Top Ten

September 29, 2008

Brandon U profs on strike

Classes were cancelled at Brandon University yesterday as professors, librarians, and administrative staff went on strike at 8 am Monday. Earlier this month, 84% of faculty association members voted in favour of strike action. Talks will resume today and run through to Friday. Brandon U News | Winnipeg Free Press | CBC | CTV

McGill seeks ownership of Royal Victoria Hospital

McGill University is considering acquiring Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital when its ceases to operate as a hospital in 2013. There are some obstacles in the way of McGill occupying the hospital. Since the McGill University Health Centre owns and operates the building, McGill would not have the first crack at the property. The university would also have to find several hundred million dollars to renovate the facility. McGill wants to expand to provide more graduate student and lab space. Montreal Gazette

$7 million for uLaval nutraceutical and food institute

Last Friday, the Quebec government announced over $6.5 million in funding to go towards Université Laval's $8-million expansion of its Institute for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. The project will double the intake capacity of the facility's service centre, creating 60 jobs. The institute was founded in 1999 to advance research of food and its effects on human health. Alberta Farm Express

STU, UNB pass resolutions on autonomy

The academic senates of St Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Saint John have passed motions instructing their presidents to fight to preserve autonomy in light of the province's action plan on PSE reform. STU will be hosting a forum next month about how the controversial plan could impact the institution. After the plan was released in June, some schools raised concerns about threats to university independence. For example, the province wants a committee to oversee courses to ensure they fit with its self-sufficiency agenda. Canadaeast News Service

Ontario sets cap on college ancillary fees

Last Friday, the Ontario government introduced new guidelines that stipulate the province's 24 community colleges cannot raise ancillary fees by more than 20% a year in total. Colleges are prohibited from charging students extra for technology, but can use extra fees to "enhance" information technology through services such as wireless Internet. The guidelines leave it up to the schools and their student unions to decide what will be covered by tuition, and by ancillary fees. The guidelines come after a court ruling rejected a bid by 2 students to launch a $200-million class action lawsuit against Ontario colleges over "illegal" extra fees. Toronto Star

York student group accuses university of "racial profiling"

York University students belonging to the club Students Against Israeli Apartheid is calling on York president Mamdouh Shoukri to investigate an incident last week in which their group was not allowed to enter an auditorium where the Israeli Consul General for Toronto was holding a talk restricted to an RSVP basis. The SAIA say Toronto police and university security barred them from the event based on their "ethnicity and political beliefs." While the group says York is a space for open public debate, they believe representatives of apartheid states should not be allowed to give talks at universities. National Post

Aberdeen Street party a "peaceful affair"

The Aberdeen Street party, an unsanctioned event coinciding with Queen's University's Homecoming, appeared to be a bit more subdued than events in recent years. Police say the party was "nothing out of the ordinary," and for the most part the atmosphere was friendly. An estimated 7,000 crowded Aberdeen Street Saturday night, and there are no reports of serious injuries. Over 80 people were arrested, up from 54 last year. Kingston Standard-Whig | Queen's Journal | Canadian Press

McMaster opens Marauder Plaza

Last Friday, McMaster University held an opening ceremony for its Marauder Plaza, which recognizes McMaster students for their ongoing commitment and financial contribution to athletics and recreation at the university. The plaza is a thank you to students who voted 5 years ago to contribute $20 million to the construction of an athletic complex. The plaza features a trio of natural stone sculptures that pay tribute to the metamorphosis and journey of the student. McMaster Daily News

Athabasca U to launch Canada's first online DBA

Athabasca University is introducing Canada's first online Doctorate in Business Administration, which recently received approval from the Alberta government. The program will be offered through Athabasca's Centre for Innovative Management. The DBA will see its first intake of students in April 2009. Athabasca U News Release

King's University College launches new website

King's University College, affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, has launched a redesigned website. The easy-to-navigate homepage features tabs linking to a number of campus aspects, such as academics and student services. Clicking each tab brings up a scroll-down menu of related links and a series of photographs beside it. Visitors will find a myriad links to services, programs, admissions, alumni relations, and news on the bottom half of the homepage. The site also has a news ticker running external news. King's University College website