Top Ten

December 7, 2006

EU Commits 18 Million Euros to PSE Cooperation with Canada

On Tuesday, the Canadian ambassador to Finland signed an agreement in Helsinki with the European Commission to renew their ten-year cooperation in higher education and vocational training. Funding between 2006 and 2013 will triple, in order to double the number of multilateral study programs, youth activities, and credit transfer. 110 Canadian institutions have participated in 31 joint projects since 1995. EU announcement

Manitoba Now "the Cheapest Place to Study in Canada"

Yesterday's Globe & Mail reported on more details of Manitoba's graduate retention strategy, announced last month. Graduates who spend six years in Manitoba after finishing university will receive tax rebates equivalent to 60% of total tuition fees. Combined with existing federal and provincial tax credits, students will receive more in tax benefits than they ever paid in tuition. No word yet on whether this program will apply to non-residents who move to Manitoba for an education, but New Brunswick has a similar program which does. Manitoba's tuition fees, frozen for six years, are third-lowest in Canada at an average of $3,806. Globe & Mail

Carleton Students' Council Bans "Anti-Choice" Activity

The CBC reports that, after a five-hour debate attended by more than 150 students, the Carleton University Students' Association voted not to provide recognition or funding to student groups that question abortion rights. Critics fear the decision will stifle debate and freedom of speech on campus, and question the implications for religious groups. The University itself issued a statement that it remains "committed to the free expression of ideas in an open and respectful way," and that groups that aren't recognized by CUSA will still have the opportunity to book space on campus. CBC

CCL Report to Be Released Today

At a 10:00am news conference in Ottawa today, the Canadian Council on Learning will release its report, "Canadian Post-Secondary Education: A Positive Record - An Uncertain Future." The report is touted as "the first report of its kind to look at PSE in Canada from a nationwide perspective, examining the extent to which Canada's PSE sector is helping Canada move forward." The report promises "provocative recommendations for the road ahead." CCL media release

Lakehead Welcomes Molecular Medicine Research Centre

Yesterday, the founding scientific director was announced for the Molecular Medicine Research Centre, which links researchers from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Lakehead University, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Research at the MMRC will include the use of ultrasound and MRI to destroy cancers without surgery, and the development of novel injectable agents that "light up" in PET scans. Lakehead aims to be "one of the top 25 research-intensive universities in Canada within the next 10 years." Lakehead news

Tentative Settlement for Brock Faculty

After a full 24 hours of intense mediation, the Brock University Faculty Association reached a tentative contract agreement yesterday, narrowly averting a strike that could have disrupted student exams. Ratification votes are expected asap. Terry Boak, the VP Academic, said the agreement "reflects the importance of the faculty while respecting the long-term goals of the University." The Students' Union is "extremely pleased." Brock news | Student media release

Two Rhodes Scholars from McGill

Katherine Trajan, in the final year of Civil Engineering at McGill with minors in Environmental Engineering and World Religions, is the latest Canadian Rhodes Scholarship winner announced. Trajan will pursue an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford. In addition to maintaining a 3.73 GPA, Trajan was a member of Engineers Without Borders, Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering, and Gorilla Composting, and she swam with the McGill swim team, qualifying for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport nationals five times. Fellow McGill student David Matthews has also been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship this year. McGill news

Few Teaching Jobs in Ontario

The Globe & Mail reports that newly certified elementary school teachers are having a tough time landing positions in Ontario schools. The Ontario College of Teachers says many have to wait up to three years for full-time jobs, and one-third have to settle for supply teaching spots in their first year. Specialist teachers fare much better. "French-language teachers have their pick of jobs, as do many specialists in math, chemistry, physics and technological studies." Globe & Mail

2007 CCAE Conference in Charlottetown PEI

The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education will hold its 2007 national conference at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown PEI, June 2 to 5, 2007. Few details about the conference, themed "Oceans of Opportunity," are yet available, but Academica Group is looking forward to being a major conference sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. Mark the dates in your calendar, and hope to see you there!

Rick Mercer Cheers for UWO

Two weeks ago, I reported that Rick Mercer had been on campus at the University of Western Ontario, filming a segment for CBC's Rick Mercer Report involving cheerleaders, a dental clinic, the wind tunnel and a fat suit. If, like me, you missed it on TV, you can still enjoy the whole segment via streaming video on the CBC website.