British Columbia announced new potential legislation to fast-track accreditation for internationally trained engineers. Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia responds to BC’s new proposed credentials legislation. A PhD student reveals new insights into shoulder function and evolution. These were the most-read stories in the Daily Media Report in the beginning of November.
B.C. announced legislation to fast-track accreditation for internationally trained engineers. The proposed legislation is an effort to address the provincewide labour shortage that has hampered the economy. Under this new legislation, specialized, internationally trained professionals such as engineers, social workers, and paramedics will have their accreditation fast-tracked in B.C. If passed, the legislation will require regulatory bodies to remove some of those barriers, including requiring Canadian work experience before being accredited in Canada, removing redundant language testing, setting caps for maximum processing times, and requiring credential assessment information to be available online.
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia responds to B.C.’s new proposed legislation. The proposed legislation (Bill 38) would apply to 29 professions and their regulatory bodies, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Alongside other regulators, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has been providing feedback to government on this proposed legislation for several months. The organization is pleased to see several of its established processes recognized in this legislation as the standard regulators should meet. Engineers and Geoscientists BC has already introduced several processes that align well with the proposed Act and looks forward to continued work with government to comprehensively understand the impacts of this proposed legislation.
A PhD student reveals new insights into shoulder function and evolution. Erin Lee, a fifth-year Mechanical and Materials Engineering PhD student studying shoulder biomechanics, has published an interdisciplinary and collaborative research paper "A comparative approach for characterizing the relationship among morphology, range-of-motion and locomotor behaviour in the primate shoulder”. Lee developed a contact-based computational model to directly test how bone shape contributes to 3D range-of-motion across primate species. She found that humans have highly mobile shoulders in comparison to closely related species like chimpanzees and gorillas, and that many of the shape features assumed to be important by anthropologists did not contribute to shoulder mobility. New 3D shape features were identified that better predicted range of motion.