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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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COVID-19

Ontario Tech University researcher sets the record straight on vaccine facts and myths

While a small percentage of immunocompromised patients may not be eligible for the shots, vaccine hesitancy or refusal threatens to limit the overall effectiveness of vaccination programs. Competing opinions over the merits, and even safety of, vaccines continue to swirl in social media channels. Dr. Wally Bartfay of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University looks to break down the facts in a myth-busting discussion.

SmartCone COVID-19 SYMP2PASS Smart Kiosk outside the main entrance to the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel at Ontario Tech University.

New high-tech health screening technology to detect COVID-19 symptoms

As a research leader in the ethical deployment of new technologies, Ontario Tech University is working with data sensory and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) company SmartCone Technologies to test a high-tech system capable of real-time multi-symptom screening for COVID-19.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students took part in the Student Insights on Remote Learning Experience webinar in February 2021.

Ontario Tech Engineering students share insights on how to maximize the remote-learning experience

A panel comprising students across the university’s different Engineering programs and spanning different years of study, answered questions from Engineering faculty members as they reflected on their remote-learning experiences over the past two semesters. The feedback will help gain a better understanding of the successes and challenges students face with the switch to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aerial view of the Campus Ice Centre.

Campus Ice Centre to become COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

As part of its COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan, the Regional Municipality of Durham and Durham Region Public Health have selected the Campus Ice Centre (CIC) at Ontario Tech University and Durham College as the Region’s Oshawa COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic location.

Testing wastewater samples in a Faculty of Science laboratory at Ontario Tech University (September 2020).

Ontario Tech’s COVID-19 wastewater surveillance initiative welcomes next research partner

Since November, tracked information has been shared weekly with Durham Region Health Department officials to help health experts determine appropriate steps to limit or prevent further infection in the community. The early success of the program has now led to the City of Barrie, and Towns of Orillia, Midland and Collingwood to get samples tested three times per week at Ontario Tech.

Start earning micro-credentials today at Ontario Tech University

As labour markets adjust, displaced workers and people looking to shift career paths seek quick ways to update their skills and knowledge to expand their employability. Ontario Tech University is answering this demand through a series of micro-credentials: short, competency-based learning opportunities focusing on specific skill sets based on criteria defined on approved industry.

In retrospect: Ontario Tech University in 2020

As Ontario Tech positions itself for the promise of new opportunities and innovative approaches in post-secondary education, and in the discovery and application of knowledge in 2021, the university reflects on moments and milestones from the past year.