…
York-led Health Ecosphere project celebrates resulting healthcare innovation

A recent “speed geeking” event gave 10 innovative healthcare projects just five minutes each to describe their groundbreaking work made possible by the Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline project, a multi-partner collaboration led by York University, Southlake Regional Health Centre and the University Health Network (UHN).
The event, held June 18, was hosted by Cisco Canada with more than 120 participants and partners in attendance.

York University’s Faculty of Health is the lead academic partner and administrative centre for the Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline project. Together, the project partners work with businesses and other research institutes to develop health technologies and state-of-the-art enterprise solutions for customized health management and care.

Health Ecosphere brings together the private, public, and academic sectors in the spirit of innovation and collaboration and aims to position Canada as a global leader in digital health by moving technologies rapidly from concept to commercialization.

Projects described at the event were funded with a $15-million contribution from Fed Dev Ontario which was matched and surpassed with $19.5 million in contributions from private sector partners. Read more…
New study finds recycling bags better than carts at reducing contamination and program costs

Recycling bags could be key to righting Canada’s recycling woes, reducing contamination and capturing lost revenue, according to a new study by researchers at York University.

The York study, Thinking Beyond the Box – an examination of collection mediums for printed paper and packaging waste using publicly available information and surveys with stakeholders – comes at a time when municipalities are grappling with meeting increasingly stringent standards from China, which buys around two-thirds of North America’s recycling.

The York study found that contamination was eight per cent lower in bag-based or bag and box-based systems when contrasted with cart or box-based systems.
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Twenty-six York U researchers receive more than $4.2 million in SSHRC funding

Researchers at York University have been awarded more than $4.2 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The grants, part of over $158 million in funding and awards recently announced in the Insight Development Grants and Insight Grants Competition, will support York research that improves the quality of life of Canadians, while advancing knowledge and building understanding of complex sociocultural and economic issues.

Twenty-six York researchers received more than $4.2 million to fund their research projects through SSHRC’s Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants programs. Insight Development Grants support initial stages of research over one to two years, while Insight Grants are for longer-term projects of three to five years.

The funding was granted for research covering a wide range of topics. Some of the project titles include: Indigenous social entrepreneurship: A co-generated approach; New country, new parenthood: Syrian refugees in the context of resettlement; and Skilled immigrant integration: The role of local employers and skilled immigrants in enabling successful integration. Read more…
SSHRC funds research on post-secondary students and transportation in GTHA

A massive collaborative study on transportation behaviors of post-secondary students in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and will offer insights and action on the issue of student travel.

The Partnership Development grant of $199,934 funds StudentMoveTO: from insight to action on transportation for post-secondary students in the GTHA, a research project involving six universities, seven colleges, 15 researchers and four community partners. The project is an initiative by the presidents of York University, OCAD University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, and involves York University Professor Roger Keil of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

The study aims to collect data to understand the travel habits of post-secondary students and use that data to inform improve students’ mobility in the GTHA.
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