Aside from being the University of choice for over 60 thousand students, UBC wears many hats, including being the scene for many different big picture movies and TV shows. UBC has also watched many of their graduates become huge stars and political mavericks. So wether you're an alumnus or searching for schools to attend, here is a list of things you might not know about UBC.
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"Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate."
The University of Toronto announced this week that all students who are returning to campus this fall either need to be fully vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their visit.
However, now the U of T Faculty Association (UTFA) is criticizing the announcement and is saying it "does little to ensure a safe return."
According to the faculty, the new COVID-19 plan will require staff and students to "self-declare their vaccination status without any obligation to show proof."
"The communication was nothing more than a repackaging of the same policy that the Administration acknowledged, as late as last week, does not constitute a vaccine mandate," the UTFA stated in an open letter on Thursday. "Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate and does little to ensure a safe return to the University."
"We need U of T to implement specific, measurable, and accountable actions in a clear and unambiguous way," the letter adds.
Meric Gertler, the president of U of T, had previously sent out a letter on August 11, reassuring faculty, librarians, staff, and students that the school had "carefully developed" its COVID-19 protocols, which includes mandatory masks, fully vaccinated students and other safety measures.
You don't need post-secondary degree to scoop up these gigs.
Locking down a great Ontario job without a university degree can be a daunting task, but it's far from impossible.
In fact, there are a bunch of great paying positions hiring right now that don't require you to have a diploma hanging up somewhere in your office.
However, these positions are still looking for hard workers who can bring some form of experience to the table.
Salary: $79,720 to $122,998 per year
Company: Ministry of the Solicitor General
Who Should Apply: Anyone who is comfortable in a leadership role and managing a team in a diverse environment. This job is looking for someone who is interested in supporting correctional services within the region of Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.
AZ Truck Driver
Salary: $70,000 to $100,000 per year
Company: Brown Fuels Transport Limited
Who Should Apply: Anyone with at least 5 years of experience driving trucks and a F.A.S.T. card.
Water Heater Installer
Salary: $70,000 a year
Company: Reliance Home Comfort
Who Should Apply: Anyone with a high school diploma and a valid G licence and G2 gas license.
Cross Border Truck Driver
Salary: $70,000 to $80,000 a year
Company: JV Bulk Transport
Who Should Apply: Anyone 25 years old or older with at least 5 years of experience driving trucks, a F.A.S.T. card and the ability to cross the border.
QA Test Analyst
Salary: $70,000 to $80,000 a year
Who Should Apply: Anyone who has at least 6 years or more of QA testing experience.
Travelling Territory Representative
Salary: $50,000 to $80,000 a year
Who Should Apply: Anyone with a valid G2 driver's licence and experience in sales.
The university will require self-testing for unvaccinated students on campus.
The University of Toronto announced on July 29 that students, staff and faculty participating in activities deemed to carry a high risk of COVID-19 transmission will need to be fully vaccinated and "self-declare their vaccination status."
"Varsity sports, music instruction and educational placements are among the activities that may be considered high risk, requiring participants to have received a full course of vaccine. The list of activities that require vaccination may change or be updated, and individuals can apply for an exemption," reads the statement.
The University put out a statement earlier in July declaring that vaccinations would not be a requirement to attend campus. However, in order to live in residence, students will need to be vaccinated.
Will everyone have to self-declare their vaccination status?
Students and faculty returning to campus this fall will also be asked to self-declare their vaccination status on an anonymous online self-assessment log called UCheck.
"The anonymous, aggregate data on vaccination status, by campus, will be used to inform health and safety measures at the university," reads the statement.
The self-assessment will prompt users to answer whether they are fully vaccinated or not. To check yes users must be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, and if you check no, you will be expected to take a rapid screening kit twice a week at home.
In order to come on-campus students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated "will be expected to have a negative result within 72 hours before coming to campus."
"There's a multitude of reasons why people might be hesitant, so we're hoping to have a broad strategy of education to help bring people the right information and assist them," said Professor Sal Spadafora, special adviser to the president on COVID-19 and senior adviser to the dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. "We're going to try to meet people where they are on vaccine availability and education, bridging the gap to help those who are hesitant and facilitate self-testing and monitoring for those who aren't vaccinated."
If students, staff or faculty test positive on their rapid screening kit, they are required to report it, confirm with a PCR test and self-isolate if needed.
A new ranking of the best universities in the world for global impact named three Canadian institutions as top schools.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assessed universities from all over the world based on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and more.
Queen's University was ranked 5th in the world, the highest of any Canadian school, with an overall score of 97, ranking highly for no poverty along with peace, justice, and strong institutions.
In the 13th spot, the University of British Columbia got an overall score of 95.1, with high marks for the UN's goals of industry, innovation and infrastructure and sustainable cities and communities.
McMaster University was only slightly behind UBC with an overall score of 94.9 to place it at 14th in the world and ranked highly in good health and well-being and industry, innovation and infrastructure.