Top Ten

November 4, 2007

UQAM faces "bankruptcy" from construction costs

The Globe & Mail reports that the Université de Quebec à Montreal is "on the verge of bankruptcy" with its long-term debt doubling over the last 4 years, and heavy dependence on a line of credit that "exploded" from $15 million to $223 million over the last 2 years.  A provincial auditor says that UQAM needs to significantly reduce its debt if teaching and research activities are to be continued.  The financial struggle is blamed on cost overruns of 2 major construction projects.

UBC to invest $500 million in renovations

The University of British Columba has announced "Project ReNew," which will see more than half a billion dollars in renovation work across the campus over the next few years. The project is financed by both the provincial government and the university itself.  The $120 million Phase 1 of the project, covering 10 buildings, is almost complete.  The $130 million Phase 2 is set to begin in 2008.

Academica Group appointed Graphic Design agency for Ontario MTCU

Academica Group has been selected as a Graphic Design Services Vendor of Record for both the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, effective immediately. Academica's design team, based in our downtown Toronto offices, produces the American Indian magazine for the Smithsonian Institution, and dozens of other national and international projects.

NAIT announces first business baccalaureate

The JR Shaw School of Business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has been approved by the Alberta government to offer its first baccalaureate degree.  The Shaw business degree was developed in consultation with some of North America's top business schools.  More details on this unique new degree will be released by the school later today. 

Mount Royal biz school namesake enters hall of fame

David Bissett, the namesake of Mount Royal College's Bissett School of Business, will be officially inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame tomorrow for a lifetime of achievement, business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions.  Bissett helped put Calgary on the national financial landscape when he founded Bissett and Associates Investment Management Ltd in 1977, which invested more than $5 billion for investors.

Kwantlen grows Horticulture research facility

The BC government has announced $2.2 million in funding for Kwantlen University College to support research into reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of harmful pesticides in agriculture.  The funds will allow for a new greenhouse facility to be built at Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, BC's largest horticultural training centre and Kwantlen's first research facility.

Marine Institute launches new School of Ocean Technology

The Fisheries and Marine Institute at the Memorial University of Newfoundland has announced that Dwight Howse will head the new School of Ocean Technology, to focus on technologies that enable safe, efficient, and effective activity in ocean industries. This includes ocean instrumentation and equipment, marine information and communication technologies, ocean mapping and underwater technology. The school will also provide education and training as well as industrial outreach for the ocean technology sector.

NSCC forms Oil & Gas partnership with industry

Nova Scotia Community College and Offshore Technical Services Limited have announced a new partnership agreement that will pursue mutually beneficial business opportunities for both parties in the Oil and Gas industry.  "OTSL and NSCC have worked hard to achieve a level of expertise and industry recognition" and the new partnership will combine these strengths through contract training and consulting opportunities.

Carleton's campus pub loses liquor license

The Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission has revoked the liquor license of Carleton University's campus pub for 40 days, after "drunken patrons" were spotted at the establishment on four different occasions.  According to Maclean's, "pie-eyed students were still able to purchase booze despite the fact that they were clearly crocked."  The bar will be dry for the next 40 days, but will still serve food.

Queen's students say new code of conduct violates rights

Changes to the student code of conduct at Queen's University are being called the "Queen's Patriot Act."  A group opposing the changes says they fear the proposed code will tread heavily on a student's right to civil disobedience, and will also force students to "snitch" on their peers.  The code was last revised in 1991, and is under review based on a recommendation made by the University's Senate in 2005.