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Daily Media Report recap: February 28 to March 12

2020.03.12

Camp 5 removed as Iron Ring Ceremony presenters. Engineers Without Borders and the #AidToo movement. An Oregon engineer’s red-light camera research changes how traffic engineers calculate timing of traffic lights. Disciplinary action in Quebec against Pierre Shoiry.

Camp 5: After facing criticism for repeated “sexist” and offensive remarks during the Iron Ring Ceremony and/or briefing in recent years, the Engineering Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia announced that the Corporation of the Seven Wardens has decided Camp 5 will no longer run the ceremony.  

#AidToo: The Toronto Star wrote about Chelsey Rhodes, who worked with Engineers Without Borders in Malawi, and whose allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at the non-profit placed a spotlight on misconduct in the humanitarian aid community.

Traffic light research: More than five years after the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying threatened Mats Järlström with fines for practicing engineering without a licence, the very research on the timing of traffic signals that attracted the attention of the Board has been cited by the Institute of Traffic Engineers in its revised guidance for traffic signal timing.

Pierre Shoiry: In its second-largest fine ever imposed, the Disciplinary Council of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) has sentenced Pierre Shoiry to pay two fines totalling $75,000 for acts derogatory to the honour or dignity of the profession. Shoiry has also given up his engineer title and returned his engineer’s permit to OIQ.