Top Ten

March 4, 2008

York U has "frank discussion" with Globe & Mail over copycat ads

York and Globe campaigns 

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, York University received a national compliment with the latest Globe & Mail advertising campaign. York says that the Globe campaign, which indicates the various "angles" different sections of the newspaper might take on a story, uses "an identical strategy with identical art direction" as York's "question every angle" campaign, which has run for several years, including in the Globe itself. Richard Fisher, Chief Marketing Officer for York, observes in his understated way, "we're all in the business of building distinct brands and that can't happen if people are going to use identical executions and strategies." Marketing Magazine and the National Post are taking delight at the Globe's faux pas. See the campaigns side-by-side above.

uWindsor and SAABR call for investigation of Windsor police

The University of Windsor has announced its support of Students Against Anti-Black Racism (SAABR), a new student group, in their campaign to hold the Windsor police service accountable for the violent interruption of an on-campus event in January.  SAABR was formed in the wake of the event, which was shut down by more than 25 officers. The University has endorsed SAABR's request for the OPP to investigate the incident independently.  The Charlatan (Carleton student newspaper) | The Windsor Star 

uCalgary residences receive $20-million makeover

The University of Calgary's student residences are receiving a $20-million overhaul over the next 5 years.  The president of the residence students' association says the $20-million plan falls $80 million short of what is needed.  The university discussed which items to prioritize during the five-year program, and $3.5 million in work will start over this coming summer.  The Calgary Herald

uOttawa receives $15 million for Alta Vista campus

Ontario has announced a $15-million investment to expand Roger Guindon Hall, part of the University of Ottawa's Alta Vista Campus.  This new funding will give uOttawa medicine and health science students access to a new training clinic at the Alta Vista campus, as well as larger classrooms, learning labs and student spaces.  uOttawa is expanding to meet increased need for health care professionals in Ontario.  uOttawa News Release | The Ottawa Sun | Ontario News Release

New federal loan program leaves past borrowers in the cold

The Coalition for Student Loan Fairness reports that the federal government's new student aid plan will be paid for out of the pockets of students.  "The budget is a huge disappointment to Canada's student-loan borrowers, who will continue to be gouged for high interest for years to come."  It was "widely expected" that the 2008 federal budget would include a drop in student loan interest rates, which did not come to pass.  CUP Ottawa

$4 million for Red River College & uManitoba

Manitoba has announced $4 million in new funding, to be split by Red River College and the University of Manitoba.  $2.4 million will fund research and testing of eco-friendly vehicles.  $1.6 million will allow uManitoba to expand its Immunology Reserach Facility, part of the Faculty of Medicine.  RRC | uManitoba

NS plans to close aboriginal education gap

Nova Scotia has set its sights on the education gap separating the province's Mi'kmaq and aboriginal students from the rest of the population.  The Education Minister has accepted key recommendations made by the Mi'kmaq Services Division, including the creation of a Mi'kmaq Liaison Office, which will work to identify the educational needs of aboriginal students and develop programs that address those needs, to support secondary and PSE students.  Maclean's On Campus

NSAC researchers receive $1.3 million

Nova Scotia Agricultural College has received $1.3 million to fund research work at the university.  The Canada Foundation for Innovation is contributing just over $500,000, which will be matched by the Government of Nova Scotia.  NSAC News Release

Petro Canada establishes $1 million scholarship at uCalgary

Petro Canada is sharing a little fuel business with the University of Calgary and setting up a new $1 million scholarship program. The Petro-Canada Emerging Leaders Awards Program will offer financial support and job placement for students who excel in engineering, science and business.  uCalgary News Release

Celebrate International Adult Learners' Week

International Adult Learners' Week 2008 started yesterday and carries through to March 9.  "The week celebrates adult learners across Canada and the joy of learning throughout life."  Canada is one of 40 countries participating in the week.  UNESCO | Ontario News Release | NB News Release