Nova Scotia's paid sick leave program, a temporary measure introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, is about to end. A team of researchers from Acadia has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to create a new report that explores the need to make sick leave available to every Nova Scotian permanently.

Recent messages from federal and provincial public health officials have been encouraging and clear – the COVID-19 vaccine will allow us to be together safely sooner, says Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia President and Vice-Chancellor.

The University has recently approved a vaccination policy for students and employees. While vaccination is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended, and the University is striving to achieve a fully vaccinated campus community.

“Our goal is that our campus remains a safe place to work and study,” says Ricketts. “We are striving to exceed the provincial levels of vaccination participation in hopes of being able to further reduce restrictions on campus.”

In their new book, "A Natural Balance", Landscape architect Alex Novell and architectural historian John Leroux tell the story of the design, construction, and features of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; a gift to the University from Arthur, James and Jack Irving and their families. Now, twenty years after completion, the Centre and Gardens have matured, and are beautifully nurtured by a dedicated team for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Julia Baak, an Acadia MSc Biology graduate (’21), is the recipient of the highly prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in support of her PhD research at McGill University.  Julia also won both the Acadia Outstanding Master’s Research Award (Science) for research excellence and the Governor General’s Gold Medal.

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