Top Ten

April 22, 2008

Missing Carleton student's body found

On Sunday, Ottawa police investigators located the body of missing Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji, washed ashore on the Rideau River. The 18-year-old student, missing since early March, was reportedly taking antidepressants and chatted online about killing herself the day of her disappearance. Carleton president Samy Mahmoud conveyed condolences to the family, and said the university chaplain and counsellors would be available for anyone dealing with this tragedy. Carleton News Release | Ottawa Citizen 

UCFV to be renamed "University of the Fraser Valley"

On Monday afternoon, BC premier Gordon Campbell made the long-awaited announcement, that the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) would be granted regional university status, and renamed the University of the Fraser Valley. The former Fraser Valley College, founded in 1974, became UCFV in 1991. The new name will enhance UFV's international recruitment and fundraising efforts, no longer "weighed down by the millstone of a confusing name." The change now awaits amendments to the BC University Act.  BC media release | UCFV media release

Students want BC to stop "playing politics with young people's futures"

In a statement released to the media, several student groups in BC charge Premier Gordon Campbell with failing to implement recommendations from the Campus 2020 report on BC's PSE system. They also denounce the 2.6% cut the province made to PSE funding. The statement lists such grievances as cuts, deficits and shortages of teaching support at provincial institutions. Students say the government must address the problems in BC's PSE system by investing in grants, reducing tuition fees and funding institutions properly. BC Local News      

Overseas degrees don't mean you can practise medicine

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is warning students about an ad offering a shortcut to a medical degree. "American Dream Abroad" has been advertising in The University of Calgary's student paper about overseas medical degrees that can be completed in four years at the cost of $40,000. The College says that while the advertised schools are recognized in Alberta, students still require grad school and a residency in Canada to practice in this country. Also, there is no guarantee that a foreign program graduate would be accepted into an Alberta residency, and having a medical degree is not the same as being able to practice medicine. CBC           

OLRB rejects union vote for Ontario College part-timers

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided not to allow part-time and sessional workers at the province's community colleges to vote on being represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). OPSEU's president accuses Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of influencing the board's decision. Warren Thomas says the provincial government "has betrayed every college part-timer and sessional in Ontario," and adds, "to trample on the dreams and aspirations of these hardworking Ontarians is shameful and disgusting." Thomas vows to continue the union's campaign to represent part-time and sessional workers. NUPGE News Release   

UNB, STU launch Chronic Illness Research Institute

The University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University have joined together to create the Chronic Illness Research Institute. The institute brings researchers together from both institutions, from a variety of disciplines including nursing, history and biomedical engineering. The researchers will focus on several issues in chronic illness prevention and management. The Institute may help in reducing the cost of chronic illness in New Brunswick. UNB News Release        

NB universities should seek out older students, says UK prof

PSE institutions in New Brunswick should go beyond the traditional youth demographic in order to attract students, says Michael Shattock, a British expert on university governance. Shattock argues universities play a crucial role in local and regional economies, and New Brunswick's economy would benefit from more adult students in PSE. He says the University of New Brunswick should work with community colleges in order to attract mature students. New Brunswick has the lowest rate of PSE graduates in the nation. Times & Transcript        

First-year female students at risk for binge eating

A new study from the University of Alberta finds that first-year female students living away from home are three times more likely to display symptoms of binge eating than students who live at home. Other factors indicating binge eating include negative body image and poor social adjustment to the campus community, while academic adjustment did not appear to be a risk factor. The study's author says on-campus resources and maintenance of exisiting social networks can curb the risk of binge eating. Calgary Herald        

Canadians believe cost of PSE an important challenge

In a new survey on the national economic outlook, 47% of Canadians indicated that the cost of PSE is an important challenge facing the nation. The issue of the cost of PSE beat out concerns over national unity and unemployment, and roughly tied with climate change, but was well behind the state of the health care system and the cost of gasoline, which topped the survey. Many respondents have a negative outlook on the economy, and plan to hang on tight to their cash. Globe and Mail        

Counselling tearful kids and parents on career paths

Kevin Bray, a high school guidance counsellor in Richmond Hill, Ontario, writes in Monday's Globe & Mail of the challenges of getting grade 12 students and their parents to see eye-to-eye about future careers. He shares "the list of [7] parent-approved careers for senior students in my school": business, life sciences, doctor, dentist, lawyer, teacher, and engineer. Creeping onto the list is Criminology, thanks to TV's CSI.  Bray compares the dreams of the student to the fears of the parents, that "they may end up with a house full of 30-year-old kids with degrees in philosophy or the history of art."  Globe and Mail