Top Ten

February 17, 2008

$163 million for 11 commercialization centres

Last Thursday the federal government announced 11 new CECRs (Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research) in "priority research areas" like bioindustry, personalized medicine, immunology, vaccines and organ failure.  Each centre will receive a one-time investment of up to $15 million to fund work over the next 5 years.  Researchers at uOttawa, uToronto, McMaster, uSaskatchewan, UdeMontreal and UBC are involved in the 11 new centres. UBC is actively involved in 5 of the 11 programs.  Dow-Jones News | UBC News Release | uSask News Release | The Globe & Mail | The Saskatoon Star Phoenix | uMontreal News Release

$34 million for new Biosciences research complex at Brock

The Ontario government has announced a $33.5 million investment in a new research complex at Brock University.  The Health and Biosciences Research Complex will be home to leading researchers in health, biosciences and chemistry, and will "change the face of manufacturing in Ontario by creating a new economic cluster in biomanufacturing and health and wellness in Niagara." Ontario News Release | Maclean's On Campus

$5 million for "Barcode of Life" project at UoGuelph

Researchers at the University of Guelph are the recipients of $5 million in new funding from the Ontario government.  The investment will fund the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project promises "a revolutionary 'library of life' that will allow the rapid identification of any animal, plant, fungus or protist." iBOL will involve more than 100 researchers across 25 countries and will be lead by a UoGuelph professor.  UoGuelph News Release

McMaster names School of Engineering Practice

McMaster University is renaming its School of Engineering Practice to recognize a $2 million donation from Ontario businessman and McMaster alumnus, Walter Booth.  Booth, president of equipment manufacturer Timberland Group, credits the school for taking a chance on him when he applied to enrol in the engineering program without strictly meeting admission requirements. 5 years ago he donated $1 million to the school to establish a chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  The London Free Press | McMaster News

$2 million for International Consortium on Anti-Virals at Trent

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation has announced a $2 million investment to support the International Consortium on Anti-Virals, a Canadian consortium headquartered at Trent University with a worldwide research network of 200 scientists and private sector partners from 21 countries. The project will work to reduce the threat of global health epidemics such as influenza, HIV, SARS and hepatitis. Ontario News Release

New UBC law building to start construction next year

The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law will start construction on its new $50-million home in 2009.  The new building will be on UBC's Vancouver Campus, and together with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, will frame a major gateway onto campus. The 13,500-square-metre building will provide space for 600 undergrads, 100 grad students, and more than 50 faculty members.  Daily Commercial News

uAlberta Faculty of Arts launches new website

The University of Alberta's Faculty of Arts has gone live with a completely redesigned website, which is making waves on campus. The website includes UofA news, program information, events and announcements.  It has program area secondary navigation leading to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies as the user sees fit.  One of the current features talks about the increased popularity of tattoos among students.  uAlberta Arts website

New Oshawa bylaw has human rights implications

The votes are in and Oshawa has gone ahead with a bylaw to regulate student housing in the neighbourhoods surrounding UOIT and Durham College. The bylaw decrees that rental homes can have a maximum of 4 bedrooms, regardless of the size of the house. Landlords are required to pay $250 per bedroom per year, and must carry increased insurance. Ontario's human rights commissioner has issued an open letter to the Toronto Star warning Oshawa to reconsider the bylaw and to consider the "human rights impact of its decision."  Maclean's On Campus

College Boréal vet program receives accreditation

College Boréal's veterinary technician training program, offered at the College's New Liskeard campus and at the University of Guelph's Campus d'Alfred, has received accreditation from the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.  Boréal president Denis Hubert is "pleased that in this sector in demand, the unique expertise of College Boréal is once again acknowledged."  College Boreal News Release

UCFV joins CASA, plans new student union building

Record numbers of University College of the Fraser Valley students logged into the school's website to vote on two important issues.  Students gave the Student Union Society the go-ahead to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and also approved the establishment of a student union building fund.  A $35-per-term levy will be charged to students, towards enhancing and building Student Union Society areas across the UCFV campus.  A new building for the Student Union is planned.  UCFV SUS News Release | The Chilliwack Times