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November 27, 2006

Laval Wins Third Vanier Cup in 4 Years

The Laval Rouge et Or won their third Vanier Cup in four years on Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon, beating the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 13-8 in what CP calls "a lacklustre Canadian university football final" played on a frozen field. Almost 13,000 Huskies fans went home disappointed from the first Vanier Cup final ever held outside Ontario. CTV Sports Coverage 

AUCC Welcomes Federal Funding Announcement

The federal government's annual fall fiscal and economic update, released Thursday, included a promise of additional supports for the post-secondary sector. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) said Friday that the government’s commitment to continued investments for basic or primary research is a vital foundation for the future. Support pledged for graduate scholarships, research equipment and facilities, and attracting foreign students to Canada’s universities is also critical. The federal government’s commitment in the strategy to maintain Canada’s G7 leadership in public sector R&D investment is an important signal to Canadian universities and to the world’s research community. AUCC media release 

National CIPA Awards for IT Leaders

At a gala event November 1st, two Canadian PSE institutions were honoured among some of the country's biggest corporate and government agencies for their leadership in information technology innovation. Durham College / University of Ontario Institute of Technology won a prestigious Silver award of excellence for Organizational transformation, for its mobile learning program. The University of Western Ontario received a Silver Award of Excellence for Efficiency and Operational Improvements, for SHARCNET, the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network, which connects a consortium of colleges and universities. Durham College media release | UWO media release | CIPA awards website 

CFI Announcement at uWaterloo Today

The president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation will appear at a press conference this morning at the University of Waterloo's Centre for Environmental and Information Technology building "to announce a major investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure for Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions." The media have been invited to the announcement, to be followed by a "lab tour." CNW media release

uWaterloo Students Released on Terrorism Charges

According to the uWaterloo student newspaper, the Imprint, four former and current UW students who were members of the campus Tamil Students Association, arrested in late August on terrorism-related charges, have recently been freed on more than $1 million bail. Suresh Sriskandarajah, a recent UW grad and alleged "ringleader," faces the possibility of 25 years in US prison on charges of bribery, money laundering, and attempting to buy weapons for overseas terrorist organizations. Imprint 

Beaver Task Force at uWaterloo

Students at the University of Waterloo staged a memorial / rally last Wednesday to protest the administration's decision to hire trappers to kill four beavers living in wooded areas on campus. Student media allege that the decision was made without promised consultation, and students in the environmental studies faculty are particularly outraged.  On Friday, UW administration announced a task force "to examine how UW manages campus-dwelling wildlife that pose a risk," and its media release adds, "although UW's recent actions concerning beavers were congruent with Ministry of Natural Resources guidelines, the University is sensitive to the outpouring of public opinion." UW Imprint | UW media release 

Medical Students "Booted" from Quebec Hospitals

Specialist physicians in Quebec have been on strike since mid-October, but Bill 37 prevents them from taking labour action that compromises patient care. Instead, they have boycotted non-paid services such as teaching medical students and sitting on committees. Effective last Friday, medical students from all provinces are effectively banned from Quebec hospitals. The Canadian Federation of Medical Students says "medical education is being compromised, and that serves no one." CNW media release 

UWO Announces 25% Increase in Research Funding

The University of Western Ontario received $221 million in research funding for 2005/06, an increase of 25% over the previous year, ranking UWO 10th nationally for overall funding. Western is strong in CIHR, CFI and SSHRC funding, but "more focus will be needed" in areas such as NSERC funding and foreign/targeted international funding in particular. Western News 

Boston U Republicans Establish Caucasian Scholarship

The College Republicans at Boston University are protesting minority scholarships by offering a $250 "Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship" to students who are "at least one-fourth white" and who write two essays, on their ancestry and on "what it means to you to be a Caucasian-American today." CBS news 

US Plans to Lure More Chinese Students

Officials from the US Education Department, and China's Ministry of Education, signed a memorandum of understanding last Thursday about jointly supporting expanded educational opportunities, as well as student and faculty exchanges. The US says it is "serious" about making the visa process smoother for international students. University Business